Free pattern! This easy-to-make crochet potholder is double thick to protect your hands, counters, and table. A pretty, yet practical gift that will last for years. I make these for gifts and people always love them. I like to use cotton yarn because it is insulating and machine washable. Unlike some yarns, cotton will not melt when you put hot pots and pans on it.
In the above photo, the green, blue and cream potholder is made from Spinrite Sugar’n Cream Yarn, Ombres, Emerald Isle.
The white, yellow, blue, and aqua potholder is made from Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn in Sail Away Ombre.
The white potholder with blue, yellow, and lime green flecks is made from Sugar ‘N’ Cream Cotton Yarn in Summer Prints.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
You will need:
US Size G (4.0 mm or 4.25 mm) crochet hook
About 165 yds of #4 worsted weight cotton yarn
Yarn Needle or Blunt Tapestry Needle
Ruler (for measuring gauge)
Stitch marker (I prefer the Locking Type)
Step 2: Check Your Gauge
Gauge: 18 sc sts = 4″ (10.16 cm) and 19 sc rows = 4″ (10.16 cm). You may need to go up or down a hook size to get the correct gauge. Correct gauge is not crucial to this pattern, but tighter or looser gauge may slightly affect the amount of yarn required.
The finished potholder measures 8″ by 8″ (20.32 cm by 20.32 cm)
Step 3: Abbreviations
sl st: slip stitch
ch: chain stitch
sc: single crochet
Step 4: Watch the Video Tutorial for Detailed Visual Instructions!
Step 5: Start Crocheting! With G Hook and Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn, Ch 35.
Step 6: Round 1: Sk 1st Ch, Sc in 2nd Ch From Hook. Sc in Nxt 32 Chs. 4 Sc in Last Ch (see Arrow in Photo Below).
Step 7: Working on Opposite Side of Ch (see Photo), Sc in Nxt 32 Chs.
Tip: crochet over your tail to avoid weaving it in later.
Step 8: 2 Sc in Last Ch. Place St Marker in Current Loop on Hook. You Should Have 72 Sts, Including the Ch Skipped at Beg of Round.
Step 9: Round 2: Sc in the Ch That Was Skipped at Beg of Round Below (see Arrow in Photo Below).
Step 10: Sc in Nxt 71 Sts Around. Move Marker to Current Loop on Hook. You Should Have 72 Sts.
Step 11: Rounds 3-38: Sc in Nxt 72 Sts Around. Move Marker to Current Loop on Hook. You Should Have 72 Sts.
The stitch marker will be offset a little.
Sc in nxt 6 sts, sl st in nxt st. Ch 14, sl st in same st.
Tie off, leave at least a 24″ (61 cm) tail.
Step 13: Decide Whether You Would Like the Right Side or the Wrong Side to Show on the Outside of the Potholder.
I chose to make the wrong side face out, but here is what my potholder would look like with the right side out.