Hot pads and trivets are handy to have around. When you pull a hot dish out of the oven or off the stove top, you don't want to set it down directly on your table; the dish could burn the surface.
These free crochet patterns give you some options for creating your own handmade hot pads and trivets.
Note: Do not use synthetic yarn to crochet any of these patterns. No acrylic; no polyester; and definitely no plarn. Synthetics are inappropriate because they melt easily; if your hot dish melts your project to the table, it would obviously defeat the purpose of using it. Cotton is the fiber I recommend for hot pads and trivets, although you could also use wool if you prefer that.
Snowflake-Shaped Bottle Cap Trivet -- Photo © Michael Solovay
This easy trivet gets extra dimension from metal bottle caps. It's shaped like a snowflake and is a fun design for times when you want to set a winter-themed table.
Note: Plastic bottle caps are not appropriate for use with this pattern. Be sure to choose metal bottle caps.
Pretty Crocheted Hot Pad or Potholder -- Photo © Amy Solovay
This is an extra-large potholder that serves dual purposes and could also be used as a hot pad.
This thick, cushy trivet is shaped like a flower. The trivet is so thick because it's crocheted with fabric strips instead of yarn. If you have worn out textiles or scrap fabrics hanging around your place, why not give this fun pattern a try?