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


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End of MayHow to Enter

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I will randomly choose three commenters from this post to receive a free PDF copy of the End of May hat pattern and another for-sale pattern of their choice from my Patterns page (excluding Double Quick Toe Up Socks). For Ravelry members, I will send the pattern directly to your Ravelry Library. For non-Ravelry members, I will email you the file. Winners will be announced Sunday, July 5th. After I notify the winners, the pattern will be listed for sale for everyone!

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