Do you have a brother? By birth, adoption, or surrogate, brothers are so important in our lives.
This guy. I’m so privileged to have him for my little brother. He’s just 15 months younger than me, and our early teen years we were often asked if we were twins LOL Our poor mother raising two littles so close in age.
There were many years when we were super close, and many when we were not, but I always have a deep love for him, that grows every year as we are now in our (gasp) mid-50’s. Today, he’s one of my favorite people on the planet. He has taught me so much about grace and perspective, and I cry when when I think about how proud of him I am and how much I love him. He is amazing and I couldn’t imagine my life without him.
He loves to cook, and one of the things I crochet for him that gets used over and over and over are my Magic Square Potholders. I make them so they are the right size for his big hands! Where most commercial pads just aren’t big enough. When I visit his home some 275 miles away from mine, and find those potholders stained and burned in the drawer in the kitchen, I KNOW they are being loved and used!
Speaking of burning … I think it’s time to burn through some of my cotton yarn scrap stash and and get a pile of Magic Square Potholders ready to send to him for Christmas! It’s never too early to start planning ahead!
Magic Square potholders are perfect for mindless stitching while watching TV, or riding in the car! No counting! They are ideal for using up scraps of cotton yarn, no matter how small! As long as it’s long enough to tie an over-hand knot! All of the knots get worked to the inside!
Grab a hook and your basket of cotton scraps and watch this tutorial video to learn how simple this technique is.
- Use a tight gauge! maybe one hook size smaller than you think you need. You do not want any gaps, no matter how small, where heat and steam can sneak through and burn the hand!
- Companion strand with crochet thread. This will help with structure, and visually tying all the random colors together.
- Do not use anything with acrylic! It melts! Additionally, some natural viscose fibers transfer heat, so stick with cotton. Additionally, if you don’t have allergies to them, 100% wool from sheep, alpaca, llama or yak are great heat barriers too.
- Make a ball of scrap cotton yarn; and every time you have a little cotton yarn left over, just tie it on and add it to the roll. The randomness of the color changes can be part of the fun!
- Share a picture of your project through the link on the Brag Board Page for a chance to get featured on Perfectly Knotty’s social media pages!
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