Crochet Trivets and Hot Pads for Protecting Your Kitchen Counters and Table

Check Out Free Crochet Patterns for Hot Pads and Trivets — Plus Find Paid Trivet Patterns That Are Truly Worth the Money!

Hot pads and trivets are handy objects to have around your kitchen. When you pull a scalding hot dish out of the oven or off the stove top, you don’t want to set it down directly on your table; the dish could burn the surface.

These crochet hot pad and trivet patterns give you some options for creating your own handmade versions of these useful items. It’s ideal to make your own hot pads and trivets, because you can design them to precisely match your kitchen decor. Plus they’re fun to make, too.

Important Note: Do not use synthetic yarn to crochet any of these patterns. Do not us acrylic or polyester; and definitely do not use plarn. Synthetics are not appropriate materials for these projects because synthetics melt easily; if your hot dish melts your project to the table, it would obviously defeat the purpose of using it.


Wool and cotton are the two fibers I recommend using for hot pads and trivets. Wool is the ideal fiber for this purpose because it is self-extinguishing; if you accidentally catch a wool hot pad on fire, the flame will go out on its own. Cotton won’t do this; cotton is highly flammable, but it is easier to take care of.

Snowflake-Shaped Bottle Cap Trivet

Crochet Snowflake Trivet: Free Pattern and Step-By-Step Tutorial

Crochet Snowflake Trivet: Free Pattern and Step-By-Step Tutorial

Metal bottle caps provide extra dimension for his easy crocheted trivet. The trivet is shaped like a snowflake, and it is a fun design you can easily incorporate into winter-themed and holiday-themed table settings.

Note: Plastic bottle caps are not appropriate for use with this pattern. Be sure to choose metal bottle caps. They’re the wrong size and shape — but, more importantly, they could melt when they come into contact with hot dishes. Yikes!

See Also: Bottle Cap Crafts

Fabric Crochet Flower Trivet: Free Pattern

This thick, durable flower trivet is a protective surface you can use  when you need to set down a hot dish or oversized coffee mug.

This thick, durable flower trivet is a protective surface you can use when you need to set down a hot dish or oversized coffee mug.


This thick, cushy trivet is shaped like a flower. The trivet is so thick because it’s crocheted with fabric strips instead of yarn. If you have worn out textiles or scrap fabrics hanging around your place, why not give this fun pattern a try?

Fabric Crochet Heart Coaster or Trivet: Free Pattern

Fabric Crochet Heart Coaster or Trivet: Free Crochet Pattern

Fabric Crochet Heart Coaster or Trivet: Free Crochet Pattern


This is another thick large coaster / small trivet you can crochet using fabric strips. It’s similar in construction to the flower trivet pictured above.

4. Pretty Crocheted Hot Pad or Potholder

This is an extra-large potholder that serves dual purposes and could also be used as a hot pad.

5. Join-As-You-Go Flower Trivet

In Kristin Omdahl’s lovely book called Seamless Crochet, you’ll find (among other things) a pattern for crocheting a unique and lovely three-dimensional flower trivet. I LOVE this genius design, and the pattern is clear and easy to follow. I highly recommend it.

6. Use Worsted Weight Yarn to Make a Vintage Trivet Instead of a Potholder

The center design of this pretty floral potholder is made using a flower loom. Then you crochet easy, beginner-friendly stitches around the flowers to make the potholder. A simple shell stitch edging and a hanging loop complete the look. This pattern is from the book Crochet Loom Blooms by Haafner Linssen, published by Interweave.

The center design of this pretty floral potholder is made using a flower loom. Then you crochet easy, beginner-friendly stitches around the flowers to make the potholder. A simple shell stitch edging and a hanging loop complete the look. This pattern is from the book Crochet Loom Blooms by Haafner Linssen, published by Interweave.


Haafner Linssen designed a truly fabulous potholder that she calls “The Vintage Potholder” using flower looming and crochet techniques combined. I used Cascade 220 worsted weight wool yarn to make this pattern instead of the finer weight yarn her potholder pattern calls for — and the result is a truly fabulous trivet.

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Posted By: Amy Solovay


This page was last updated on 9-5-2021.