Here is a free pattern for a crochet round hot pad. The pattern can be worked up in several hours. I used the popcorn stitch in order to add more padding. The popcorns are a bit crowded in the second round, but they help to open up the center for a pretty design.
Also, the hot pad begins to ruffle up quite a bit in the fifth round, but the ruffles are easy to block out after it is completed. I left some of the ruffles in mine and I think they add a nice touch. But if you wanted to you could block them all out.
Not only can you use this as a hot pad, but it would also work great as a plant pot holder.
I used Bernat Handicrafter cotton yarn, but any similar cotton yarn will work just as well. And if you are not planning on using this in the kitchen then you could also use a synthetic material if you like.
Someone suggested to use a cotton thread and I couldn’t resist to make one. It turned out perfect and now I’ll have to make a few more to use as coasters…cause you can never have too many of those around the house. An image of the coaster/doily is posted below the pattern.
Popcorn Stitch Crochet Round Hot Pad
Skill Level: Intermediate
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter, or any other similar cotton yarn. (about 1.25oz.)
Hook Size: H/8-5.00MM
Finished Size: About 8″ Across
Gauge: 3.5″ over the first 2 rounds. Not important, however.
Beg Pc = Beginning Popcorn
Ch/Chs = Chain/Chains
Dc = Double Crochet
FO = Fasten Off
Lp/Lps = Loops/Loops
Pc = Popcorn
Rep = Repeat
Rnd/Rnds = Round/Rounds
Sc = Single Crochet
Sk = Skip
Sl St = Slip Stitch
Sp/Sps = Space/Spaces
St/Sts = Stitch/Stitches
Special Stitch Instructions
Beg PC: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), work another 4 dc in same st or sp indicated, remove active lp from hook, insert hook in first of the 5 dc made, pick up the active lp and pull through.
PC: Work 5 dc in st or sp indicated, remove active lp from hook, insert hook in first of the 5 dc made, pick up the active lp and pull through.
Round 2 has a lot of popcorns, but they help to create a sturdier hot pad. Also, the pattern flops a bit around the edge, but after blocking, the wavy effect looks nice.
Ch 4, Join with sl st in first ch to form ring.
Rnd 1: Work Beg. PC into ring, ch 4, (PC, ch 4) in ring 3 times. Join with sl st in first PC. (4 pc sts and 4 ch-4 lps)
Rnd 2: Sl st into ch-4 lp, work Beg. PC, ch 2, (PC, ch 2) in same lp another 3 times, [(PC, ch 2) 4 times in next lp] around. Join with sl st in first PC. (16 PC sts and ch-2 sps)
Rnd 3: Sl st into ch-2 sp, ch 1, sc in same sp, 7 dc in next ch-2 sp, [sc in next ch-2 sp, 7 dc in next ch-2 sp] around. Join with sl st in first sc. (64 sts)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, (sc, ch 3) in first st, sk next 3 sts, [(sc, ch 3) in next st, sk next 3 sts] around. Join with sl st in first sc. (16 lps)
Rnd 5: Work Beg PC in first st, ch 1, *sk next ch, (3 dc, ch1) in next ch, sk next ch**, (PC, ch 1) in next st. Rep from * around ending at **. Join with sl st in first PC. (48 dc and 16 pc sts)
Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in first st, *sk next ch and st, 5 dc in next st, sk next st and ch**, sc in next st**. Rep from * around ending at **. Join with sl sc. (96 sts) FO.
Dampen the hot pad and lay it flat to dry. You will have to stretch it out a bit, but not too far in order for it to retain the wavy effect. However, you can eliminate the waves if you like.
Now as promised, here is the image of the Coaster/Doily. I used a size 10 crochet thread and a 7/1.65MM steel hook. The finished project measures just under 4 inches across and can be used as a coaster or as a small doily.