Katy Elliott

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DIY: Cable Knit Pot Holders

Posted on | March 15, 2010 | 6 Comments

I couldn’t stop myself from oohing and aahing over Jessica’s hand knit cable pot holders. So cute, classic, and nautical. Jessica is one of my old college roommates who is quite handy with the needles. Last year, when I discovered her adorable little pot holders I knew nothing about cables. I tried to convince her to make me a few when I got, “Katy they are soo easy, you can do it.” She gives me this a lot. Did I mention she’s a knitwear designer?

Flash forward a year later I finally finished up my first cable knit hat (more photos to follow). I’ve come to realize with practice how easy cables are to knit. Now that I can do simple cables my knitting day dreams have moved to pillows, throws, and dish towels. First, I have to conquer those cable knit pot holders. Jessica offered to share the pattern with me and all my lovely readers. Her tips below.

I use this yarn by Peach & Cream (Pisgah yarn & dying Co.). I found cones of it at Walmart…I think Ace Hardware carries it as well. It’s an unbleached cotton, color Ecru.

I like to knit them extra thick so I buy the 4/4 (100% cotton) size and knit with two ends on size 10 1/2 needles. Cotton will shrink/tighten up a bit after knitting. Once you knit cotton, always wash & tumble dry to allow the cotton to “bloom”. I think I generally knit them 9″ x 9″.

Here’s a rough pattern:
cast on 33 stitches
knit 5 rows 2×2 rib
middle section is set up as follows:
4 rows garter stitch (edges)
8 rows purl (reverse jersey),
9 rows knit (jersey for the 3x3x3 braid cable)
8 rows purl (reverse jersey)
4 rows garter stitch (edge)
cross the cable every 4th row
knit till you have 8 1/4″,
knit 5 rows of 2×2 rib
cast off and crochet the end into a loop
bury your ends & wash & tumble dry

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6 Responses to “DIY: Cable Knit Pot Holders”

  1. Jane Flanagan
    March 15th, 2010 @ 11:52 am

    Look at you! You’ll be knitting aran jumpers in no time!


  2. Kim
    March 16th, 2010 @ 11:09 am

    These are so cute. If anyone’s looking for a super easy project (sans cable), Purl Soho shared this pattern for organic cotton washcloths a while ago. I made them for gifts but have selfishly kept them for myself.



  3. Katy Elliott
    March 16th, 2010 @ 11:31 am

    Kim, I love purl’s version too. Such pretty little gifts.


  4. Jerry Bedard
    September 16th, 2012 @ 4:23 am

    What do mean by “crossing the cable” every 4 rows? How is that done? I have started to learn to knit cables,(with a stitch holder), but never came across that term. Also, I noticed that you knit with double yarn? Thanks…


  5. Stacey Molli
    October 20th, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    LOVE these potholders! I do not knit but would love to purchase these from you. Could you email me with a price?


  6. Katy Elliott
    October 20th, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    Thanks Stacey! At this time I’m not offering purchasing but thanks for the compliment!



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