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Thursday, April 4, 2013

How to Crochet a Hotpad - Super easy version!

When I first got married, my grandma made me several hotpads. That was one of the things she would make all the grandkids. It seems that she was always working on some when we went to visit. Over the years, mine have been used and used and used. They finally have worn too thin and I've given them to the kids to use with their toy kitchen.

So I decided to make myself some new ones. The last time I attempted this as a teenager, my hotpads were not square. I must have missed a bunch of stitches or something. I must have gotten a little better at crocheting over the years, because this time they turned out fairly well.

These would be the perfect project for the beginning crocheter. The only stitches are chain and single crochet. I like them, because you don't have to count {except the chain}. It's perfect for when I'm waiting for my kids at their various activities, or while watching tv.

 I had to call my mom to remember how to do this. And after I tell you how, you might laugh that I couldn't remember. It's so easy!!

To begin, chain 42. This is going to end up being the diagonal of the hotpad. This first one, I only did 32 and it's too small. It's usable, but I like the bigger one I made better. I should have just believed my mom when she told me how many to chain 


Then you will single crochet in each chain until you get to the end.



When you get to the end you will not turn back like you normally do when crocheting something. Instead you will continue around and single crochet in each stitch of the unused side of the chain.


You will continue around and around, as if you were crocheting in the round.

 Next, I'll show you a few pictures of how it looked along the way.



 When you get to the point where your two sides are touching, it's time to finish it off.


Measure your yarn so that it is long enough to go from one corner of the hotpad to the other and add several inches. Cut.

Take a needle and sew the hotpad together. I sewed in each stitch. When you get to the end, weave in the yarn through a few stitches. Cut off yarn.


And there you have it! A brand new hotpad.


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