The very first time I saw one of those Origami Hotpads (I didn't know how it was called back then), it was at my MIL's few months ago. She has one in her kitchen, and I remember spending some time trying to figure out how it was stitched. I couldn't...
Only a while ago, and searching the Internet for something else, I came across instructions for a Hotpad just like my MIL's. I was so thrilled that I couln't wait to cast on - or should I say chain on for crochet? - and make one of those Origami Hotpads right away.
This project is really fantastic and quick to work on (I make one in two hours) and those hotpads make great little presents! I made them for my swapees - although I kept one of the blues is for moi... It is perfect for handling my keetle when I make my tea.
I got the pattern really well memorized after a while, and I dared a little variation, an Crocheted Origami Bean Bag that I made using the same yarn that I used for my Seamless Bean Bag (free pattern in the left side bar here, under "free designs").
My family is very fond of Bean Bags. Kids use them for playing, and Mister Tricotine and I like to rest our elbow or/and wrist on one when we are at the computer. Besides, warm up few seconds in the microwave, they make great warm pads and pocket warmers in winter. Ones never got too much Bean Bags, right?