I hardly ever crochet anymore- but this felt so good I couldn't put it down!! I found this pattern last evening and when I couldn't sleep at 3 in the am, I started this and was almost done with it when I decided to try to sleep again at 5. Argh! But I only had 45 minutes or so left this morning when I got up. :) I was really needing a pick-me-up, too, and this sweet little project worked! In honor of our very own dear NoKnitSherlock, when I saw these two colors together in the stash, they just had to be married in this project.
It is the Grandma Potholder- found HERE on The Royal Sisters blog (it is in two parts, you have to follow the link for part 2). SUCH a cute pattern. Very well written with a great photo tutorial. I followed the pattern almost to the letter. I used an F hook since I crochet pretty tightly, but now wished I'd used an E as directed. :) Plus on the very outer ruffle, I used 6 dc instead of 5 in each zig and zag- I wanted too much instead of too little at the outer edge. I did switch colors two rows too soon on the back because I was running out of red and had more of the blue to work with, but I don't think the wider blue stripe looks bad. You could do all different color stripes on the front- or a color changing wool like Noro would be fun to try, too. I went a little crazy on the photos... but they're downsized, so shouldn't take too much of forever to load.
First you crochet a base piece (which I forgot to photograph by itself) and then crochet on the surface of that. (Above picture shows how the surface crochet really sticks up!) Then you crochet a separate piece for the back and crochet the front and back together around the outer edge. This next picture is of the back side of the top (the back piece is folded up at the top of the picture- I was halfway around already in attaching them together). Then the last picture is of the back- you can see the single crochet attaching them together pretty well- the eyelet it makes around the edges is cute. I wouldn't use this piece for a mitt, but it will work great for a hot pad. p.s. This is made of worsted weight cotton, sadly enough, not KP- I don't have any of theirs... yet!!