Find the free pattern for this easy plaid hot pad / pot holder below. You can also purchase a printable, ad-free collection of THREE different plaid pot holder patterns here.
For a step-by-step tutorial & video on how exactly to change colours & carry over yarn, click here.
For this project you will need 3 colours of yarn. I used Bernat Handicrafter, which comes in many colours and is cotton so is suitable for coming into contact with heat (acrylic yarns can melt). Two shades of one collar (lighter & darker) paired with a neutral colour always makes a lovely looking plaid.
Bernat Handicrafter Yarn, uses less than 1 small ball of each each color
A - Pale Yellow
B - Off White
C - Lemon Twist (just the darker yellow part of the mixture)
Size 5.5mm crochet hook
FINISHED DIMENSIONS: approx. 8x8”
(gauge is not really important, as long as your tension is consistent)
STITCHES USED (US Terminology):
Half Double Crochet (HDC), Slip Stitch (SL ST)
You will be working with 2 colors in each row. You will carry along & crochet over the colour you aren’t working with.
To change colours, pull through a loop of the next colour to finish the last stitch of the active colour. Give the colour you carried over a small tug first to keep it flat along your row.
You can carry your yarn up the sides instead of cutting and fastening between rows; it will all be woven in with the border at the end.
Keep one colour to the front of your work, and one colour to the back to keep the yarn from twisting.
Each pot holder square is made twice to ensure a nice thick, plush pot holder is created when the two squares are joined at the end.
When creating the pot holder loop, I doubled up the yarn two create the chain with two strands. It makes a chunkier loop that aesthetically looks better with the chunk pot holder.
You will see the full pattern for free below. You may also choose to purchase an ad-free printable PDF collection of 3 different plaid hot pads here.
Using A, Chain (ch) 24. Follow the pattern on the graph, also written below.
Row 1: HDC into 3rd chain from hook. 4 HDC A, 2 HDC B, 3 HDC A, 2 HDC B, 3 HDC A, 2 HDC B, 5 HDC A. Ch 2 and turn.
Row 2: 5 HDC A, 2 HDC B, 3 HDC A, 2 HDC B, 3 HDC A, 2 HDC B, 5 HDC A. Ch 2 and turn.
Row 3: Repeat Row 2.
Row 4: 7 HDC B, 3 HDC A, 2 HDC B, 3 HDC A, 7 HDC B. Ch 2 and turn.
Row 5: Repeat Row 4.
Row 6: 7 HDC A, 3 HDC C, 2 HDC A, 3 HDC C, 7 HDC A.
Rows 7 - 9: Repeat Row 6.
Rows 10 - 11: Repeat Row 4.
Rows 12 - 15: Repeat Row 6.
Rows 16 - 17: Repeat Row 4.
Rows 18 - 20: Repeat Row 2.
When you finish the first square, cut your yarn and weave in all your ends. Repeat the pattern for a 2nd time in the exact same way.
When you finish the second square, place both squares on top of each other. Line up the bottoms with the chain. Using colour C, pull up a loop through any corner (going through both squares) and chain 2. HDC into every stitch around, making sure that you are going through both squares so they are firmly adjoined into 1 piece. In each corner do 3 HDC. When you have worked around the perimeter, join to the first stitch with a slip stitch (SL ST). With two strands, chain 10 for the pot holder’s loop then reconnect back to the border with a SL ST. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Optional: Gently steam & let dry to make sure it lays perfectly flat and square.