A few years ago I saw an interesting post in a crochet forum asking about comfort packs or heating pads. This idea peaked my interest and the hunt was on for a pattern. As I say, “The internet is your friend”, however it was not my friend this time. I searched for patterns, instructions, fillings for the pads resulting in a mix of information but nothing clear cut. I decided if I wanted a heating pad i would have to make my own.
What I needed to find:
- What type of yarn?
- What kind of filler?
- How to keep the filler in the pad?
- What pattern to use for the actual pad?
A synthetic yarn would only melt when warmed in the microwave and when it cools it will turn hard/brittle. I knew I had to use 100% cotton yarn. Not to figure out how to make it and what to use for the filling.
The internet had a few suggestions such as dry rice, dry corn, flax seed, dried cherry pits, and dried beans. Here is a link to a page that did some of the research for you. It offered some good points, like flax seed kept its heat longer then corn or rice. The draw back of flax seed is that when warmed it does have a smell. As far as dry corn, all I could think about was popcorn kernels and the smell of burnt popcorn…YUCK. I wanted something easily accessible and cheap. I am on a budget! Rice would give me more bang for my buck and it is in every store.
Now you ask how do you crochet a pad and not have the rice come out.
Option 1 – knee high stocking. This is good for rectangle pads, however you will need to double the stocking because it will run. It took about 6 months of use before it ran and small holes were formed.
Option 2 – fabric shell. With this option you can customize the shape of the shell and use any pattern of your choice. It will require a small amount of sewing. I use remnants from the fabric aisle (cheaper). Select a lightweight 100% cotton fabric like linen.
I tested the knee high filled with rice to see if the stocking would melt in the microwave. I crocheted 2 rectangles with scrap cotton yarn. I filled the knee high with rice and stitched the 2 rectangles together. Here is my prototype, ugly I know, but it was just for testing.
I started warming it in the microwave at 30 second intervals. After 1 minute 30 seconds it was the perfect temperature. I was surprised that it was not just hot, it was kind of a moist warmth. The steam from the rice was captured in the yarn and it was GOOD. I started using it to warm my feet (which are always cold). Then I used it to easy a sore muscle in my neck. I was in heaven! I had to share this with my friends and family. I just had to find a cute pattern then the ugly rectangle.
After searching I found a pattern that I know we all have seen on Pinterest. I fell in love with it. I tried it with various hook sizes and an H/5 mm hook gave the right size and look.
I have provided the written instructions to the image below, if you don’t read pattern schemes. I have also provided instruction on adding a fabric inner shell to hold the rice.
Heart Heating Pad
1 skein of Sugar ‘n Cream 100% Cotton yarn (approx 95 yards)
H/5mm crochet hook
2 Cups of uncooked dry rice
Small amount of fabric (for the inner shell)
Abbreviations – US Crochet Terms
Single Crochet (sc)
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Double Crochet (dc)
- Make 2 for the front and back of pad
- Pull the slip stitches tight to get the decrease
- Row 2 is worked on both sides of the chain
- Leave a long tail at the beginning of chain to sew up any holes
- Leave a long tail when fastening off to sew up holes at the chain 3 places
- Chain 3 counts as a DC throughout the pattern
- Microwave on high at 30 seconds intervals for no more than 2 minutes
- Use zip lock bag to place in freezer to use as a cold pack
Row 1: chain 24
Row 2: 2 DC in 4th chain, DC in the next 5 chains, HDC in next ST, SC in next ST, SL ST in next ST, skip 3 chains, SL ST in next chain, SC in next chain, HDC in next chain, DC in next 5 chains, 6 DC in the last chain. working in the back side of row 1- DC in next 9 chains, 3DC in next ch, DC in next 9 chains, 3DC in beginning chain ST, SL ST in top of chain 3.
Row 3: chain 3, DC in same stitch as join, 2DC in next 2 STS, DC in next 3 STS, HDC in next ST, SC in next ST, SL ST in next ST, skip the next 4 STS, SL ST in the next ST, SC in next ST, HDC in next ST, DC in next 3 STS, 2DC in next 6 STS, DC in next 10 STS, 5DC in next ST, DC in next 10 STS, 2DC in next 3 STS, SL ST join in top of chain 3. (61 ST)
Row 4: chain 3, (2DC in next ST, DC in next) 3 times, HDC in next ST, SC in next, SL ST in next ST, skip the next 4 STS, SL ST in the next ST, SC in ST, HDC in next ST, (DC in next ST, 2DC in next ST) 7 times, DC in next 11 STS, 3DC in next ST, DC in next 11 STS, (2DC in next ST, DC in next ST) 3 times, 2 DC in last ST, SL ST join in top of chain 3. (73 STS)
Row 5: chain 3, DC in next ST, (2DC in next ST, DC in next 2 STS) 2 times, HDC in next ST, SC in next ST, SL ST in next ST, skip the next 4 STS, SL ST in the next ST, SC in ST, HDC in next ST, (DC in next 2 STS, 2DC in next ST) 6 times, DC in the next 13 STS, 5DC in next ST, DC in next 13 STS, (2DC in next ST, DC in next 2 STS) 3 times, 2DC in next ST, SL ST join in top of chain 3.
Row 6: chain 3, (DC in next 2 STS, 2DC in next ST) 2 times, DC in next, HDC in next ST, SC in next ST,SL ST in next ST, skip the next 4 STS, SL ST in the next ST, SC in ST, HDC in next ST, DC in next ST, 2DC in next ST, DC in next 2 STS, (2DC in next ST, DC in next 3 STS) 4 times, 2DC in next ST, DC in next 16 STS, 3DC in next ST, DC in next 16 STS, (2DC in next ST, DC in next 3 STS) 3 times, 2DC in next ST, SL ST join in top of chain 3. (95 STS)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
2 pieces of scrap 100% cotton fabric.
Trace the shape onto 2 pieces of fabric.
Cut fabric the fabric. This shell does not have to be perfect just sewn with tight stitches so the rice cannot escape
Sew together leaving a small opening for filling with rice. Fill the shell with approximately 2 cups of uncooked dry rice.
Sew up the hole
Place the fabric shell in between 2 hearts with wrong sides facing the fabric shell.
Slip Stitch into both hearts to join them together
SC into every stitch around, join to 1st stitch.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
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