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Hot Potholder

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Square potholder with edging and the word hot embroidered on it

This pattern uses American crochet terms. US single crochet = UK double crochet. US double crochet = UK treble and so on


  • Clark’s O.N.T. or J. & P. Coats Pearl Cotton, size 5, 2 balls of any color.
  • Clark’s O.N.T. or J . & P. Coats Six Strand Embroidery Floss, 2 skeins of a contrasting color for trimming.
  • Steel Crochet Hook US No 6 or 7/1.65 or 1.8mm


Starting at bottom, ch 64 (to measure about 7 inches).

1st row: 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, holding back on hook the last loop of each dc, thread over and draw through all loops on hook (a cluster made);  * skip 2 ch, sc in next ch, ch 3, 2 dc in same place as sc holding back on hook the last loop of each dc and complete a cluster as before.  Repeat from * across ending with sc. Turn.

2nd row: Ch 3, and complete a cluster in 1st sc as before; sc under ch-3 of next cluster, * ch 3 and complete a cluster in same place as last sc, sc under ch-3 of next cluster.  Repeat from * across. Ch 3, turn.  Repeat the 2nd row until piece is square. Fasten off.


Measure off 4 full strands of Six Strand each 4½ yards long and twist tightly. Double these strands and give them a second twist in the opposite direction.

Trace the word “Hot” on paper and baste diagonally on crocheted piece.

Sew cord over letters drawing it through crocheted fabric whenever necessary.

Line with fabric, having padding between crocheted piece and lining.

Sew remainder of cord around edges, making a loop at one corner.

The original publication of this pattern is in the public domain. This digital version is copyright Sarah Bradberry, July 16th 2012. All rights reserved.

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