Stars & Stripes Pot Holder – Free Pattern


With summer comes plenty of outdoor time with family with plenty of food, festivities, and fun! I always like to coordinate some of my kitchen decorations with the time of year it is to get in on the festivities. Pastel colors for spring, warmer tones for fall, reds and greens for Christmas, and of course – ye olde red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July!

This pattern itself was actually something I wrote down in Spring of 2015 – I was home for Easter break from college and sitting on my dad’s couch working up some pastel pot holders for Easter. We always have a ton of family over and I wanted to make sure we had enough potholders for all the food. Sure enough – I probably could have made 50 and it wouldn’t have been enough. It did,  however, give me tons of practice and plenty of time to sort this pattern out! 

The original pot holder – still in use 3 years later!


  • Yarn
    • Sugar ‘n Cream Navy (Color 1)
    • Sugar ‘n Cream Red (Color 2)
    • Sugar ‘n Cream White (Color 3)
  • Size H Crochet Hook – US 8/5.00 mm
  • Stitch Markers
  • Tapestry Needle for weaving ends

Pattern Notes

  • To increase or reduce size, follow the pattern repeat of 2+1 stitches.
  • Because a pot holder needs to be washable and fairly heat resistant, Cotton or Linen yarn is preferable
  • This pattern comes out to about 8″x8.5″


Chain 30 with C1

Row 1: Starting in second chain from hook, SC through the back loop on all 29 foundation chain stitches.

Row 2 (and all even rows): Ch 2, pull up a loop in the front of the 2nd chain from hook and in the back chain (3 loops on hook), pull up a loop in each of the next 3 SC (6 loops on hook). Pull through all 6 loops, ch 1. * Pull a loop through center eye of previous star, through the back loop of the last leg of previous star, and through the same chain as the previous star (4 loops on hook), pull a loop through next 2 chains (total of 6 loops on hook). Chain 1. Repeat * through entire row, 1 HDC in same stitch as last star stitch.

Row 3 (And all uneven rows): Ch 1, SC to end of row, change colors

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you can count 9 stars – 28 stitches tall.

Backing (Optional)

Chain 29

Row 1: Ch 1, SC through back loop on all 29 foundation chain stitches

Row 2-28: Ch 1, SC throughout all stitches

This backing will help to create a more heat-safe potholder for you to use to better protect yourself and your counters from hot pans and trays from the oven/stove. 

If you’re like me and mostly use these to protect your counter tops from hot trays rather than yourself, you can choose to forego the backing as well.

Layering & Border

Line up the front and the back of the pot holder – the top and bottom should each have 29 stitches while the sides  have 28. Use stitch markers to hold the corners together, if needed.

Choose a corner for the loop to hang your dishcloth.

In the chosen corner, Sl St, ch 6, sc into same corner stitch, * sc across to the next corner, 3sc into corner. Repeat for the other 2 sides from *. On 4th and final edge, skip the corner stitches. 12 SC into the loop and SC into first SC after the loop. Weave in the ends and cut to finish off the pot holder.

Share your creations!

If you made this, share your projects below, share them on Ravelry, or tag me on Instagram at or with the hashtag #99percentcoffeeprojects! I’d love to see what you make with this pattern and see them in use 🙂

If you have any problems or notice any mistakes in the pattern, please let me know in the comments and I’ll try my best to answer them and fix any errors!

  • 6/4/2021 – Originally Posted
  • 7/13/2021 – Format Updated

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