Maggie’s Kitchen

If you know me in real life, then you probably know how good I’ve got it. My husband, Gerald, cooks dinner. I stay at home every day while he’s off at work, then he comes home and whips up something delicious. He used to be a chef, so to him cooking dinner is no big deal. I’m a lucky girl, for sure.

Although I spend a great deal of time in the kitchen, it is most certainly Gerald’s kitchen. I’m a good baker, a master cleaner-upper, and recently I have been preparing more dinners than in years past, but still, I’m just a guest there. We do things his way.

For example, if it were my kitchen, we would have a little drawer with oven mitts and potholders for pulling hot things out of the oven. But having been a chef in many kitchens, he has no time for silly things like potholders. Gerald uses a kitchen towel for everything from wiping the counter off to grabbing hot pans. I’ve had to adjust.

And Gerald has a tendency to be, um, a little messy. If I had sweet little handmade potholders lying around the kitchen, they’d quickly get icky and dirty. I can’t have that.

That’s a long way of saying all these potholders I’ve been crocheting lately are completely useless in my our kitchen. If I don’t give them away as gifts, they will probably end up as playthings in…Maggie’s Kitchen.

maggie's kitchen potholder free pattern


Free Pattern

Use it to make crocheted hot pads, potholders, coasters, or toys for your 4 year old’s play kitchen. The pattern includes instructions for a basic circle out of double crochet, and a choice of five different edgings. There is also info on how to attach a little plastic ring for hanging.

If you are a seasoned crocheter, then you can probably look at the picture to figure out the pattern. This project is ideal for knitters who want to expand their crochet skillz. But be forewarned – crocheted potholder are highly addictive.

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I used Cotton Classic from Tahki Stacy Charles, Inc. and a size D (3.25 mm) hook. The finished size in the pattern is 4.25″ (11 cm) circumference before the edging. It is very easy to make bigger potholders by adding additional rounds.

The free pattern Crocheted Potholders by Bea Aarebrot inspired this design. I updated the terminology to US crochet terms and expanded the edging choices. Big thanks to Bea for allowing me to share this with all of you!

Find it on Ravelry here. See a few more pictures in my Maggie’s Kitchen Flickr set. Download the pattern immediately by clicking the link below (you do not need to be a Ravelry member to download). Thanks, and enjoy!

Free Pattern

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I crocheted what feels like a hundred potholders. I originally planned to participate in this year’s Potholder Swap! but the timing just didn’t work out. I had already made a bunch of little pieces, but then I got busy with the Graveyard Socks and other things. No swap for me. Sad, especially because last year I got the best bunch of potholders ever.

But then the yarn store I teach at, Common Threads Yarn Shop, decided to have a ‘little cotton gifts’ workshop. Potholders are, of course, the perfect little cotton gift. Yay! This Saturday (Apr. 10 from 11am – 2pm) I get to share my growing love for crochet with the masses at the yarn shop. The workshop is free, you don’t need to sign up, and there will be free patterns for a number of little cotton gifts.

Maggie's Kitchen

The pattern for my little potholders is based on and inspired by Bea Aarebrot’s Crochet Potholder pattern. With Bea’s permission, I will be publishing my own version, complete with five edging choices, and offering it for free download. I’m polishing up the pattern as we speak, and should post it by the beginning of next week.

Maggie's Kitchen

Another project I’ve been working on is my Saroyan Shawl. I’ll be teaching a project class for the shawl on April 17th at Common Threads. The design is fantastic, fun to knit, and I used a really, really fun yarn – Silky Wool (or as Cindy calls it, Silly Wool).

Saroyan Shawl
on display at the shop

Saroyan Shawl
looks better on the dress form than on me

Keep an eye out for the free crochet pattern! It’ll be ready soon…

the swap

I sometimes refer to the kitchen as MY kitchen, but it really is more my husband’s kitchen. He does most of the cooking, so it’s just natural that things are more his way than my way. If I had my way, we would use color coordinated potholders and hot pads. But since we do things his way, we just use ratty dish towels when we need to put a hot pot on the counter.

hot pads

In a way, then, it doesn’t make sense that I would sign up for a potholder swap since we don’t use them and I can’t foresee us ever using them in any practical way, but that’s just what I did. Then I went ahead and made a butt load of potholders. Not only that, but I crocheted them! Crazy talk.

The swap, officially know as hot pads! and potholders – the swap, is coming to a close and I expect to receive my shipment in the next few weeks and I can’t wait. It was super fun to spend time crocheting (and I went a little over the top and now have a bunch of granny squares) and if nothing else, I learned that I am a fantastic granny-squarer. As of right now I could spend the rest of my crochet life making granny squares and be perfectly content.

Here are my hot pads:

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The yarn is all worsted weight wool of varying brands, and the most fun part of all was putting together the crazy colors. I used the free pattern called Sunburst Granny Square by Priscilla Hewitt, on Ravelry here. They were super-curly until I blocked them.

In other news, the chickens have moved to the coop down the hill. They love it down there and we love going down to watch and talk to them. Here’s the coop.

the coop and chicken run

See the cat? She hasn’t bothered the chicks yet, but we have our fingers crossed. The chicken run is well fortified, and we leave the chicks in there all the time.

Here they are after I opened the door:

chicks, exploring

I think this picture is from Friday and they have grown so much even since then! They are gonna be some big chickens.

This is Bugsy:


She (I’m still using that term loosely, we’ll know hes from shes in a couple of weeks) is our favorite because she is the friendliest. She follows Maggie around and it’s very funny. Jerry named her Bugsy because when the kids were trying to feed them bugs, she was the only one who would come right up to them.

There are two others with names (Veronica, as in Veronica Mars and Angela, as in Angela Chase) but I’ll have to get better pictures of them.

Until next time!