Potholders Find Free Knit and Crochet Potholder Patterns, Plus a Few Paid Patterns (That Are Worth the Money)

Welcome to our main directory of patterns for knit & crochet potholders. The potholder you see pictured here is made using two crocheted octagon motifs from <em>Crochet Kaleidoscope</em> by Sandra Eng, published by Interweave. Scroll down to see more details and more potholder patterns -- some of which are free potholder patterns, and some which are paid patterns (but worth the money).
Welcome to our main directory of knit & crochet potholder patterns. The potholder you see pictured here is made using two crocheted octagon motifs from Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng, published by Interweave. Scroll down to see more details and more potholder patterns — some of which are free potholder patterns, and some which are paid patterns (but worth the money).

You probably won’t find knit and crochet potholders making anyone’s list of most glamorous craft projects. However, you might be surprised to learn that, if I had to make a list of favorite needlecraft projects, potholders would be one of the project groupings at the top of my list.


Why, you might ask?


Lots of reasons:

  • Potholders are a great outlet for using up experimental swatches and squares, assuming I used appropriate yarn (typically cotton or wool.)
  • Potholders don’t need to fit anybody, so I don’t stress out about gauge when I’m making them.
  • I find it really interesting to work on layering two different stitch patterns together, for example a lacy stitch pattern over a solid one, to create different potholder designs.
  • Potholders offer an outlet for testing out zany color combinations.
  • Potholders are low-commitment projects that can be finished up quickly, yet they are extremely useful to have around.

Want to join me in crocheting or knitting some potholders? If so, I invite you to browse through these patterns, and get started on any that happen to catch your eye.

Free Crochet Potholder Patterns

Pretty Afghan Stitch Crochet Potholders

Pretty Afghan Stitch Potholders -- Free Crochet Pattern
Pretty Afghan Stitch Potholders — Free Crochet Pattern

These pretty potholders are simple squares of afghan stitch that are dressed up with a fancy v-stitch edging. They are ridiculously easy to make, and super useful to have on hand. They’re a little bit oversized — which is how I like my potholders. First of all, no burned hands! And second, they’re big enough to use as hot pads on the table or countertop.


Pattern Details:

  • A Free Crochet Pattern is available for this design.
  • Crochet Skill Level: Easy.
  • Pattern Designer: Amy Solovay

Crochet Cupcake Potholders

Crochet Cupcake Potholders -- A Free Crochet Pattern Is Available for This Design.
Crochet Cupcake Potholders — A Free Crochet Pattern Is Available for This Design.

For the chef who loves baking sweet confections: these cupcake potholders would be a delightful addition to the kitchen decor. These are also a nice design to make for anyone who appreciates cupcakes, even if they don’t necessarily get around to baking them.

For those of you who give handmade Christmas gifts, I think that pairs of these potholders would be worthwhile gifts to give to family, friends or colleagues — especially if you give each pair of potholders packaged together with some actual cupcakes, or perhaps some other kitchen items.

I’ve considered putting cupcakes in a lidded tin, then placing the potholders on top, and then tying the grouping together with attractive ribbon and a bow.

I’ve also considered putting these potholders in a gift basket, along with a few hand towels and dishcloths.

I think this is one of those projects that it’s also nice to make and keep for yourself. I give away most of what I crochet, but I did manage to keep a couple of pairs of these for us to use in our kitchen.


Pattern Details:

  • A Free Crochet Pattern is available for this design.
  • Crochet Skill Level: Experienced
  • Pattern Designer: Amy Solovay

Crochet Potholder With Angled Stripes

Crochet Potholders With Angled Stripes
Crochet Potholders With Angled Stripes

This intriguing pattern can look dramatically different, depending on the colors you use for crocheting it. You can vary the look even more by choosing different edgings for finishing it off. Pictured above, you can see how it looks when crocheted in two different colorways. In the red and white colorway, it resembles a peppermint candy cane. But if you crochet it in different colors, it looks completely different.


Pattern Details:

  • A Free Crochet Pattern is available for this design (includes a chart).
  • Crochet Skill Level: Intermediate.
  • Pattern Designer: Amy Solovay

Snowflake Potholders

Crochet Snowflake Potholders
Crochet Snowflake Potholders

First, you use the simplest ever tapestry crochet pattern to work the body of these pretty potholders. Then you applique a snowflake motif on top. If you’ve never tried tapestry crochet before, this project is a good choice for a first attempt, because the pattern is totally predictable and not too complex. The results are really lovely, though.


Pattern Details:

  • A Free Crochet Pattern is available for this design (includes a chart).
  • Crochet Skill Level: Intermediate.
  • Pattern Designer: Amy Solovay

Striped Crochet Heart Potholders — Free Pattern

Striped Crochet Heart Potholders -- Free Pattern
Striped Crochet Heart Potholders — Free Pattern

Cheerful striped heart potholders could be a fun addition to any style of kitchen decor. You’ll work these potholders in rows of tapestry crochet, using a free charted design with striped heart motif. The free crochet pattern and free chart for crocheting the potholders are both available right here on our website.

Easy Tunisian Crochet Potholders

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If you’re the kind of person who likes potholders to be basic, in an attractive yet unremarkable sort of way, this is the pattern for you. These potholders don’t do much to draw attention to themselves; if you look at them closely, you’ll see that they’re pleasantly textured, but there are no color patterns or pictures or anything crazy like that.

These potholders are a fantastic introduction to the Tunisian crochet technique. If you’ve never tried Tunisian crochet before, this is a fantastic starter pattern.


Pattern Details:

  • A Free Crochet Pattern is available for this design.
  • Crochet Skill Level: Easy. We’re talking really, truly, stupidly easy.
  • Pattern Designer: Amy Solovay

Striped Crochet Christmas Potholders

It’s the colorway that makes these potholders festive and “Christmas-y.” I’ve also tried stitching them in other colors, which I encourage you to do as well.


Pattern Details:

  • A Free Crochet Pattern is available for this design.
  • Crochet Skill Level: Easy.
  • Pattern Designer: Amy Solovay

Crochet Potholder Patterns From Excellent Pattern Books

The following are NOT free patterns; however, the pattern books that include these designs are worth the money, in my opinion.

Vintage Potholder Featuring Flower Loom Motifs + Crochet

The center design of this pretty floral potholder is made using a flower loom. Then you crochet easy, beginner-friendly stitches around the flowers to make the potholder. A simple shell stitch edging and a hanging loop complete the look. This pattern is from the book Crochet Loom Blooms by Haafner Linssen, published by Interweave.
The center design of this pretty floral potholder is made using a flower loom. Then you crochet easy, beginner-friendly stitches around the flowers to make the potholder. A simple shell stitch edging and a hanging loop complete the look. This pattern is from the book Crochet Loom Blooms by Haafner Linssen, published by Interweave.

Pattern Details:

  • This pattern is included in Crochet Loom Blooms by Haafner Linssen, published by Interweave.
  • Crochet Skill Level: Beginner
  • Flower Looming Skill Level: Beginner
  • Pattern Designer: Haafner Linssen; modified, crocheted and photographed by Amy Solovay. The only modification I made to the pattern: I chose a much larger yarn than the one suggested in the pattern, which resulted in a gigantic potholder that also doubles as a hot pad.

Sunny Daisy Crochet Potholders

The front of this potholder features a simple, lovely daisy motif enclosed in an 8-pointed star shape. The back features a sun shape within an octagon. Stitch the two motifs together, add a shell stitch edging and a hanging loop; the result is a useful and beautiful potholder. These two motif patterns are from a book called Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng. The potholder pictured here was crocheted and photographed by Amy Solovay.
The front of this potholder features a simple, lovely daisy motif enclosed in an 8-pointed star shape. The back features a sun shape within an octagon. Stitch the two motifs together, add a shell stitch edging and a hanging loop; the result is a useful and beautiful potholder. These two motif patterns are from a book called Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng. The potholder pictured here was crocheted and photographed by Amy Solovay.

Pattern Details:

  • Crafting Skill Level: The crochet work is easy; the finishing requires knowledge of how to sew crochet motifs together using whip stitch and how to add a shell stitch edging.
  • Pattern Designer: Sandra Eng designed the two octagon motif patterns that comprise this potholder. Amy Solovay transformed them into the potholder design you see pictured above.
  • Where to Get This Pattern: The motif patterns are from Sandra Eng’s excellent motif pattern book called Crochet Kaleidoscope.

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This page was last updated on 10/12/2018.

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