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Pot Holders

Photography: Anna Williams

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2014/January 2015



Herringbone twill tape (#146), by Shindo, width 6, 12, 25, in Grey, Red, and Charcoal, from $1.60 a meter, 212-868-9311
2nd Time cotton, by Knit One, Crochet Too, $9 a skein, and Creative Linen yarn, by Rowan, $15.75,
Utensils: slotted beechwood turner, $4, and thin-handled beechwood spoon (similar to shown), $4,


Notes: The pot holder is knit in garter stitch with 3 strands of the yarn at the same time. For every row, knit the first stitch and slip the last stitch as if to purl with the yarn in front. The finished pot holder is 6 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches.


  • 1 skein DK-weight cotton or cotton-linen yarn

  • Knitting needles, US size 9

  • Cotton twill tape, 1/4- and/or 1/2-inch widths, and 1-inch width

  • Basic sewing supplies


  1. Cast on 24 stitches. Decide on width of stripes and where to place them.

  2. Knit at least 8 rows in garter stitch before placing stripes. For narrow stripe: Row 1: knit. Row 2: purl. Row 3 and following rows: knit. For wider stripe: Row 1: knit. Row 2: purl. Row 3: knit. Row 4: purl. Row 5: purl. Row 6 and following rows: knit.

  3. Cast off after knitting a total of 48 rows. Weave in ends.

  4. Cut a 7 1/2-inch piece of twill tape, matching width of knit groove.

  5. Fold ends under 1/2 inch and place in groove. Stitch tape to secure, hiding stitches in knit stitches.

  6. For loop, cut 3 inches of 1-inch twill tape. Fold under 1/2 inch and sew to 1 side of pot holder. Fold other end under; stitch to other side of pot holder.

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