Felted Potholders by Joelle Hoverson

Felted Potholders

October 2004
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch before felting
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
858 yards (785 m)
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Pattern description from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts: “These potholders make a thoughtful hostess or housewarming gift along with a gourmet food item. If you can, find out the color scheme of the recipient’s kitchen so you can pick your yarn accordingly.”

Finished Measurements: About 8” - 8.25” (20-20.5 cm) square, after washing and felting.


  • Baabajoes Woolpak Yarns NZ 14 Ply (100% wool; 310 yards 283 meters / 250 grams): #20 birch (light gray), 1 skein. Now sold under the Merino Sheepskin Wool Pak label.
  • Manos del Uruguay (100% handspun kettle-dyed wool; 137 yards 125 meters / 100 grams): #69 hibiscus, #20 Parma, #V cinnamon, and #49 henna, 1 skein each
  • Depending on your color combinations, these amounts will make 10-12 potholders. A single skeing of Woolpak NZ 14 ply will make 4 or 5 solid-color potholders, and a single skein of Manos wil make about 2 solid-color potholders.

Needles: One set straight needles size US 10.5 (6.5 mm). Change needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle, scissors, crochet hook size J/10 (6 mm) for edging (optional).

Note about Gauge: “Exact gauge is not critical for this project.”