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Making Crocheted Potholders

Crocheted potholders come in all shapes and sizes. This is a guide about crocheted potholders.

Crocheted Pot Holder
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March 28, 2016 Flag

I made three items today for you to enjoy.

Kitchen Crochet Trio (Magnet, Coasters, and Hotpads)

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May 26, 2009 Flag

These potholders are thick and safe, so long as you crochet tight stitches. If you use a larger hook, you may get air spaces where the hot pan can burn your fingers. If a size H hook is too loose, get an F or G hook. We all crochet at different tensions. I have made many for gifts as well as for our home, and they always see lots of use. They look nice in a Christmas basket along with kitchen utensils, specialty foods and/or a little cookbook. You can use up scraps of color-compatible yarns as I did here, and they make an interesting pattern. I like the mixed colors better than a solid color.



Using one strand of 4-ply knitting worsted such as Red Heart, and a size H crochet hook, chain 35. SC in second stitch from hook working tightly and SC in each stitch (33 stitches). Turn work and SC along the other side of the chain. Continue working around the piece SC in each stitch. You are working in rounds. Do not increase! At first it looks as if you are making a pocket.

After a few rounds, you will have a canoe-shaped piece. Make a total of 24-25 rounds. Press the ends toward the center, and you will see a diagonal pattern develop. The two sides should meet in the middle. If they do, and the result makes a square shape, cut the yarn leaving a 24-inch tail. Whipstitch the two sides together using a darning needle or feed sack needle with a flat tip. Anchor the first stitch by going back through it once. If you enter the stitches on the right, and then pick up the right side of the other row, your seam will look like part of the crocheting.

Make the hanging loop: At the other end, anchor the stitching again by taking an extra stitch in the right side of the corner, and pull the yarn through. Tie the tail end of the yarn back onto the rest of the yarn. Push your hook through the hot pad at the corner and pull a stitch through. Chain 10 stitches. Push hook through the hot pad at the left of the same corner and SC. Move over one stitch to the left and SC again. Now SC over the CH10 loop to cover, using 18 SC. Cover the ends of the knot. Make another SC in the potholder next to the first one and end off. Work in the loose end using a darning needle or feed sack needle.

Source: I copied one from an example a friend made, then made it bigger.

By coreenhart from Rupert, ID

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August 17, 2009 Flag
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If you can single crochet, you can make this heavy double thickness potholder. Crochet Potholder

Approximate Time: Two hours.



  1. Chain 40 or whatever size you want your potholder. (This will be the size.)
  2. Single crochet on each side of the chain. Do not add stiches at the end of the row. You want it to start to "buckle" right away.
  3. Single Crochet Potholder

  4. Continue single crocheting around until the yarn meets. This will take awhile, so sit back and enjoy, but make sure not to add stitches.
  5. When the yarn meets you will be ready to close the potholder. I crochet it closed, but you can slip stitch and it will look exactly the same.
  6. Chain six (or whatever you would like) to form the loop. Inside the chain single crochet to give the loop strength.
Single Crochet Potholder

This is a great way to use up scrap yarn and the potholders are very sturdy when going through the washer.

Since first posting this project, I found that in the last three rows, If you use a contrasting yarn, the potholder looks so much better. See top photo.

By Tedebear from San Jose, CA

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November 20, 2008 Flag
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I am looking for crocheted potholder patterns.

Judy from Traverse

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November 20, 20080 found this helpful

Lots of patterns take your pick:

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November 26, 20080 found this helpful

Just saw some cute (free) patterns on the Lion Brand Yarn website. ... chet+washcloth&Go.x=0&Go.y=0

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November 26, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks very much for sending me the web pages.

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November 27, 20080 found this helpful

Just don't crochet these out of polyester yarn that melts. I bought some at a craft sale, and they melted when in contact with hot pans from the oven. Sort of defeated the purpose of potholders.

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April 13, 2010 Flag
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I am looking for crocheted pot holder instructions.

By SPittam

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April 15, 20100 found this helpful

I have to second the reply to go to - it's a wonderful treasure trove of crochet patterns. For a wonderful, thick potholder try the "Magic Potholder" pattern. Easy, quick, double thick. I've made a lot of these with acrylic yarn and also cotton yarn. Both work well.

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April 19, 20100 found this helpful and then go to 'all free patterns' you'll see free crochet patterns for the home.

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December 30, 2008 Flag
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I am looking for a crochet pattern for a hot pad using the rings from the top of pop cans. I have made them before but it has been a long time ago and I have forgotten how to lay them out to interlock.

Beth from Fort Deposit, AL

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December 31, 20080 found this helpful

I could not find a hot pad; but this purse tutorial might jog your memory. One of the rounds might be extended for a hot pad?

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January 6, 20090 found this helpful

Plastic Pop Ring Potholder


1 six-pack of pop rings cut apart into rings and trimmed into circles.

Knitting worsted yarn: Main color and contrast color.

G crochet hook


Using main color. Sc around each individual ring until full(do not force sts).(6 rings)

With contrasting color, ch 50 sts. Turn and skip 3 sts. Then dc in each remaining ch. End off.

Spread out rings and overlap the edges like a deck of cards spread out. (See first image)

Take the contrasting color strip and weave over and under the rings to weave together. When back to beginning, tie the strip to the beginning and arrange the rings so they look nice. (Takes a little pulling and twisting.)

Sc with contrasting color around the outside of the potholder to anchor the rings in place(See 2nd image).


The rings are drawn in different colors to make them easier to see. The strip and contrasting color are drawn in blue.

Image #1

Image #2

you can also find it at the following website:

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January 6, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks trishaj, that is the one I was looking for. Jilson has also sent a great ideal. Love the purse made out of tabs. Ihave already started collecting the tabs.

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October 29, 2008 Flag
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Does any one have a crochet pattern of a dog and a pig Potholders and Hot Pads?


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October 30, 20080 found this helpful

Pig potholder:

Perky Pig and Hot Dog on:

Perky pig and Puggy Wuggy on:

Hope one of these is what you are looking for:)

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April 13, 2010 Flag
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I am trying to locate instructions for crochet potholders.

By surfingranny from Madeira Beach, FL


Instructions for Crocheted Potholders

Oh, I envy those that can crochet. I never got the hang of it.

I don't know what type you are looking for exactly, but these links have several different kinds on each:

If you are looking for more of a basic potholder try one of these: (08/10/2009)

By Kaelle

Instructions for Crocheted Potholders

I posted a crocheted potholder that is super simple on this site. It is just chain and single crochet. If you have trouble with the pattern, let me know.

Tedebear (08/13/2009)

By Tedebear

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August 12, 2009 Flag
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This is a super easy pattern for a potholder that is easy enough for a beginner. It works up into a nice thick potholder that can be made larger for a table heat mat. This potholder is worked in the round so there is no increases or turning. It works up fast and easy so that even a child learning to crochet can accomplish this pattern. It would make a great Christmas present for a grandmother, Aunt or Mommy or anyone who bakes. This project is also a great portable project so when you are at your doctors or any where you have to wait you can work on it, it can slide right into a purse.

Time: About 2-3 hours


  • "I" crochet hook
  • Scrap yarn (I used worsted weight) Color of your choice


Chain 40

Round 1 single crochet in each stitch across, now single crochet across the bottom of the row you just made. You now have an oval piece.

Round 2 until finished: Continue to single crochet in each stitch around. With each round that you do the ends will start to fold in. This is what you want. Continue until both ends meet in the center. Now on my last row I just pulled the two sides together and slip stitched the opening closed but you could cut the yarn at this point and whip stitch the potholder closed.

Loop for hanging: At one corner attach yarn and chain six. Attach to corner with a slipstitch. Turn and single crochet in each stitch across. Cut and weave in ends.

Final Note: I worked this up in a variegated blue yarn I had left over from another project and it worked up into a nice diagonal striped pattern.

By Debra Frick


Craft Project: Single Crochet Potholder

Sorry, but I think it's important to note that it's a REALLY bad idea to use acrylic yarn for potholders. Plastic MELTS, and I learned that the hard way. It is not fun to sit in the ER while the doctor pulls melted yarn out of your skin. (09/17/2008)

By mamamoonie

Craft Project: Single Crochet Potholder

I have been making these potholders for years. They are very simple. I have given a lot away for gifts. I usually change colors at different stages for the stipe effect. (09/18/2008)

By Arnie.

By daisylover

Craft Project: Single Crochet Potholder

I have used worsted weight yarn for many many years for potholders and have never had one melt yet. Burn yes, when my kids left it on the stove on a lit burner but I guess it could be a concern, I am so sorry to hear that you got hurt. (10/01/2008)

By Debra Frick

Craft Project: Single Crochet Potholder

I also have been making these for several years. I save all my scraps of yarn. Just wind your scraps into a big ball. I use any leftovers that are 6 inches or longer. Just tie the new piece onto the end on your ball, and continue to wind. I use mostly 4 ply, but in some cases I have scraps of sport yarn, and I just double it and tie it to my ball. I have made many "one of a kind colors" by this method. And as another reader mentioned, I have never had one actually melt, but if this is a worry to you, just use cotton yarn to make them. It comes in many pretty colors. (10/01/2008)

By Harlean from Arkansas

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