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Free Potholder Crochet Pattern, Urban Kitchen Potholder

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Use this crochet pattern to make a designer potholder for your contemporary kitchen. You can’t imagine how easy the wave pattern is. The diagonal effect is achieved not through increases and decreases but by folding your potholder in a specific way. I had fun designing them and I will be gifting them to my friend who loves to cook and decorate her home. I hope you will enjoy making them too.

Matching kitchen towels with a sweet surprise is coming up next :).

1. Worsted weight cotton yarn. Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream in colors Soft Ecru, Tangerine, and Hot Blue were used for the samples. Each pot holder took 2 balls, one in each color.

2. Hook 4.5mm
3. Yarn needle to weave in the ends.

Finished Size
8 1/4 inch X 8 1/4 inch square

Stitch Abbreviations
sc- single crochet

dc- double crochet


sl st- slip stitch


16 sts in wave pattern = 4 3/4 inches.

That is 4 dc, 4sc, 4dc, 4 sc = 4 3/4 inches.



1.The pot holder is first worked as a big square, it is then folded and seamed to make it double layered.

2. Beginning ch 1 and ch 2 counts as a st. So starting from Row 3, your last st will be worked into the turning ch that will hardly be visible. 

3. The color is changed every two rows. To join the new color, while you are working the very last st of the row, pull the new color through when you have two loops on your hook. You will then make the turning ch in the new color.

4. During color changes, the yarn is not fastened off but dropped to pick up later. 

Row 1: With the bright color yarn, ch 45, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next 3 chs, *(1 dc in next 4 chs, 1 sc in next 4 chs), repeat from * to end, turn. ———44 sts

Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc in next 3 sts, *( 1 dc in next 4 sts, 1 sc in next 4 sts), repeat from * to end,  join the next color while you work your very last sc, turn. ——–44 sts

Row 3: Ch 2 ( I prefer ch 2 instead of ch 3 for dc turning chain),  1 dc in next 3 sts, *(1 sc in next 4 sts, 1 dc in next 4 sts), repeat from * to end, turn.——–44 sts

Row 4: Repeat Row 3 and change colors at end of row.

Now repeat Row 2 two times followed by Row 3 two times.Taking care to change colors every two rows, keep repeating this sequence until you get a square. My square was 12 inches. I began and ended in a bright colored stripe. Do not fasten off.

Leveling Row: Ch 1 at the corner, 1 sc in next 3 sts, *(sl st in next 4 dc, 1 sc in next 4 sc), repeat from * to end. Fasten off.

Leveling the foundation Chain Side: Sl st and ch 1 at corner, you work into the free loops of the foundation ch,  1 sc in next 3 sts, *(sl st in next 4 dc, 1 sc in next 4 sc), repeat from * to end. Fasten off.


1. Weave in all the ends on the same side of your crochet fabric. This can be made the wrong side.

2. With the wrong side inside, bring all the 4 corners to the center.

3. With bright colored yarn, start joining the sides with row ends first. Single crochet the two sides together starting from one corner. At the corner, I worked 2 sc, then 2 sc across one bright color stripe and 3 sc across one cream stripe and so on. Fasten off. 

4. Join the other two sides corner to corner, in the same way. This time you don’t have to work across row ends :). To cross over the first seam at the center, ch 1 and continue joining the second half .Once you reach the second corner,

ch 18, sl st to the sc right before the last one with the back bumps of the ch showing up, sl st into the back bump of each ch,  sl st to the last sc on the pot holder, fasten off with a long tail. Use the tail to sew the loop securely to the potholder.

5. Hide the remaining yarn tails between the two layers of the potholder.


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Saturday 18th of July 2020

I really love your design do they work for real hot pans


Saturday 18th of July 2020

Hi Pat, I tested these crochet potholders on pans and they work great. I couldn't feel the heat at all.


Tuesday 12th of May 2020

I love these hot pads. I can't wait to start one. Thank you for sharing.


Thursday 26th of September 2019

It would look nicer and more professional if you worked on your seaming technique.


Wednesday 2nd of October 2019

Hi George, you can use a mattress stitch seam if you would like. Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate it.


Saturday 9th of February 2019

I think your potholder is lovely & am going to make one. I think I will put some heat proof wadding inside it before closing up to make it more practical.


Saturday 9th of February 2019

Thank you so much. I am really glad you like it.