Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Make It // Daisy Stitched Pot Holder and a Kitchen Towel Transformation.

Recently I picked up some cute new tea towels for my kitchen, but when I brought them home I felt like they needed a little extra something. I remembered that Meredith from One Sheepish Girl posted a crochet edge tea towel tutorial awhile back to I decided a little craftiness was in order. This project is super easy if you have basic crochet knowledge and it's the perfect project for using up your extra yarn!
 What You'll Need:

towel //
 Tea Towel
 Scissors
 Embroidery Needle
 Yarn Needle
 Yarn of Choice
 Crochet Hook

potholder // 
Yarn Needle
Yarn of Choice, 3 Colors
Crochet Hook

note: For these projects I used Knit Picks Comfy Worsted Yarn in Marina, Carrot, and Creme Brulee. This yarns work up nicely and are super soft and light. They are 75% Pima cotton and they are easy to care for.
 To get step by step directions check out Meredith's post! I decided to use a size E crochet hook for my edge so that it was a little more dainty, but that's up to you!
 All in all it turned out really cute and I think this would make the perfect holiday gift, especially if you embroidered initials on it. Everyone likes personalized handmade gifts!
Now that I had really cute tea towels I definitely needed a matching pot holder. I had been wanting to experiment with the daisy crochet stitch for awhile so this was the perfect project to practice. The stitch looks pretty confusing at first but once you get it down you will see that it's a breeze. I started this pattern from reading this really helpful daisy stitch tutorial and then watching the video provided on the site. The video is so wonderfully shot and it really make sense of the stitch for you.
To make this pot holder I started off with a G hook and made a total of 32 chains with my first yarn choice (orange) then I followed the video provided and made three full daisy stitched rows with my orange yarn. Three full rows means bottom and top of the daisy stitch (you'll see what I mean after watching the video tutorial)
After reaching the last stitch of my orange row I joined my second color choice ( yellow) and began one full row of daisy stitching. Make sure that with each color change you are either working in the tails of yarn or you are weaving them in along the way. You don't want a big ole mess of yarn while you work!
After my yellow row wad complete I joined in my third color choice (teal) and then slip stitched over each of the stitches in the previous row to create a thin stripe. The picture below shows how the teal yarn sits in front of the yellow stitches. Make sure that when you join with your first color again for the next stripe that you only work your "yellow" loops. Do not work through all of the stitches, just the two behind.
The following stripes are as listed.
One full orange stripe
Two full yellow stripes
One full teal stripes
One orange stripe.
You can change your pattern however you please once you have down the basic concept.
Now on to part two!
Once you've completed your striped daisy stitched piece pick out a color to use for the solid backing of your pot holder, I chose yellow. 
Ch. 30, DC down each stitch in row.
Ch 2, Turn.
DC down each stitch in row.
Repeat until your piece is the same size as your striped front.
Weave in ends.

Put both pieces together with their nice sides facing outward and use the color you decide as a boarder, teal in this case and slip your hook through both corners and create a slip stitch over the top. This will hold the two pieces in place. 
Ch.1 Yarn over and HDC in the corner twice.
Then HDC in each stitch around the pot holder making sure that you are going through both pieces of the holder and matching up the stitches. This will create your boarder and hold it all together. 
When you get to the beginning slip stitch to join, Ch 1 and single crochet in each stitch again.
At the very last stitch instead of joining the row ch. 12 and double crochet down the chain to create your pot holder's loop. leave a long tail to attach it back to the corner.
Make sure you weave in all of your ends and then you're done!
I really hope you like these little projects and that the patterns are clear to follow. If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below and I'll get back to you.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!

*p.s. the original post was accidentally deleted so if there are any mistakes or changes to the above that's why. feel free to contact me with corrections.

6 comments:

  1. LOVE this. Perfect to use up my leftover yarns. Bookmarking!!

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  2. these are all so cute! i used to know how to crochet and i always think about starting again and then i get busy and don't do it haha. i'd love to get back into it again!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  3. This is all so cute! I need to relearn how to crochet again and try this out!

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  4. I just found your beautiful blog, and I am in love! These projects are both so cute, I'm learning to crochet at the moment and I can't wait to get better so I can try out that daisy stitch. xx

    www.jessthetics.wordpress.com

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  5. Those are amazing! So contact you if I need any help...hmmm...so can you teach me to knit!? ;)

    .:Marta:.

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  6. I'm so glad that you posted that tutorial. I've tried this stitch before and it was a disaster. I love the colors of your dishcloth! I might have to make some of my own.

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