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.
Potholders are one of my favorite projects to give as gifts. They’re quick and easy, and super practical for anyone who likes to cook and bake.
Traditional double-thick potholders are usually worked on the diagonal, but mine is worked straight. My version is also larger, because I like to use them as trivets for protecting my counters and table from hot pots, pans, and baking dishes.
Cotton yarn is a must for making potholders, because it is insulating and machine washable. Unlike some types of yarns, cotton will not melt when in contact with heat.
Double Thick Crochet Potholder / Hot Pad
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
sl st: slip stitch
ch: chain stitch
sc: single crochet
US Size G (4.0 mm or 4.25 mm) crochet hook ( I like this one )
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)
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 it may affect your yardage.
The finished potholder measures 8″ by 8″ (20.32 cm by 20.32 cm)
With G hook and worsted weight cotton yarn, ch 35.
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).
Working on opposite side of ch, sc in nxt 32 chs.
Tip: crochet over your tail to avoid weaving it in later.
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.
Round 2: Sc in the ch that was skipped at beg of round below (see arrow in photo below).
Sc in nxt 71 sts around. Move marker to current loop on hook. You should have 72 sts.
Round 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.
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.
Thread your tail through the eye of your yarn needle. Whip stitch the opening at the top edge of the potholder closed.
Tie off, weave in ends. Block lightly if desired.