Yarn for pot holders?

Would like suggestions for type of yarn to use for hot pads to use on a table. Imagine it should be thick to be able to put under bowls on a table? Would appreciate any simple pattern anyone has used too.

I would probably just use a cotton. Acrilyc can singe.:shrug:

Thank you. That is what I was thinking, just wasn’t sure if I should use something thicker or not. Since they will be hot pads for a table, I guess I could just use a dishcloth pattern adjusting for larger and smaller sizes.

you could always double the yarn to make it thicker. that might help protect the table, etc.

I have acrylic potholders. They work fine - the heat would have to be really hot, much hotter than a dish from the oven, for them to melt or burn.

If you want it extra thick try knitting with 2 strands or knit a rectangle and fold it over and stitch or crochet around it. This is what I do for hotpads.

Cotton!!! I have also used woold and felted it. Peaches and Cream is great.

NEVER use acrylic, it transmits the heat, can melt and is dangerous.

I made some of these last fall, crocheted them before I learned to knit and then made some again once I got knit and purl down. I have some I made in good old sugar and cream cotton, and then there’s one that got made out of Wool-Ease Chunky, which is something like 80/20 acrylic wool. They all keep my wood table from getting burned, and none of them is doubled or anything fancy like that. I do, however, use only the cotton ones (never the wool-ease) when I’m taking something straight to table from a 400 degree oven or a burner on medium-high!

NEVER use acrylic, it transmits the heat, can melt and is dangerous.

Really? Because none of the ones I’ve used have, and they shield the heat quite well.

It’s not knitting, but crochet bean stitch with doubled yarn and a K hook makes nice pot holders.

It’s in this free ebook.

I’ve melted acrylic before. Cast iron pizza pans when making pizza are hot. They also melt to the bottom of the pan which isn’t fun to remove.

I’ve never had the oven that hot, no more than 400, nor have I put cast iron pans into one…

Thanks everyone. Have my grandmother’s dining table and have some of her old hot pads but would like to make some new. Will most likely stick to good old 100% cotton and try to make them thick enough.

I bet wool would also be a good choice.
I’m sure my welding gloves have wool liners.
Ove-gloves are 83% cotton liners.

Someone needs to spin some Kevlar yarn (both of the above are Kevlar shells). I would be knitting a lot of stuff out of that. :slight_smile:

You need 500° for good homemade pizza, suzeeq. :stuck_out_tongue:

My mother was burned by a melting acrylic potholder. Of course that was decades ago, so perhaps acrylic yarn is better these days.

My DH won’t use yarn-made potholders because “they have holes”. Some how he manages to get his fingers burned through those tiny holes. Dunno how he does it :slight_smile:

I have to agree with suz here, Unless you’re baking pizzas on a regular basis, your items don’t get much hotter than 375*f. Heck for pizza’s I’d use welders mits (jk):roflhard: But that’s just me.
There’s a kewl little pattern that you can use for either crochet or knitted. You just make a tube that is a caston of about 5-6 inches then for the crochet one you sc in each chain, turn and in the same caston ch sc across on the other side of the chain. then just continue without joining (as in slip stitch to the first sc, don’t need to do that) just keep sc around n around til the tube when folded towards the middle on point, that the edges meet. then just sc the edges together to form a diagonal pocket and make a chain loop for hanging n poof, yer done!!!:thumbsup:
The knitted one would be just a wee bit different but the same concept applies, you would cast on two stitches for every stitch you wanted on one side (this is sorta like double knitting but in a tube) then sl 1, k1 across ending with a k1, then turn and do the same thing til it also reaches the distance where you would fold it on point (or diagonal and the edges would meet, then just bind off with a three needle bindoff (place every other stitch on one needle and the other on another) then do your bind off, make a loop and yer good to go!!!:knitting:

Acryic is plastic. It melts. I melted a spot on a sweater once.

Felt some wool ones. No holes.

I used them for everything, oven mitts sized for guys are rare.
But they feel like you should be lifting molten metal, not a cake.

But how did you melt it? Touching something really hot - a radiator, stove burner, an open flame? The type of hot varies by temperature and the only way I’ve melted an acrylic is by putting a hot pad on a burner or flame. Which btw, burns cotton too.

You can get double worsted Peaches & Creme, which would knit up nice and thick, and is easier to knit with than carrying multiple strands.

Instead of knitting two or more strands together, you could also knit two potholders (so they match if you put the backs together), and sew or crochet the seams together so you get a double thick pad. If you worry about holes, this mostly takes care of that, too. :stuck_out_tongue: