Wednesday, June 24, 2020

CROCHET PATTERN - Memaw's Favorite Hot Pad

My grandmother (Memaw) made every grandchild a beautiful herringbone-stitch afghan.
I turned her favorite stitch into this thick and colorful hot pad. This is a quick and fun project. 
Works great as a thick dishcloth or washcloth, too!

H/8 (5.0 mm) crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors

2 colors of 4-ply worsted weight cotton, about 60 yards each
Sample shown using Lily Sugar 'n Cream

Finished Size
8” square (can be made larger or smaller)

16 stitches and 11 rows = 4” in pattern stitch


Stitch Guide
CA/CB – color A/color B, CH – chain, HDC – half double crochet, SC – single crochet, SL ST – slip stitch, ST – stitch

  1. To make a "Group Stitch", work a SC and HDC in the same ST.
  2. A small "space" is made between group stitches. Those spaces are where your next row of group stitches will go.
  3. Change colors at the end of each row by completing the last SC with the new color. (See Pic 1)
  4. You will carry your unused yarn by crocheting over it in each row. (See Pic 2)
  5. Cotton is recommended because it can withstand very hot dishes. Acrylic or other synthetic fibers may warp or melt.


With CA, CH 28 (NOT too loosely).

Row 1:  SC and HDC in 2nd CH from hook (group stitch made), skip next ST, *group stitch in next ST, skip next ST; repeat from * across to last ST, SC in last ST, change to CB, CH 1, turn.  [13 groups + 1 SC]
* After turning, wrap unused color around side of work and stitch the next row over it.  Do this for every row. (See Pic 2)

Row 2:  With CB, work group stitch in each SC across to last SC, SC in last ST, change to CA, CH 1, turn.

Row 3:  With CA, work group stitch in each SC across to last SC, SC in last ST, change to CB, CH 1, turn.

Rows 4 – 19:  Repeat rows 2 and 3.  

Cut CA and weave in ends.
Using CB, work group stitches evenly around hot pad, working 3 HDC in each corner and placing group stitches into the end of each CB row (See Pic 3) and in every other ST on opposite side of starting chain. Fasten off & weave in all ends.

Other Suggestions

  • To add a hanging loop: work (HDC, CH 8, HDC) in one corner.
  • To make hot pad in a solid color, I still suggest you use 2 yarns because crocheting over the unused yarn adds thickness to the hot pad.
  • Get creative with combinations of solid, variegated, self-striping, and flecked yarns.
  • For a little added texture, work a DC in place of each HDC.
  • Make an extra thick hot pad by holding 2 strands of yarn together (4 strands total).

© 2013 Danyel Pink. You may sell what you make, but please credit Danyel Pink Designs for the pattern. You may not use my photos. You may NOT resell the pattern, distribute it in any form, post it online, or alter it to claim it as your own. Contact me with any questions or for pattern support.

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