You might be sitting there thinking of ways to make your home more inviting, especially when someone comes around for some tea or coffee, where you might also be worried about the marking that is evident on your table.
You might have seen coasters in your local general store but found that they aren’t quite suited to your tastes and don’t match the aesthetic that you’re going for, or maybe you want more natural-looking pieces in your home.
What if you could make your own wood or hemp-looking coasters that can fit into your home easily and are made from natural and compostable materials?
In this article, we look at how you can make these trivets and how you can make minor tweaks to them to make coasters that are unique to you.
Read on to make your home more natural-looking and inviting warmth.
How To Make Crocheted Trivets?
Materials You’ll Need
- A reel of Jute rope and jute string for intricate work
- 4mm crochet hook or equivalent
While keeping both your rope and string on their reels, you want to tie a knot at the top of the rope with the string, and you can do a few ties at the top to make sure that it’s tight and secure.
Using your crochet hook, you want to take the string and pull it underneath the front of the rope, and while rolling, you’ll notice a loop, which you can then pull your string through.
This creates your foundation, and once everything is pushed to the edge, you can then begin your first stitch.
Under the bottom of the jute rope, and hook the string around, which can be a bit finicky, but you’ll get used to it after some practice.
Now you’ll have two loops where you want to pull your string through both of these loops.
Once you make this knot, you can carry on going for a few inches, all the while pulling your knots together to get everything looking snug and secure.
After doing this, you’ll notice the middle of your trivet begin to take form, and it will look braided, as the end of your stitch should line up with where you made your first stitch.
So here, you can take the loop from the top and attach this to the chain at the bottom or where you made the first stitch.
Then you can take the string from behind, pull it through the strings, and move everything to the top of the rope.
You should have an end that is latched on to the top of your stitch, and this is where you want to keep going, where you go along each chain, move the string from the back, wrap it around the rope, then move it through the two loops.
You want to keep doing this with the reel of rope that you have, all the while ensuring that it’s flat all the way around and that the sides don’t curl up, and if this happens to you, make sure everything in your stitching is tight.
You’ll want to repeat this step the whole way around until you get it to your desired size, and you can count the rows as a means of measuring out how big you want it to be.
Once you’ve reached the size that you want, you can cut the rope with your scissors, and you want to leave an inch or two on the end for when you need to tidy things up.
You should still have your string and hoop from where you made your last stitch, so you want to pull your string through the hoop to make sure everything is nice and tight.
Turn your trivet around and bring your string around, you want to use your hook and grab one of the outer chains and pull the string through it with your hook.
You can carry on this step, pulling the string through the chains as you work your way to the center, where you can do a knot at the end, where you can cut any loose string you have left over.
All you need to do now is cut the jute rope, and you can throw away any scrap bits or string you have left, and that’s it, you have a lovely trivet.
How To Make Them More Unique?
Remember that your trivet doesn’t only have to be for bowls or plates you’re serving up and can be made to go under flower vases, teapots, cups, tea plates, whatever you need it for.
You can use hemp yarn or string if you feel that you want more coverage over whatever placement you use, and this can protect your surfaces from stains or markings from factors such as heat.
You could try more intricate patterns where you have more interlocking parts, and you can find outlines and the right crochet hook from your local crafts or notions stores or centers.
The reason we recommend jute rope and string are because there is a lot of strength in these, and they can work under stress from a heavy bowl or vase, but if you find something that can work just as well, try it out as long as it all links nice and tightly.
If you don’t need the versatility of the jute string, you could use crochet yarn that has the same basket pattern, and you can download different patterns if you are looking to find something that doesn’t have the traditional design.
The only issue with yarn is that if you wanted a colored motif, you might have to do some of your own research on the ways that this material can be crocheted, as it can be a tricky process, just as any type of crocheting can be for a beginner skill type.
With these instructions, you have the means to make a trivet that can be used as a holder in any area of your home, whether this is your kitchen, bathroom, living room, or even outdoors, as a plant pot holder.
If you create a set of these, you can use them as coasters, and your area looks coordinated, and you can use this to build a theme from these placeholders, so it’s up to you where you want to use them, so go wild.
You can find jute rope and string from your local hardware store, and you might have to look under gardening to find it, and it might be worth using a reel for those other home projects you have.
We like how versatile these are and how simple they are to make, which you can do while listening to music for a therapeutic experience, and this can save you from having to go out of your way to buy a particular design of trivet that appeals to you best.
Thank you for reading.
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