Fall isn’t quite over, though after Halloween some people dive right into Christmas decorating. But where I am, the ground is covered with yellow and red leaves, freshly fallen and the wind twirls them around as you enjoy a golden fall stroll. It’s quite lovely. And I am not unaware that my American friends still have Thanksgiving to celebrate and so, I decided to whip up a quick project. It’s a lovely hotpad in a stunning autumnal orange. And best of all, it’s a Tunisian crochet project.
I’m still super new to Tunisian crochet, so this project is a freebie. Yes, that’s right, this pattern is FREE! I want to encourage others to spread their wings, and so this project is designed to just do that. It uses just two colours and stitch that is beginner friendly. The reason I like Tunisian crochet is because the stitches are so different from regular crochet stitches and because I find the progress especially soothing and relaxing.
Just before I move to the pattern, I did want to talk more about Tunisian crochet. A while back, I began work on a shawl in Tunisian crochet and wanted to really get it done and expand my skills. But, I was working so hard on the blog and the crochet patterns I was designing that I wanted to share, that I just had no time to continue with that project, so it’s currently on ice.
But I didn’t abandon the project. It’s still one I want to hook up though I have been considering doing it in a different yarn than what I originally chose. I’d like something in a more neutral colour and so you might see me hooking that up from time to time on Instagram.
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Harvest HotPad Pattern
For this pattern, I used Lion Brand’s 24/7 in Tangerine and Beige. I have a ton of it, so it’s been coming in handy for all these fall projects! This yarn is definitely perfect for pieces like kitchen towels and hotpads, so I grabbed my hook and got crocheting. I used a 6.0mm hook with a short cord but that was more for comfort than anything else. And I used the simple stitch because I rather like the little squares this stitch hooks up.
Just imagine how cute this will look under a big bowl of mashed potatoes or even under your Thanksgiving centre piece. Plus, these would make a great hostess gift if you’re a guest this Thanksgiving. Adding a little bit of festive decor really sets the mood and makes the meal cozier and more memorable.
Suggested for You: Petite Pumpkin Pattern
One skein Loin Brand 24/7 in Tangerine
One skein Lion Brand 24/7 in Beige
6.00mm Tunisian crochet hook with 9″ cord
Gauge: 14 sts = 4″ x 4″ Gauge is not super important for this project
Finished Dimensions: 10 3/4″ x 10″
You can find this pattern absolutely FREE on
Crocheting this piece was a lot of fun because I had to use my brain from time to time as things did go wrong—as they are bound to when you are still new to something. And whenever I get to the return pass I felt a huge boast to keep going and get this pretty little hooked up. I feel like a newbie crocheter again and it’s an exciting feeling.
Have you tried Tunisian crochet yet? Let me know how you’re getting on in the comments below.