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DIY Knit Potholders

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Knitting is SO relaxing.  It’s easy to make the excuse that I don’t have time to knit (or anything else, apparently my favorite excuse for everything) but when I finally got myself to start on this DIY that I’ve wanted to do for so long, I couldn’t stop until I was done.  I was up late working on a deadline for something else and found myself reaching over for my needles instead to finish a second one of these potholders, reasoning I could do it real quick and it would be like taking a break.

Unlike that knit blanket last year that took me a lifetime to complete, these really can be pretty quick to do, especially using a thicker cord that doesn’t require as many rows to be done.  I was inspired by these potholders which I not only thought were cool because of the leather handles but because they looked like they’d be easy to recreate, even for a beginner like me.  Definitely an excellent beginner knitting project with the bonus that it’s really useful for the home and cute!

Materials:
US 17 12mm 10 inch needles
5mm cotton cord
leather
rotary cutter
cutting mat
-ruler
leather punch
rivet kit
-hammer

garter-stitch

The pattern is super simple- cast on 14 stitches and knit 24 rows of garter stitch before casting off and weaving in the ends.

leather-punch

For the handle, cut a piece of leather roughly 7.5″ long and 0.5″ wide with a rotary cutter.  Using a leather punch, punch a hole at each end of the leather.

rivet-backing

Hold the ends of the leather together so that the holes overlap, then insert a rivet backing from behind.

rivet-insert

Push the rivet backing through one corner of the potholder then snap on the rivet cap .  Note: it might take a few tries to first find the tightest stitch to put it through, otherwise the rivet will slip through.

rivet

Use the setter, anvil, and a hammer to pound the rivet shut.  A few strong taps will do it.

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The leather handle is definitely optional and you can easily do without it, which would make this potholder easier to put in the wash, but MAN the leather handle is my favorite part.

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You bet it also works as a trivet.

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Last I talked to you guys about knitting, so many of you said that it was one of your bucket list items to learn.  I’m curious if you’ve started learning, or now have it on your list?  Or are you already an avid knitter?  I know many of you are pros and seasoned crocheters, too!  Crochet is another thing I need to revisit soon.

28 comments on “DIY Knit Potholders”

  1. Ha! I was looking to make new potholders for the winter time which match better with the christmas decoration. Those seem perfect! And I love the leather handle! They are definitely on my bucket list for november. Thanks a lot!

  2. Great project. Curious about your source for the great color cording. How much yardage for two? Very classy! Thanks for sharing.

  3. So I have the leather, am an avid knitter! Just would love to know where to get the rivits and leather hole puncher from? Store like Michaels? Thanks!

    1. Hi Jen! In case you missed it, I linked the rivet kit and leather punch in the materials list near the beginning of the post. I don’t think I’ve seen the rivet kit at Michaels but they do have a leather punch!

      1. Thank you Amy. Just went to my desktop computer and it worked. Placed my order. Excited to give these a try. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I love this idea but I cannot hand knit just starting to learn loom knitting (made a pumpkin). Does anyone know how you could do these on a loom or a sight I might find help doing that?

    Thanks for the idea!

  5. Hi, there. I have been searching for the 5mm cotton cord to make these pot holders. I have everything else, but I’m unable to find the cotton cord. I’ve checked in store and online at Michael’s. Would love some help or possible leads…
    thanks!

    1. Hi Kerry! I got mine from the link in the post. Unfortunately I don’t know where else to source this particular kind of cord.

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