Are you tired of burning your hands on hot pots, pans, and dishes in the kitchen? Look no further! I have the perfect solution for you. Introducing my easy crochet potholder pattern, designed to keep your hands safe from hot items and add a touch of style to your kitchen decor.
This square potholder, also known as a double thick potholder, is not only functional but also makes a great project for crochet enthusiasts of all skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner crocheter looking to enhance your crochet skills or an experienced crafter seeking a quick and satisfying project, this easy crochet pattern is perfect for you.
Imagine the satisfaction of creating beautiful crochet pot holders that not only serve as hot pads to protect your hands but also add a touch of charm to your kitchen. With a wide range of colors and yarn textures to choose from, you can customize your potholders to match your kitchen theme and personal style.
So why wait? Get your crochet hooks ready and dive into this fun and rewarding project. Let’s embark on a journey of creating functional and stylish crochet potholders that will keep your hands safe from hot surfaces while adding a delightful touch to your kitchen. The free crochet pattern is below.
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What are potholders?
Potholders, also known as a hot pad, are small, heat-resistant pads or mitts designed to protect your hands from hot surfaces, such as pots, hot pans, and hot dishes. They are typically made from heat-resistant materials like cotton, designed to insulate and provide a barrier between your hands and hot objects.
Potholders are a staple in the kitchen and are essential for safely handling hot cookware and dishes, preventing burns and accidents. They come in various shapes, sizes, and designs, and can be crocheted, knitted, or sewn.
Crochet potholders make great gifts!
Crochet potholders make great gifts for several reasons. Firstly, they are highly practical and useful in any kitchen. Potholders provide essential heat protection, making cooking and baking safer and more enjoyable.
Additionally, the handmade touch adds a personal and heartfelt element to the gift. Handmade items are cherished for the time, effort, and love put into creating them. The ability to customize potholders to suit the recipient’s taste and style further enhances their appeal. You can choose their favorite colors, incorporate unique stitch patterns, or even add personalized embellishments.
Moreover, potholders are versatile and can be used not only as heat protectors but also as trivets, coasters, or decorative elements in the kitchen. This versatility adds to their value and practicality.
By gifting a crochet potholder, you show thoughtfulness and care for the recipient’s well-being, ensuring their safety in the kitchen. It also honors the rich tradition of handmade items, connecting the recipient to the joy of receiving a special, thoughtfully crafted gift.
Beginner. This free pattern uses basic crochet stitches in basic form and simple repeats in rounds.
Crochet Project Materials
- 4.5 mm crochet hook size
- worsted weight yarn cotton yarn. I used Lion Brand Yarn’s Pima Cotton in the color Vintage. You will need two skeins.
- yarn needle/tapestry needle
- stitch marker
7 inches by 7 inches
Crochet gauge is the measurement of stitches and rows per inch or centimeter in a crochet project. It ensures the project matches the intended size.
By creating a swatch and adjusting hook size or tension, you can then achieve the desired size and fit of your crochet project.
Gauge is not very important for this easy pattern.
15 stitches = 3.5 inches
Crochet Pattern Notes
- Pattern is worked using two strands of worsted weight cotton yarn held together. This, combined with the thermal stitch (scts), will create a double-thick potholder.
- The beginning of each row starts with a chain. This chain does not count as your first stitch.
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The Thermal Stitch is Perfect for Potholders
Thermal stitches create a thick, bumpy fabric perfect for double thick crochet potholders.
These stitches involve two rows of single crochet, forming raised lines that provide extra thickness, insulation, and heat resistance.
Potholders with thermal stitches protect your hands from hot surfaces by trapping air in raised lines, acting as natural insulators to reduce the risk of burns.
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EASY CROCHET POTHOLDER PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS
Crochet Potholder Pattern
Use two strands of yarn held together.
Row 1: Ch 31, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each rem ch, turn (30 stitches)
Row 2: Ch 1 sc across working in the blo of the top row and the unworked loop from the chain below, turn. (30 stitches)
Row 3: Ch 1, sc across working in the blo of the top row and the unworked loop from the stitch below, turn. This is the single crochet thermal stitch (scts). (30 stitches)
Rows 4- 27: Ch 1, scts across, turn (30 stitches)
Row 28: Ch 1, single crochet across working in BOTH loops of the top row and the unworked loop from the stitch below, do not fasten off. (30 stitches)
Hanging Potholder Loop
Beginning where you left off at the end of row 28.
Chain 16 and join to the corner of the potholder, creating a loop for hanging.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the best stitch for crochet potholders?
The thermal stitch is perfect for crochet potholders with its textured and dense fabric, providing heat resistance and a secure grip. Its design traps heat, dissipates it efficiently, and adds thickness for durability. Stay safe in the kitchen with this reliable stitch!
What is the best yarn for crochet potholders?
The best yarn for crochet potholders is 100% cotton. Cotton yarn is heat-resistant, durable, and absorbs moisture well.
It can withstand high temperatures, making it ideal for protecting your hands from hot surfaces. Choose a worsted weight or thicker cotton yarn for sturdiness and durability in your crochet potholders.
What size crochet hook to use on potholders?
For crochet potholders, a smaller-sized hook, typically around 4.0 mm to 5.5 mm (US G-6 to I-9), is recommended to create a tight stitch.
However, the exact size depends on your tension and yarn thickness. Gauge swatching is key to ensure heat resistance and stability in your potholders.
How can I make my crochet potholders heat-resistant?
To make crochet potholders heat-resistant: use 100% cotton yarn, double-layer with tight stitches, add a heat-resistant lining, avoid large gaps, and perform heat resistance tests.
Remember to exercise caution and prioritize safety when handling hot objects in the kitchen.
How do I clean and care for crochet potholders?
To clean and care for crochet potholders: handwash with mild detergent, rinse thoroughly, air dry flat, spot clean for small stains, avoid high heat sources, store in a cool, dry place. These steps will help maintain their cleanliness and extend their lifespan.
Can I use acrylic yarn for crochet potholders?
It is not recommended to use acrylic yarn for crochet potholders as it has a lower heat resistance and can melt or become damaged when exposed to high temperatures. It’s safer to choose 100% cotton or other heat-resistant natural fibers for potholders.
Are there any specific safety tips for using crochet potholders in the kitchen?
To use crochet potholders safely: regularly check for wear, place securely over your hand, avoid prolonged exposure to heat, keep away from open flames, consider additional protection when needed, and store them properly to prevent damage or melting. Prioritizing safety ensures their effectiveness in the kitchen.