Adrian and Maryse have organized a hot pad swap and I just jumped right in. The rules are that there’s two months to complete them, they must be made with either cotton or wool, they MUST be crocheted and you need to make five of the same design, although they can differ in colors. Crocheted hot pads are items that conjure up memories of family dinners at my grandma’s house or handmade items that were divied up after my great aunt Anna died. Useful, and often kitschy, they’re just fun little items to make.
I began by experimenting with 100% cotton Sinfonia yarn by Omega and a 3.5mm (E) crochet hook and the book “200 Crochet Blocks”, trying several afghan square patterns. I finally decided on pattern #189 for the fronts and “#157 for the backs. I used a single crochet to join the two pieces together and then finished them off with a picot edging and a loop to hang them by.
I still need to make hang tags with yarn, pattern and hook information, and then off they go to the swap.