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Rustic crochet hot pad free pattern

Simply beautiful crochet hot pad pattern that makes a great housewarming gift.

As the temperature drops and the urge for warm, hearty meals grows, what better way to infuse your kitchen with comfort than by creating your own rustic crochet hot pad?

Not only does it serve as a practical accessory, but it also adds a homely flair to your cooking space.

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As the temperature drops and the urge for warm, hearty meals grows, what better way to infuse your kitchen with comfort than by creating your own rustic crochet hot pad?

Simply beautiful crochet hot pad pattern that makes a great housewarming gift.

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Wondering how to crochet a potholder that reflects a rustic, timeless aesthetic? With this free crochet trivet pattern and a mere 30 minutes of your time, you can make a beautiful and fully functional crochet potholder.

Besides being a great project for any beginner, it can also serve as a last-minute gift idea because of how fast you can whip one up. And as far as I know, useful handmade items are always well received and appreciated.

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The stitch

For the rustic crochet hot pad pattern, I once again utilized one of my favorite and misunderstood stitches. The slip stitch.

People tend to avoid them because they are not producing enough height so the project could move faster.

But that’s only if you don’t know how or where to use them. I already have multiple crochet patterns from kitchen items to home décor, and even a shawl made entirely of slip stitches.

The density of the slip stitches is what makes them perfect for this pattern. Along with a nice sturdy cotton yarn, you get a double thick hot pad that will safeguard your hands and counters from heat.

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What is a hot pad?

Hot pads are a piece of any material (fabric, ceramic, silicone) to be used under hot dishes and pots to protect surfaces.

Pot holders, on the other hand, are pieces of fabric that protect our hands when moving hot pots around.

But if you have been cooking for a while I bet you have used them interchangeably. Am I right? Just throw just about anything under that hot pot in order to keep your counter/table safe.

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Best yarn for crochet potholder

The best yarn choice for all kitchen items will always be cotton. Being a natural fiber has its advantages. Whether it’s mercerized or regular cotton, this yarn will be your friend for all your kitchen essentials.

This time I used something slightly unusual for the crochet world but it worked perfectly for the design I had in mind.

The cotton yarn you see in the pictures comes in a cone and it’s mainly used for macrame. Be aware that because it’s a plied yarn random strands of cotton yarn can split while you are crocheting but not let this stop you.

free crochet hot pad pattern

It didn’t happen much often, really, but even if it did, I loved the look of my easy crochet hot pad so much, that I wouldn’t change it.

It’s a 3 mm yarn that can easily produce a double thick crochet potholder without the need of holding two strands together.

You could use a braided cord if you‘d like, but I think the simplicity of the yarn is an integral part of the overall design.

If you can’t find macrame yarn you could easily substitute it with any worsted weight cotton from your yarn stash and hold it double.

rustic crochet hot pad free pattern

You will probably hit the gauge easily if you use the appropriate hook. Play around with what feels good on your hands but I don’t think that you would mind if your crochet hot pad turns a little bigger, would you?

You can check out my other crochet potholders, here.

Yarn suggestions

You can view below a few of the yarn that will work great for this project. Besides macrame cords, I am giving you options for regular crochet cotton yarn, which when held double will create the same effect you see here.

Suggested yarns

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The rustic crochet pad is crocheted flat in a rectangular piece and then sewn together to form a double thick, square folded potholder.

The stitch used is one of my favorites and it’s what actually gives that “knitted” look to our crochet hot pad.

It’s almost identical to my “Purl” pumpkin, from the adorable crochet pumpkins that everyone loves so much.

crochet potholder pattern

A piece of leather is attached on one side for both decorative and practical reasons.

The only problem I faced was that I loved the back side, too, and couldn’t decide if I should let the wrong side show.

They will make a nice set, though, if you want to use them as potholders.


Yarn: 3 mm macrame cotton yarn (I used the cream yarn)
Crochet hook: US M/9.00 mm
Yarn needle

Gauge: 11 sts x 14 rows is 4” (10 cm) in pattern

Dimensions: 7” x 7” (18 x 18 cm)

Piece of leather: about 0.25” (1 cm) wide, and 5” (12 cm) long

You could always substitute the piece of leather with a strip of fabric, or a crocheted chain, or omit it altogether.

rustic crochet hot pad

How much yarn will I need for a crochet hot pad?

Unfortunately, the macrame yarn doesn’t come with meterage written on it like all the normal yarns we usually use when crocheting.

It comes in cones of 200 grams and I used about 120 grams of it. So lots to spare and make something smaller like a keychain or a mug rug, but not enough to make a set (insert sad face). I hope this helps…


1. Keep your slip stitches loose while crocheting.
 2. All my patterns are in Standard US terms.


R: row
ch(s): chain(s)
sl st: slip stitch
flo: front loop only
blo: back loop only

crochet hot pad pattern

Rustic crochet hot pad free pattern

R1: ch 19, sl st in back bumps only, ch 1, turn (18) 
R2: sl in flo in each st across, ch 1, turn (18)
R3: sl st in blo in each st across, ch 1, turn (18) 
R4-43: repeat R2 and R3

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How to sew your crochet potholder

In order to create your square potholder you must fold your rectangle in half. This will provide the extra thickness you need when moving hot pans around. 

Let’s see how it works…

  1. First, open a hole in your leather strip about 1 cm from each side.
  2. Lay down your piece with the wrong side facing up and sew the piece of leather on the upper left hand side.
crochet hot pad

3. Attach a new piece of yarn on your yarn needle, fold your piece in half and start sewing around. I just used a plain whip stitch to sew three of the sides but feel free to use whatever you feel comfortable with.

crochet hot pad sewing tutorial

4. When you reach your loop, make sure to insert your working yarn inside the hole to make it more secure. This can prove to be tricky due to the thickness of the yarn but it’s worth it.

crochet hot pad sewing tutorial

5. Continue sewing around until all 3 sides are shut. Weave in all ends and you are done!

​What do you think about this easy hot pad? Are you ready to put this free crochet pattern into good use?

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