28 Fun Halloween Crafts


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Felted Autumn Pot Holders
For a little autumn decoration, knit these easy and colorful pot holders.

These pot holders are quick and simple to make. Decorative details make them wonderful seasonal kitchen accessories.

What You'll Need

  • Yarn: 100% wool worsted weight yarn, about 85 yards (78m) each in 3 colors
  • We used: Patons Classic Wool (100% wool; 223 yards [205m] per 31/2 oz [100g] ball): #240 Leaf Green, #207 Rich Red, #204 Old Gold, 1 ball each
  • Needles: US size 7 (4.5mm)
  • Notions: Tapestry needle; size 2 (2.5mm) steel crochet hook

Size

Before felting: approximately 71/2X80 (20X23cm)

After felting (before crocheted border is applied): 6X60 (15X15cm)

Gauge

20 stitches and 26 rows=40 (10cm) in stockinette stitch

Note: Superwash wool and synthetics will not felt; do not use for felting projects.

Making the Pot Holders (make 1 in each color)

Loosely cast on 40 stitches.

Row 1 (right side): Knit.

Row 2 (wrong side): Purl.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for a total of 58 rows.

Bind off. Weave in all loose ends.

Felting

Note: The yarn type, washing machine, water temperature, and condition can all affect the felting process. Check the pieces at regular intervals to determine felting condition. If you need more than one full cycle, reset the machine and start again, checking frequently; if the project is felted to your satisfaction in less than a full cycle, rinse well without agitation, spin to remove excess water, and remove it from the machine.

Using small load setting, fill washer with hot water and add a small amount of mild detergent or dishwashing liquid. Place old towels or a pair of jeans (to help with the felting process) and the pot holders in washer, and agitate until they are the correct size and the individual stitches are no longer visible. Check frequently (approximately every minute). Once felted, remove from washer, rinse in hot water, and pat dry in a towel to remove excess water. Do not wring. Block pot holders to size; let dry.

Embellishments

Green Pot Holder

Row 1: Single crochet around edge with Leaf Green, making 3 single crochets in each corner to maintain square shaping.

Row 2: Single crochet around edge with Rich Red.

Row 3: Single crochet around edge with Old Gold.

With Old Gold, crochet a chain loop (about 30 [7.5cm] long, before folding in half) in 1 corner of pot holder. With Old Gold work a leaf stitch in 2 opposite corners. With Rich Red work a leaf stitch in remaining corners. Weave in loose ends.

Red Pot Holder

Row 1: Single crochet around edge with Rich Red, making 3 single crochets in each corner to maintain shaping.

Row 2: Single crochet around edge with Old Gold.

Row 3: Single crochet around edge with Leaf Green.

With Leaf Green, crochet a chain loop (about 30 [7.5cm] long, before folding in half) in 1 corner of pot holder. With Old Gold and Leaf Green work several leaf stitches in a random pattern over pot holder. Weave in loose ends.

Gold Pot Holder

Row 1: Single crochet around edge with Old Gold, making 3 single crochets in each corner to maintain shaping.

Row 2: Single crochet around edge with Leaf Green.

Row 3: Single crochet around edge with Rich Red.

With Rich Red, crochet a chain loop (about 30 [7.5cm] long, before folding in half) in 1 corner of pot holder. With Rich Red work 2 leaf stitches across from each other at the center. With Leaf Green work 2 leaf stitches across from each other in between Rich Red leaves. Weave in loose ends.

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