Home Decor,  Kitchen

Plaid Moose Pot Holder – Free Crochet Pattern

Moose and plaid go so well together, I can hardly contain my excitement for this new Plaid Moose Pot Holder! Add a rustic touch to your holiday cooking with this adorable little guy. It even has a functional pocket for gift giving!

This post contains affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I may receive a small commission from purchases made through affiliate links, which helps me to keep bringing awesome free content!

I’ve designed several different pot holders that are well loved, so I knew I had to make another pot holder for the Kitchen Decor CAL. And since I really love the plaid theme this time of year, and since plaid goes so well with moose, it seemed like the logical next addition to the set.

Get the Ad-Free PDF from your favorite pattern shop below!


100% Cotton Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)

  • Dark Brown – 30 yards
  • Light Brown – 10 yards
  • Burgundy – 90 yards
  • Red – 50 yards
  • Black – 50 yards

I/9/5.50mm Hook

Yarn Needle

Optional Materials: 

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

Scissors or Rotary Cutter (For cutting batting)

2 – 18mm Black Gem Buttons 

2 – 6mm Black Gem Buttons

paste html here


12 sts x 12 rows = 4″

Gauge is not critical for this project

Finished Measurements

8.50″W x 8.75″H

Stitch Guide

arnd = around

ch = chain

dc = double crochet

hdc = half double crochet

sc = single crochet

sl st(s) = slip stitch(es)

Skill Level


Written in U.S. Terms


  • Plastic buttons can melt when coming in contact with hot dishes, so it may be better to stitch on the eyes and nostrils. 
  • 100% cotton yarn (and batting) is recommended. Acrylics can melt if they become too hot.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When stitches appear in parentheses, work those stitches in the same space.
  • When asterisks appear, repeat the instructions between them.
  • Tutorial photos are on the last page.
  • Click for Color Change Tutorial

PRO TIP: Remembering that scs are worked into dcs and dcs are worked into scs (in subsequent rows) is helpful in working through this pattern quickly without having to read every row.

Special Stitches

Reverse Single Crochet (rsc) = Work single crochet in opposite direction by inserting hook in next stitch (to the right if right-handed, and to the left if left-handed), yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook. AKA Crab Stitch.



R1: [With Brown] Ch 26, sc in 2nd ch from hook, *dc in next, sc in next* across, turn (25)  

R2: [With Brown] Ch 1, dc, *sc, dc* across, turn (25)

R3: [With Brown] Ch 1, sc, *dc, sc* across, turn (25)

R4: Rep R2

R5: Rep R3

R6: Rep R2 

R7: Rep R3 

R8: Rep R2 

R9: Rep R3

R10: [With Black] Ch 1, dc, *sc, dc* across, turn (25)

R11: [With Burgundy] sc, *dc, sc* 2X, [With Bright Red] dc, *sc, dc* 2X, [With Burgundy] sc, *dc, sc* 2X, [With Bright Red] dc, *sc, dc* 2X, [With Burgundy] sc, *dc, sc* 2X, turn

R12: [With Burgundy] dc, *sc, dc* 2X, [With Bright Red] sc, *dc, sc* 2X, [With Burgundy] dc, *sc, dc* 2X, [With Bright Red] sc, *dc, sc* 2X, [With Burgundy] dc, *sc, dc* 2X, turn

R13: Repeat R11  

R14: Repeat R12

R15: Repeat R11

R16: [With Black] dc, *sc, dc* 2X, [With Burgundy] sc, *dc, sc* 2X, [With Black] dc, *sc, dc* 2X, [With Burgundy] sc, *dc, sc* 2X, [With Black] dc, *sc, dc* 2X, turn

R17: [With Black] sc, *dc, sc* 2X, [With Burgundy] dc, *sc, dc* 2X,[With Black] sc, *dc, sc* 2X, [With Burgundy] dc, *sc, dc* 2X, [With Black] sc, *dc, sc* 2X, turn

R18: Repeat R16

R19: Repeat R17

R20: Repeat R16

R21: Repeat R11

R22: Repeat R12

R23: Repeat R11

R24: Repeat R12

R25: Repeat R11

R26: Repeat R16

R27: Repeat R17

R28: Repeat R16

R29: Repeat R17

R30: Repeat R16

R31: Repeat R11

R32: Repeat R12

R33: Repeat R11

R34: Repeat R12

R35: Repeat R11

R36: Repeat R16

R37: Repeat R17

R38: Repeat R16

R39: Repeat R17

R40: Repeat R16

R41: Repeat R11

R42: Repeat R12

R43: Repeat R11

R44: Repeat R12

R45: Repeat R11

R46: [With Black] Ch 1, rsc across; Fasten.


With Brown,

R1. Ch 26, sc in 2nd ch from hook, *dc in next, sc in next* across, turn (25)  

R2. Ch 1, dc, *sc, dc* across, turn (25)

R3. Ch 1, sc, *dc, sc* across, turn (25)

R4-25. Repeat R2 & 3 to end; Fasten at the end of R25.


R1. Ch 8, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc x 5, sc, turn and work down opposite side of ch: sc, hdc x 5, sc, do not join (14)

R2. 2 sc, sc x 5, 2 sc x 2, sc x 5, 2 sc, sl st to join; Fasten. (18)

EARS (Make 2)

With Brown

Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc x 4, sc, turn and work down opposite side of ch: sc, hdc x 4, sc, sl st in 1st sc to join; Fasten, leaving a long tail. (12)

Pinch the end together and stitch through the single crochets only to “roll” up the ear.

ANTLERS (Make 2)

With Brown

R1. Ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, turn (10)

R2. Ch 1, sc across, turn (10)

R3. Ch 1, sc x 7, sl st in next, turn [leave remaining stitches unworked] (8)

R4. Ch 1, skip sl st, (sc, hdc, sc), sl st x 2, (sc, hdc x 2, sc), sl st x 2, (hdc, dc, hdc), sl st to end of R2; Fasten.


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


  • Measure and cut batting, so it’s the same size as the small panel, minus ¼” around the edges.
  • Lay large panel flat and lay batting over the top edge (brown edge).
  • Lay small brown panel over the batting, lining up the top edges. 
  • Thread needle with coordinating yarn on large panel: 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.
  • Fold the remaining portion of the large panel up over the batting and small panel (so black edge matches up with black edge on the backside). 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 the end of each row up the side, in each stitch across the top, and end of each row down the left edge. Fasten. Make sure you’re working through all crochet layers around. To do this I started with black, switched to brown to work around the head, then switched back to black. Do not crochet across the top of the pocket.
  • Attach Moose Muzzle to the front center, so the bottom of the muzzle rests on the edge of the pocket.
  • Attach Moose Ears over rows 4-6 approximately, and have the pinched tip of the ear approximately 7 stitches in from the edge. 
  • Attach Moose Antlers over rows 1-4 approximately, and have the thinnest portion of the antlers start approximately 10 stitches in from the edge.
  • Attach 18mm buttons so they are resting on the top edge of the muzzle, with approximately 4 sts between them.
  • Attach the 6mm buttons on the center of the muzzle, one centered directly below each eye.
  • Attach hanger to upper left corner as desired.
  • Hide all strings.



Happy Crocheting!

Written pattern and photographs © 2021 Sonya Blackstone of Blackstone Designs. Please do not sell, share, or modify this pattern, but instead share the link to where the pattern can be found. You may sell items you make with this pattern. This pattern, as with all Blackstone Designs/Sonya Blackstone patterns, are not for educational use without written permission from the designer. 

Sonya Blackstone is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.