Easy and useful crochet project! These crochet pot holders (or hot pads) are a quick and easy crochet project that will come in so handy for years to come! They are double thickness, so they stand up to heat and to wear and tear really well. We use these multiple times a day in our home and love them.
The pattern to make these double-thick pot holders is pretty simple, but it’s a little hard to explain without a lot of photos. So settle in and I’ll walk you through the process.
I am assuming you already know the basics of crochet. None of these steps are hard, but I’m not including any “how to crochet” instructions here. A quick google search will lead you to a million videos that explain it better than I can.
I use an inexpensive cotton yarn that is super durable and easy to work with. You could also use wool, but DO NOT use acrylic yarn. It will melt and cause you much sadness and possibly burns as well.
Turn work and single crochet across all 33 stitches.
Next, this is the trickiest part of the project. And really, it’s not all that difficult, it’s just a little hard to explain.
You’re going to create the double thickness in this next step. From here on out, you’ll be working twice as many stitches as you began with.
See the sideways Vs all lined up? Normally when you crochet, you go under both sections of the sideways Vs to make your new stitch. For this row, you’re going to go under ONLY ONE side. And then back around on the the other side. You’re doubling the amount of stitches, to make the pot holder extra think and keep you from burning your fingers off. Kinda the point of a pot holder, right?
Single crochet in one side of the Vs all the way down one side, then turn your work around and come all the way back.
You should have something that looks a little like the photo above. See how there are now two rows of Vs?
Now you’re done adding stitches, so you’ll go back to going under both sides of the V.
Add single crochet stitches in each stitch all the way around. Don’t forget to do the kind of wonky end stitches. The corners will form naturally as you add stitches in the ends. Continue on in this fashion until you’re almost out of yarn.
You’ll end up with a rectangular pocket, that’s open in the middle.
The two sides should meet when you fold them together.
Usually I use a whole skein of Peaches and Cream yarn for one pot holder and end up with just enough leftover yarn to sew up the seam.
Now you’re ready for the last step! Sew up the seam to create your handy dandy pot-holder. Done and done!
These can be washed and dried, thought they might shrink just a tad.
I love having a whole drawer full of bright happy pot holders and they work better than any other hot pads we’ve owned.
PS– for those who come to this blog often, you may have noticed things have been a little quiet lately. I’ve had a lot of side projects in the works (including my very first art/craft show in a month!). I’m so excited about all that’s happening, but things may continue to be a little quiet around here as I’m finishing up those other projects. I’m excited to share them with you soon!
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