We have contracted with two talented knitters (Annamarie and Yelena) to create panhandlers specifically to fit the vintage cast iron skillets that we sell. We have tried other pot holders with our pans, and these are special because they are double-strand 100% wool and felted, and thus they are thick and have insulating properties, and they fit well. Other pan handle covers that you see flop around on the skillet handles, slip and slide, and fall off. These do not. They fit snugly onto the handle and work to protect your hands from the heat of the cast iron pan handle. These are lovely handcrafted little pieces.
Annamarie and Yelena hand-knit each panhandler from high-quality double-stranded 100% wool yarn. After knitting the piece to a pattern specifically made to fit our pans, they felt each piece individually using a decades-old technique, and carefully craft them after felting to fit onto our vintage skillet handles. These panhandlers fit Griswold and Wagner skillets as well as many if not most of the other vintage skillets that you may find; not just ours. They are fine pieces; nice and thick, gorgeous, and they fit snugly onto our pan handles. Should you wish to change the size for your particular pan handler, you can simply spritz it with water and stretch and pull it as you wish onto the handle, and then let it air dry.
Colors vary depending on what Annamarie and Yelena are knitting. Bear in mind that the panhandlers are individually crafted; no two will be exactly the same and there may be some variance between the photo and the panhandler that you receive.
If you have a preference for a particular color, please note the number of the color it in the customer comments when you place your order. If you give us a few options, that is helpful. Otherwise, we will surprise you.
We also offer 100% New Zealand wool panhandlers crafted by female artisans in Nepal, in a separate listing.
To care for the panhandler, machine wash it and air dry it over the handle of your skillet. You can stretch as needed.
Use your common sense when using the panhandler; it’s 100% wool but it’s not a welder’s glove. Use it as you would use a pot holder; if it’s hot, don’t touch.
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