I bought myself a new cast iron skillet today. I love cooking with cast iron. No worry about non-stick coatings coming off the skillet and eating the coating material. Cast iron cooking pots and skillets literally can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
So I needed a medium-sized skillet for cooking and bought myself a new Lodge cast iron #10SK 12 inch skillet. Of course I needed a new handle cover for the new pan. I have crocheted pot covers for my other cast iron pans and they are so handy. You don’t need a potholder to move it and the handle cover is always on the pan. I just leave the cover on the pan as generally the handle doesn’t need cleaning or seasoning.
Here is the free crochet pattern for the t-shirt yarn handle cover. I cut my t-shirt strip in one continuous strand about 1/4 inch wide. Then I gently stretch the narrow strand which causes it to curl in on itself. I call this material curled t-yarn.
This skillet handle is a bit narrower than my big cast iron 14 inch pan so I had to work a decrease on each side of the cover on one round before the end. That tightened it up and then I used the tail at the end to weave it closed even a bit tighter so it fits snug on the handle.
If you haven’t already discovered the joy of cooking on cast iron, I hope you will try it. It is so important to clean and season cast iron properly after each use. Without good seasoning of the pan, you will find cooking miserable with everything sticking in the pan. Here is a good informational article on how to clean and season cast iron cookware. With proper seasoning, you will love cooking on cast iron and find it’s almost like using a non-stick pan.