If you know how to crochet a single crochet stitch, you can make these double thick, magic crocheted hot pads! A couple of years ago, I made a bunch of these for Christmas gifts. They can be made in about a hour, so they are a great project to do while watching TV or when the weather gets cold! They are called “Magic” because they create a square of double thickness all by itself! All you have to do is a single crochet stitch.
The finished size will vary depending on the weight of your yarn, and the gauge of your crochet, but they will be approximately 7 1/2 inches square. You can use any color of yarn you like, so they can be made especially to coordinate with your kitchen.
I used regular Red Heart yarn and a size J crochet hook. Here is a whole set of different size crochet hooks!
(I hope you can follow my instructions – I am one who has a hard time reading regular crochet patterns with all the abbreviations and codes – so if someone just explains it and shows me how to do it, I’m good!)
Here’s how to make them:
Start by crocheting 37 chain stitches.
When you come to the end of the 37 stitches, crochet 3 single crochet stitches into the last chain space
Then continue single crochet stitches
When you come to the beginning of your chain, crochet 3 times into that first chain stitch.
Continue to single crochet stitches around and around. (There will be no more increasing of stitches from here on…)
You will notice that it starts to take on the shape of a “canoe” as the ends curl up.
Keep going! It will start to create it’s own corners!
Eventually the two edges will meet and close. (Isn’t this a fun pattern?)
Cut the yarn about 24″ and thread it through a yarn needle. Whip stitch to close the opening. Like Magic!