Yarns fiber melt questions


Hi.:grinning:I was wondering if a person could use acrylic yarn or polyester mixed fiber yarn to make potholders or oven mitts?anybody use them without worrying about melting or had them not melt?I thought that a person can make anything with yarns?what do you guys think ?also do they melt in a hot car?what are you guys opinions on the matter?:thinking:


Acrylic wouldn’t melt in a hot car (the heat needs to be more concentrated/direct than inside a car), but I would not use acrylic yarn for making pot holders/oven mitts, or anything that would come into direct contact with hot metal/flames - it would melt then and cause very nasty burns. If you want to make something like those, I’ve heard cotton is suitable, and wool should be OK as it doesn’t burn - it’s self-extinguishing, at least.


Defimitely do not use acrylic like Shintoga said it could cause nasty burns stick with cotton


I made some bean stitch crochet pads with Red Heart. I wouldn’t call them exactly melted but they are scorched and flat. They’re OK with all but really hot pans. I think the ironing problem would happen no matter what the material.

Between skin and hot stuff I’d go with wool.


Hi.Can a person use yarn blends instead all arcylic yarn then?


I have used acrylic yarn to make pot holders. I make it double thick. I have had no problem with them melting. I have several that I have had for years.


Bearing in mind that synthetic yarns can melt under some circumstances only you can decide whether to use them, blended or otherwise, for potholders. I have cotton potholders I crocheted over 10 years ago that are still going strong in spite of some stains and maybe even a scorch mark. I will use cotton and I think I might have some wool I’d use too. Cotton yarns are readily available at stores like Walmart.


Polyester fill will melt. Use wool. Wool will insulate well and it will stay soft enough to remain flexible.


Comparing a hot car to lifting hot pans out of the oven is not a good comparison in this situation. Always use a natural fibre for any project that is going to come into direct contact with items that are previously heated. cotton is a good choice, wool is too, but there is a draw back with wool because it can burn and be felted with use.


Yes, acrylic will melt if used as a pot holder. For kitchen accessories I always use cotton yarn. It doesn’t have the stretch that other yarns do, but it stands up to the heat much better.


Once I started needle felting thick felted wool sweaters for pot holders, I could never go back to regular pot holders. I like to cook with cast iron which is very hot.


That’s what scorched my acrylic. Cast iron pizza pans, homemade pizza so very hot and very heavy.