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You’ll love making this quick and easy crochet potholder with a mini version perfect for small hot spots on lids and handles. Keep scrolling for the free pattern or you can purchase the ad-free PDF in my shop.

large and small crochet potholder

I’m always a little hesitant to call something handmade a pot holder because what if it isn’t actually thick enough to protect you? It certainly feels like it is. It is crazy thick, but would I use it as a pot holder?

NO.

But that isn’t why you think. It isn’t because I don’t think it is thick enough to protect my hand from something hot.

I wouldn’t use this pot holder to grab something hot because I am CLUMSY!

I require the full on arm coverage when it comes to the oven. Anyone else?

If you aren’t clumsy or just need a place to set a hot pot then this pot holder is perfect for you.

small crochet cloth sitting on top of a large crochet potholder

How quick and easy are these potholders?

These potholders are made with a super bulky 100% cotton yarn called Side Dish from Lion Brand which comes in 12 happy colors.

Because it is a super bulky yarn, you can easily make a stack of these pot holders in an evening: 14 stitches by 16 rows. They are SUPER QUICK.

BUT unless you snag Side Dish on sale, they will also be a bit spendy. I only got one full size potholder out of each ball of yarn with enough leftover to make a small pot holder or dish scrubber.

I think (don’t quote me on this) that you could use triple strands of one ball of sugar and cream and produce a really similar pot holder.

But then you’d have to hold 3 strands together….

With Side Dish, it’s one ball, one strand, one large hook, and one very quick and easy pot holder.

The yarn itself is soft and fairly easy to work with. I’ve worked with at least 5 different balls of it at this point and some of them were wound more tightly than others. The ones that weren’t wound tightly, split easily as the yarn is made up of many small strands of soft cotton.

close up of crochet potholders done in the moss stitch and a soap bottle

What about the stitches?

I originally planned to make a dishcloth out of this yarn. After all it is called Side Dish and I think Lion Brand’s main intention was to produce a thick yarn perfect for quick dishcloths. Since I didn’t want a super bulky dishcloth, the moss stitch was a perfect choice.

But as the dishcloth sat on my desk while I wrote up the pattern, it seemed way more suited to be a pot holder. Of course, as with anything you make, use it how you’d like!

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collage of crochet potholders with a close up of the stitches

Easy Crochet Potholder

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Skill Level: Beginner

Materials:

Abbreviations:

ch(s): chain(s)
sc(s): single crochet(s)
sk: skip
sp(s): space(s)
tc: turning chain
sl st: slip stitch

Gauge: 4” x 4 =done in the moss stitch: 9.5 sts by 10 rows

Finished Size: full size potholder: approx. 7.5” x 7.5”

small potholder: approx. 4.25” x 4.25”

Notes: The last stitch of the row is made in the turning chain. See moss stitch tutorial.

Potholder Pattern Instructions:

Ch 16

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc, repeat from * to the end of the row, (The last st should be a sc into the last ch), turn

Row 2: *ch 1, sc in ch-1 sp, repeat from * to the end of the row, putting the last sc in the tc, turn.

Repeat Row 2 for a total of 15 rows

Ch 1: sc around the border putting sc, ch 1, sc in each corner. At the last corner, ch 8 then join with a sl st to the first sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Small Potholder

Ch 8

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc, repeat from * to the end of the row, (The last st should be a sc into the last ch), turn

Row 2: *ch 1, sc in ch-1 sp, repeat from * to the end of the row, putting the last sc in the tc, turn.

Repeat Row 2 for a total of 7 rows

Ch 1: sc around the border putting sc, ch 1, sc in each corner join with a sl st to the first sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.

2 potholders crocheted, a wooden spoon and bottle of soap

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