November 23, 2009

Holiday Light Bulb Pot Holders...

I went to Project Linus group yesterday morning. I was missing the girls, so I packed up one of my current knitting projects and headed over to the church where we meet.

It's always fun to see what what everyone is working on. My friend, Lenore (who is a prolific and talented crocheter) has been creating such fun items...Holiday Light Bulb Pot Holders. She's been making them in red with a yellow "base", or green with a yellow "base". They're so darn cute!

The pattern was free in 2008 from Annie's Attic, but when I went to their website, it didn't show up in any of my searches. Of course, I googled the pattern by name and came up with this link...which is the original pattern, now available for $2.29 from e-Patterns Central.

Further research yielded no other free patterns. It would seem to me that I could share a pattern that was originally offered free, but gosh, I'm not sure if it's legal. I'll do a little research - and welcome your input. It I find out it's legal, I'll upload a pdf file to my Free Pattern widget in my sidebar.

I'll give you the basics here. Gauge 5 sts. = 1 inch, using size G crochet hook and Caron Simply Soft Seasons worsted weight yarn. Piece is worked in continuous rounds in single chain for a total of 43 rounds. Begin with 2 chains and then 6 single chains in the 2nd chain from the hook. Experienced crocheters (of which I am not one) will see that you slowly increase the number of stitches in each round until you get to Row 34, then start your decreasesuntil you have 15 chains left. Make a hanging loop. When you're finished you'll have two-sided potholder and a really cute holiday potholder. I know these instructions are sketchy, but promise that I'll see about sharing the pdf file of the original free pattern.

Thanks, Lenore for letting me photograph you and your cool potholders! I really appreciate it. Of course, I'm a busy beaver these days with Christmas projects myself. I'll show you my work(s) in progress tomorrow.

I also want to share with you a link to Artist Class Shop, where you can enroll in tutorials from some of your favorite bloggers. You can go there to see which tutorials are being offered. Classes are available as individual tutorials or by purchasing all the classes at a discount. Once purchased, you have access to a members-only blog to download your tutorials. I enrolled yesterday morning, and I can tell you that there are some really great classes being offered. I personally can't wait to try my hand at Dawn's Paper Clay figure project!

If you link through The Feathered Nest and scroll down, you can find a $10 discount available courtesy of Dawn, who is one of the talented individuals sharing her tutorials. I'd love to know if you sign up!
Everyone has been so great about leaving posts and linking to my giveaway. Don't worry...I'm keeping track and everyone is getting all their credits for the drawing.

Looking forward to your comments today. Don't forget...Comments = Giveaway Chances!

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DeeDee said...

yes you are correct they are adorable indeed....I so wish I could still crochet...lvoe them.

DeeDee said...

you can tell by my spelling it was late for me when posting this...hehehe! I do love them thou...

Marie Antionette said...

How cute,Your work is awesome.
I wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving Day.
XXOO Marie Antionette said...

The class is a neato idea ~ thanks for that! Now while I am supposed to be busy getting projects done, I am going to be daydreaming about paper clay figures, and starting MORE projects!!! When it rains it pours huh? Wishing you fun and luck with all of your projects, Love from Wisconsin xo Jessica

Jane said...

The crocheted light bulb pot holders are adorable. I never did learn how to crochet. Never too late to teach this old dog some new tricks!
Happy Thanksgiving.

snickers4 said...

Those are soooo cute and would make a great quick gift for Christmas. I am a crocheter and am now finishing an afghan for my oldest son Nick who bought his first home this year. I will have to do some of these potholders for quick gifts....thanks for sharing! I love your site...Love, LAE

The French Bear said...

So cute! If my Mom was still here I know she would make them!
I may have to try after I am done everything else!!!!
Margaret B

The Feathered Nest said...

That little light bulb potholder is adorable Donna!!! You are such an angel! Thank you so much for promoting Artist Class on your blog ~ the Artist Class blog will be accessible through the end of February so there will be plenty of time to play and all the files are downloadable too!! You are gonna be shocked at how easy those snowmen are ~ have a wonderful Thanksgiving Donna, hugs and love, Dawn

Linda K. said...

Those pot holders are cute. Wanted to stop by and wish you guys a wonderful Thanksgiving. I just love all of your handiwork. Do you make the little shoe part of the girly pin cushions?


beedeebabee♥ said...

These are adorable, and they look like a really perfect size as well. I may have to dig out my crochet hook! ;) Paulette

Karen said...

this is cute ... always looking for easy crochet things to make that are useful ... will have to add this to my list of things to make ...thanks for sharing it

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