Hot pads not only protect your hands from heat while cooking or baking, but also make it easy to transport hot dishes from the oven to the table. In this blog post, we will provide an easy step-by-step pattern for crocheting your own hot pads with handles.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crocheter, this pattern is sure to be a fun project that you can use and enjoy for years to come. So, grab your crochet hook and let’s get started on these easy potholders!
How to Crochet a Hot Pad
To be able to crochet a hot pad you will need to know a few basic crochet stitches as well as have some supplies on hand like yarn, a crochet hook to name a few. Learn more below.
Stitches in A Hot Pad
When it comes to crocheting a hot pad, there are many stitches that you can use. However, in this pattern we will use three of the most commonly used stitches, which are the single crochet, half double crochet and chain stitch.
Single Crochet (sc): The Single Crochet stitch is a simple stitch that is often used in beginner crochet projects. It is a tight stitch that creates a dense and sturdy fabric.
To work a single crochet stitch in your hot pad, you will need to insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, and draw up a loop. Then, yarn over again and pull through both loops on the hook. Repeat this process for each stitch in the row.
Half Double Crochet (hdc): The Half double Crochet stitch is a slightly taller stitch that creates a looser fabric than single crochet. It is a versatile stitch that can be used in a variety of crochet projects.
To work a half double crochet stitch in your hot pad, you will need to yarn over, insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over again, and draw up a loop. Then, yarn over again and pull through all three loops on the hook. Repeat this process for each stitch in the row.
Chain (ch): The chain stitch is another important stitch in crochet that is used in many projects, including hot pads. It is the foundation stitch for most crochet patterns and is used to create the starting row or foundation chain.
To work a chain stitch, you will need to make a slipknot on your hook, then yarn over and pull the loop through the slipknot to create your first chain stitch. To create additional chain stitches, simply yarn over and pull the yarn through the previous loop on your hook, creating a new loop each time. Continue this process until you have reached the desired number of chain stitches.
Yarn for a Hot Pad
To make a hot pad, you will want to use a 100% cotton yarn. I had some leftover Paintbox Cotton Aran yarn from other projects, so I decided to use that up and make some hot pads!
I used the yarn colors:
- Light Caramel
- Vanilla Cream
- Soft Fudge
Paint Box Cotton Aran Yarn
Fiber: 100% Cotton
Yardage: 93 yards
Hook: 4.5 mm (7)
I held two skeins together at the same time to make these hot pads thicker and sturdier.
How to Hold Two Skeins of Yarn Together
Holding two skeins of yarn together is a great way to create a thicker and more durable fabric for your hot pad. Here’s how you can do it:
- Choose two skeins of yarn that are the same color and weight. You can also pick different colors to create a marled effect, like I did for this example.
- Unravel the two skeins of yarn a bit and hold them together in your hand.
- Make a slipknot with both strands of yarn and insert your hook into the knot.
- Begin working your hot pad using the stitch pattern provided, holding both strands of yarn together as you go.
- When you come to the end of the row, turn your work,
- To start the next row, chain 1, insert your hook into the first stitch and repeat the process, holding both strands of yarn together as you work.
The resulting fabric will be sturdier and more resistant to wear and tear, making it ideal for handling hot dishes and pots. Use different color combinations and stitch patterns to make hot pads that are both useful and beautiful.
Ready to Get Started?
This pattern is super simple to crochet, customize in any color and makes a great first project! Read on down to find the full free crochet pattern for hot pads!
Crochet Hot Pads Pattern
Skill Level: Basic
- Two skeins of cotton yarn (#4 medium weight) Paintbox Cotton Aran or any four weight cotton yarn
- Crochet hook Size J 6 mm
- Yarn needle
- ch = chain
- hdc = half double crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
- sk = skip
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- sc = single crochet
- Written in standard US terms
- Hold two skeins of yarn together at the same time for the entire hot pads pattern!
The Hot Pads Crochet Pattern Steps
Remember to hold two skeins of yarn together the entire project
TO BEGIN: Ch 20
ROW 1: Insert hook into the second ch from the hook, hdc, hdc into each st across the row, turn. (19)
ROW 2-13: ch 1 in the first st hdc, hdc into each of the remaining sts across, turn. (19)
ROW 14: ch 1, in the first sc, sc one into each of the next 7 sts, ch 8, sk 3 sts, sl st once into each of the last 8 sts, turn.
Row 15: ch 1, in the first st sc, one sc into each of the next 7 sts, sc 8x around the chains from the previous round, one sc into each of the last 8 sts, turn.
Finishing: Fasten off, cut with scissors and weave in loose ends with a yarn needle.
Now enjoy your new crochet hot pads for the kitchen!
I hope you liked this crochet hot pads pattern and if you need any clarification, please feel free to ask! If you want more inspiration, you can follow me on Pinterest.