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.
This is an extra-large potholder that serves dual purposes and could also be used as a hot pad.
This is another thick trivet crocheted using fabric strips. It's similar in construction to the flower trivet pictured above.