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25 Free Crochet Potholder Patterns

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Whether your kitchen style leans toward rustic, modern, or vintage, crochet potholders are a fun and easy way to add personality to your space. Plus, they make fantastic gifts!

Our curated list of free crochet potholder patterns features a variety of crochet potholder designs that you’ll absolutely love, from simple and modern designs to festive holiday patterns. Just a heads up: you may have a whole stack of potholders made before you know it! 

photo collage of four crochet potholder pictures

Crochet Potholder Patterns

If you’re looking for a quick, entertaining, and practical crochet project, look no further than hot pads and potholders. 

Potholder patterns can be as simple or complex as you like, but most of the designs in this collection are suited for beginning crocheters or intermediate crocheters. And since potholders are such a quick pattern, you can expect to finish a potholder in just a few hours—or even less!

Crochet potholders also make excellent gifts! They’re ideal hostess gifts for dinner and holiday hosts, small presents for friends and coworkers, teacher appreciation gifts, or thoughtful Christmas gifts for nearly anyone on your list. 

So, let’s dive into the world of crochet potholder patterns and get ready to transform your kitchen—or someone else’s—with these charming and handy designs!

25 Crochet Potholder Patterns

Take a look at these free crochet potholder patterns to try for your next project! Happy crocheting!


Before getting started, be sure to read through your pattern to find out what supplies you will need. Most crochet potholder patterns require the following supplies:

  • Cotton yarn
  • Crochet hook(s)
  • Notions (scissors, yarn needle, leather strap, embroidery thread, etc.)

Can you use acrylic yarn for potholders?

Avoid using acrylic yarn for potholders unless they are strictly decorative. Acrylic yarn will not hold up to heat and may even melt if used to hold a hot dish. 

Instead, choose a durable cotton yarn for making potholders and hot pads. Some of our favorite yarns for making hot pads include Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, Dishie Cotton, and Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton.

You will notice a few patterns in this list that are made with acrylic yarn and are simply decorative, such as the Little Gobbler Pot Holder (#11) and the Reindeer Hot Pad Pattern (#13). Switch to cotton yarn and double the thickness to make them usable with hot dishes.


Here are some frequently asked questions about crocheting potholders.

Do you need special yarn for potholders?

You’ll want to use a durable, cotton yarn for crocheting potholders. While acrylic and polyester fibers cannot withstand heat, cotton will hold up well to hot dishes and pots. It’s also absorbent and generally easy to wash, making it ideal for kitchen use. 

What is the best crochet stitch for potholders?

Many potholders are made of simple stitches, such as single crochet and double crochet. The thermal stitch is another excellent option for creating thick and textured potholders. Regardless of the stitch you use, making your potholder double thick will help protect your surfaces from heat. 

How long does it take to crochet a potholder?

Although more complex potholders can take a few hours or more to make, many simple potholder patterns can be finished in an hour or less. Patterns that are crocheted in one piece using simple and repetitive stitches make a quick project and a perfect last-minute gift.

How much yarn do you need for a crochet potholder?

Most crochet potholder and hot pad patterns can be made with one skein of yarn or less. For this reason, potholders are an excellent way to use up scrap yarn, especially if your potholder requires multiple colors.

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photo collage of four crochet potholder pictures

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