What do you call that thing you put under hot dishes to protect the table? Trivet? Hot pad? The world seems divided! But united we stand, and the Star Spangled Trivet (or Hot Pad!) is ready to stand up to whatever you dish out - and look festive while doing it!
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Made with bright washable cotton yarn, this free trivet pattern will perk up your table for years to come! It starts with a mesh base, and then the "wiggles" are added to create the fun 3D look - and keep your counters and tables safe!
Star Spangled Trivet & Hot Pad
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- US - I, 5.5mm hook (Furls Fiberarts)
- US - H, 5.0mm hook (Furls Fiberarts)
- 134 yds 100% cotton, 4-Medium Weight Yarn (original discontinued)
A: Blueberry (99 yds)
B: Hot Pepper (5 yds)
C: Vanilla (30 yds)
Recommended substitution: Lily Sugar'n Cream
- Finished Size: 10.5" across at widest point
- Helpful Tutorials/Links: Magic Circle; Wiggle Crochet Trivet; Joining with a dc st; Surface Crochet; Crochet Abbreviations
MESH INSTRUCTIONS: use larger hook and CA
Round 1: Make a magic circle, ch 6 (counts as dc and ch 3), [dc in the ring, ch 3] 4 times, join to 3rd ch with sl st. (5 dc)
Round 2: Sl st into next ch-3 sp, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), (dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc) in same ch-3 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc) in each remaining ch-3 sp around, join to 3rd ch. (20 dc)
Round 3: Sl st into next ch-1 sp, ch 4, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp, *dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * around, join to 3rd ch. (30 dc)
Round 4: Sl st into next ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-2 sp, [ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp] twice, *[dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] twice, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-2 sp, [ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp] twice; repeat from * around, join to 3rd ch. (40 dc)
Round 5: Sl st into next ch-1 sp, ch 4, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] twice, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-2 sp, [ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp] three times, *[dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] three times, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-2 sp, [ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp] three times; repeat from * around, join to 3rd ch. (50 dc)
Round 6: Sl st into next ch-1 sp, ch 4, [dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] three times, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-2 sp, [ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp] four times, *[dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] four times, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-2 sp, [ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp] four times; repeat from * around, join to 3rd ch. (60 dc)
Round 7: Sl st into next ch-1 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in next 4 ch-1 sps, 5 dc in next ch-2 sp, 2 dc in next 4 ch-1 sps, dc in next ch-1 sp, dc2tog in same ch-1 sp and next ch-1 sp (skipping 2 sts in between posts of st), *dc in same ch-1 sp as last part of previous st, 2 dc in next 4 ch-1 sps, 5 dc in next ch-2 sp, 2 dc in next 4 ch-1 sps, dc in next ch-1 sp, dc2tog in same ch-1 sp and next ch-1 sp (skipping 2 sts in between posts of st); repeat from * around, join to top of ch-3, break yarn. (120 dc)
WIGGLES INSTRUCTIONS: use smaller hook and colors as directed
NOTE: The “wiggles” are worked in a spiral, starting in the middle, 2 rounds in each color. If you are unfamiliar with wiggle crochet, please view the video tutorial linked above.
Step 1: With Color B, join with dc around bottom of post of any dc of Mesh Round 1 as for a front post st, dc 2 along post, working to the top of the post, 3 dc along post of next dc (working top to bottom), *3 dc around post of next st (working bottom to top), 3 dc around post of next st (working top to bottom); repeat from * around until all posts of Round 1 have been crocheted around, then without breaking yarn, move to the closest st of Round 2 and repeat around.
Step 2: Starting in a new spot, repeat Step 1 with Color C, working around Mesh Rounds 3 and 4.
Step 3: Starting in a new spot, repeat Step 1 with Color A, working around Mesh Rounds 5 and 6.
OPTIONAL EDGING INSTRUCTIONS: use smaller hook and Color C
Surface crochet around the top (under both loops) of Round 7 of the mesh.
After the mesh is added, the star wants to be more of a pentagon. To emphasize the star shape, I blocked the trivet with a pin in each point, and another pin in between pushing the indents in. Then I sprayed it with water and let it air dry. Easy peasy!
And that's it for the Star Spangled Trivet! It can be made in one evening, and if you want to change the size that's easy too. Just add or subtract rows of mesh, following the established pattern!
I hope you enjoy this free crochet hot pad... or free crochet trivet pattern! It adds such a great pop of color, and is so practical, you'll want to make one to leave with the host and hostess of every barbeque you attend this summer!
The Fine Print
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Simply perfect! These will look great on any 4th of July table. Thank you for the pattern!
😀 Thank you so much Judy!
Wow! What a fabulous design. I just can say: MUST make it 😉 Thank you so much for the pattern. I love stars!
Besides, it'll be useful as a practice 'cause I've never worked with these 'wiggles'. They look great and the first time I saw them thought they would be great for rugs and at last winter sales I bought quite a lot of yarn to knit one for my living-room, I want it to change the old one next winter so... Hope it can be crocheted quickly, I've got a big project ahead!
This is stunning - I can't wait to make some. Thank you for the pattern!
Thank you so much Katie, I'm so glad you like it!
In my family, this would be a hot pad (cloth), not a trivet (usually has feet, made of metal or wood). Either way this is definitely on my wim list! First you had the round one, and I thought, hmm, might have to try that some time. Next came the heart (or at least that was the order I saw them). And then I thought, have to find the time to try that some time. Now it's got to buy more yarn! I have the red and white, but I don't have any blue. Now I have a reason to head to my lys, not that I always need one!
Thanks so much for your wonderful patterns. I think I've made more of yours than any other designer out there right now.
Now I've learned something too! 😀 Thank you Darlene!
So cute, thank you for the pattern, will surely make some of these! Love anything red, white & blue!!!!
😀 Thank you Lori!
Always heard that a trivet was made of something hard, like metal or wood. A hotpad is fabric, crochet like this or quilted.
Ah! I haven't heard them defined that way, but it does make a lot of sense! Thank you Judith!
I love this pattern and knew it was perfect for my dil. Showed her the pic today and mesh I finished for it and she's so excited! Thanks so much for a COOL Fourth pattern my dil will cherish.
😀 Thank you!!
Second post. I forgot to say that I am loving the Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton yarn. What great colors it has and it's not hard on my hands.
I'm so glad to hear it! 🙂
Can you please make a YouTube tutorial for this pattern.i cannot understand the mesh part.please and thank you
Hi Lori! I'll add it to the to-do list! 🙂
Greetings from Los angeles!
I haven't actually got my hooks & yarn out yet to try, but would a hdc help at the inside points of the star to help with the effect of it wanting to be a pentagon?
You can certainly try it! I think a well placed picot might help too!
Really wonderful Im going to do it, great regards from Argentina thank you A lot!!!!