Hot pads, potholders and dishcloths

When I first discovered that people actually crocheted and knitted dishcloths and washcloths I was astounded.  Wouldn’t the traditional square of terry towelling do?  And why crochet or knit hot pads and potholders?  Why spend that time on making such utilitarian items?  Now I know why!


It’s so much fun! What a great way to use small amounts of yarn left over from other projects (these are all crocheted in worsted weight cotton: Lily Sugar’n’Cream, purchased from American Yarns Online).  What a great way to play with colour!  What a great way to learn new techniques and experiement with shape and form!  All incredibly satisfying.  Mine will probably end up on a wall as decoration rather than what they were designed for, but you never know.

The Chrysanthemum Dishcloth (a free pattern but you need to register).


The Ripple Potholder (but mine is only one layer so it’s a dishcloth)


The Scalloped Potholder (I did make this double-sided, brown on one, yellow on the other)


A Stir Me Up potholder (free Ravelry download) – this one is slightly different on each side as well


Another Flower Hot Pad


And a Starburst hotpad


And that’s it! I’m all out of the yarn – about a metre left of each. I worked all of these with a 4.5mm hook. Lots and lots of fun – why not give one (or two) a try?

Hot pads

34 thoughts on “Hot pads, potholders and dishcloths

  1. I just love this kind of designs.
    I love crocheting small pieces of craft such as squares, potholders… You see the results in a short amount of time.
    Thanks for sharing the patterns! I’ll use them asap, no doubts…

  2. They’re beautiful 🙂
    When I first read that people crochet dishcloths I wondered why as well. I didn’t see the point. Then I bought a book of 99 crochet dishcloth patterns, failed dismally when I tried two different patterns, and I’m back to wondering why people would crochet them. Seeing how beautiful yours are, perhaps I should just try a simple simple SIMPLE pattern!

  3. Really beautiful. An addiction of mine too. It’s so nice to finish something in an hour or so. Instant gratification of the crafting kind. I do use all of mine. I like seeing them when I use them. As William Morris is quoted as saying, ““Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”

  4. Love those! I’ve only done simple square dishcloths, but will have to try some of these fun designs. I have to say, the crocheted and knitted dishcloths I have are my favorites, because they work so well, and last so long. And they are really, really fast to do. I can make a simple square one in about an hour. And if it’s not perfect…who cares? I’ll be washing dishes with it.

  5. They look fantastic, and they would look brilliant on the wall of your sewing room. I thought the idea of a crochet dish cloth was a bit fuddy-duddy, but now I have changed my mind.

  6. I too had the same inital thoughts as you. While I have yet to crochet them (loving the last 2 especially) I have taken to knitting themed ones eg, Xmas, Baby, Alphabets and loved them. But I am now really interested in your ones

  7. Until I saw your photos, I thought I really didn’t like crocheted potholders very much. Now I am in love! Thanks for showing off your beautiful projects! Love your color choices, too! I have a bag full of Sugar n’ Cream that was originally going to make some plain jane dish cloths. Psh! I’m gonna make these pretty ones!!

  8. These are great! I’ve done one of them, the folded star, and now I can’t wait to try more! Saw you on i-crochet and would love to have you contribute at my weekly blog linking party, opens Sunday but is open most of the week. all the best, and hope to see you there!

  9. I’m looking for a pattern for a pot holder that is 4 wash cloths with the edges all crocheted together and then folded and laid flat so that the upper and lower sides of the potholder’s crocheted seams/edges form an X (with corners/ points to the center). This is a pattern my grandmother used for making potholders. The crochet stitches are not yarn but thread and thus strong but more delicate looking. Can anyone help or has this way of doing the potholders become history?

    1. did you ever find the pattern? I have been looking for something very similar that my grandmother use to make. I have some of the cloths that have been pinned together but no pattern. My grandmother used yarn and we called it a four sided pot holder. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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