Free Potholder Knitting Pattern

Handmade potholders and trivets are a great way to decorate your home with a personal flair and learn new stitching techniques on small projects. Want to make your own? I’ve got you covered. Here’s a quick and easy free knitting pattern for a pot holder or hot pad. This easy project is great for keeping your own kitchen stocked or for giving to friends as a housewarming gift.


For this project, you’ll need 55 yds (50 m) of a worsted weight cotton yarn. I used Amano Yarns Sami XL yarn for my sample. Lily Sugar n' Cream or Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton are also good options.

Step One: Cast On

Using the long tail cast on method and US size 6 (4 mm) knitting needles, cast on 50 stitches.

Step Two: Start the Main Section

Slip one with yarn in front, knit one, repeat to end of row. Turn.

Step Three: Work the Main Section

Repeat step 2 until potholder reaches desired size.

Step Four: Work the  Loop

Bind off until three stitches remain.  Using double pointed needles, work a 4 inch long i-cord.

Step Five: Finishing

Bind off i-cord and secure loose end to pot holder to form a hanging loop Soak in cool water, squeeze out gently, and lay flat to dry. You now have a finished pot holder!  Enjoy!

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