Hi everyone! It is so great to hear about everyone's progress.
I am still working on finding the right pattern- which makes me a little nervous!! All the ones posted so far are beautiful. It seems like every time I settle on a pattern, I start crocheting a prototype and find that the pattern is too hole-y... I mean, it's a hot pad, I don't want huge lacy holes that fingers and surfaces could get burned through- and then it is back to square one!! Smaller holes, like the ones pictured here seem fine, but I keep finding patterns with real WHOPPER holes.
I found a possibility among the free lion brand patterns and will share the outcome later tonight after I crochet a prototype.
Good luck everyone!