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 hot pad
Lily Sugar ‘n Cream The Original Yarn (100% cotton, 71 g/2.5 oz, 109 m/120 yds)
1 skein Beach Glass, Tea Rose or Ecru
Size H/5.00mm hook, tapestry needle, scissors
Finished size 5 in x 6 in
Half Double Crochet (HDC): Yarn over (YO), insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through all three loops on hook.
Puff Stitch: *YO, insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop. Repeat from * two more times. Then YO and pull through all loops on hook.
Wide Half Double Crochet (WHDC): YO, insert your hook between stitch posts, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through all three loops on hook.
ROW 1: Starting in the third chain from the hook, work 1 HDC in each chain. CH 2 and turn.
ROWS 2 – 3: Work 2 rows of WHDC. (From now on you will always be inserting your hook in between the stitch posts of the previous row. Be sure you don’t miss the last stitch of the row, in between the last stitch and the turning chain.) CH 2 and turn at the end of each row.
ROW 4: Work 1 WHDC into the first space, 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 1 WHDC into the last space. CH 2 and turn.
ROWS 5 – 7: Work 1 WHDC in each space across the row. CH 2 and turn.
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!