Linen Stitch Potholder


The Linen Stitch Potholder is an easy and quick crochet hotpad pattern. The t-shirt yarn makes it nice and thick so you get great heat insulation, but also keeps it flexible. This quick and cute hotpad is perfect to grab that hot bread right out of the oven. The bi-color linen stitch adds a bit of fun and personality to this simple hotpad design. And if you’ve never tried the linen stitch before, this potholder is a great way to master the stitch on a small scale.

NotesIf you have any comment, problems or questions about this pattern, send me an email, I’m happy to help!


Crochet HookG/6 or 4 mm hook

Finished SizeThe potholder is 23 cm / 9” square.

Materials List

  • 4 mm / US G - 6 crochet hook
  • Knitznpurlz t-shirt yarn: 10 m / 11 yd London Blue and 30 m / 33yd wine color.
  • Tapestry needle to weave in the ends


This pattern uses US notations.

  • st = stitch
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • skip = miss

Work instructions between [] the indicated number of times or until the end of the row / round.

The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the row / round between < >.

The turning ch 1 doesn’t count as stitches throughout the pattern except if mentioned otherwise.

Stitches above a ch-1 space are worked in the ch-1 space.

The pattern is written in crochet shorthand.  For example:
  • "sc 1" means to single crochet in the next stitch, 
  • "sc 2" means to single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches,
  • and "2 sc" means to single crochet twice in the next st.

Tips and Tricks
To avoid endless ends to weave in I carried over the yarn from one row to the next.

I used 2 threads of blue color as they alternate sides.


  1. With your 12 mm / US 0- 13 hook with wine color yarn ch 19 + 1

  2. Row 1: In the 2nd ch from the hook sc, sc across, turn.

  3. Row 2: ch 1, [sc, ch 1, skip 1] repeat until last st, sc, turn.

    Switch to your blue yarn. 

  4. Row 3: ch 1, sc, [sc in the ch-1 space, ch 1, skip 1] until last 2 st, sc 2, turn. 

    Switch back to your wine color yarn.

  5. Row 4: Repeat Row 2.

  6. Row 5: Repeat Row 3.

    Switch to your blue color yarn.

  7. Row 6: Repeat Row 2.

    Switch to your wine color yarn.

  8. Row 7: Repeat Row 3. 

  9. Row 8: Repeat Row 2. 

    Switch to your contrasting color.

  10. Row 9 – 19: Repeat Rows 3 to 8. Then repeat Rows 3 to 7 one more time. 

  11. Row 20: Ch 1, sc across.

    Bind off and weave in the ends.


You’re done with the crocheting part. Make sure to weave in all the ends.

To make your stitch pattern even prettier, help straighten your edges and flatten the corners block your project.

Don't skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help. 

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