It’s a rainbow kind of day! These Rainbow Love Hot Pads are easy and so fun to make! This is a beginner-friendly crochet pattern – you will mainly need to know the double crochet stitch and how to surface crochet.
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- Crochet hooks H/5.00mm
- Tapestry needle (I use Clover Chibi Bent Tip Needle Set)
- Worsted weight cotton yarn (I used Lily Sugar’n Cream)
- Hot pad measures approx. 8 inches wide.
- You will want to use 100% cotton or wool yarn for your hot pads or potholders because acrylic yarn can melt from high temperatures.
- Gauge is not essential – just keep your tension consistent throughout.
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
rep = repeat
* – * = repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed
Surface Crochet: you will basically be working slip stitches on the surface of your crocheted piece. See detailed instructions & photos HERE.
Rainbow Love Hot Pad
Round 1: With black, start with a magic ring, ch 3. I did not count the ch 3 as a dc stitch. Rather, at the end of each round, work a sl st to the first dc to join. Then, work 14 dc in magic ring (14 sts)
For Round 2, instead of ending the round with a dc in the same stitch as you started the ch 3, I worked it a bit differently:
Round 2: ch 3 (does not count as first dc here and throughout), 2 dc in each st around, sl st to first dc to join (28 sts)
For Rounds 3 to 6, I worked the rounds in the same manner as Round 2. I extended the piece to 7 rounds total to size it bigger for a hot pad.
Round 3: ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, rep *-* around, sl st to first dc to join (42 sts)
Round 4: ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts*, rep *-* around, sl st to first dc to join (56 sts)
Round 5: ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 3 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts*, rep *-* around, sl st to first dc to join (70 sts)
Round 6: ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 4 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts*, rep *-* around, sl st to first dc to join (84 sts)
Round 7: ch 1, sl st around (84 sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Next comes the surface crochet…the fun part where you create the magic rainbow! 🙂
With red, or whichever first color you choose for the contrast), start the surface crochet around the inner most circle. You will basically be making slip stitches around. Please follow the instructions from Haak maar Raak HERE – she has a great photo tutorial on how to work the surface crochet!
I did not put any stiffening spray on the hot pads, simply because I did not have it on hand. But if you want a thicker hot pad, you can also try making a second identical piece, line them up and crochet them together.