Mexican Hot Pads

Mexican Hot Pads
These hot pads are knitted  with acrylic yarn and should not be used under high heat condition, but more as decorations.  Wool, naturally fire resistant, is the best substitute  for well insulated hot pads. Insulated batting can also be put inside the hot pads for extra heat protection.
Skill Level: intermediate
Stitches Used: cast on, knit, bind off, slip stitch
Measures: 8” (10”, 12”) diameter
Gauge: 20 stitched and 32 rows = 4” by 4”


  • 1 skein Caron Simply Soft, red – 315 yds (100% acrylic)
  • 1 skein Caron Simply Soft Brights, blue mint – 315 yds (100% acrylic)
  • 1 skein Caron Simply Soft Brights, mango –  315 yds (100% acrylic)
  • size 6 straight needles
  • size F crochet hook
  • yarn needle


  • With red, or color of your choice, cast on 22 (26, 30) stitches.

Row 1: Knit 1 row. (right side)
Row 2: Knit 21 (25, 29) stitches, turn. (wrong side)
Row 3: Knit 1 row.
Row 4: Knit 20 (24, 28) stitches, turn.
Row 5: Knit 1 row.
Row 6: Knit 19 (23, 27) stitches.

  • Continue in this method, by knitting all right side rows, and knitting 1 less stitch on every wrong side row for a total of 43 (51, 59) rows.

Row 44 (52, 60): Knit across on all stitches, turn. (one complete wedge made)

  • Start over at Row 1 and work to Row 44 (52, 60). Continue repeating Rows 1-44 (52, 60) until the hot pad is a complete circle. (6 wedges) Bind off and leave a long tail. With the tail, sew the bind off and cast edges
  • Make another hot pad in blue, or color of your choice.


  • Using the cast on tail, weave the tail through the stitches in the center of each hot pad and pull tightly to close the hole, fasten and weave in ends.
  • With size  F crochet hook and mango, or color of your choice, join both sides of the hot pads together with slip stitches. (making a slip stitch on every other row)

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27 thoughts on “Mexican Hot Pads

  1. I recommend wool for this project because wool is naturally fire resistant and retains insulative qualities when damp. Plastic yarn melts in high heat situations. A wool heating pad smolders, then stops burning when exposed to direct flame.

  2. Loved the pattern! Have been trying to find something to do with all my “leftover” yarn, and some Caron’s Natura that I couldn’t get to knit into anything else. I changed it a little, purling on the even rows for a stockinette effect, and instead of sewing the wedges, picked up the edge of the previous wedge to connect them as I went.

  3. Would the 100% cotton we use for the dish cloths work for these????? Then we could have matching sets.

    1. Using insulated batting is always a good idea. Acrylic potholders do not resist heat very well and should be used more as a decoration. Wool, on the other hand, is the safest fiber for potholders.

  4. Thanks for posting this. I was juts about to try to figure out using short rows to get a knit circle :-) This will save me the trial and error!

    1. Yes, you make two potholders that are the same size but in different colors, then sew them together using a crochet stitch called the “slip stitch.” (making 1 hot pad)

  5. Please send me a reply to my E-Mail that I sent to you,
    that I don’t understand the directions. After I knit the first
    one do I start knitting the second one from the 22 stitches
    or do I have to cast on 22 stitches again.

    1. After completing the first wedge (Rows 1- 44 (52, 60), you start over at Row 1 and knit to Row 44, (52, 60) again, working on the same 22 stitches (you do not cast on again). You continue making wedges until the hot pad is a complete circle (6 wedges). To knit the second side of the hot pad, you have to start over at the very begging of the pattern and cast on 22 (26, 30) new stitches in a different color.

  6. Hello, I’m an editor from I love these colorful hot pads! I just wanted to let you know that we featured a link to this project on our site. With your permission, we would love to link to your other patterns as well.

    If you are interested, or would like to have this pattern published on our sister site, FaveCrafts, please feel free to send me an e-mail.

    Thank you,


    1. Thank you for posting a link of my pattern on your site. You may link any of my patterns to either of your websites.

  7. I must ask for a little clarification, please. When you say “and knitting 1 less stitch on every wrong side row”, do you mean to make a decrease at the end of the WS row?

    1. When the pattern says, “knit 1 less stitch,” it literally means knit 1 less stitch, not decrease. (I can see how that can be confusing)

  8. I have been looking for some nice thick hot pads and can’t seem to find them anywhere. My daughter has some that were crochet, but I knit. They were nice and thick. What do you think I could use as a pattern. Also, I wonder about a very thick yarn. I do injoy this website.

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  10. Thank you so much for this pattern. I have been looking for one like it for ages as I used to knit cushion covers similar as a child. Can’t wait to get started with more stitches to make it much larger.

  11. This patterns lends itself well to felting. You could enlarge the pattern so you dont end up with teeny tiny pads. Felted material works great as a hotpad!

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