Lately, I have been cooking a lot and there is nothing worse than going to get something from the oven and not having a good potholder. Make a crochet potholder or two from your scrap cotton yarn and you will problem will be solved. It is also nice to give yourself something new every once in a while.
Below you will find the complete pattern and instructional photos for this color-block crochet potholder. You will also find all the materials, stitches, gauge and sizing information. If you would like all of this in a nicely formatted printable format, you can purchase the Ad-Free Large Print PDF Pattern.
A Scrap Yarn Crochet Potholder
Recently I took the time to organize the cotton yarn in my yarn stash. I had a ton of small balls of yarn. This pattern can easily use up all those small bits and pieces. Just grab your scrap cotton yarn and find colors that work well together. Use up to 7 different colors in this pattern or make the pattern one solid color both ways will look amazing.
A Double Thick Crochet Potholder
I wanted to keep the construction for this hot pad pattern very simple. We will be crocheting to identical pieces and then sewing them together. You could just make this crochet hot pad a single layer but I do find that this is not enough to protect me from the pans coming out of the oven, but it should be enough if you are just using it to protect your counter tops.
Why a Linked Double Crochet?
In this pattern,I use a stitch called the linked double crochet. I love the linked double crochet because it gets rid of the gap between stitches. You can learn how to do the linked double crochet in the video below or you can use the standard double crochet. Your crochet potholder may turn out just a bit larger using the standard double crochet stitch.
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Color Block Crochet Potholder
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96 yds or 2.19 oz Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie or a 100% cotton worsted weight yarn (approx. 16 yds of each color, 6 colors used)
Size I, 5.5mm, Crochet Hook
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Stitches and Abbreviations
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
LDC – Linked Double Crochet
SLST – Slip Stitch
ST(s) – Stitch(es)
Gauge and Size
Gauge: 7 LDC x 4 rows = 2 inches
Size: 7 X 7.5 inches not including the loop.
Linked Double Crochet – LDC – Photo Tutorial
Color Block Crochet Potholder Pattern
-Written in US terms.
-You can substitute the Linked Double Crochet for the standard double crochet.
-I do not count my turning chain as a stitch.
Row 1: LDC into 3rd CH from the hook. LDC in next 21 CH.
Row 2 – 5: CH2, turn, LDC in each ST across. (22 STS)
Change to your next color.
Row 6 – 9: CH2, turn, LDC in each ST across. (22 STS)
Change to your next color.
Row 10 – 14: CH2, turn, LDC in each ST across. (22 STS)
CH 8, SLST to last LDC worked. Fasten off and weave in your ends.
Make your second side then continue.
Creating a Clean Looking Edge
Now we will single crochet around the edge of each side before sewing the two sides together. Check out this video on How to Crochet around Project if you are not sure how to crochet into the side of stitches. The linked double crochet will be worked just like I work the double crochet in the video. Work 2 single crochet into the side of the linked double crochet.
Single Crochet Around – Slip stitch to any corner that does not have the chain loop. Chain 1, Single crochet down the first edge, chain 2 in the corner then work down the next edge. When you reach the chain 8 loop, work 20 single crochet into the loop, then continue working down the next side. When you reach the spot you started at, chain 2 and slip stitch to the first single crochet.
Repeat this for the other side of the crochet potholder, but position the loops so they are on opposite sides when you are working them. Just like I have them in the photo below.
Once both pieces are edged with single crochet you will just place one side on top of the other and using a running stitch to sew the two sides together. Here is a video showing how to sew crochet pieces together.
And that is it your crochet potholder is complete!
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