Tree Branch Crochet Hot Pad Pattern

This lovely texture crochet hot pad is both practical and beautiful. The pot holder is worked really quick, it’s a great stash busting project to use up all your leftovers yarn scraps.
I’m sure you are going to love the Tree Branch Hot Pad with it’s unique crochet texture, and once you make one you would want to make more of them!

crochet hot pad pattern

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What Kind of Yarn is Best for Hot Pads?

The best yarn to use when making a crochet pot holder, or any item that is used with high tempertures, or got the chance of getting wet, is 100% cotton yarn. Acrylic yarn is not recommended as it can melt of can get deformed when is peing ecposed to high tempratures.
For the crochet hot pad in the photos I used a local (Israeli) Worsted weight yarn brand. I do recommend using at list Worsted weight yarn or thicker when making a pot holder, to keep it thick enough so you won’t get burnt. 
More optional yarn for this project would be:
Knit PIcks – Dishie
Lily Sugar n’ Cream

Premier Home Cotton Blend


So What is the Tree Branch Crochet Stitch, You Ask?

The crochet branch stitch has a wonderfull texture and it is easier than it looks. It’s kind of a dense version of the Spike Granny stitch (just without the ch-1 space). The Branch stitch uses the double crochet stitch, in a way of working 3 double crochet stitches in every gap (between 2 posts) while the second double crochet stitch is a Spike stitch worked 2 rows below. The addition of the spike stitch, like in the Aletnating Spike Single Crochet stitch (which is also great for a hot pad!), create a dense fabric and makes it perfect as hot pad, this stitch will also make a very nice blanket and scarf.

tree branch stitch crochet pattern

You can find the ad-free PDF pattern with the full photo-tutorial at one of my shops below: 



More crochet stitches that are perfect for hotpad:

  1. Corner to Corner Wattle Stitch
  2. Iris Stitch in a Square
  3. Aletnating Spike Single Crochet stitch
  4. Moss Stitch in a Square
  5. Corner to Corner Cluster Stitch


Tree Branch Hot Pad Pattern


Materials

– 4.0 / G mm Crochet hook (I love the Etimo and Clover hooks).
– Worsted (#4) weight yarn. Suitable yarn for this design: 
Knit PIcks – Dishie
Lily Sugar n’ Cream

Premier Home Cotton Blend

Total amount of yarn needed: 50gr/84m/92yds

Skill level – easy

Gauge (in Tree Branch stitch) – 20 sts and 11 rows = 4 in/10 cm with 4.0mm / G hook.


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Abbreviations (US)

ch – chain
st – stitch
ss – slip stitch
hdc – half double crochet

dc – double crochet
SPSpike: work st into 2 rows below (instead of 1 row below as in regular st)

 

Finished size – 7.5×7.5in (19x19cm)

Notes

  • ch2/ch3 at beginning of the row counts as 1dc.
  • You can change the size by keeping a multiple of 4 chains.
  • The gauge is not crucial in this pattern.
  • To check gauge, ch24 and work pattern until row 3 and repeat this row (the width is more important than the height).
  • This is also a great stitch for blankets and washcloths!

stash busting crochet blog hop


This pattern is part of the Scrap Busting Blog Hop which is co-hosted by Raffaella from Raffamusa Designs and me.
The blog hop is hosted at Raffaella through Jan 3rd – Jan 17th, and will be hosted on my blog through Jan 18th – Feb 2nd.

The Tree Branch Hot Pad PDF pattern will be available as a free download for 24 hours on Jan 31rd 08:00 am EST, with the code you will find on the blog hop post HERE.


If you want to skip the blog hop (and all the clicking and codes hunting), or if you have missed some of the free patterns, you can get all the patterns PLUS 2 extra bonus patterns in a bundle!
With 33 stash busting crochet patterns for 90% off, this bundle is a great value for money! 



Tree Branch Hot Pad Instructions

crochet pot holder pattern

Ch 36

Row 1: 3dc in 4th ch from hook, * skip 3 ch, 3dc in next ch; repeat from * to last 4 ch, 2dc in last ch

turn. (27 dc)

Row 2: ch2, skip 2 dc, working in between posts: [1dc, 1SPdc in 2nd ch, 1dc].
* skip 3 dc, working in between posts: [1dc, 1SPdc in 2nd ch, 1dc]; Repeat from * to last 4 dc, 2dc in ch-3, turn.

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Row 3: ch2, skip 2 dc, working in between posts: [1dc, 1SPdc in 2nd dc, 1dc].
* skip 3 dc, working in between posts: [1dc, 1SPdc in 2nd dc, 1dc]; Repeat from * to last 4 dc, 2dc in ch-2, turn.

Repeat row 3 until your work measures 7.5in (19cm), or until it is tall as it is wide (a perfect square), then continue to row 4 (closing).

Row 4: ch1, 1sc in 1st dc, skip 1 dc, working in between posts: 1SPhdc in 2nd dc.
* 1sc in next 2 dc, skip 1 dc, working in between posts: 1SPhdc in 2nd dc; Repeat from * to last 3 dc, 1sc in next 2 dc, skip dc, 1sc in ch-2.

Making a loop:

Ch8, ss to last sc from row 4, turn your work.
Work 18-20 sc into the ch-8 loop, ss to last sc from row 4.

crochet hot pad loop

crochet pot holder free pattern

Did you try this out? Let me know how it went and leave a comment below or tag me @madebygootie !

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