Elf Belly Pot Holder – Free Crochet Pattern

Get your kitchen holiday ready with this adorable Elf Belly Pot Holder!

It even has a front pocket for adding cookie mix, spatulas, whisks, or other fun giftables!

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This pot holder matches the Santa Belly Pot Holder, Snowman Belly Pot Holder, and the Gingerbread Belly Pot Holder.

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Worsted Weight 100% Cotton Yarn (#4) 

-Green [3.5oz/100g]

-Red [1oz/30g]

-Yellow [Scraps]

-White [Scraps]

J/10/6.00mm Hook

I/9/5.50mm Hook

Yarn Needle

1/4 yd 100% Cotton Batting (Optional, but recommended)

Scissors or Rotary Cutter (For cutting batting)


12 sts x 12 rows = 4″

Gauge is not critical for this project

Finished Measurement

8.25″W x 8.75″H 

Stitch Guide

arnd = around

ch = chain

dc = double crochet

dec = single crochet decrease

sc = single crochet

sl st(s) = slip stitch(es)

Skill Level



Elf Belly Pot Holder free crochet pattern


  • Batting is used for heat resistance. This will provide more padding and protection from hot surfaces, however, two layers of crocheted cotton is typically thick enough for short term protection (from oven to stove top). Cotton Batting can be found in any store that sells fabric.
  • 100% cotton yarn (and batting) is required. Acrylics can melt if they become too hot.
  • A yard of fabric (batting) = 36″H, 1/4 yard of fabric = 9″H, but the width is 54″ wide and batting doesn’t have a specific cutting direction.
  • Beginning chains do not count as stitches.
  • The first 5 rows (red collar) only use a J/10/6.00mm crochet hook.
  • Tutorial photos are at the end of the pattern, under finishing instructions.



With Red + J Jook,

R1. Ch 25, sc in the back bump of the 2nd ch and in each ch across, turn (24)

R2. Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (24)

R3-5. Repeat R2

R6. Working FLO across: Ch 1, sc x 4, turn (leave remaining sts unworked) (4)

R7. Ch 1, sc, dec, sc, turn (3)

R8. Ch 1, sc, skip 1, sc, turn (2)

R9. Ch 1, dec; Fasten. (1)

>>Repeat R6-9 5X across the remaining FLs of R5. (6 “ collar spikes” total)

R10. Attach yarn to top edge of first spike created, sl st in the end of each row and in the tip of each spike arnd, making sure to sl st into the FL of R5 also. (52)

With Green + I Hook,

R11. Attach yarn to BLO of R5 and working across BLO: Ch 1, sc across, turn (24)

R12. Ch 1, *sc, dc* across, turn (24)

R13-48. Repeat R12; Fasten at the end of R48. (24)


With Green + I Hook,

R1. Ch 25, sc in the back bump of the 2nd ch and in each ch across, turn (24)

R2. Ch 1, *sc, dc* across, turn (24)

R3-25. Repeat R2; Fasten at the end of R25. (24)


With Yellow + I Hook,

Make magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring, do not join (6)


With White + I Hook,

Make magic ring, ch 1, 4 sc in ring, do not join (4)


With Any Color + I Hook,

Ch 16, sc in back bump of 2nd ch and across; Fasten. (15)


  • Lay large panel flat and lay batting over the bottom edge (green edge).
  • Lay small green panel over the batting, lining up the bottom edges.
  • Thread needle with green yarn and insert needle from front to back, then from back to front one stitch over, close to the upper right corner. Tie tails into a knot. — Repeat this step 8 more times in the following locations: right center, bottom right corner, bottom middle, center, upper middle, upper left corner, left center, bottom left corner. <This step tacks the 3 layers together and holds the batting in place. >
  • Insert hook under the small panel and pull the tails and knots to the inside of the pot holder to hide them.
  • Thread needle with red yarn and sew collar spikes into place. 
  • Fold the remaining portion of the large panel up over the batting and small panel. Pin into place as needed. <Front pocket created>
  • Insert hook in bottom right corner, through all 3 layers, and single crochet in the same space and in end of each row up the side, in each stitch across the top, and in the end of each row down the left edge. Fasten. Make sure you’re working through all crochet layers around. Do not crochet across the top of the pocket.
  • Optional: Attach “faux jingle bells” to the bottom of the collar spikes. 
  • Attach buttons to the front center, approximately 1/2″ apart.
  • Attach hanger to upper left corner as desired.
Santa Belly Pot Holder photo’d, but the instructions are the same
Santa Belly Pot Holder photo’d, but the instructions are the same

Loving the Elf theme?

You can get a matching Elf Belly Flatware Holder pattern right here on this blog!

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