I don’t know about you, but I love my cast iron pans. I do almost all my cooking with them and have quite a collection. I even have a gorgeous purple Le Crusette saucepan and skillet. My only complaint is the hot handles. I am just scatterbrained enough to continually burn myself on them!
So, a long time ago, I made a couple of handle “cozies”. Then, I made some for my mom and now I have just finished up a set for a friend. The more of these I knit, the more boring they become, so each successive cozy gets a little bit more elaborate. And, then I thought, “Hey, these are getting pretty cute! I should write out the pattern for them!”
So, without further ado, here it is – the quickest gift you can knit, provided your recipient has a cast iron pan.
Cast Iron Pan Handle Cozy
Yarn – worsted weight cotton, I used Knit Picks Shine (‘cuz it’s what I had in the stash that was washable and I love the shine)
Needles – size 4 DPN’s
cast on 16 st – placing 6 st on first needle, and five on the other two needles. Join in round.
row 1 – p1, k4, p1, *k1,p1* to end
row 2 – p1, c1f, c1b, p1, *k1, p1* to end
repeat rows one and two till cozy measures about 5″ or desired length, ending with row 1.
c1b – slip one stitch to cable needle and hold in back, knit next stitch, knit stich on cable needle
c1f – slip one stitch to cable needle and hold in front, knit next stitch, knit stich on cable needle
Corrugated ribbing version –
this one is not as stretchy due to the use of corrugated ribbing, you may have to change the cast on amount, as long as it is an even number
cast on 20, join in the round
work corrugated ribbing – *k1 with color a, p1 with color b * repeat around.
continue till cozy measures about 5″, or the length of your pan handle
But, really. A smart knitter like you can just go and measure your pan handle, work out the gauge with a little math and get creative with the details. So, go ahead and try it. Use it to learn a new knitting technique (yes, that explains the corrugated ribbing one 🙂 ). It is small, fast and useful. Have some fun with it. 🙂