Easy Crochet Potholder Pattern That Is Double Thick

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Easy Crochet Potholder Pattern

Making crocheted potholders is a great project to make, no matter if you are looking for an easy beginner project, a great gift idea, or simply a fun crochet project to make. Below, I am going to share one of my favorite hot pad patterns. This is such an easy project to do. I enjoy making this pattern, and I hope this will be one of your new favorites as well! 

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Are Potholders Hard to Crochet?

One of the best things about making crochet potholders is that they are not difficult to make! You can easily mix things up and make them with a basic chain stitch, and then your favorite crochet stitch. You can use a single crochet stitch, half double crochet stitch, or a double crochet stitch, each one of these will work, depending on what you prefer. This makes this crochet potholder pattern one of the easiest to make and with the best outcome.

In this pattern, I used a half double crochet stitch and made my stitches in the 3rd loop of the stitch to give it extra texture. Doing this is completely optional, so don’t worry if it’s too confusing to start off doing that. Simply make whatever stitch you are the most comfortable with. The concept of this crochet pattern will still be the same.

Diagonal Potholder Design

This pattern for crochet pot holders which I am sharing with you is created in a diagonal pattern. This means you get nice double thick handmade potholders to use for hot dishes without having to make and sew two different sides together.

These potholders make great gifts for anyone on your list. I have made these crochet potholders for Christmas gifts, and they are always a hit. After all, everyone needs a place to put a hot pan at some point or another! This pattern is even a good one for beginner crocheters, because it uses simple crochet stitches, then continues around, once the first round is made.

If you are new to crocheting and want to make something useful, then this project is a great crochet project to make! The square potholder is so lovely because when finished it is a nice double thick crochet potholder. The extra thickness allows you to not worry if your yarn is big enough, or if your pan is too hot. 

The double thick crochet potholder can be made using this easy crochet pattern, which looks very nice when it is finished. Let’s jump right into this easy pattern! 

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The Double-Thick Potholder Crochet Pattern

Materials Needed

100% Cotton Yarn

Size H Crochet Hook (5 mm hook)

Scissors

Yarn Needle

Skill Level: Easy

Please note that this pattern is written in US Terms

Abbreviations

sl st – slip stitch

ch – chain

st/sts – stitch/stitches 

sc – single crochet 

hdc – half double crochet

dc – double crochet

BLO – back loop only

How to Crochet a Potholder

Step 1: Make the Starting Chain

Chain 42 stitches

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Round 1: in the 3rd ch from your hook make a hdc st. hdc in each stitch across until you reach the last ch space. In the last ch st work, 3 hdc sts. Turn. Working in the back loops only, make a hdc in each stitch until you reach the first st. Make 2 more hdc sts in your first hdc stitch. Join with a sl st. 

Step 2: Work the Body in Continuous Rounds

Round 2: ch 1, hdc in each st around. Work the hdc sts until you go all the way around the project. When you reach the first stitch, do not join with a sl st. 

Round 3 – 20: hdc in each stitch around. Working diagonally around your project. Work the hdc sts until your potholder forms a square, and the stitches meet in the middle. 

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Step 3: Seaming Into a Square

Once your potholder forms a square, and you have a diagonal open seam down the middle of your pot holder, cut the yarn, leaving an extra long tail for sewing. 

Thread your yarn needle with the long tail, and sew a whip stitch so that the two sides of your crochet stitches meet and lay flat diagonally down the middle of your pot holder. Tie a knot. 

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Step 4: Make a Hanging Loop

Using the extra yarn from sewing the sides together, insert your crochet hook at the corner stitch. Pull up a loop of the yarn tail, and create a chain of approximately 10-15 stitches, for a hanging loop. Join to your first stitch by making a sl st. Finish off, and weave in the ends of the yarn tail. 

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Please note that this pattern is for your personal use only, and the pattern should not be used for commercial distribution under any circumstances. However, the projects that you make with the pattern may be sold. 

Pattern Variations

What is the Best Stitch for Crochet Potholders?

The best stitch to use when making a crochet potholder is entirely up to your personal preference, and what you feel comfortable making. My personal favorite is either to use a single crochet stitch or a half double crochet stitch.

It is not my personal preference to use a double crochet stitch, as it tends to allow gaps. If you want a nice thick, and heat-resistant potholder, the best options are either single or half double stitches. 

One of the great things about this pattern is that you can use any stitch you prefer interchangeably. Feel free to try them out and see which one you like the best! 

Tips and Tricks

Best Cotton Yarn for Potholders

The best yarn to use for making this simple crochet potholder is 100% cotton yarn. The brand you use is entirely up to you. I have found some nice 100% cotton yarn at Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics, and Walmart. The best type of yarn for this purpose is usually found in small skeins, off in its own section. 

You will want to use 100% cotton yarn because it is safe for the high temperature it will be exposed to. You do not want to use acrylic yarn for crochet potholders under any circumstances because the acrylic yarn is not intended for high temperatures and will melt. 

Crochet Hook Sizing Suggestions

When making a crochet potholder, I would recommend using a larger size crochet hook. Usually around a size H or size I hook will work well for this type of project. You can also reference your skein of yarn to see what size of hook the manufacturer recommends. 

Can these go in the washing machine?

Yes, if you use 100% cotton yarn, it is safe for the washing machine. However, it is important to point out that the washing machine may alter your stitches if they are not very tight. Or I have encountered a few instances where the crochet project loses it’s color after being washed. 

Can I make this pattern a rectangle instead of a square?

Yes! If you would like to make a rectangle crochet potholder, which is often great for larger pans like a 9×13 dish, you can easily alter the pattern. To do this, you will want to make the starting chain longer. Rather than starting with 42 stitches, you would want to start with more like 52 or even 62 depending on your stitch sizes. Otherwise, you can follow the above pattern, but keep in mind the stitches will form a rectangle rather than a square. 

What gives this pattern a double thickness?

One of the very nice things about this easy crochet potholder pattern is that the pattern naturally creates a potholder that is double in thickness. This is because you are working around the project, creating two sides as you work your stitches. 

The double thickness of this potholder allows you to not have to worry if a pan is too hot to go on the potholder. I like the double thickness because it gives you an extra heat-resistant layer and just plain looks pretty when you are finished. 

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    Easy Crochet Potholder Pattern

    Materials

    • 100 % Cotton Yarn
    • Size H Crochet Hook 5 mm hook
    • Scissors
    • Yarn Needle

    Instructions

    Step 1: Make the Starting Chain

    • Chain 42 stitches
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    • Round 1: in the 3rd ch from your hook make a hdc st. hdc in each stitch across until you reach the last ch space. In the last ch st work, 3 hdc sts. Turn. Working in the back loops only, make a hdc in each stitch until you reach the first st. Make 2 more hdc sts in your first hdc stitch. Join with a sl st.
      how to crochet an easy potholder step 6

    Step 2: Work the Body in Continuous Rounds

    • Round 2: ch 1, hdc in each st around. Work the hdc sts until you go all the way around the project. When you reach the first stitch, do not join with a sl st.
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    • Round 3 – 20: hdc in each stitch around. Working diagonally around your project. Work the hdc sts until your potholder forms a square, and the stitches meet in the middle.
      how to crochet an easy potholder step 9

    Step 3: Seaming Into a Square

    • Once your potholder forms a square, and you have a diagonal open seam down the middle of your pot holder, cut the yarn, leaving an extra long tail for sewing.
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    • Thread your yarn needle with the long tail, and sew a whip stitch so that the two sides of your crochet stitches meet and lay flat diagonally down the middle of your pot holder. Tie a knot.
      how to crochet an easy potholder step 12

    Step 4: Make a Hanging Loop

    • Using the extra yarn from sewing the sides together, insert your crochet hook at the corner stitch. Pull up a loop of the yarn tail, and create a chain of approximately 10-15 stitches, for a hanging loop. Join to your first stitch by making a sl st. Finish off, and weave in the ends of the yarn tail.
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