When the chart is completed use a size 7 needle and bind off in alternate colors; k the k sts and p the p sts in the colors they were worked on the previous row. When you get to the last st, k across these sts in one color (either, it doesn't matter which) and work as an I cord.* I worked in alternate colors but it could be done in one color. Work for about 20 rows and then sew the end down to the beginning of the I cord for a loop to hang you hot pad.
*I cord: On double point needles, k 3, do not turn the needle but slide the sts to the right end of the needle they are on, pull the yarn across the back tightly and knit the sts. Repeat this for the length desired.
Found this on Kitting-and.com (I think)
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