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30 Free Crochet Potholder Patterns (Double Thick)

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In this blog post, you will see everything about crocheting potholders and 30 free crochet potholder patterns you can make. 

A crochet potholder is a functional and often decorative kitchen accessory that is crocheted to protect your hands and surfaces from hot pots, pans, and baking dishes. 

It’s typically made using heat-resistant materials and features a thick, double-layered construction for added insulation.

It’s great for last-minute gifts and housewarming parties. 

30 Free crochet potholder patterns

30 Free Crochet Potholder Patterns

Take a look at this list of crochet potholders and choose your next project.

Everything You Need To Know About Crocheting Potholders

What crochet stitch is best for potholders?    

When making potholders through crochet, you’ll want to use a dense and sturdy stitch that can withstand high temperatures and provide effective insulation. 

The most commonly recommended crochet stitches for potholders are the single crochet (sc) and the Tunisian crochet simple stitch.

  1. Single Crochet (SC): Single crochet is a dense and tightly woven stitch that creates a fabric with minimal gaps. It’s an excellent choice for potholders because it provides good heat resistance and protection for your hands. When working with single crochet stitches, it’s often recommended to use cotton yarn, as it can better withstand heat compared to synthetic or acrylic fibers. Learn how to do the single crochet stitch here – How To Single Crochet (SC) 
  1. Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch (TSS): It is known for its dense and fabric-like qualities, making it ideal for potholders. The Tunisian simple stitch (Tss) is the basic stitch in Tunisian crochet and produces a tight, solid fabric. You can create thick, double-layered potholders by crocheting two Tss panels and then sewing or crocheting them together.
  1. Thermal Stitch(Thermal ST): The thermal stitch is a crochet technique known for its excellent insulation properties, making it ideal for creating cozy and warm fabric. This stitch combines front post double crochets (FPdc) and back post double crochets (BPdc) in alternating rows, creating a thick, textured, and reversible fabric.
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What size crochet hook to use on potholders?    

When crocheting potholders, it’s a good idea to use a smaller crochet hook than what is typically recommended for the yarn you’re using. 

This helps create a denser and more heat-resistant fabric.

The specific hook size can vary depending on your yarn and tension, but a common recommendation is to use a crochet hook size in the range of 3.5 mm (E/4) to 4.5 mm (G/6).

To make sure your project will come out correctly, make sure to make a gauge swatch. 

The required crochet hook for a specific yarn can be found on the yarn label. 

Learn how to read a yarn label here – How To Read A Yarn Label (Step By Step)

What is the best yarn for thick potholders?    

The best yarn for making thick and heat-resistant potholders is 100% cotton yarn. 

Cotton is a natural fiber known for its heat resistance and absorbency, making it an ideal choice for this specific kitchen accessory. 

Cotton is the ideal fiber for potholders compared to other fibers like wool yarn or acrylic yarn. 

When selecting cotton yarn for potholders, consider the following factors:

  1. Weight: Choose a medium (worsted weight) or slightly thicker cotton yarn (e.g., worsted or aran weight). Thicker yarns create a denser fabric that provides better heat protection.
  2. Ply: Look for a yarn that is composed of multiple plies (strands twisted together). A 4-ply cotton yarn is commonly used for potholders, adding strength and durability to the finished product.
  3. Mercerized Cotton: It has been treated to increase its sheen, strength, and dye absorption. This type of cotton yarn is an excellent choice for potholders because it’s even more heat-resistant and durable.
  4. Colorfastness: Ensure that the cotton yarn is colorfast, meaning the colors won’t bleed or fade when exposed to heat or moisture. This is particularly important if you plan to use multicolored yarn.
  5. Texture: Cotton yarn can come in various textures, from smooth to textured. While the texture is a matter of personal preference, smooth cotton yarn is often favored for potholders because it’s easier to clean and maintain.
  6. Machine Washable: Look for cotton yarn that is machine washable and easy to care for, as potholders may get stained or soiled in the kitchen.

Learn everything about yarn weights here – Yarn Weight Guide {+ Conversion Chart} 

Learn everything about yarn fibers here – Yarn Types Explained: A Guide To Different Fibers 

Crochet Lessons

If you are a new maker and need help with the crochet basics, check out the crochet lessons here – Crochet Lessons {With Video Tutorials}.

There, you will find tutorial posts for all the crochet techniques a newbie needs to know.  

Including how to create a foundation chain (ch), how to single crochet, how to double crochet, and all the crochet abbreviations ( in UK and US terms) a maker needs to know.  

If you need more video tutorials, check out my YouTube channel here – Handy Little Me – YouTube.

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