I’m currently writing this post surrounded by Christmas decorations about to go up in my house.
Don’t worry, I’ve not forgotten about Thanksgiving. I’m one of the people that believes that you can enjoy Christmas and Thanksgiving at the same time. For those that don’t, I respect you, but mind ya business. 😉
I have actually been sitting on this pattern for a while, but I thought the perfect time to release it would be now, when food is on everyone’s mind. While I’m always a guest for Thanksgiving, I like bring something homemade…usually it’s a work in progress. This year, I’ll be bringing my Basket Weave Trivet.
The basketweave stitch has always intimidated me. It just looks so complex! I’ll be the first one to say that although it looks super hard and intricate, it’s actually one of the easiest combination of stitches I’ve ever done! Plus, the results are so pretty!
For those that don’t know, a trivet is used as a buffer between a hot dish and your kitchen surfaces. I used to use a towel when setting my baked goods out of the oven, but of course, I prefer my homemade item more. Funny story: for the longest time I didn’t know what to call it, until my friend from work brought in a trivet her parents’ had made.
Basically, this pattern is what most would consider a larger version of the basketweave stitch, as well as a single crochet border. I added a button at the end of the trivet so I would be able to easily store it.
- Cotton yarn (I used two skeins of I Love This Cotton with some to spare)
- Yarn needle
- Wood Button (optional)
- Front post double crochet (fpdc)
- Back post double crochet (bpdc)
- Half double crochet (hdc)
- Single crochet (sc)
The finished product is 13.5″ by 11.5″
Row 1: Double crochet in the third loop from your hook. (You will be working in this space in row 2) Repeat dc in each stitch all the way across. Chain 2 and turn your work.
Row 2: Skip the last double crochet you made from Row 1. Front post double crochet in the next double crochet. Fpdc in the next 4 dcs from the previous row. Back post double crochet in the next 5 dcs from the previous row. Fpdc in the next 5 dcs from the previous row. Bpdc in the next 5 dcs from the previous row. Repeat this across Row 2, until you have ended by fpdc in your last dc from previous row. To end the row, half double crochet in the 2 chains that you skipped in Row 1. Chain 2, turn your work.
Row 3: Skip the hdc from the previous row. Since you ended Row 2 with a set of front post double crochets, you are going to start Row 3 by bpdc in the next 5 stitches. Fpdc in the next 5 stitches (that were bpdc in Row 2). At this point you should start to see how it looks like the stitches are woven. Repeat all the way across the row. Once you finish up your last bpdc, half double crochet into the chain 2 at the beginning of Row 2. Chain 2, turn your work.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Pattern note: In Row 5, you are going to see how the squares become more defined, giving the pattern a basket weave look.
Row 5: Skip the hdc from previous row. You ended Row 4 with 5 fpdcs, so now you are going to fpdc in the next 5 stitches. This defines the squares you have been building from the start of the pattern. In the next 5 stitches, bpdc. Finish the row by repeating alternating between 5 fpdc and 5 bpdc. Hdc in the ch 2 from previous row. Chain 2, turn your work.
Row 6: Sk the hdc from the previous row. You ended the previous row with a fpdc. Bpdc in the first 5 stitches. Fpdc in the next 5 stitches. Continue across the row. Chain 2, turn your work.
Row 7: Repeat Row 5.
Row 8: Sk hdc. Bpdc in the next 5 stitches. Fpdc in the next 5 stitches. Repeat bpdc and fpdc across the row. Chain 2, turn your work.
Row 9: Sk hdc. Fpdc in the next 5 stitches. Bpdc in the next 5 stitches. Repeat across the row. Chain 2, turn your work.
Row 10: Repeat Row 8.
Rows 11-13: Repeat Rows 5-7
Rows 14-16: Repeat Rows 8-10.
Rows 17-19: Repeat Rows 5-7.
Rows 20-22: Repeat Rows 8-10.
Rows 23-25: Repeat Rows 5-7.
Rows 26-28: Repeat Rows 8-10.
Rows 29-31: Repeat Rows 5-7.
Rows 32-34: Rows 8-10
Rows 35-37: Rows 5-7.
Cut off tail and weave in ends.
Single Crochet Border
Find an point in the outer edge of the trivet. It does not matter where you start.
Row 1: Sc in each stitch around the trivet. 2 sc in the corners.
Row 2: Sc in each stitch around. 2 sc in each 2 sc.
Cut off tail. Weave in ends.
Adding a Button (optional)
If you would like to add a button, find a button that is heat resistant and won’t melt. Sew in the button on the vertical edge of the trivet.
On the back side of the trivet, find a square of bpdc, like pictured above. This should be placed in the trivet where when you fold the trivet, the button meets the fasten.
Working from the back post double crochet, complete 2 rows of sc. Then, depending on how big your button is, chain until the button can fit comfortably in the fasten. Slip stitch the chains at the beginning of the second row of crochet. Cut off ends and weave in.
Enjoy the pattern, and if you happen to snap a pic of your’s being put to use, #blessedandamess on Instagram! Happy crocheting!