My great grandmother Betty was, above all, a seamstress. She made clothes of all shapes and sizes, but her favorite thing to sew were gowns. She made all kinds of fancy dresses for all different occasions, and even took a class in making wedding gowns.
So when I was deciding what part of her life I wanted to draw inspiration from for this trivet, I thought of her many flowing, ruffled handmade gowns. I wanted this trivet to resemble the detail and feminine flair that her gowns always had.
Enter, the wiggle stitch! You don’t need experience with this stitch to make this trivet, it is just a series of double crochets. Neat, huh?!
Basically you first create a trellis or mesh and then work stitches on the bars of the mesh back and forth. This makes the stitches stand up tall, giving a bit of lift to the trivet.
I wanted this trivet to have loads of texture so that when you set something hot on it, it would allow air to circulate and cool the bottom of your pot or pan – avoiding scorching your table!
-Cotton yarn, I used Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in white, lilac, mint, rose, and pink
-Size H 5mm crochet hook
Using any color (I used lilac), Ch 62
Row 1: Dc in the 7th st from hook, *Ch 2, skip 2, DC in next, repeat from * across, Ch 4, turn
Rows 2-18: *Dc, Ch 2, skip 2, repeat from * across, CH 4, turn
Row 19: *Dc, Ch 2, skip 2, repeat from * across, finish off, weave ends
Ruffles (wiggle stitch):
Find the center of your trellis: starting at the top left corner, count to the right 10 “bars” and down 10 “bars”
Round 1: Join white yarn to this center bar, Ch 3, 4 Dc on this bar.
Follow the graph below in a counter clockwise direction, beginning with the top black arrow. Only work one color or round of stitches at a time, working 5 Dc over each bar indicated.
(The light blue lines indicate the trellis below your stitches. Each different color in the graph represents a different round of stitches.)
Your first round, the center blue bars, should look like this: