Maggie’s Kitchen

If you know me in real life, then you probably know how good I’ve got it. My husband, Gerald, cooks dinner. I stay at home every day while he’s off at work, then he comes home and whips up something delicious. He used to be a chef, so to him cooking dinner is no big deal. I’m a lucky girl, for sure.

Although I spend a great deal of time in the kitchen, it is most certainly Gerald’s kitchen. I’m a good baker, a master cleaner-upper, and recently I have been preparing more dinners than in years past, but still, I’m just a guest there. We do things his way.

For example, if it were my kitchen, we would have a little drawer with oven mitts and potholders for pulling hot things out of the oven. But having been a chef in many kitchens, he has no time for silly things like potholders. Gerald uses a kitchen towel for everything from wiping the counter off to grabbing hot pans. I’ve had to adjust.

And Gerald has a tendency to be, um, a little messy. If I had sweet little handmade potholders lying around the kitchen, they’d quickly get icky and dirty. I can’t have that.

That’s a long way of saying all these potholders I’ve been crocheting lately are completely useless in my our kitchen. If I don’t give them away as gifts, they will probably end up as playthings in…Maggie’s Kitchen.

maggie's kitchen potholder free pattern


Free Pattern

Use it to make crocheted hot pads, potholders, coasters, or toys for your 4 year old’s play kitchen. The pattern includes instructions for a basic circle out of double crochet, and a choice of five different edgings. There is also info on how to attach a little plastic ring for hanging.

If you are a seasoned crocheter, then you can probably look at the picture to figure out the pattern. This project is ideal for knitters who want to expand their crochet skillz. But be forewarned – crocheted potholder are highly addictive.

Maggie's Kitchen

I used Cotton Classic from Tahki Stacy Charles, Inc. and a size D (3.25 mm) hook. The finished size in the pattern is 4.25″ (11 cm) circumference before the edging. It is very easy to make bigger potholders by adding additional rounds.

The free pattern Crocheted Potholders by Bea Aarebrot inspired this design. I updated the terminology to US crochet terms and expanded the edging choices. Big thanks to Bea for allowing me to share this with all of you!

Find it on Ravelry here. See a few more pictures in my Maggie’s Kitchen Flickr set. Download the pattern immediately by clicking the link below (you do not need to be a Ravelry member to download). Thanks, and enjoy!

Free Pattern


The story begins with an afghan.


Gerald and I move into our first house. Without anything of our own but a mattress, we accept many generous offers. His mom gives us this afghan that she made – oh, pardon me, crocheted – years before. The colors are dated but it is very much appreciated.

A year later, the edges begin to unravel, and areas of the acrylic yarn are wearing very thin.


We put the afghan (or african, as it is sometimes known) away in the closet and pull it out when we have an extra guest in the house, or on especially cold nights.

Soon after, I learn to knit. It takes me a year, but I’ve grown quite fond of it, try to do a little knitting every day, and spend most of my waking moments thinking of all things yarn.

I’d sure like to learn how to crochet, then I could make v. 2 of this family heirloom. Maybe the same colors, maybe better colors, definitely wool. I buy The Happy Hooker just in case I feel like crocheting. Try as I might, this crochet thing is not for me.

Okay, now I’ve had that darn crochet book for a year, and still no dice. But there sure are some tempting inspirations. Take a look at this beauty, for example. And then these squares. I’m going to pick up that crochet hook soon and get hookin.

Finally yesterday at the library – the last straw. I’ve seen it before but never checked it out. 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns. I check it out. I bring it home. I find that other crochet book. I get a hook out. I find some scrap yarn. And I start chaining. I start some double crochets, and it feels right. I get it. I crochet a circle and it gets me high. My hands are starting to get sore and my children are begging for food. I keep on crocheting. I cannot stop. I even made a granny square.


I feel awful about my sweater-in-progress. It’s glaring at me, but I won’t make eye contact. I am having an affair with crochet and it feels s o g o o d.