Polar Bear Hot Paws

Polar Bear Paws - Pops de Milk

Whenever anyone asks what I’m currently working on I can usually give them a straightforward answer: a blanket, a scarf, an amigurumi cactus. Sometimes it’s not as easy as in the case of the Polar Bear Hot Paws (aka hand savers).

Polar Bear Paws - Pops de Milk

Before I had even started to crochet this project a few people asked what I was working on and when I explained I was met with looks that clearly said, “Why not just use oven mitts?” First, tell you what these hot paws are for.

Picture it: you’re reheating a bowl of chili in the microwave (at home or work) and maybe you put the dish in for too long. When you reach in for the bowl you feel as though you’ve burned your fingerprints off. You probably suck it up and carefully pick up the bowl with your fingernails, hoping you don’t drop it.

Of course you can always grab a towel or (obviously) oven mitts. But oven mitts are too bulky, and to be honest I never think of grabbing oven mitts when I reheat food in the microwave. Instead I reach for a kitchen towel – it provides more hand gripping flexibility, if that makes sense. But sometimes a kitchen towel doesn’t provide enough protection from a hot plate.

This is why I created mitts that are one piece (imagine a short scarf with pockets on each end) and have a flexible fabric. When I use them my hands naturally come together like I’m holding a bowl.

I used cotton yarn so the fabric is thicker than a kitchen towel but with way more flexibility than regular oven mitts.

Polar Bear Hot Paws Crochet Pattern

Materials

-worsted weight white cotton yarn

-worsted weight acrylic black yarn for paw prints

-size 4.50mm crochet hook

-yarn needle to sew paw prints

Stitch Abbr. (US terms)

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

inc – increase (2 sc in same st)

dec – decrease (sc2tog)

sl st – slip stitch

Pattern Notes: The first part of the mitt is worked in rounds with a slip stitch to join at the end of each round, do not turn. Starting Ch1 does not count as stitch, sc in same space as sl st. Second part of mitt is worked in rows. Finished size can be adjusted to fit your hands, simply increase (or decrease) in the rounds and add (or remove) the middle rows (length of piece). Paw prints are worked in continuous rounds, do not join with sl st at end of round. Use stitch markers to keep track of beginning/end.

Starting with white cotton yarn

First Paw

Round 1: ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 ch, 5sc in last ch, continue on bottom of chain sc in next 2 ch, 4sc in last space, sl st to first sc to join (14sts)

Round 2: ch 1, sc in same space as sl st and next 2sts, inc in next 5sts, sc in next 2sts, inc in next 4sts, sl st to first sc to join (24sts)

Round 3: work even

Round 4. ch 1, inc in next st, sc in next 3sts, *inc, sc in next st, repeat from *4 more times, sc in next st, repeat from *4 more times, sl st to first sc to join (34sts)

Rounds 5-17 (or desired length): work even. Turn after Round 17.

Polar Bear Paws - Pops de Milk

Middle

Row 1: ch 1, sc in next 21sts, turn.

Rows 2-20 (or desired length): ch 1, sc across, turn.

Polar Bear Paws - Pops de Milk

Second Paw

Round 1: ch 1, sc in next 21 sts, ch 13 and sl st to first sc to join, turn.

Round 2: ch 1, sc in each chain and sc around, sl st to first sc to join, do not turn. (34sts)

Rounds 3-15 (or desired length): work even

Round 16: ch 1, *sc in next st, dec, repeat from * once more, sc in next 4sts, *dec, sc in next st, repeat from *4 more times, *dec, sc in next st, repeat from *once more, dec (24sts)

Round 17: work even

Round 18: ch 1, dec 3 times, sc in next 2sts, dec 5 times, sc in next 2 sts, dec 2 times (14sts)

Round 19: ch 1, dec, sc in next 5sts, dec, sc in next 5sts. Fasten off and leave tail to sew shut.

Paw Prints – Larger Circle, make 2

Round 1: in magic ring make 6sc.

Round 2: inc in each st (12sts)

Round 3: *inc, sc in next st, repeat from *5 more times (18sts)

Round 4: *inc, sc in next 2sts, repeat from *5 more times (24sts)

Round 5: *inc, sc in next 3sts, repeat from *5 more times (30sts)

Fasten off and leave tail for sewing to mitt.

Paw Prints – Smaller Circle, make 6

Round 1: in magic ring make 6sc.

Round 2: inc in each st (12sts)

Fasten off and leave tail for sewing to mitt.

Polar Bear Paws - Pops de Milk
Polar Bear Paws - Pops de Milk
Polar Bear Paws - Pops de Milk

11 thoughts on “Polar Bear Hot Paws

  1. This pattern is awesome…. I use mine for soup, holding a bowl or mug while eating, drinking coffee that I over heated… Dutch bros drinks because it’s always to hot to hold.
    I have to admit I also use mine for otter pops. Yes you read that correctly… I have cold stuff and these are great for handling icy foods & drinks as well. I’m not strange just hate being cold. Thank you so much for this pattern. Making 4 more but much smaller for my grand kids for their otter pops & hot cocoa!

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