Wiggle It Crochet Trivet and Dishcloth Set

What goes around comes around, and wiggly crochet is definitely coming around again! It’s popping up on Pinterest and Ravelry, in rugs and afghan squares. Usually worked in squares and rectangles, with a base mesh and ruffles worked on top, it’s got a great 3D big pop look. But I wanted to play around with the idea and maybe take it a new direction – and the Wiggle It Crochet Trivet and Dishcloth Set is the result!

Wiggle It Crochet Trivet and Dishcloth Set - free pattern on mooglyblog.com

I found a great way to get the wiggly crochet look, but in the round! I’m not sure if it’s officially “wiggly crochet” anymore, but it definitely uses the same general idea.

The trivet and dishcloth are essentially the same pattern; the trivet just keeps getting bigger! So if the trivet is too big for your needs, just stop increasing when you like the size and go to the finishing row of the base mesh. Go way bigger and add a non-skid backing, and you can make a gorgeous super luxurious plush rug!Wiggle It Crochet Trivet and Dishcloth Set - free pattern on mooglyblog.com

Wiggle It Crochet Trivet and Dishcloth Set - free pattern on mooglyblog.com

Wiggle It Crochet Trivet and Dishcloth Set

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The Base Mesh is made all in one color, but then each round of ruffles is added separately – make them all the same color, alternate two colors, make each one different… it’s up to you!

  • US – G, 4.00mm hook
  • Worsted weight kitchen cotton, in 2 – 9 colors (small amounts on up to 90 yds for base of trivet)
  • Dishcloth: 5.5″ finished diameter
  • Trivet: 11″ finished diameter
  • Click HERE for the Video Tutorial!

Base Mesh Instructions:

crochet trivet crochet pattern free crochet dishcloth pattern set wiggly crochet 3DRound 1: Make a magic circle, and sc 6 times in the ring. Join to the first sc with a sl st. (6sc)

Round 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in the same st. *Ch 1, [dc, ch 1, dc] in the next st. Repeat from * to end. Ch 1 and join with a sl st into the ch 4 sp, (12 dc, 12 ch)

Round 3: Ch 4, dc in the same ch sp. Ch 1, dc in the next ch sp. *Ch 1, [dc, ch 1, dc] in the next ch sp. Ch 1, dc in the next ch sp. Repeat from * to end. Ch 1 and join with a sl st into the ch 4 sp, (18 dc, 18 ch)

Round 4: Ch 4, dc in the same ch sp. [Ch 1, dc in the next ch sp] twice. *Ch 1, [dc, ch 1, dc] in the next ch sp. [Ch 1, dc in the next ch sp] twice. Repeat from * to end. Ch 1 and join with a sl st into the ch 4 sp, (24 dc, 24 ch)

TO MAKE THE DISHCLOTH: Skip to “Finishing Round” of the Base Mesh.
TO MAKE THE TRIVET: Continue Base Mesh Instructions as written.

Round 5: Ch 4, dc in the same ch sp. [Ch 1, dc in the next ch sp] 3 times. *Ch 1, [dc, ch 1, dc] in the next ch sp. [Ch 1, dc in the next ch sp] 3 times. Repeat from * to end. Ch 1 and join with a sl st into the ch 4 sp, (30 dc, 30 ch)

Round 6: Ch 4, dc in the same ch sp. [Ch 1, dc in the next ch sp] 4 times. *Ch 1, [dc, ch 1, dc] in the next ch sp. [Ch 1, dc in the next ch sp] 4 times. Repeat from * to end. Ch 1 and join with a sl st into the ch 4 sp, (36 dc, 36 ch)

Round 7: Ch 4, dc in the same ch sp. [Ch 1, dc in the next ch sp] 5 times. *Ch 1, [dc, ch 1, dc] in the next ch sp. [Ch 1, dc in the next ch sp] 5 times. Repeat from * to end. Ch 1 and join with a sl st into the ch 4 sp, (42 dc, 42 ch)

Round 8: Ch 4, dc in the same ch sp. [Ch 1, dc in the next ch sp] 6 times. *Ch 1, [dc, ch 1, dc] in the next ch sp. [Ch 1, dc in the next ch sp] 6 times. Repeat from * to end. Ch 1 and join with a sl st into the ch 4 sp, (48 dc, 48 ch)

Round 9: Ch 4, dc in the same ch sp. [Ch 1, dc in the next ch sp] 7 times. *Ch 1, [dc, ch 1, dc] in the next ch sp. [Ch 1, dc in the next ch sp] 7 times. Repeat from * to end. Ch 1 and join with a sl st into the ch 4 sp, (54 dc, 54 ch)

Finishing Round: Ch 1, sc in the same ch sp. Dc 5 in next ch sp (scallop made). *Sc in next ch sp, 5 dc in next ch sp. Repeat from * to end. Break yarn and join to first sc using seamless join. (Dishcloth: 12 scallops, Trivet: 27 scallops)

Ruffles Instructions:
Ruffle 1: (click photos to embiggen!)

Working between dc sts from Round 2 of the Base Mesh, join with a sl st to the top of a Round 1 Base Mesh stitch.
Ch 3 (counts as dc). crochet trivet free dishcloth pattern wiggly crochet tutorial
Moving to the dc just to the left of the join, dc 2 around the post of the mesh dc, working toward the outer edge. crochet trivet free pattern dishcloth scrubby washcloth spa wiggle crochet tutorial
Next, dc in the ch sp of the Round 2 mesh directly to the left of the dc you just worked around. Dc 2 around the next Round 2 mesh dc to the left, working back towards the center of the mesh. Dc in Round 1 of the mesh, to the left of the just worked dc.wiggly crochet tutorial ruffles crochet trivet pattern free crochet dishcloth pattern spa cloth scrubby flower
Continue in this manner, working up and down the dcs of Round 2 of the mesh, working 2 dc around the post of each dc and one dc in the top and bottom of each turn. crochet trivet free pattern crochet dishcloth pattern free wiggly crochet tutorial
At the end of the round, break yarn and seamless join to the first dc of the round. (36 dc, 6 petals) crochet trivet free pattern dishcloth spa cloth pattern scrubby free wiggly crochet round tutorialThis is what it should look like from behind at this point: crochet trivet pattern free crochet dishcloth pattern scrubby washcloth wiggle crochet tutorial spa flowerRuffle 2:

Join yarn with a sl st in a ch sp of Round 2, between two of the dc of Round 3 of the mesh, between two of the petals of Ruffle 1, and ch 3. Moving to the dc to the left, dc 3 around the post, working toward the outer edge as before. wiggly crochet tutorial free crochet trivet pattern dishcloth gift set free pattern spa cloth 3DDc in the next ch sp to the left, then dc 3 around the next dc to the left, working back toward the middle. Dc in the next ch sp of Round 1 to the left. Continue the round, working up and down the dcs of Round 3, with 3 dc around each post and 1 dc at the top and bottom of each turn. At the end of the round, break yarn and seamless join to the first dc of the round. (72 dc, 9 petals) free crochet trivet pattern free crochet dishcloth pattern wiggly crochet tutorial kitchen gift setRuffle 3: Work as Ruffle 2, around the dc sts of Round 4 of the mesh. (96 dc, 12 petals)

TO MAKE THE DISHCLOTH: You’re done! Enjoy your new dishcloth or tiny trivet!
TO MAKE THE TRIVET: Continue Ruffles Instructions as written.

Ruffle 4: Work as Ruffle 2, around the dc sts of Round 5 of the mesh. (120 dc, 15 petals)Wiggle It Crochet Trivet and Dishcloth Set - free pattern on mooglyblog.com

Ruffle 5: Work as Ruffle 2, around the dc sts of Round 6 of the mesh. (144 dc, 18 petals)

Ruffle 6: Work as Ruffle 2, around the dc sts of Round 7 of the mesh. (168 dc, 21 petals)

Ruffle 7: Work as Ruffle 2, around the dc sts of Round 8 of the mesh. (192 dc, 24 petals)

Ruffle 8: Work as Ruffle 2, around the dc sts of Round 9 of the mesh. (216 dc, 27 petals)

And now you’re done with the Trivet! Here’s a look at the back of the dishcloth, so you can get an idea of how they should look from underneath:

Wiggle It Crochet Trivet and Dishcloth Set - free pattern on mooglyblog.com

I hope these instructions are clear, and that the crochet trivet and dishcloth are as fun for you to make as they were for me!Do you think you’d like to give it a try? Have you made wiggly crochet trivets or other wiggly patterns before?

For more information on wiggly crochet, and a look at the square or traditional method, be sure to check out the Wiggly Tutorial on About.com.

Be sure to Like the moogly Facebook page for the latest updates and have some fun with us! Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2012. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please feel free to link to this page to share this pattern with others.

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Comments

  1. 4

    says

    Wow! Thanks so much for the excellent instructions and great photos. I’ve been really curious about the Wiggly Crochet, but haven’t been able to find anything that explained it until now. I love it! It looks like a great way to use up scrap pieces of yarn.

  2. 5

    diane says

    love the wiggle pattern trying it now your pictures help and find this very interesting stitch thank you thank you for sharing

  3. 8

    Christine @ Projects Around The House says

    What an awesome pattern! I love the ruffles. I pinned this for a future project

  4. 9

    Micki says

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. I made this hotpad and had a lot of fun with it. I’m already thinking up stitch combinations to use this in.

    • 10

      moogly says

      Awesome Micki! It’s fun, isn’t it? I use my big one almost every day – it’s just the right size for both my big crockpot and my cast iron skillet! :D

  5. 14

    Dee Grove says

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing your pattern. I can’t wait to get started on it. I just found the pattern. I like making projects like this while watching tv with my hubby.

  6. 15

    Linda says

    Thanks for sharing so many of your beautiful patterns.

    Is there anyway to print your patterns?? I’ve tried printing the entire page ~ highlighting and printing just what has been highlighted ~ and all it prints is the first page/picture.

    This is a beautiful pattern and I was thinking of making it into a pillow!!

    • 16

      moogly says

      Linda, you are very welcome! And I think a pillow is a great idea!

      To print the patterns, look for the green Print Friendly button at the bottom of each post – that will take you to a page where you print a full copy without ads and with or without the photos. :)

  7. 17

    Linda Mathews says

    I have never made these; but I have several made in the 50’s and left to me when relatives died. Those are made with crochet thread, not yarn. I suggest using all natural yarn, like Peaches N Cream all cotton if using for hot pots. Thanks for the pattern in the round. Mine are square.

    • 18

      moogly says

      Great point Linda – definitely cotton only! Those sound like lovely heirlooms. I’m always impressed with threadwork – such patience!

  8. 19

    natalie meherg says

    Just finished my first dishcloth for my daughter-in-law for Christmas. Cant wait to make the trivet and go on to make the rug you spoke of. Thank you for a fun and easy design!!!!

  9. 21

    Toni Doel says

    This looks awesome! One question: by “seamless join” do you mean slip stitch or something else? Can’t wait to get started!

  10. 23

    Mary Young says

    A few years ago I bought a square trivet with a raised surface at a sale and was quite enchanted but never could figure out how it was made or what to call it. Now I know! I figured that it was somekind of grid………. I know that raised flowers is considered Irish but does this attributed to any
    country or out of your amazing imagination? Thanks. Mary in NH

    • 24

      moogly says

      Mary, Wiggly Crochet has been around for a long while, though as far as I know it’s always been done one a square grid shape. I came up with working it in the round on my own, but I can’t say no one else has every thought of it – I’m sure they probably have, I just haven’t seen it (yet anyway). :) Thank you!

  11. 25

    Peggy says

    thank you for the lovely pattern and instructions! Hope I can make some for gifts with the upcoming holidays! Thanks again.

  12. 28

    Jackie says

    Hi – I am a little confused. In round 3, are you sure you mean to [dc, ch 1, dc] in the next st or in the next ch sp?

  13. 30

    MamaJ12469 says

    I am currently teaching myself to crochet via the internet. I found your pattern and ran right out to MIchaels to pick up my yarn. I have spent the weekend crocheting it and while I’ve had to tear it out a few times due to my own inexperience, I am currently fnishing the last row of ruffles. This has been fun and I look forward to giving this as a gift to my beloved Aunts for Christmas. Thank you for the great idea!

  14. 34

    Linda Hielscher says

    Round 3: Ch 4, dc in the same ch sp. Ch 1, dc in the next ch sp. *Ch 1, [dc, ch 1, dc] in the next ch sp. Ch 1, dc in the next ch sp. Repeat from * to end. Ch 1 and join with a sl st into the ch 4 sp, (18 dc, 18 ch)

    Hi, I’m new to crocheting and I keep getting confused on this part of the pattern and I can’t figure out what I am doing wrong? I keep ending up with 26 dc and 24chains ? I started with 12 dc and ch.

    • 35

      moogly says

      Hi Linda! I’m not sure where you’re putting the extra stitches, but another way to think of the instructions for this row is that you are alternating one stitch in one space with two stitches in the next space (with 1 ch between each st). So you start with 12 sts/spaces, and you increase by 6 because you are adding one additional st (and ch) in every other space.

      Does that make a little more sense?

  15. 42

    Heather says

    Love this pattern! I have made two for myself and I have had some friends ask if I would make some for an upcoming craft fair. Do you mind if I use your pattern to make trivets to sell at an Autumn Festival? Thanks so much!

  16. 48

    Marla says

    I just finished making my first dishcloth using your pattern and instructive photos. They were clear and easy to use. I am very pleased with the results. I am left-handed and so I worked to the right instead of the left on the ruffle rounds. It worked perfectly. Thank you.

  17. 52

    Michele says

    This is a great pattern. Years ago (back in the early 70’s) the hot thing was to make the “grid” in the shape of a square and make big throw pillows out of this pattern. Thanks for the great idea!

      • 55

        helen says

        THANKS FOR RESPONDING. I DID FIGURE IT OUT EVENTUALLY. NOW TO THE SECOND LAYER. OY VEY! WILL LET YOU KNOW HOW I DO.
        THANKS AGAIN

  18. 56

    Mary says

    Everything old is new again, as the saying goes. We were making wiggly trivets in the early 80’s. All the patterns were square then too, but like you I wanted a round one so I came up with my own round pattern as well back then. My grid was a bit different than yours. I’ll have to give yours a go,

  19. 58

    says

    wiggle it trivet I am having trouble getting the wiggle just right! And I have been crocheting over 49 years. Is there a tutorial?

    I see the step by step but am missing a step somewhere!

    • 61

      Tamara Kelly says

      It could be a matter of tension – working the pattern with a larger hook might help. If it’s only slightly cupped, blocking it should help too!

  20. 62

    sheila says

    Been making these for years……..Like to use rug yarn, tho now hard to find.
    Can be made out of acrylic, Tho use upside down.
    A little melting may occur, but doesn’t affect good side and can still be used as decorative matt.
    Great to set a casserole, pot of chili, hot dish in the middle of the table.
    [[ Can you tell I'm from Minnesota?]]

  21. 63

    merry says

    Thanks so much for the lovely pattern you sharing. I will make it for my kitchen and put it on the glass dining table.

  22. 65

    pauline lynch says

    Hi, Im Making this as a rug, about 3ft across but it is terribly warped. When I pick it up its like a giant mushroom!! Is there a chance it will lie flat when it’s finished do you think? I have about another six inches to do. Each round is taking an hour!!!, I will be very disappointed with myself if it all turns out to be a waste of time

    • 66

      Tamara Kelly says

      It’s hard to say without seeing it, but I would recommend a severe blocking to help with the warping.

  23. 71

    Misty says

    Hello my name is misty and I am sort of new to crochet and I am trying your wiggle it trivet pattern and I am just now working on the base mesh and I can’t figure out why it is curling in almost like a hat. Please help if you can or if you know of a video on how to make a base mesh in the round and you could tell me where to find it I would greatly appreciate it thank you and God bless.

  24. 73

    Regina says

    Hi!! I was so surprised when I came across this pattern. Years ago, probably the late 60s, my grandma and mom made hotpads that looked like yours. Except they were square and made
    from knit croschein (sp). I have always wanted to find a pattern and make some. Thank you for sharing your pattern. I can’t wait to get started.

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