My mom came to visit at Christmas and she brought along this crochet trivet that she made back in the 70s based on popular patterns at the time. This vintage crochet trivet pattern was all the rage then and I thought that with some updated yarn and colors, we could make it work for today’s modern kitchens too.
The key to this trivet is the rubber canning rings that you use as the base for your crochet. The rings add another layer of heat proofing to your trivet and are good to use because they are made to withstand the high heats from canning. You can order these online or find them wherever you buy canning supplies in your area.
There are so many options with cotton yarn these days that your color choices are pretty unlimited. Also, because of the rubber rings, you can store these easily in a drawer, or really show them off and have a small hook for them on your backsplash. The rubber rings help it lay flat against the wall.
So, let’s get started making these cute vintage crochet trivets!
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- sc – single crochet
- ch – chain
- sl st – slip stitch
- hdc – half double crochet
Vintage Crochet Trivet Pattern
Final measurement is approximately 11 inches in diameter.
There are three steps to this pattern and it works up really quickly.
Step 1 – Single Crochet Around the Ring
Cut tab off of 9 rubber canning rings.
Crochet sc around each ring and sl st to join. You want the ring to be covered, so work as many sc as you can fit around.
Be sure to hold the yarn really tight and as you work a few sc, move the stitches tight against the previous stitches so that you cover the entire ring.
Finish and weave in ends.
Step 2 – Crochet Inner Ring and Join
Lay 9 rings in a circle with the right side of the ring resting on top of the ring to the right.
Crochet a chain that will go around the inner circle and weave the rings together. My chain was 80 ch. Lay it over the inner ring to measure. You will want to go over by about an inch to allow for the weaving in and out.
Work 1 hdc into each ch in the first row. Turn, ch 1. and work 1 hdc into each st across.
Leave your hook in the last stitch.
Weave your inner ring through the bigger rings and then join at the end with three sl sts.
Finish and weave in ends.
Step 3 – Crochet Border
The last step is to crochet a border around the outside. The key here is to crochet through two stitches where the rings overlap to keep them all together.
Begin where two rings overlap and draw a loop through the two stitches on top of each other. Work one hdc in each stitch around and sl st to join.
Tips and Other Ideas
- Use all the colors! This is a great project to make with lots of colors. You can go solid and variegated like I did, or mix it up!
- Create these to match a new kitchen and give as a gift. You can use matching yarn to make some dishcloths too.
- You can also use this as decor and not just for hot pots and pans!