You can never have too many hot pads in the kitchen! Here is one that shows off a Celtic Knot – perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day meal or for any day you would like to remember Ireland while you dine.
I named this after the Irish town, Killarney – one of my favorite towns I visited in Ireland in June 2016. Here are some photos from our trip:
I was the instructor on a special crochet tour with Annie’s and Craftours. It was a wonderful trip where we saw the sights of beautiful Ireland, crocheted together and enjoyed the Irish people and their hospitality.
(Scroll to the end of this blog post to see more photos of beautiful Killarney)
During our trip I taught 3 crochet workshops in which we made a variety of Celtic Knot projects. While in Killarney we actually worked on two projects – the Galway Necklace and this Killarney Hot Pad. This is a great project to try if it is your first time weaving a Celtic Knot because of its larger size. (This is actually why I designed this project – so those who find it difficult to see their stitches with small crochet thread had another option for a Celtic Knot project.) You may also have noticed that the knot in this project is the same as the knot in the Celtic Knot Pin so once you try your hand at the Hot Pad, you will probably have a better time weaving the smaller similar knot for the pin.
Also, to help you be successful I have created several videos to go along with this project. Any time you see some text in red, just click on it and it will take you to Youtube to watch the tutorial.
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Cotton yarn (Size 3) in 2 colors
(Yarn shown in photos: Omega Sinfonia – #823 (red) / #863 (light tan) and # 884 (magenta)/# 831 (light blue) )
Diagram of Knot – download here: Celtic Knot Diagram
Cork board – 8” x 8” (20 cm x 20 cm)
20 sewing pins
Hot pad is made by weaving one long crocheted cord into a decorative knot. Then the knot is attached to a circular base.
Knot = 5 1/2” x 5 1/2” (14 cm x 14 cm)
Base = 7 ¼” x 7 ¼” (18 ½ cm x 18 ½ cm)
Ch = chain
Dc = double crochet
Ch-3 picot = ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook
Cord: Approx. 31” long (78 ¾ cm)
Working in the back bar of the chain, dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across. (167 dc)
- Pin knot diagram to cork board
- Lay cord on top of diagram aligning cord end with red star and pin in place
- Continue to lay cord along path of knot making sure to pass correctly either over or under. Pin in place
- Other cord end should meet up with first end and be hidden under overpassing cord
- Pin all crossings and remove knot from cork board
- Sew all crossings on the Wrong Side with matching yarn and needle
Starting ch-3 of each round counts as a dc
At the end of each round, join with a sl st to the top of the starting ch-3.
Round 1: With contrasting color work (ch 3, 11 dc) in an adjustable ring. (12 dc)
(Optional Round 1: Ch 4, work 11 dc in 4th ch from hook)
Round 2: Ch 3, dc in same st; 2 dc in each st around. (24 dc)
Round 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st; (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) around. (36 dc)
Round 4: Ch 3, dc in same st, and in each of next 2 sts; (2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts) around. (48 dc)
Round 5: Ch 3, dc in same st and in each of next 3 sts; (2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts) around. (60 dc)
Round 6: Ch 3, dc in same st and in each of next 4 sts; (2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 4 sts) around. (72 dc)
Round 7: Ch 3, dc in same st and in each of next 5 sts; (2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 5 sts) around. (84 dc)
Round 8: Working in back loops only, sc in each st around. When reach center 3 sts of each loop on knot, sc through back loop of cord and back loop of sts on base.
Round 9: Ch 1, sc in same st; (ch 5, sk next 2 sts, sc in next st) around. ( 28 ch-5 sps)
Round 10: Ch 1, [(2 sc, ch 3 picot, 2 sc) in next ch-5 sp, sl st in next sc] around. Fasten off.
Lightly steam block and let dry completely.
I hope you enjoyed making this project – please send along photos or post them on this Ravelry page – I love to see what you make and which colors you choose! Here is an image for your Pinterest board:
More photos of the flowers, churches and people of Killarney:
Copyright 2018 – Jennifer E Ryan, all rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others.
If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, please see our About page for details.