Simple Potholder

(Crochet / Beginner)

This potholder is quick and easy to make.  I recommend using a cotton yarn of worsted weight to make this.  I used Peaches & Creme yarn in the variegated bright colors, “Fiesta,” to make this potholder difficult to lose in my kitchen.


  • Worsted weight yarn, preferably cotton or other washable nonflammable fiber  (Natural fibers will typically smolder, rather than burn.)
  • Hook of recommended size for your yarn of choice, or size you find easy to work the yarn with.


Not important for this project.  Try double crocheting a few rows.  Your fabric should be able to move freely (not too tight), but not have holes in it (and not too loose).

Stitches Used

  • (US) Slip Stitch (sl st)
  • (US) Single Crochet (sc)
  • (US) Double Crochet (dc)


  1. Ch to the width you would like your potholder to be.
  2. Ch 3 more.
  3. Row 1: dc across the row.  To turn, ch 2 and dc in next stitch.  (This gives a tighter edge than the normal ch 3.)
  4. Repeat Row 1 until desired height.
  5. Sl st in next space.  (The space I refer to is the on the side, not along your row.)
  6. ch 15, or as long as you need to in order to make a hanging loop suitable to your needs.
  7. Sl st in previous space (the last dc you made).
  8. Bind off, weave in ends.


  • For a thicker potholder, you can also make 2 cloths (steps 1-5, then bind off and make a second in the same manner), stitch them together using sc or sl st (depending on any edging desired.  I used sl st.), then at the end of your stitching, make your loop and bind off (steps 5-8).
Finished potholder

Finished Potholder

If you have any problems with this pattern that come from difficulty understanding the instructions or a possible error in the instructions, please feel free to comment or contact me at or by PM on Ravelry.

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One response

24 08 2009

Very nice pattern – thanks!

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