20+ Pot Holders To Make: {Free Patterns}

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Here’s a nice mix of crochet & knit patterns for pot holders and hot pads that I’ve gathered from my bookmarks and found online (all free of course!). If you’re looking for some to sew, you’ll find a bunch here. To keep things organized, I’ve separated them into two sections for easy browsing plus added a few vintage goodies at the bottom, enjoy!

Crochet

crochettoday.com

crochettoday.com

Nana’s: Features four different retro designs, pdf download.

Rose Ripple: The center resembles a wide rose in full bloom (or could be a carnation, marigold, peony, chrysanthemum). Examples at the bottom of the page for different color combos.

delights-gems.blogspot.ca

delights-gems.blogspot.ca

whynotcrochet.blogspot.ca

whynotcrochet.blogspot.ca

One Piece: Worked in one piece, takes less than an hour to whip up.

Vintage Bloomers: Finished size measures about 8″ wide and 6″ long, skill level marked as “Easy”.

bestfreecrochet.com

bestfreecrochet.com

oiyi.blogspot.ca

oiyi.blogspot.ca

Scalloped: These are so fun and so retro! The pattern is found on the web archive here.

Stir Me Up: Colorful & spiral, these are double thick and double sided.

ravelry.com

ravelry.com

delights-gems.blogspot.ca

delights-gems.blogspot.ca

Ripple: Here is a new twist on the ripple stitch.

Chrysanthemum: This one’s based on a vintage design.

sewtakeahike.typepad.com

sewtakeahike.typepad.com

bittersweetblog.wordpress.com

bittersweetblog.wordpress.com

Orange Slice: Made with bright orange cotton yarn and trimmed in white.

Colorful Rings: These can be made as colorful as you like!

knittingandsomemore.blogspot.ca

knittingandsomemore.blogspot.ca

bittersweetblog.wordpress.com

bittersweetblog.wordpress.com

Cupcake: Fun design! Each have two pieces that are whip stitched together.

Ornamental: Based on an African Flower design, references on flickr with a few tweaks.

crochethealingandraymond.wordpress.com

crochethealingandraymond.wordpress.com

ravelry.com

ravelry.com

Retro Flower: Finished size measures 7.5″ in diameter, two pieces are made then joined together.

Vintage Rose: Based on a vintage design, this features a scalloped edge with a pretty rose center.

michelleclement.typepad.com

michelleclement.typepad.com

hegeshobbykrok.blogspot.ca

hegeshobbykrok.blogspot.ca

Waffel: Scroll down the page a bit for directions in English.

Old Fashioned: Lovely retro design.

mylittlekitchen.blogspot.ca

mylittlekitchen.blogspot.ca

tintinluomukset.blogspot.ca

tintinluomukset.blogspot.ca

Tynne: First color is worked into a square then 2nd color is attached and worked into the piece for the other side (double thickness).

Knitting

chrachen.blogspot.ca

chrachen.blogspot.ca

Chra’s: This is worked in double strands of cotton yarn using the seed stitch and knit and purl.

Patchwork: Square in seed stitch then covered with batting and finish with patchwork.

homespunliving.blogspot.ca

homespunliving.blogspot.ca

embroideroo.blogspot.ca

embroideroo.blogspot.ca

Felted Teapot Mat: Here is a great project to make with french knitting.

Ridge: (Scroll down page to find it)

garnstudio.com

garnstudio.com

stixyarn.com

stixyarn.com

Upcycled Oven Mitt: Made with four skeins of t-shirt yarn (1/2″ width and stretched), via pdf download.

Spotted Trivet: A modern design that doubles as a trivet, can be felted. Worked on straight needles (US #13).

nakeidknits.com

nakeidknits.com

knitbug.com

knitbug.com

Backed With Fabric: Lined with batting, fabric on one side a knit on the other (3 designs to choose from).

For sewing projects, see this big list here.

Kitschy Teacups

*First published October 30, 2011 and moved to this page for better organization

Oh I had fun whipping these up! If you like kitschy kitchen stuff, you’ll want to tuck this into your files…they’re surprisingly easy and quick.

TeacupsThey measure a generous 9″ wide and 7 3/4″ tall (widest points, excluding handles) and are a double layer for extra protection (two pieces each and sewn together). You can line them with extra padding if you wish (I didn’t). The teacup handle functions as its hanger.

(made with dishcloth cotton yarn)

Teacup Base

  • Starting at bottom with 1st color, ch 14.
  • 1st row: H dc in 3rd ch from hook, sc in same ch, sc in each ch across, in last ch make sc and h dc (14 sts). Ch 3, turn.
  • 2nd, 3rd and 4th rows: In first st make h dc and sc; sc in each st across, making sc, h dc and dc in last st or turning ch, as the case may be. Ch 3, turn. At the end of the 4th row, ch 1 (instead of ch 3), turn.
  • 5th row: 2 sc in 1st st, sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. Repeat 5th row until there are 37 sts on row. Work straight for 5 rows. Fasten off. Attach 2nd color. Ch 3, turn.

Band

  • 1st row: 2 dc in same place where 2nd color was attached (half shell), * skip 2 sts, sc in next st, skip 2 sts, 5 dc in next st (shell). Repeat from * across, ending with 3 dc in last st (half shell). Ch 1, turn.
  • 2nd row: Sc in 1st dc, * shell in next sc, sc in center st of next shell. Repeat from * across, ending with sc in top st of turning ch. Ch 3, turn.
  • 3rd row: Half shell in sc, * sc in center st of next shell, shell in next sc. Repeat from * across, ending with half shell. Ch 1, turn. Repeat 2nd and 3rd rows again. Fasten off 2nd color. Attach 1st color, ch 2, turn.
  • Next row: Work sc in each dc and h dc in each sc across (37 sts). Ch 1, turn.
  • Following row: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. Repeat last row 2 times. Fasten off.
  • Embroider lazy daisy flowers on edges of border (I just did three petals in the example pieces). Work another piece same as this.

Handle

  • With 1st color ch 6.
  • 1st row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (5 sts). Ch 1, turn.
  • 2nd row: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. Repeat 2nd row until piece measures 6″. Fasten off. Fold in half and whip long edges together.

Place padding between two pieces (optional). Pin ends of handle in place and whip edges together neatly, using self colors.

Work another the same as this, reversing colors.

Source: This is based on a vintage design from 1943 that was designed to use crochet thread, I’ve made some tweaks so that it will work with today’s cotton yarn.

Update: Whoops! I didn’t note the hook size…I’m sure I used an “H” 5.00 mm but it may have been a “G” 4.00 mm since I have both hooks in that project bag (was intending on starting another set). I’m sorry I missed that, I’ll be more careful to note the hook size in the future!

Vintage Booklet

These were previously published on separate pages here on Tipnut (January 4, 2008 and March 14, 2008) and moved to this page for better organization.

CoverDo you love kitschy kitchen items? Retro kitchen accessories? Then you’ll love these projects, I believe they’re from the 1940s (1944). They were very creative back in the day ;).

For the first set, I thought it was depicting a sugar bowl and creamer, but I’m leaning more now toward a teapot and a sugar bowl? Not sure, but it’s quite a charming set that has a very retro feel to it. The teapot (or creamer) has a clock face and the sugar bowl has a cartoon expression.

PuffsYou can download the pdf here: Sugar Bowl & Creamer Set.

The printout text be a bit too small for some of you to read, you can adjust this by zooming in on the pdf or scanning a larger copy for yourself. I did the best I could with the print quality and I’m able to read it myself, but I can see the text size & clarity being a problem for some.

The recipe on the page is the following:

Parsley Puffs

1 bunch of parsley
1 egg
2 tsp flour
1 TBS water
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

  • Wash parsley and break into small sprigs and put in ice water to crisp. Separate egg; to the beaten yolk, add flour, water, and seasonings, and beat until thoroughly mixed. Then fold in egg whites beaten stiff. Dip the parsley sprigs into this batter and fry in deep fat at 390°F until golden brown. Drain and serve hot. This is a tempting garnish for meats.

For the next one, I did a better job this time with the print quality and compiling the information (I hope!). This is a set of three designs, but with a unique twist–they also have appliqu├ęd fruit on top. There are no patterns for the fruit items, they are to be your own design. But I’ve included a large picture on the download file of the finished items so you can get a better idea of what they look like.

The download file is in pdf, here: Set of Three. There’s one per page.

SetIf you’d like to try the recipe included, here it is:

Iced Fruit Soup

1 cup orange juice
1 cup canned pineapple juice
3/4 cup grapefruit juice
1 TBS arrowroot or cornstarch
1/3 cup cold water
1/4 cup sugar
5 cloves
2 inch piece cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt

  • Add cloves and cinnamon to orange and grapefruit juices. Let stand several hours or overnight in a cool place. Bring pineapple juice to boiling point. Cook 3 minutes, add sugar, salt, and fruit juices. Strain, pack in ice and salt, or in drawer of refrigerator until very cold. Serves 4 or 6.

These come from a booklet published by the American Thread Company. You’re welcome to share the files if you like, I just ask that you keep the Tipnut information intact, thank you :).

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Published: January 31, 2007
Updated: November 7, 2012

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6 Comments to “20+ Pot Holders To Make: {Free Patterns}”
  1. Carlotta says:

    Thank you very much for these beautiful compilation lists. They are very wonderful and such a treasure!

  2. June George says:

    Hello,
    I love to crochet. I am getting excited just looking at these potholder patterns. I like to give the ladies in my Sunday School class a gift at Christmas, that they can use all year round. These are so beautiful, I think I might even frame some. Thank you for offering these patterns free. I am 71 years old and Crocheting is one of my fun pastimes.
    June George

  3. Karen says:

    I am looking for a potholder pattern, my Grandmother used to make. It is square and ruffles all around it, like they are standing up, I know I am having trouble discribing it, the ruffles are make up of three double crochets, can you help me at all, thank you

  4. Mary Merth says:

    Thanks so much. I found you site on my first Google search. I thought I’d have to work hard to find whar i needed to send a neighbor for a kind thought. Not so; you patterns are perfect.

    • Mary Merth says:

      Correcting my own note: “I thought I’d have to work hard to find what I needed to send a kind thought to a neighbor.”

  5. Sandra lookingbill says:

    Thank u so very muc for the potholder info. Thet r my favorite things to crochet. I wonder if the pattern Karen was asking about is the wiggly crochet patern. They r made of dbl crochet and do look like they r standing. Never have made one, but have tried. Thanks again.


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