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Crochet potholders make for a fun project that you can work up in an afternoon.  I chose to use a fun stitch called the bean stitch.  It is a thick stitch that works perfect for this easy crochet potholder pattern.

3 green crochet potholders on a kitchen counter lined up on top of each other

I designed these crochet potholders with the idea of wanting them to be cute, but thick enough to protect your counters from hot pans and hot pots.  I only used a single strand of yarn, but the stitch I used is a thick stitch that really creates a nice texture.

This is the perfect pattern if you are wanting a square potholder that has a hanging loop.  Make them in the right color and crochet pot holders make for the perfect kitchen decor.

green crochet potholder on kitchen counter

For this free crochet potholder pattern, I used one of my favorite cotton yarns, Dishie from We Crochet!  I chose these pretty green colors that all coordinate beautifully.  I used the colors jalapeno, honeydew and sea turtle.

This is a great project to make to use up some of that scrap cotton yarn that you may have in your yarn stash that you don’t know what to do with.

green crochet potholder hanging on a kitchen drawer

What Yarn is Best For Crochet Potholders?

Cotton yarn is definitely going to be the best yarn choice for making crochet potholders.  It handles heat well for when you use your potholders to handle hot dishes, it holds up and lasts for a very long time and it washes well.

You will want to avoid using any type of acrylic yarn for making potholders as it is made out of synthetic fibers and will melt when exposed to high temperatures.

A worsted weight cotton yarn is always your best choice for making crochet potholders.

Here are some of my favorite cotton worsted weight yarns that I use all the time that I really like!

If you are looking for an extra thick crochet potholder pattern, then you will want to check out my double-thick potholder pattern.  It is made using thermal stitches which creates a material that has a double thickness with a single strand of yarn.

Double Thick crochet potholder pattern

Not only are potholders a quick crochet project, they are also an useful thing to make and have in the kitchen.  They will be something that you will use time and time again.

Plus, they make for a great gift idea!  Handmade gifts are always so fun to give and to receive.

2 green crochet potholders on a kitchen counter

I don’t have a video tutorial specifically for these potholders, but I do have a video tutorial for the stitch that I used making them which is called the Bean Stitch. So, if you are a visual learner, then that video will definitely help you.

Crochet Potholders Q & A

What is the best stitch for a crochet potholder?

Out of all the different crochet stitches that there are, I would have to say that the thermal crochet stitch is the best stitch to make crochet potholders with.  It creates a fabric that is dense and twice as thick as normal crochet stitches by only using 1 strand of yarn

Are potholders hard to crochet?

No, potholders are a relatively easy thing to crochet.  This is an easy pattern that I feel like even a beginner crocheter could make once you have a grasp of the bean stitch.

close up of the stitches on the bean stitch crochet potholders

This is great pattern that has a 1 row repeat row throughout the majority of the pattern.

Do you need special yarn for potholders?

The best yarn that you can use to crochet potholder is a 100% cotton yarn.  Cotton won’t melt when you handle hot pans and dishes like acrylic will.

Can you crochet a potholder with acrylic yarn?

It is not really a good idea to use acrylic yarns for making potholders because it is not flame or heat resistant like cotton yarn is.  A 100% cotton yarn is your best choice for making potholders.

What size is a regular potholder?

Potholders come in all sizes and shapes, but the standard size of potholders is 7” across.  I made these potholders a bit larger at 8.25” across.  Of course, you can crochet a potholder to be any size that you want.

How many yards of yarn do I need to crochet a potholder?

​I’d say that you want at least 150 yards of cotton yarn on hand to make sure that you don’t wind up playing yarn chicken when crocheting your potholders.

Check out some of my other Free Crochet Patterns that are great for the Kitchen!

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Easy Bean Stitch Crochet Potholder Pattern

All crochet terms are US terms.

Skill Level – Easy / Beginner

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Things you will need:


  • Each potholder is approx. 8.25’’ x 8.25’’

Abbreviation / Stitch Key:

  • ch = chain
  • st = stitch (es)
  • sk = skip
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • yo = yarn over
  • t = turn

Special Stitch:

Bean Stitch: Insert Hook into stitch, yarn over pull up a loop, yarn over insert into same stitch, yarn over pull up a loop, yarn over insert into stitch again, yarn over pull up a loop, you should have 6 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on the hook. Chain stitch to complete bean stitch.


  • This pattern uses a special stitch called the bean stitch, find  the written and video tutorial for this stitch IN THIS POST!

Free Pattern –

Row 1: ch 29, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each st across (27)

Row 2: ch 2, t, hdc in 1st st, * sk st, bean stitch* repeat * to * until you reach last 2 st, sk st, hdc in very last st

Row 3 – 21: ch 2, t, hdc in 1st st, work a bean st in every triangle space of bean stitch from previous row, hdc in very last st


Ch 1, evenly sc around the edge of the potholder being sure to place 2 sc in each corner, when you reach the last corner, do NOT sc into it, ch 15

chain stitches for hanging loop on bean stitch crochet potholders

sc in 2nd ch st from hook and in each st down

single crochet stitches for hanging loop on bean stitch crochet potholders

cut yarn and fold the piece of single crochet down to make a loop for hanging and sew it in place with the tail of yarn

hanging loop on bean stitch crochet potholder

Weave in all ends.

3 crochet potholders on a marble kitchen counter

I hope that you have found this tutorial helpful! I love to see what everyone makes using inspiration from my blog! So, whether you make this Crochet Potholder Pattern or another one of my patterns, Be sure to tag me @okiegirlblingnthings on Instagram so I can see!

Happy crocheting!

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