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How to Crochet a Pot Holder

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Learn how to crochet a pot holder in cotton yarn. This hot pad pattern is a great project to add a little handmade flair in your kitchen. You can crochet pot holders in a variety of colors, or even use variegated yarn.

Thick crochet potholders make great gifts. This variegated yarn works up beautifully in a plain old potholder. If you want to use different colors for stripes that’s a great way to use up stash yarn.

Pink multi colored crochet hot pad with towel and set of spoons.

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This double-thick crochet potholder pattern will protect the kitchen counter from hot dishes.

This tutorial includes step by step photos. Plus I show you how to add the hanging loop in the free pattern below.

This easy pattern is a simple idea for any beginner crocheter to make.

Pink variegated pot holder with spoon and towel.

What yarn do you use for pot holders?

The important thing to remember about crocheting for the kitchen is to use the right yarn. If you’re planning to set hot pots on a pot holder then it needs to be crocheted with cotton yarn.

Acrylic yarn is not a natural fiber so it will melt under heat. Do not use it for hot pads. Use a cotton, or cotton blend if you plan to set a hot pan it.

And if you’re crocheting dishcloths don’t use acrylic either. Use cotton yarn because it’s absorbent and acrylic is not. The Cara is an easy crochet pattern for a dishcloth.

Pink multi colored crochet pot holder with loop on blue background.


  • 4 medium worsted weight cotton yarn. I use Joann’s Big Twist Cotton (85% cotton, 15% polyester, 96 yd / 88 m, 1.94 oz / 55 g) color: Multi Rosy Cheeks, (2) balls, or 192 yd of comparable yarn.
  • 5mm US Size H-8 crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • measuring tape
  • scissors


  1. Pattern is worked continuously in the round. Do not join or turn.


4″ / 10 cm x 4″ / 10 cm = 16.5 sc x 19 rows of sc

Gauge is not terribly important for this pattern, but your sizing may vary.

Skill Level


Stitches / Abbreviations (US Terms)

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

sl st – slip stitch

More Crochet Patterns for Cotton Yarn

The Juliet Coaster is simple single crochet coaster pattern with a beautiful trim.

The Bria Washcloth features a simple textured stitch that’s easy enough for a new crocheter.

The Library crochet tote bag has a similar construction to this pot holder pattern.

Looking for a bigger project? Check out one of this cozy crochet baby blankets from Crochet Dreamz.

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Pink variegated pot holder with spoon and towel.

How to Crochet a Pot Holder

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $2

Crochet a simple, double thick pot holder in this step by step tutorial!


  • #4 medium worsted weight cotton yarn. I use Joann's Big Twist Cotton (85% cotton, 15%polyester, 96 yd / 88 m, 1.94 oz / 55 g) color: Multi Rosy Cheeks, (2) balls, or 192 yd of comparable yarn.


  • 5mm US Size H-8 crochet hook


  1. Start with a slip knot on your hook.
  2. Fsc 41, or if you are unfamiliar with foundation stitches, you can chain 42 and single crochet in the 2nd ch from your hook, sc in the next st and in each st across. (41 sts) You can adjust the number chains here to your liking. This will be the corner to corner length of your pot holder.Foundation single crochet row in pink variegated yarn.
  3. Now we're going to work on both sides of the foundation row, so that we can crochet around and around.
  4. Continue around the end of the row, single crochet in each stitch across the bottom of the foundation row. After the last sc, don't add extra stitches on the end. This will allow our work to curl and cup up, which is what we want.
  5. Here the first two rows are complete. You can see they mirror each other.
  6. Now on Round 3, just continue to single crochet in each stitch around. You can see that on this round the edges start to cup up.Arrow around end to keep crocheting on other side.
  7. Continue to repeat Row 3: sc around for 23 rounds total (= 5" tall), or until your edges meet when you fold them in on the diagonal.
  8. To fold, bring the edges together in the center.
  9. Once you have worked enough rows of single crochet the edges will touch. Now you are ready to slip stitch your pot holder together. Optionally, you can sew the edges together with a yarn needle. The whip stitch or mattress stitch are both good choices.
  10. If you would like to add loop for hanging, fsc 14 and sl st it back to the same corner. You can adjust the length of the loop with more or less stitches.Crochet loop for pot holder.
  11. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
  12. I hope you enjoy this easy crochet potholder pattern!

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  1. This is a really neat pattern. May I print it out? I like to mark and print the patterns that I intend to use. Maybe I can get busy and do these for Christmas. Right now I am working on a baby blanket for my great grand son. Love your patterns.