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Crochet ~ Fruit Hot Pads

Crochet Fruit Hot Pads

Now that my job has ended for the summer,  I have time to catch up on posting some of the crochet projects that I finished over the past few months.  ~ After teaching myself how to crochet circles, I made some, fruit hot pads. They are as cute as can be! My kitchen has a fruit and veggie theme going on, so these hot pads fit right in.

 

watermelon hot pad

The watermelon and the orange hot pads are made from a simple double crochet circle. I reviewed the Beth in Texas’s video from my post on crocheting circles.

The real lesson, for me, in making these hot pad was learning how to change yarn color between rows and how to cast off when crocheting in the round. At first I was changing my yarn color by simply adding the new color yarn when forming the slip stitch at the end of a row. This seems to be a standard method.

 

changing color with a slip stitch

However, I did not like seeing the joining slip stitch. To me the color change stitch was very obvious.

 


Therefore, I switched to casting off at the end of one color and starting the new color row following Tamara Kelly’s alternative method video.

 


I also found this super video by Crochet Cabana on how to make a neat and tidy cast off.

 

changing colorUsing both of these methods together was great. I’ll bet you can’t even see where I joined the light green row and the dark green row, or cast off on the outer dark green row.

 

3 fruit hot padsI used the Tutti Fruitti Potholder Pattern for the orange and watermelon hot pads. The apple hot pad pattern is a free download from Yarnspirations. Lazy Daisy Stitch

I used the Lazy Daisy embroidery stitch for the  apple and watermelon seeds.

 

hot pads w felt backing

The back side of the hot pads are nicely finished. I sewed a felt backing to each hot pad . . . .

Blanket Stitch

using a blanket stitch along the outer edge. Now, all I have to do is find a spot among my fruit and veggie wares to display my little hot pads!

apple tea setVintage Japanese apple ware.

fruit and veggieA small part of my vintage salt and pepper shaker collection and some tomato tea cups.

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