Ready for a double thick potholder crochet pattern? The Lilac Potholder is an extra thick hot pad with a hanging loop and knit-look texture. Use it to keep your hands, counters and tables safe from hot dishes, like the homemade zucchini bread that you have to make weekly to keep up with all the fresh zucchini from your garden. Or is that just me? Read on to learn more about the best crochet potholder pattern.
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Double Thick Potholder Inspiration & Details
I fell in love with the knit-look ribbed texture of the Misty Infinity Cowl pattern, so I had to use the stitch again. Like the infinity cowl, this double thick potholder pattern features linked double crochet stitches in the third loops. Crocheting in the third loops pushes the top of the stitches forward, creating lovely ribbing that looks almost knit. What do you think? Personally, I love the texture on these crocheted potholders! It’s a super cute modern crochet potholder pattern.
Crochet pot holders are some of my favorite things to make, since they’re relatively quick and easy. I’ve previously shared the Wagon Wheel Potholder and the Bobble Heart Potholder patterns, both of which are double thick like this one. However, they’re a bit more complicated and include frequent color changes. Today, you’ll learn how to crochet potholders with only one stitch – the linked double crochet (ldc), worked in the third loops.
Tools Needed to Crochet the Double Thick Potholder Pattern
Part of what makes the Lilac Potholder “double thick” is the construction – it’s crocheted in the round and seamed at the top, giving it two layers. The other element that makes this hot pad extra thick is the two strands of Dishie cotton yarn. Dishie is a worsted weight cotton yarn, but when two strands are held together, it’s closer in thickness to a super bulky yarn.
Even though the yarn is thick, you’ll want to reach for smaller hook to keep those stitches tight. Gaps in the fabric might expose your fingers and furniture to heat from hot casserole dishes and pie pans, so we want as few as possible.
I chose a J 6.0 mm peach Odyssey hook from Furls for the photos and video. You’ll also see a glimpse of my trusty purple Odyssey in the round joining tutorial photos. 😉 Odyssey’s are some of my favorite hooks. They’re ergonomic and the sturdy metal construction helped get the hook into tight stitches.
Thankfully, you don’t need any special tools for this easy crochet double thick hot pad pattern, just standard notions. You’ll use scissors to trim your yarn and a tapestry needle to invisible join, close the potholder’s top seam, and weave in your ends.
How to Crochet the Double Thick Potholder
This section includes notes, sizing, and materials needed for the double thick crochet potholder pattern. Keep reading to learn how to crochet a potholder.
Supplies / Materials
- 235 yards of Lilac Dishie cotton yarn (held double)
- or 235 yards of a similar #4 worsted weight cotton yarn (held double)
- 6.0 mm crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
Gauge / Size
4 x 4 inches: 7 rows of 13 ldc (in the third loops)
Finished size: 8 inches x 7.75 inches
Abbreviations / Techniques
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- ldc – linked double crochet
- ldc in third loops
- sl st – slip stitch
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- yo – yarn over
- RS – right side
- WS – wrong side
- weaving in ends
NOTE: This pattern utilizes US crochet terminology.
- This pattern utilizes US crochet terminology
- ch-3 doesn’t count as a st
- This potholder is crocheted in joined rounds, but not turned. Every row is a RS row.
- For rows 1 – 13, sl st is worked backwards (remove hook, insert in first st of round from back to front, then pull through loop from last st in round)
- To customize the potholder size, ch any number + 3
The double thick potholder video tutorial will walk you through crocheting the lilac hot pad, from start to finish. The crochet potholder tutorial video models how to join rounds of linked double crochet stitches and how to seam the potholder’s top closed.
Double Thick Potholder Written Pattern
ch 28 with two strands of yarn
ROUND 1 (RS): insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook into top loop of 4th ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop, finish as dc, ldc in top loops across (25)
ldc down the other side of the starting ch, working in the top loops. At the last st, insert hook into horizontal bar of previous ldc, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook into last ch, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook into horizontal bar of first ldc, yo and pull through three loops, yo and pull through last two loops, join to first ldc with backwards sl st (50)
The images below demonstrate how to insert your hook into the horizontal bar of the first ldc, when joining each round.
ROUND 2: ch 3 (do not turn), insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook into third loop of the first st from the previous row, yo and pull up a loop, finish as dc, ldc in third loops around. At the last st, insert hook into horizontal bar of previous ldc, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook into third loop of last st from previous round, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook into horizontal bar of first ldc, yo and pull through three loops, yo and pull through last two loops, join to first ldc with backwards sl st (50)
ROUND 14: ch 3 (do not turn), insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook into third loop of the first st from the previous row, yo and pull up a loop, finish as dc, ldc in third loops of next 47 sts. ch 15, sl st to top of ldc, ldc in next st. At the last st, insert hook into horizontal bar of previous ldc, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook into third loop of last st from previous round, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook into horizontal bar of first ldc, yo and pull through three loops, yo and pull through last two loops (50 + 15 ch hanging loop)
Trim yarn, leaving a 16 inch tail (approximately twice the width of your crochet potholder). Invisible join to first st.
Work your yarn tail back to the base of the hanging loop, then close the top opening by whip stitching through the third loops of the front and back sides of the potholder. Trim yarn and weave in ends.
Note: To increase the heat resistance of your potholder, you can also slide in a piece of heat-resistant fabric before you seam up the top.
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If you loved the double thick potholder crochet pattern, be sure to share it to your Pinterest boards. Then, check out these free patterns:
- Bobble Heart Potholder
- Wagon Wheel Potholder
- Color Block Potholder
- Farmhouse Dishcloth
- Luna Keychain Wristlet
- Misty Infinity Cowl
- Henry Blanket
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
These are the most common questions about crocheting double thick potholders.
Is crocheting the double thick pot holder pattern easy?
Once you get the hang of crocheting in the third loops, the Lilac Potholder crochet pattern is an easy 1-stitch repeat.
What’s the best material for crochet potholders?
When you want to crochet a hot pad, reach for a heat resistant fiber like cotton or wool. I’m a huge fan of 100% cotton yarn because it’s inexpensive and readily available. Many of the wool yarns you’ll find at a big box craft store are blended with acrylic, which can melt when when heat is applied.
What’s the best stitch for crochet potholders?
My favorite stitch for double thick crochet potholders is the linked double crochet. Since each stitch is joined to its neighbor, there are minimal gaps between stitches, which means your potholder will do a better job of protecting your fingers and furniture. Some other common stitches you’ll see used for pot holders are the crochet thermal stitch or tight single crochet stitches.
Where can I find free crochet double thick potholder patterns?
The Lilac Potholder (pattern above) is an extra thick pot pad that’s double layered for extra heat resistance. You can also checkout the Wagon Wheel Potholder or the Bobble Heart Potholder, two more crochet double thick pot holder patterns.
How big should a potholder be?
Crocheted potholders range in size from approximately 6 x 6 inches square to about 10 x 10 inches. I find that potholders in the 7 – 8 inch range are best for everyday use. The double thick potholder pattern shared above is about 8 x 8 inches.