I’m so glad to see that we are not the only potholder loom freaks out there. Interest in our new potholder loom kit is high.
Our love of potholders made on a small metal loom goes way back. At least 15 years, because that’s when our small children were led (by us) into a big thing making potholders and various other items using Harrisville potholder loops. Harrisville! The queen of potholder loops: 100% cotton. Superfancy.
At one point, our children took to chain-looping potholder loops into long chains—making a yarn of sorts, if by “yarn” you mean a superstout and dense rope. It was yarn you could knit with big needles into a durable, chewy mat.
Today, 14 years later, we give you the pattern from our first book that set into motion a lot of really chunky rugs: the Superfancy Potholder Loop Rug.
Superfancy Potholder Loop Rug
This rug is the kind of back-door mat that will withstand a Category 4 hurricane. It is the stoutest thing ever knitted. When a meteor hits Earth, this rug will remain as the lone clue to a lost civilization.
Materials: Harrisville Looms potholder loops
If you want to get all particular, here’s a recipe for how many bags you’ll need:
1 loop = 15 cm (6″).
Approximately 37 loops per package.
So, you can expect around 5.8 m (19′) of loops per bag.
20 bags = around 115 m (380′) of loopy yarn. This results in a rug approximately 56 cm x 71 cm (22″ x 28″). Add more bags if you’re craving something larger.
Size 19 mm (US 35) needles.
Gauge: Whatever you get is the right gauge! You can’t lose!
Directions: Get a small fry. Have the fry open all the bags and chain-loop the loops to make a giant ball of the chunkiest yarn you’ll ever see.
Cast on 26 stitches. Knit in garter stitch until you practically run out, then bind off. You win extra points if you finish with exactly one potholder loop remaining to be woven in.
Way-Easier Idea: Actual Potholders
Of course, the original idea is so good.
We have potholder loom kits in the Holiday Shop that include a loom and enough loops for two potholders. Knowing how things go, we also have 16 colors available by the bag. And we have the classic work on potholder patterns, Potholder Loom Designs by Rachel Snack—140 patterns.
Potholders are a form of immortality.
My collection includes some venerable potholders. They fade, they soften. Might as well start your potholder tradition now, with some small fry to help you. It’s one of the sweetest things you can do.