I mainly use cast iron pans in my kitchen, and the handles can get very hot. A regular potholder can be a little awkward to handle when moving the pot, but it’s what I’ve been using. I recently saw some pan handle covers for sale in a catalog and thought they would be pretty simple to make. I made up a quick sample the other night and really like the result. I’m going to make up a few more of these, now. The length is perfect for my griddle and aebleskiver pan. It’s a little long for my skillet, but fine if I fold the end up. I may shorten one of the next ones that I make by a few rows for a custom fit for my skillet.
Here’s the pattern, which is so simple it’s almost not a pattern:
With 2 strands of worsted weight wool held together, cast on 17 stitches. I used size 11 needles.
Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl the next) for a total of 26 rows. Cast off and leave a long tail. Use the tail to sew up the side and bottom.
To shrink the wool, I just threw it in the washing machine with my regular laundry until it shrunk the amount that I liked- this took 3 laundry loads.
This only took a few minutes to knit. Nothing fancy, but very useful!