*I got this idea from a friend who asked, for personal reasons, not to be credited. Still, I wanted to make sure to say it’s not totally mine.
If you love your cast iron, but not the heat that distributes throughout the pan all the way to the handle, sit down for a spell to crochet up one of these little cuties! You’ll be so glad you did!
This pattern uses the afghan stitch, which is a bit different than your usual single, double or even triple crochet stitches. Interestingly, you never turn your work when you use the afghan stitch, but rather work back and forth (right to left, then left to right). Usually you would use a special hook for this stitch–and it is more comfortable to–but if you don’t have an afghan hook, feel free to use your favorite hook for this project, as it is small enough to fit on a standard sized hook.
Cast Iron Skillet Handle Cozy
What you need:
worsted weight cotton yarn (I use Peaches & Cream)
H hook (or an afghan hook the same size as your H)
To start: Ch. 15
Row 1, first half of your foundation row: insert your hook into the second chain, yo, then draw the loop through the chain, leaving both loops on your hook. Think of it like this—you will not finish the full single crochet, but rather, just do half of it.
Next, *insert your hook into the next chain, yo, then draw the loop through the chain*. Repeat to the end of the row. You should end with 15 loops on your hook.
Row 1, second half of your foundation row (working from left to right): YO, and draw through one loop. YO and draw through two loops and repeat across until you have only one loop left on your hook. This completes your first full row.
Row 2, first half of your foundation row: Insert your hook into the second “post” (vertical stitch*), YO and draw back through that same post, leaving two loops on your hook. Continue working to the end of the row of posts, ending with 15 loops on your hook.
Row 2, second half of your foundation row: Repeat instructions for the second half of Row 1.
Rows 3-15: Repeat instructions for Row 2, first and second halves.
Here’s what you should have before you go on to finishing your cozy:
To finish: Fold in half, wrong sides together (either way is fine, just keep in mind the length of your skillet handle–f you make it too long, it may catch fire, so shorter may be better).
Single crochet along the outside edge, working 3 sc in corner stitch, and continuing on to stitch short side. Finish by fastening off and weaving in ends.