I love having hot pads on hand that I can give as quick gifts! These hot pads work up really fast and are great for a quick beginner-friendly project.
(For one 5 inch x 6 inch hot pad)
1 ball of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream yarn (colors pictured are Beach Glass, Tea Rose and Ecru
Size H, 5.00mm hook
Half Double Crochet (HDC): Yarn over (YO), insert hook, pull up a loop, YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook.
Puff Stitch: *YO, insert hook, pull up a loop. Repeat from * two more times. Then YO and pull through all loops on hook.
Wide HDC: Work a regular HDC, but insert your hook into the posts of the row below. Here’s a graphic to show what I mean:
And here’s a quick video!
ROW 1: Starting in the third chain from the hook, work a HDC in each chain. When you reach the end, chain 2 and turn.
ROWS 2 – 3: Work 2 rows of wide HDC. (From now on you will always be inserting your hook in between the posts. Be sure you don’t miss the last stitch of the row, in between the last stitch and the turning chain.) Chain 2 and turn at the end of each row.
ROW 4: Work one wide HDC, then work a puff stitch in each space across the row (you are still inserting your hook in between the posts for the puff stitches) until you reach the very last space – work a wide HDC into the last space. Chain 2 and turn.
ROWS 5 – 7: Work 3 rows of wide HDC. Chain 2 and turn at the end of each row.
Repeat rows 4 through 7 until you have 19 rows total. Then tie off and start from the beginning to make another square for the back side.
When you’ve made two squares, place them together with the puffier sides pointing out. Pull up a loop in the top left corner, inserting your hook through both squares, and chain 2. Now, HDC around the edge, inserting your hook through both squares to stitch them together. Work 3 HDCs into each corner.
When you reach the corner you started with, slip stitch into the corner, chain 10, then slip stitch back into the same corner to make a loop. Tie off, and leave a long tail that you can wrap around the base of the loop a few times, then weave the tail with a tapestry needle into the hot pad to keep it secure. Weave in any other ends.
And that’s all you need to do to make these quick and easy hot pads! When you’re finished, please come share a picture with us on Facebook or Instagram, we’d love to see!