Holiday Hot Pad
Festive Felted Pot Holder
by The Knit Show’s Vickie Howell
1 skein Patons Classic Wool Roving (100% Merino Wool; 223 yds), in color: Cloverleaf or Aran
Size U.S. 19/15 mm knitting needles
Large eyed yarn needle
Crochet Hook (Size U.S. H or I) OR Cording
Tree Pattern PDF Tree (2)
Zippered pillowcase or laundry bag
Hole punch, awl, or nail.
Small Amount, Roving
Needle Felting Tool & Mat
Approx 8 1/2”/21.5 cm tall
Not important for this project.
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
st(s) = stitch(es)
NOTE: yarn for this project must be 100% animal fiber (wool) to felt.
Pulling from center and outside of skein, DOUBLE STRAND yarn and CO 22 sts.
Knit every row until piece measures 12”/30.5 cm.BO.
Weave in ends.
Place knitted piece inside zippered laundry bag or pillow case. Put in washing machine with a towel or jeans (to help with agitation), and a small amount (Tablespoon is plenty) of gentle shampoo or soap. Wash on hot cycle, with cold rinse. Check piece to see if the stitches have lost the hole portion of their definition, and that the piece seems like thick felt. If not, repeat the cycle. If you’re working with a front-loading machine, you’ll need to do this several times.
Once you’re pleased with the integrity of the felt, lay flat to dry.
Note: Your piece will already work great as a hot pad without doing anything else. Bookmark this project for hostess gifts year round!
Print out Tree PDF, and use it as a guide to cut tree out of felt piece.
Using roving and needle felting tools, add needle felted “snow” or “garland” to piece.
About 1/2” down from tree top, se a hole punch or hammer and awl to create a hole at top of tree.
Either use cording to create loop to tie through hole, or crochet a chain with one strand of yarn and attach to piece.
Hey, hottie — you just made a pot holder!
Watch Vickie’s Facebook Live video on the JOANN Facebook page for a tutorial!
**Vickie Howell is the Creator and Host of The Knit Show with Vickie Howell. For more information go YouTube, or theknitshow.com. Follow @vickiehowell and @theknitshow for more, yarn-y inspo!**