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Crochet free hot pad patterns
One of the most useful things you can crochet are potholders! By using 100% cotton yarn and a dense double-thick stitch, crochet hot pads will work up fast and make great gifts.
Fun holiday designs, simple solid colors or whimsical shapes will inspire you and they are fun to crochet.
When looking for a crochet hot pad or crochet pot holder pattern always check that it is a double thickness or you won’t get heat protection. Single thickness is great for display, I have two I hang for aesthetic reasons (as shown in this image), and perhaps can use to lift a warm lid from a pot but never to hold a hot dish from the oven. You will burn yourself. I don’t want anyone to have a burned hand!
Always use 100% cotton for kitchen items to ensure your project is heat safe. Acrylic or acrylic cotton blends hold heat and will melt, warp or even catch fire!
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Crochet cat hot pads
These cat hot pads always make me smile when I look at them. They feature a pocket to slip your hand into as well as a built-in hanger to keep them in reach. I love a self-hanging potholder and when I design potholders I always include a hanger.
What a cute gift idea these are too! See more crochet patterns for cat lovers.
Written for beginner- intermediate skill level (what is your crochet skill level see the chart) this crochet potholder is made with a 5.5 mm crochet hook and category 4 cotton yarn in multiple colors depending on which cat you’re making. You will also need accent items like buttons and/or cat eyes you can find in your local craft store.
See the free pattern for cat crochet hot pads.
Striped thermal stitch crochet pot holder set
To me the thermal stitch is a very traditional stitch for potholders because it is a natural double thick stitch and it is beautiful.
The thermal stitch has beautiful flexibility while also being tight, and dense and doesn’t droop, drape or stretch out. (see this post on five types of no-stretch crochet stitches)
This set is designed so that the striped version is a bit larger than the solid one so you know visually which one you may want to grab when it’s time to move a hot pot.
There is a wood ring worked directly into the design so it can hang nearby just ready to reach for when the time comes.
These are made with mercerized cotton but you can use regular crafters cotton to make them.
See the free crochet pattern for the self-hanging thermal stitch potholder set.
Granny square style crochet hot pad
If you love the look of a classic crochet granny square you will adore this square double-thick potholder. Using two colors gives great visual interest and the construction makes it beginner-friendly.
it uses a 4 mm crochet hook and category 4 cotton yarn. It is worked up as a square and then strategically folded to create a heat-safe double thickness.
You may also like this post on 10 beautiful granny square patterns.
Big fish crochet potholder
This whimsical and large double-thick crochet potholder is one of my most popular designs. A round “hook” is worked into the mouth so it hangs easily and it is a fun conversation piece on display in your kitchen.
They clock in a 14″ long to give great hand and wrist protection for transferring larger pots and casseroles from the oven to another surface. I cook a lot and have long hands so big-sized crochet hot pads are always on my mind for every potholder design I create.
There is a zebra fish and clown fish , each is a different free pattern because the stitches are different, however the size is the same.
Click the images to see the free patterns.
Christmas crochet potholders free pattern
These whimsical and practical double thick peppermint Christmas crochet hot pads are big. They come in at a nice 9″ circle to keep hands safe when transferring hot dishes around. Added to the 9″ body are additional fun candy wrappers, one of which has a hidden hook so you can display them festively in your holiday kitchen.
They are worked in a spiral with simple increases you can work without checking a pattern once you do the initial setup.
There is a free matching peppermint kitchen towel holder too! you will have a super cute peppermint holiday-themed kitchen with these crochet kitchen accessories.
See all my free crochet Christmas patterns
- Holiday gnomes free pattern
- Peppermint double thick hanging potholders
- Peppermint crochet kitchen towel hanger
- Boho christmas ornament pattern
- Crochet Christmas tree trio pattern
- Gingerbread coastal cottage crochet Christmas stocking free pattern
Double thick crochet bunny hot pad pattern
Easter is my favorite holiday – it is just so precious and this potholder is one reason that proves that!
This adorable bunny potholder is two sided for double thickness then finished with a fun and fancy edge. Finished size is 8 x8″ and there is a graph included in the free pattern from daisy farm crafts here.
See more free Easter crochet patterns.
Hexagon puff stitch crochet hot pads
Thick puff stitches create a heat safe potholder. The hexagon shape looks clean, fresh and modern.
The finished measurement is 8″ x 7.25″ or work an extra round for a larger finished hot pad.
You will work this crochet potholder using cotton yarn and a 5 mm crochet hook along with recommended stitch markers (this helps keep your hexagon lined up perfectly).
Stars and stripes crochet potholder free pattern set
Show your US spirit with this patriotic design for double thick potholders. The finished item is a 7.5″ square.
This pattern is worked with a 3.5 mm crochet hook for a tight heat-protecting stitch. The stars are added after the project is finished as a decorative accent.
Round crochet hot pad
A sweet elegant round crochet potholder pattern. Two rounds are worked then seamed together then a decorative edge is added.
Work up in solid or stripes using a 4.5 mm crochet hook. Finished size is a generous 13″ and would work great as a trivet too!
See the free pattern from crochet n’ create for this crochet hot pad and trivet.
Crochet Easter Egg Potholder free pattern
These simple beginner friendly double thick crochet Easter egg potholders work up fast. Because they are worked in the round they have a natural double thick layer for heat protection.
Finished potholder is 10″ x 8.5″. Decorative stitches in sweet spring like wildflowers blowing in the wind or strategic stripes add a festive touch. Video tutorial to work up all stages of the potholder with ease, even for beginners.
This pattern uses 100 % heat safe cotton yarn, a 5 mm crochet hook and a 1.5″ wood ring to hang. A beautiful sping display for your kitchen!
Click image to see the free pattern.
Two tone round crochet potholder pattern
Pretty round crochet hot pads that use treble crochet to create a visually interesting crochet design.
This pattern is a finished size of 9.5″ for great hand coverage. Works as a beautiful trivet too.
Crochet chicken potholder pattern
This potholder uses a thick stitch called the linked single crochet stitch. It is ALMOST as thick and heatsafe as the thermal stitch. The hand slips into the front breast pocket. There is a wood ring attached to the comb for easy hanging.