Best Modern Hot Pad Crochet Pattern

This thick, crocheted hot pad turned out so well that I’m hoping to make several more! It’s so easy and completely beginner friendly, yet the pattern created a very professional, heavy duty piece.  I’m running low on cute, useful hot pads that aren’t stained or wearing thin, so this was made out of pure necessity.  I love the modern look and the fact that it’s super thick and not “holey” which is typical with crochet.  You’ll find the super simple, free crochet pattern below or you can also find a printable version in my Etsy shop (here)!

I definitely tend to make a lot of clothing items, but I equally love making pieces for my home, what about you?  You might remember the granny potholder I made, which we use in our pop-up tent trailer (here).  It’s cute and kitschy, but today’s pattern is modern and super functional.  It can be used as a trivet or a potholder and I love that I can hang it from it’s little leather hanger.  The inspiration for this came from Crate & Barrel! Their version isn’t crocheted of course, but I loved the simple look and color tones.  These would make amazing stocking stuffers or hostess gifts for the holiday season, don’t you think?

While I was making this, I asked those of you on Instagram which texture you preferred as there is a completely different look on the opposite side of the fabric. You overwhelmingly chose this texture. Thank you for helping me decide!

So how do you make a modern, thick crocheted hot pad? This one is so crazy easy.  If you can make a chain and slip stitch, you can make this.    They would probably do well at markets too if you sell crocheted items for charity or business.  They do take a little time, but can be done in a day for sure.  So let’s get started!

I used Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton (HERE) which is mercerized and totally perfect for a durable hot pad.  I’d say it’s on the small side of worsted weight #4 yarns, so if you buy a different, thicker yarn, be sure to adjust your hook size if needed.  This is a really, high quality cotton that I love for home goods. However, I also used it for my Drop Stitch Cotton Kimono and the drape is so lovely when you use the right stitches.

Best Modern Hot Pad – Free Crochet Pattern

The free pattern is below, or you can get the ad-free, printable from my Etsy shop HERE

Mamas Maker Members, your printable download is available HERE


This durable hot pad pattern creates a thick, tight fabric which is made to last.  The mercerized cotton withstands high temperatures and the double layers keep hands and surfaces safe. Use it as a beautiful modern trivet, or as a hot pad for everyday use. Easy enough for beginners!


US Size J, 6.0 crochet hook

2 skeins Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton (here) (worsted weight #4 yarn) in Silver (100 g/skein)

  Pattern uses approximately 124 g total


Tapestry Needle

Optional: Scrap leather for handle and leather hole punch.

Skill Level: Beginner

Size: Approximately 8 1/4 “ X  8”

(Easily make larger or smaller to suit)

Gauge: Not important for this pattern


This hot pad is crocheted in the round. You will start with a chain and then join to crochet in the round until you’ve reached your desired size.  The entire piece is crocheted while holding two strands of yarn together.

**You can easily make this crocheted hot pad larger by starting with a longer chain and crocheting for more rounds.

Notice that each side has a different texture. Choose the side that you like best when seaming at the end!

Abbreviations (US) & Skills:

ch – chain stitch

st – stitch

sl st – slip stitch

You will work slip stitches through the back loop (see row 2 of this tutorial from New Stitch A Day HERE)

Crochet Pattern

While holding two strands of yarn together, ch 64

Join to crochet in the round

Crocheting in the round.

If you’re not sure how to work slip stitches through the back loop, you can check out this video and tutorial from New Stitch A Day (Here) to see how it’s done. You will work in the round rather than flat, but it will look just like row 2.

Entire pattern is worked in continuous rounds while holding two strands of yarn. No need to count rounds or join at end of each round. Take care not to twist your work.

Round 1 Sl st in each st around

Round 2 Sl st through the back loop of each st around

Mark beginning or end of round if needed

Repeat round 2 until piece measures approximately 8” high or until desired length. Tie off and weave in ends.

Lay piece flat and seam at top and bottom with a simple slip stitch seam. Tie off and weave in ends.

Place hot pad flat on an ironing board and block with a steam iron (if using cotton). Acrylic can melt, so if you’re using a fiber other than cotton, plan accordingly and block with preferred method.


Loop Handle (optional):

Cut a scrap piece of leather approximately 1/2“ wide and 5 ½” long.  With a leather punch, punch one hole in each end.  Place on back center of hot pad and sew with a whip stitch, working through both holes and the fabric. Tie with a knot and weave in ends.

You may also choose to put a simple crocheted loop handle on the hot pad. Simply make a chain 5 ½” long and attach to the middle or corner of the hot pad.

I hope you love yours as much as I’m liking mine.  Now I need to make about three more and I’ll be all set.


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  1. Is the hot pad available in knit pattern for those of us that don’t crochet???

    1. Hi! Because you press it flat at the end, so it’s a square with two sides. Does that make sense?

    2. Another way to put it, is you’re crocheting a tube shape, then laying it flat and sewing the top edges together and then the bottom edges.

  2. I have a question about the finishing. Do you crochet the tube closed with the slip Stitch & worsted cotton, or sew it closed with thread? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a sewing Stitch called the slip Stitch.

  3. I see the thickness! I know a person whose potholders don’t look so new any more. I’ll bring her a pair of potholders and a trivet as a gift when visiting with them the next time. First I’m going to finish the Peppa Pig amigurumi I’m crocheting for her daughter. These hot pads are so easy and quick to make. A perfect gift.

  4. I am definitely trying this! I am thinking that I could insert a thin silicone (I think that’s what they are, lol) pot holder/hot pad for extra heat protection.
    For a knitted version, maybe one could use a round knitting loom or simply knit in the round with a tight stitch.

  5. Love my new hot pad! Thanks, Jessica! Made it in Lionbrand’s
    Jade color. Gorgeous!

    1. Sounds beautiful! So glad you were able to make one already and are happy with the result! I love that Jade color. 🙂

  6. Love this pattern. I started making one tonight. I’m only a novice at crochet so it will probably take me a week.
    How would you go about washing it with the leather handle? Wouldn’t that ruin the leather?

  7. Hi, I haven’t managed to find an equivalent as Worsted Weight cotton yard here in Australia – I’m assuming 8ply (Fine/Weight #3) would result in an okay result.
    Love your thoughts – beginner crocheter

  8. This would also be fun to take way down in size to make those things they call un-sponges. Thank you,Rose in NJ.

  9. As a beginner crocheter, I am having difficulty with this, getting it in the round the right way and having it look right. I’ve started it several times, but it doesn’t seem to be doing what it should. Do you have a video tutorial for this available? I watched the back loop one included, but my problem seems to be with in the round crocheting. Thank you.

  10. I know you recommend using mercerized cotton, but if all you have is a blend like Caron Cotton Cakes or CooBoo, could they still be used? Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  11. Is there an online tutorial on how to join in the round in crocheting? I’m A knitter and just reacquainting myself with how to crochet. I would love a resource as what I am finding is not very helpful. Thank you.

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