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T-Yarn Pot Handle Cover

Posted on November 8, 2009

T-Yarn Handle Cover
Brown T-Yarn Handle Cover
This recycled craft project was created by me out of necessity. I needed a pot handle cover for my old cast iron skillet. The handle gets hot and I wanted a sleeve type cover that I could just leave on the skillet. Well I grabbed some curled t-yarn or tarn and started crocheting. Here are my two finished t-yarn skillet covers.

Maybe you haven’t heard about t-yarn yet. Well it’s yarn you create from old recycled t-shirts. You take the t-shirts and cut them into long continuous strips. I then stretch it which causes the t-yarn to curl in on itself. Here is a picture tutorial if you’d like to make your own t-yarn.

The nice thing about t-yarn or tarn is that it stretches and fits snugly on my skillet handle. I also wanted to make one using regular rug so I crocheted this handle cover using some thrift store black rug yarn.
Rug Yarn Pot Handle

So whether you’d like to crochet your handle cover using recycled materials or regular yarn, here is the free pattern and details below. This pattern is easily adaptable for pots and skillets of different sizes. It’s a very easy pattern with simple stitches that works up quickly. So what are you waiting for — Grab your hook and crochet!

Free Crocheted Pot Handle Cover Pattern

Finished handle cover shown is 5″ long and 1-3/4 to 2″ wide

1 oz) T-yarn cut about 1/2″ wide and stretched or chunky rug yarn

Hook: J (6 mm) crochet hook

Rnd 1
Using T-yarn or regular yarn, ch 10 and join with Sl St to form a ring.

Check your opening to make sure it is wide enough to fit over your pot handle after the first few rounds. Add a few more ch sts to your beginning chain to make a wider handle or decrease your ch sts for a smaller handle opening.

Rnd 2 -13
Ch 1, work Sc in each st around, do NOT join but just continue working Sc around in each stitch until cover is desired length. At end of last round, Sl St into last 3 St of rnd to create a smooth edge for your ending round. FO.

For my cast iron skillet cover, I crocheted 13 rounds but you can add or decrease the number of rounds you crochet to get the correct length of your handle cover.

Closing the end
Close the end of your handle cover by attaching either a contrasting color or the same color of yarn. When using T-yarn, the beginning chain stitches always was wider for me than my final round so I attach my T-yarn with a Sl St on the wider end as my skillet handle is wider there.

Contrasting option:
Work Sc around evenly by inserting your hook into Sc from the first row rather than into the chain round. This creates a spike stitch look. At end of rnd, don’t join. Just continue around top to close working now by working *1 Sc over next 2 sts* (1 Dec made). Repeat between * to end of rnd. Cut yarn leaving a small tail to use to weave under to completely close the end.

Simple option:
Using yarn, attach with Sl St to beginning opening edge. Sl St through both layers of the end flat to close the end. FO and weave under ends and close opening completely.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab above.

Ch – Chain
Dec – Decrease
Ea – Each
FO – Finish Off
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch
T-yarn – T-shirt Yarn

This pattern is copyrighted by Cindy at My Recycled Bags {dot com} and may only be used for private individual use. No commercial sales or use is permitted. Links to this pattern are acceptable. Ā©2009

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10 Responses to “T-Yarn Pot Handle Cover”

  1. Heather
    Nov 08, 2009

    I make some very similar pothandles but I felt them after knitting and then sometimes needle felt designs onto them. Now that you have them don’t you wonder how you ever made do without them. šŸ˜‰
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Thrifting on a Thursday =-.

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    Nov 09, 2009

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  3. Loretta
    Nov 09, 2009

    This is a very innovative idea. The only thing I’d worry about of course is for those that have gas stoves with actual flames up on top…. careful where you leave that skillet šŸ˜‰

  4. Very neat idea Cindy! Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Rachel @ Crochet Spot´s last blog ..Crochet Pattern: Checkered Loop Scarf =-.

  5. Rina
    Nov 09, 2009

    Fantastic post, thanks for submitting to the MIFS carnival!!

  6. Rachel
    Nov 25, 2009

    This is cool- does the heat of the handle effect it at all? LOVE the idea of using old t-shirts!
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..40 Day Challenge: Day 39 =-.

  7. Cindy
    Nov 29, 2009

    Thanks so much for coming by for a visit. I have been using my t-yarn
    handle cover for several weeks now and just keep it on the handle all the
    time. As someone mentioned, be careful if using gas flame for heat but my
    burner is electric and I don’t have to worry about this so I just have
    left it on. The cover is holding up fine and I am very happy with it.

  8. Ruthie
    Jan 28, 2010

    I wonder if they are easy to remove and put back on or if that is a hassle. I have a gas stove and wouldn’t want it to go up in flames.

  9. Cindy
    Jan 29, 2010

    I take my t-shirt yarn cover on and off. Especially when I use it on my crockpot I slip it on when I’m lifting the lid and then take it off when done.

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