Thursday, April 4, 2013

How to Crochet a Hotpad - Super easy version!

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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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  1. I always wondered how those were made! Thanks so much for sharing this pattern, I will make a few for myself :)

    1. I did also wonder how they were done. These will be great holiday gifts and for my self

  2. I also wondered how they were made. I am so going to do this and teach my daughter how to do it too. She is 9 and loves to do the chain stitch. She has even managed to make some things with a couple of rows. This would be a great project for her. I'm pinning! Have a great weekend!

  3. Hi Rachel, thanks for sharing how to make crocheted hot pads. I will try and make one for the future. I am new to your blog and love it. I have a blog too if you would like to pop over and take a look at Take care and have a good weekend. Julie

  4. What size crochet hook do you use? People in nursing homes that still crochet would love to make these.

  5. I have these Pot Holders (with loops to hang)& I've used them as Hot Pads. I have wanted to make some but hadn't come across any pattern even close to being similar. I believe mine are crocheted in a non-cotton yarn (I'll change that) and will have to play with Hook sizes since the size you used wasn't mentioned. The center, diagonal seam was stitched up just a bit farther inward but no matter; can't tell you how excited I am, after searching for so long, to be able to make these myself. I love the colorway you used too. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern.

    1. I think I used an H hook, but G or I would work well too.

  6. I am moving out in October (first time living on my own) and don't have any pot holders and have been looking for patterns (I'm also trying to use what I have and not spend unnecessary money!), this one is fabulous! From one of the photos it looks like you are using yarn that I have extra spools of. Mine is acrylic, is that what you used? If not, would they work as well or should I bite the bullet and purchase cotton yarn for it?

  7. These are the best hot pads in the world. Very forgiving in hook size and yarn type. Make them larger for placing on a table or smaller for holding the pot handle. I love mine and they are no brainers to make. :)

  8. Thank You I had seen my grandma doing these but didn't understand her instructions as to how she was doing them. Thank You for sharing this pattern. Margaret

  9. My Grandma showed me how to do this 40+ years ago. Over the years I've made a gazillion of these for myself, family and friends. I use 38 chains. Good way to used the leftover yarn from other projects. I take the number of ch sts I use for the foundation ch, divide that number by 2 and that's how many rounds/rows I have to make plus 1/2 a row to the corner, then I stitch it together. I've made anything from coasters to hotpads to larger ones for hot skillets. I even made a chair pad once. Just measure from corner to corner how big you want your project to be, then crochet that many chains for your measurement. I use an F or G hook.

  10. do you use cotton yarn for these, or regular worsted weight yarn?

    1. I usually use regular worsted weight yarn, but cotton should work too.

  11. Nice photo tutorial. Only thing I would change would be to slip stitch crochet the edges together. Much easier.



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