Fall Crochet Hot Pad

Fall crochet hot pads made in the shape of acorns laying on a bed of fall leaves

Fall Crochet Hot Pad Pattern

When I came up with this fall crochet hot pad pattern, I was inspired by creation. Often when I design many of my crochet projects I look to the beautiful world around us for inspiration. The Master Designer created such a variety of shapes, colors and textures that no matter where we look, we can find plenty of inspiration.

Enter the little acorn – a uniquely shaped seed for a giant oak. With their textured caps and nutty bodies they’ve become a symbol for fall.

Acorns – a great symbol of fall!

I love of acorns. Aren’t they so cute and unique? Since I love their design I thought it would be fun to create a fall/Thanksgiving decoration that looks like them and is practical, too.

This fall crochet hot pad pattern works up fast and uses a small amount of cotton yarn. I designed them to have an opening underneath the cap so that you can slip your hand into it and use it as a pot holder. But since they are crocheted with a double-strand they can be used as a hot pad while also being a great table decoration.

Update! Now there is a video tutorial for the cap portion of this project!

Since the front post treble crochet stitches can be tricky in this project, I have created a short video tutorial to help you with the cap of this project. The post stitches give it the great texture and signature acorn-cap design – you don’t want to make the project without them! So, after a few emails from crocheters needing help with this part of the project, I created the video tutorial which you can see here. (Or scroll down to that section of the instructions and watch it when you get to that part πŸ™‚)

Skill Level: Intermediate

Measurements: 7 ¾” long x 7 ½” wide

Cotton yarn used for the fall crochet hot pads

Supplies:

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Dishcloth cotton – 3 balls (2 of base color, 1 of cap color)

Colors used for projects in photos: 1322 Lilac,  82 Jute, 1130 Warm Brown

(These colors are by yarn company: Lily Sugar n Cream – click here to purchase)

H/8/5mm crochet hook (Click on this link to purchase)

Yarn needle

Special Stitches:

FPtr (Front Post treble) =  YO 2x, insert hook around post of indicated st from front to back and then back to front again, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 lps on hook) 3x

Sc2tog (Single Crochet 2 Together): Insert hook into next st, YO, draw up a loop; Insert hook into next st, YO, draw up a loop; YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook

Ext. tr (Extended treble): YO twice, insert hook into next st, YO, draw up a loop, YO, pull through just one loop on hook; (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) 3 times

Rev sc (Reverse Single crochet) : Insert hook into next st to the right and complete sc as usual

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Close up of acorn fall crochet hot pad showing textured stitches on top cap in tan and brown

Notes:

Acorn base is crocheted with a double-strand of yarn.

Acorn cap is crocheted with a single-strand.

Each FPtr stitch is worked around single crochet stitches located in 3 rows below the working row.

Instructions for the Fall Crochet Hot Pad:

(These instructions are for one acorn – you can use whichever colors you like – Color details for the ones I made in the photos here are in the supply list)

Base

Ch 20

Row 1:

Working in the back bar of the chain, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. (19 sc)

Rows 2:

Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn.

Rows 3 – 15:

Repeat Row 2

Crocheting the acorn base in orange yarn
Rows 1 to 15

Row 16 (Right Side): (Section A)

Ch 1, sk 1st st, sc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts; dc in each of next 2 sts, tr in each of next 2 sts, ch 1, ext. tr (see Special Stitches) in next st, ch 1, tr in each of next 2 sts, dc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 2 sts, sl st in last st. Do not fasten off.

Base of acorn shown with arrows and letters to help understand how to add edging

Edging for the Base of the Fall Crochet Hot Pad:

Now working down sides of Rows 1-16 (Section B); ch 1, sc in end of each row up to Row 1; Now working across the bottom of Row 1 (Section C) ch 2, hdc in each of next 2 sts, tr in each of next 15 sts, hdc in last 2 sts, ch 2, sl st on side of Row 1; continue working up the other sides of Rows 1- 16 (Section D), sc in end of each Row; end with sl st in end of last row. Fasten off.

Fall crochet hot pad base shown in orange yarn and where to add top edging

Top Edging for the Fall Crochet Hot Pad base:

With Right Side still facing turn base so that point of acorn pointing down. Now Section C is at the top. Join with sl st in 4th st from RIGHT along the top edge; ch 2, hdc in each of the next 12 sts, ch 2, sl st in next st. Fasten off.

Lilac and tan acorn hot pad on bed of fall leaves

Video Tutorial for the Acorn Cap!

Click here to get step-by-step help for this section of the project:

Cap for the Fall Crochet Hot Pad:

This section is worked from bottom of cap to top

Ch 26

Row 1: 

Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. (25 sc)

Row 2: 

Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn.

Row 3: 

Repeat Row 2

Row 4 (Right Side): 

Ch 1, sc in 1st st; now working in 3 rows below (Row 1), FPtr (See Special Stitches) around turning ch, sk 3 scs, FPtr around next sc; [now working back on current row (Row 4), sk next 2 scs, sc in next 3 sts; FPtr around sc in Row 1 next to prev. FPtr, sk 3 scs on Row 1, FPtr around next sc] across ending with a sc in last 2 sts, FPtr in side post of last st on Row 1; Turn.

Row 5:

2 sc in 1 st, sc in each st across to last st, 2 sc in last st. Turn. (27 sc)

Rows 6 & 7:

Repeat Row 2

Row 8: 

Ch 1, sc in 1st st, FPtr around 3rd sc in Row 5, sk next sc, sc in next 3 sts, now working in Row 5, FPtr around sc next to 1st FPtr; sk next 3 scs in Row 5, FPtr around next sc; [now back on Row 8, sk next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts; now working in Row 5, FPtr around sc next to prev. FPtr, sk next 3 scs, FPtr around next sc] 4x across ending with sk next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts (on Row 8), FPtr around sc next to sc worked in for prev. FPtr, sk next st (on Row 8), sc in last st. Turn.

Close up of lilac colored cap showing stitch definition

Row 9:

Sc2tog (see Special Stitches) over 1st 2 sts, sc in each st across to last 2 sts; sc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn. (25 sc)

Rows 10 & 11:

Repeat Row 9 (21 sc)

Row 12:

Ch 1, sc in 1st st, FPtr in sc above 1st FPtr of Row 8, sk next 3 scs, FPtr in next sc; now back on Row 12, sk next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts; [now working on Row 9, FPtr in sc next to prev. FPtr, sk next 3 scs, FPtr in next sc, now back on Row 12, sk next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts] across ending with sc in next 2 sts, FPtr in sc next to prev. FPtr; sk next 2 scs, FPtr in next sc; now back on Row 12, sc in last sc. Turn. (23 sc)

Rows 13 – 15:

Repeat Row 9 (17 sc)

Row 16:

Ch 1, sc in the 1st 2 sts, FPtr in sc above 2nd FPtr from Row 12, sk next 3 scs, FPtr around next sc; [Now back on Row 16, sk next 2 sts, sc in next 3 st, FPtr around sc in Row 12 next to prev. FPtr, sk next 3 scs, FPtr around next sc] across ending with – sc in last st. Fasten off. (16 sc)

Hang Loop:

Make in color that matches cap:

Ch 13

Working in the back bar of the ch, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Fasten off. (12 sc)

Back side of fall crochet hot pad showing how cap is single crocheted to base
This is back side of hot pad after cap is crocheted on

Finishing for the Fall Crochet Hot Pad:

Using photo as a guide pin cap to base

Using either a single or double strand of yarn, join with sl st to bottom left of cap; rev sc around edge of cap making sure to pass through edge of cap and edge of base stopping at other end of cap. Fasten off.

Using a yarn needle and matching yarn, sew hang loop to top center of cap.

Two fall crochet hot pads in acorn shape crocheted in light purple, tan and brown cotton yarn on a bed of fall leaves

Completed Fall Crochet Hot Pad!

Now you’ve completed the fall crochet hot pad pattern! Which colors did you choose? Make sure to use cotton yarn if you plan on using it for hot/warm things – cotton yarn works best for hot pads and washes well. I hope you enjoy using your Autumn Acorn Hot Pad in the kitchen or as a decoration on your Thanksgiving table! (There’s an image below for you to pin on your Pinterest board so you don’t forget where you found this fall crochet hot pad pattern.)

Remember, if you make this project I would love to hear about it – please send along a photo to [email protected].

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Happy fall and happy crocheting!

Jennifer

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9 thoughts on “Fall Crochet Hot Pad

  1. Have you used this as a pot holder? Afraid someone’s fingers might get burned through the treble crochet. Has that happened or is it pretty safe?

    1. Yes! These can be used as a potholder because the bottom layer is crocheted with a double-strand of thick dishcloth cotton. πŸ™‚

    2. Just make sure the holder is used with the acorn base (thickest part) between your hand and the hot pot πŸ™‚

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