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Checkerboard Hot Pad


Checkerboard Hot Pad

Checkerboard Hot Pad.

Sarah White

Knit a Colored Hot Pad:

This two-color hot pad is an excellent introduction to stranded knitting. Colors change every four stitches and alternate positions every four rows, so it's very easy to keep up with the changes. Just remember to leave the yarn you're not knitting with hanging loosely at the back, and bring your new color up from below the color you were working with, and this piece will come together in a snap!


  • 100 yards each of two colors of 100 percent cotton or acrylic yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft in Violet and Orchid)
  • one pair size 7 US knitting needles
  • scissors
  • yarn or tapestry needle


21 rows and 25 stitches per four inches in stockinette stitch. Gauge is not critical but should have a firm weave.


When sewn up, finished project is roughly 6 inches by 7 inches. Size may vary depending on how much you block the project.


  1. Cast on 44 stitches in color A (dark purple is used as color A in example).
  2. Knit four stitches in color A and four stitches in color B (light purple in example) across.
  3. Purl four stitches in color A and four stitches in color B across.
  4. Repeat these two rows.
  5. Knit four in color B and four in color A across.
  6. Purl four in color B and four in color A across.
  7. Repeat these two rows.
  8. Continue in this manner until piece measures 14 inches.
  9. Bind off in color A. Cut excess yarn and weave in ends.

Finishing the Piece:

Stranded knitting can get rather compressed, even when you are keeping your strands loose across the back. Blocking will be necessary to help stretch the project out.

The more you block, the wider the project will end up. The example shown is six inches wide.

Once the project has been blocked, fold in half and sew the side seams using color A and the mattress stitch.

Choosing Materials:

Using acrylic for a project that needs to withstand heat is a tricky proposition, because acrylic yarn can melt. If you're worried about it, knit a test swatch and put something hot on it and see what happens. Or knit the project with cotton.

I tested my hot pad with a kettle of boiling water straight off the stove and didn't have a problem, but the composition of yarns (and the heat of stoves) varies widely, so testing a swatch or avoiding using your acrylic hot pad on things straight out of the stove are both good ideas. Or just use cotton yarn and you won't have to worry.

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