Killarney Hot Pad

Celtic Hot Pad shown with a red simple celtic knot in center and tan base crocheted around on a tan background

Celtic Hot Pad

This Celtic Hot Pad is easy to make and looks great in a variety of colors. You can never have too many hot pads in the kitchen!  This would be perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day meal or for any day you would like to remember Ireland while you dine.

Named After Killarney in Ireland

I named this Celtic Hot Pad after the Irish town, Killarney – one of my favorite towns I visited in Ireland in June 2016.  Here are some photos from our trip:

Mountains in the town of Killarney Ireland
Beautiful view of the Killarney National Park
Street view with many shops in Killarney Ireland
There are many great shops, restaurants and hotels in Killarney
Ross Castle with 3 women standing in front in Killarney Ireland
With tour participants, Jeannette and Elaine, in front of Ross Castle

Special Crochet Tour with Craftours and Annie’s

I was the instructor on a special crochet tour with Annie’s and Craftours.  It was a wonderful trip  where we saw the sights of beautiful Ireland, crocheted together and enjoyed the Irish people and their hospitality. You can read more about our trip here (on the Crochet World magazine’s blog).

(Scroll to the end of this blog post to see more photos of beautiful Killarney)

How the Idea for this Celtic Hot Pad Came About

During our trip I taught 3 crochet workshops in which we made a variety of Celtic Knot projects.  While in Killarney we actually worked on two projects – the Galway Necklace  and this Celtic Hot Pad.  This is a great project to try if it is your first time weaving a Celtic Knot because of its larger size. 

(This is actually why I designed this project – so those who find it difficult to see their stitches with small crochet thread had another option for a Celtic Knot project.) 

You may also have noticed that the knot in this project is the same as the knot in the Celtic Knot Pin  so once you try your hand at the Celtic Hot Pad, you will probably have a better time weaving the smaller similar knot for the pin.

Video Tutorials to Help with Each Step!

Also, to help you be successful I have created several videos to go along with this project. Any time you see some text in red, just click on it and it will take you to Youtube to watch the tutorial.

Close up of celtic knot at center of Celtic Hot Pad

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Skill Level: Confident Beginner


Knot = 5 1/2” x 5 1/2” (14 cm x 14 cm)

Base = 7 ¼” x 7 ¼” (18 ½ cm x 18 ½ cm)

Supplies for the Celtic Hot Pad:

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Cotton yarn (Size 3/DK weight) in 2 colors

(Yarn shown in photos: Omega Sinfonia – #823 (red) / #863 (light tan) and # 884 (magenta)/# 831 (light blue) )

Magenta cotton yarn skein called Sinfonia

F/5/3.75mm hook

Diagram of Knot – You can download your FREE pdf of the Knot Diagram in our Celtic Knot Crochet Resource Library here

Cork board – 8” x 8” (20 cm x 20 cm)

20 sewing pins

Yarn needle


Hot pad is made by weaving one long crocheted cord into a decorative knot.

Then the knot is attached to a circular base.

Special Stitches and Abbreviations:

Dc (double crochet) = YO, insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice

Ch-3 picot = ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook

YO (yarn over)

Hk (hook)

Lp (loop)

Ch (chain)

St (stitch)

Sp (space)

Instructions for the Celtic Hot Pad:

Special stitches are written in bold and italicized text and defined above

**Remember, all text written in red means there is a video tutorial to go with that step – just click on the red text to watch the video 🙂


Approx. 31” long (78 ¾ cm)

Ch 170

Working in the back bar of the chain, dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across. (167 dc)

Weave Knot:

  1. Pin knot diagram to cork board
  2. Lay cord on top of diagram aligning cord end with red star and pin in place
  3. Continue to lay cord along path of knot making sure to pass correctly either over or under. Pin in place
  4. Other cord end should meet up with first end and be hidden under overpassing cord
  5. Pin all crossings and remove knot from cork board
  6. Sew all crossings on the Wrong Side with matching yarn and needle

Base Circle:

Starting ch-3 of each round counts as a dc

At the end of each round, join with a sl st to the top of the starting ch-3.

Round 1:

With contrasting color work (ch 3, 11 dc) in an adjustable ring. (12 dc)

(Optional Round 1: Ch 4, work 11 dc in 4th ch from hook)

Round 2: 

Ch 3, dc in same st; 2 dc in each st around. (24 dc)

Round 3: 

Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st; (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) around. (36 dc)

Round 4: 

Ch 3, dc in same st, and in each of next 2 sts; (2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts) around. (48 dc)

Round 5: 

Ch 3, dc in same st and in each of next 3 sts; (2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts) around. (60 dc)

Round 6: 

Ch 3, dc in same st and in each of next 4 sts; (2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 4 sts) around. (72 dc)

Round 7

Ch 3, dc in same st and in each of next 5 sts; (2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 5 sts) around. (84 dc)

Pin knot to circular base.

Round 8: 

Working in back loops only, sc in each st around. When reach center 3 sts of each loop on knot, sc through back loop of cord and back loop of sts on base.

Round 9: 

Ch 1, sc in same st; (ch 5, sk next 2 sts, sc in next st) around. ( 28  ch-5 sps)

Round 10: 

Ch 1, [(2 sc, ch 3 picot, 2 sc) in next ch-5 sp, sl st in next sc] around. Fasten off.

Lightly steam block and let dry completely.

Your Celtic Hot Pad is Complete!

I hope you enjoyed making this Celtic Hot Pad. Which colors did you use? Let me know in the comments below – It will give everyone a bunch of color combination ideas! As you may already know, I love to use the cotton yarn by Omega called “Sinfonia” but you could use other yarns, too. Sinfonia is thinner than dishcloth cotton so your project will come out looking classier and the same size as mine. But if you use another thicker cotton yarn, please remember that your cord will be thicker and longer and so you might need to do extra rounds for the base to be big enough.

Please send along photos to [email protected] – I love to see what you make from my patterns!

Remember to pin the image below so you don’t forget where you found this pattern and click here to see more Celtic Knot crochet projects!

Thank you for stopping by – Happy crocheting!


Long image for pinterest of the Celtic Hot pad shown in red and tan and magenta and blue

More photos of the flowers, churches and people of Killarney:

Breathtaking hydrangea flowers were in bloom all over  town
This church was just outside an entrance into the Killarney National Park
I was able to go inside another church – wonderful knotwork decorated all the walls!

Every night a group of Irish musicians gathered to play traditional Irish folk music (Called a ‘ceili’) at the Grand


2 thoughts on “Killarney Hot Pad

  1. Hi there, I’m actually making this hot pad into a purse for my friend’s birthday! I don’t see where I download the knot template, however. Is there a way? Thanks!

    1. Hi Kelly –

      So glad you are making this project and into a purse – great!
      The knot diagram is found in the supply list (under the image of the yarn): It says, “Diagram of Knot – download here: Celtic Knot Diagram” – just click on the words, “Celtic Knot Diagram” and you will see a pdf file pop-up that you can print out.
      Hope this helps! Please send along a photo of your completed project – would love to see your creation!

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