Color Block Potholder – Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet a color block potholder using upcycled t-shirt yarn. If you can single crochet, you're 15 minutes from a two-tone potholder for your kitchen!

If you’re looking for a quarantine craft, this color block potholder is perfect! If you want, you could take your time and spend a whole day prepping and crocheting these. Just imagine: waking up, cranking up some tunes, cleaning out your dresser, sorting your old t-shirts, cutting them into yarn, and crocheting some spiffy new potholders. Honestly, it only takes about 15 minutes to crochet one of these potholders, but I think we’re all running out of things to do, right?

two crocheted potholders with a hand on top

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These two-toned potholders are crocheted with t-shirt yarn upcycled from old shirts, so there’s no need to go to the craft store. If you have some on hand, you could totally use store-bought t-shirt yarn, but then you won’t get the satisfaction of cleaning out your shirt drawer.

Usually my potholder patterns are two layers, but the t-shirt yarn is thick, which means you only need one layer of single crochets. Because of the bulky yarn, you can make a good sized potholder (~8 x 7.5 inches) super, super fast. Like 15 minutes fast. Maybe 30 if you haven’t made the t-shirt yarn yet.

When you finish crocheting, don’t forget to share pics on
Instagram! Tag me (@youshouldcraft) and use #colorblockpotholder so everyone can see your color block potholders.

Supplies and Materials:

  • T-shirt yarn from two different colored shirts (mine were men’s small)
  • 12 mm crochet hook (here’s mine)
  • Scissors
  • Optional: big tapestry needle (I used my fingers to weave in the ends)
hand using a crocheted potholder to hold a white bowl


ch: chain
sc: single crochet
blo: back loops only
st: stitch

Potholder Crochet Pattern

Using your 12 mm hook, ch 13 with color A (white for me)

crochet hook crocheting with white t-shirt yarn

Row 1: in the back loops only (blo), sc in second ch from hook, sc across (12)
Rows 2-6: ch 1 and turn, sc across using both loops (12)

black and white crocheted potholder on a hardwood floor

Rows 7-12: With color B (blue for me), ch 1 and turn, sc across
For hanging ring: after row 12, ch 8 and join to last st.
Weave in ends using your fingers or a large tapestry needle.

hand holding a blue and white crocheted potholder against a white background

That’s all, y’all. I wasn’t lying when I said these crochet potholders work up quickly! You should make a bunch and give them as gifts in May, when you can see your friends again.

If you make your own color block potholders, don’t forget to tag me (@youshouldcraft) and use #colorblockpotholder on Instagram. I want to see all your beautiful potholders. ❤️❤️

collage of crocheted potholders with the text "free crochet pattern: color block potholder"

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