Kikiriki Potholder or Hot Pad by Leyla Alieva

Kikiriki Potholder or Hot Pad

March 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
35 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 0 - 2.0 mm
550 - 750 yards (503 - 686 m)
One size
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This hot pad is made of stockinette stitch stripes that curl in naturally – finally a project that will use that property of stockinette stitch to an advantage! The stripes are joined together as you go, only the last one
is sewn to close the curl. This project takes some endurance, but the result is great!

I do not recommend this project for people suffering from arthritis - tester reported it being more painful than regular knitting

I do not particularly recommend using cotton, it makes working on the project more difficult. Also, as it’s less stretchy, it is possible that the hot pad would not lay flat.

If your gauge is different, or you use different weight yarn, it is possible that the hot pad will not lay flat.

I suggest using circular needles with longer (at least 80 cm / 30 in cord), this way it will be the easiest to work the pattern.

Other notions you will need:

  • Darning needle
  • Large amount (appr. 50m/55 yards) of scrap yarn - DK weight worked well for me (or possibly a circular needle - one size smaller).
  • I suggest using a circular needle for this project with long cord (at least 80 cm / 30 in), as it makes joining easier

Other notes
When making this pattern, you will need to mark stitches of certain rows and join live stitches of following stripes to those marked rows from previous stripe. Pattern includes a detailed photo tutorial on how to do that using scrap yarn.