How to Crochet an Easy Peasy Potholder, Free Crochet Pattern

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If you are someone who loves to cook, this crochet potholder pattern will be a great project for you. Even if you hate to cook like me, this will still be something you find interesting.

Hey, you love to crochet and that is why you are on my blog, right? If you know someone who is a great cook and is inseparable from her kitchen, this would make a great gift for her. Last but not least, if you are a beginner crocheter, making potholders and dishcloths can help you hone your skills and give you a sense of accomplishment. Good things come in small packages, don’t they?


Related Patterns:

Best Crochet Potholder Pattern for your kitchen

Urban Kitchen Potholder


Work from the free pattern below or purchase an ad-free PDF for $2.50 here. You will receive a download link once you make payment and click “Return to Merchant”.

1. Worsted weight cotton yarn. Lily sugar n cream was used for the sample.
2. 4.5 mm hook
3. Yarn needle for weaving in the ends
Finished Size: 8 X 8 inch square
Gauge: 15 sc = 4 inches
Stitch Abbreviations
st- stitch
sc- single crochet
hdc- half double crochet
sk- skip
ch- chain

Row 1: Ch 30, 1 sc in second ch from hook ( beginning ch-1 counts as a st), 1 sc in next 27 chains, 4 sc in last ch, pivot your work to work along the opposite side of the foundation chain, 1 sc in next 27 loops, 2 sc in last loop. Do not sl st at end of the round.——-62 sc counting the beginning ch-1 as well
Row 2: Directly work, 1 sc and 1 hdc in beginning ch-1 of last round, *( sk next st, 1 sc and 1 hdc in next st), repeat from *, keep going in a spiral till your work is an 8 X 8 inch square.

Once you have a square, work the stitch pattern till you reach the corner of the square, sl st to the corner st, ch 20, turn and work 1 sl st in each ch across, sl st to the same st you started the chain loop in.

Bring free end of the ch loop near your hook and sl st through the end of the ch loop and the next st. Fasten off with a 2 1/2 feet long tail.

Whip stitch the hot pad shut using your tail. Pull any tail left between the two layers and trim.

If you love crocheting items for your kitchen, check out my Urban Kitchen Potholder and my Cupcake Kitchen Towel.




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  1. Anonymous
    November 23, 2016 / 3:12 am

    Do you have to use cotton yarn?
    I like to use acrylic.

    • November 30, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      Acrylic yarn will melt. 100% cotton yarn is suggested for pot holders.

  2. Anonymous
    August 28, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    Is there a video tutorial. I'm horrible at following directions. I need visual help!! Thank you.

    • September 7, 2017 / 12:21 am

      I am sorry, I do not make videos. If you have any questions feel free to email me using the contact me form.

  3. February 11, 2018 / 9:22 pm

    Hello, what do you mean "Keep going in a spiral", going around and around the first chain ? How can this make a square, I don't understand. or do you just turn and do rows ? Sorry, I just don't get it. Thanks in advance Ellen Sullivan

    • February 12, 2018 / 4:18 am

      Since you are not adding increases, your work will grow upwards like say a bag. Does that make sense?

  4. February 12, 2018 / 11:14 am

    well… so sorry I am so stupid about this. My understanding is that you make a chain, then crochet on the top of the chain when you get to the end you turn and chain on the bottom. I guess after that you just crochet and turn and crochet and turn and don't go AROUND the chain any more. Am I right ? thanks Ellen Sullivan

    • February 12, 2018 / 2:28 pm

      Nope, you keep going round and round until 2 layers of your potholder grows upwards.

  5. Lisa
    December 19, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    If I wanted to use this stitch for a throw what would be the formula for repeats?

    • Crochet_Dreamz
      December 19, 2018 / 3:09 pm

      Any odd number should work. Work a single crochet in the last st.

  6. Chels
    December 5, 2019 / 6:59 pm

    Do you keep working in a spiral fashion or do you beginning chain one each round?

    • Shehnaaz
      December 6, 2019 / 6:36 pm

      You work in a spiral. It is already mentioned in the pattern. Maybe you missed it.

  7. Shehnaaz
    July 25, 2020 / 5:32 pm

    I really cannot think of a reason. It is supposed to slant when you work in a spiral without turning at the end of rounds.

  8. Shehnaaz
    August 2, 2020 / 5:45 pm

    Hi Ruth, I am really glad you figured it out and your crochet potholders are now working up fine. Stay safe!

  9. Rufus
    December 10, 2020 / 10:30 am

    what happens if i use 51% acrylic 49% cotton yarn? will that melt?

    • Shehnaaz
      December 10, 2020 / 6:51 pm

      Yes, it will. Only use 100% cotton.

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