Turtle, Pot Holder, Double knitting

Well, I was showing my ex’s mom my potholder knitting and she of course wanted one too.   I had drawn up this turtle design for her a weeks before, but just never made it.

I was hoping to make it in black and blended brown/coral yarn, since I thought that would look rich and torte-shell colored , but she vetoed the black.  She wanted the brown/coral with the green, but on paper the turtle design got lost and I even tried a swatch – yuck.   Here’s some of the other color combos that I tried on paper:

I ended up using Lily Sugar’n Cream in ‘Sage Green’ and ‘Sonoma Print’  which is a ecru color with short dashes of coral, brown and green.  Note: the dashes of color bleed onto my towel as I blocked it.  (frown).

I added the dots to the background to help hold the front to the back.   And they ended up looking like sand or tiny tuffs of grass which adds to the nature look.


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About six_legged

I've been knitting for about 5 years.  Self taught by books and internet.   I've mostly just made scarves and slippers.  This year, I've been attending  social meetings where other knitters bring their yarn and it has inspired me to try some new things.   I made dish clothes for gifts and because my boyfriend uses the dishcloth as a potholder, I taught myself how to double knit so the potholders would be thicker.   I've been having lots of fun designing potholders on grid (in excel) and can't wait to knit my next one which is a dahlia.

I also want to create a soft remote storage basket for the couch  and designs are under way.    If anyone has thought or helps on this please drop me a note.

I've also crocheted since I was a kid, plus tons of other non-yarn arts & crafts



4 thoughts on “Turtle, Pot Holder, Double knitting

  1. Fantastic!

    Is this double knitting technique that you have used? (I would like to try that sometime.)

    I’ve seen your other potholders in the galleries, and they are all very impressive, so neat and tidy, and oh so cute!

    Thanks for sharing your photographs.

    (Question: what yarn weight have you used for these?)

  2. Hi Alexandra,

    Thank you.

    Yes, I have been using the double knitting technique for all my potholders.   It’s basically just knit and purl stitches with the added complexity of counting the stitch pattern like in cross stitich embroidery.

    It really is a great stitch for potholders, because it double thick (~3/8″) and it allows for colorful designs on both sides.  The double thickness is a great insulator for a pot holder or as a trivet for setting hot baking dishes on cold marble counters.

    I’ve been using Lily Sugar’n Cream all 4-ply, 100% cotton yarns (I get mine from Micheal’s), since they don’t melt with heat (they will scorch if they touch the heating element) and are washable (although some colors bleed a little).  I ‘ve also purchased Peaches & Cream yarns from Walmart, which I am guessing is also made by Lily since it comes in some of the colors and is the same feel & consistancy.


  3. Hi Six_legged,

    Thanks for indulging me with all the info about your potholders. As I said, double knitting had sparked my interest, but to be honest I was wondering what on earth I would actually use it for. Potholders are a great gift idea for cheffing / home-making friends, and since they’re relatively small, they can be given often with minimal damage to the knitter!

    Cotton double knitting is something that I shall keep in mind if the time ever comes for me to present such a gift.

    Double happy knitting, hehe.