This crocheted trivet is shaped like a snowflake. It's a super-easy mixed media craft project incorporating fiber, upcycled metal bottle caps, crochet and sewing. You can use this project during the Christmas season and all winter long.
Crochet Skill Level: Beginner
Sewing Skill Level: Easy
Yarn: To crochet my sample snowflake trivet, I used Nature's Choice Organic Cotton by Lion Brand Yarn. Feel free to make substitutions.
Do not use acrylic, polyester or synthetic fibers to crochet this project; synthetics could melt if anything hot comes into contact with them. I suggest using cotton yarn, although wool could also work. If you are a total beginner to crochet, you may wish to substitute a worsted weight wool yarn or kitchen cotton yarn, either of which would be a bit easier to work with than the yarn I used to crochet my sample trivet.
Size J / 10 – 6.00 mm crochet hook, or size needed to make your crocheted circles turn out the correct size. If your circles end up too small, choose a larger crochet hook; if your circles end up too big, choose a smaller crochet hook.Other:
- 13 metal bottle caps; Do Not use plastic bottle caps for this project!
- Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends
My finished snowflake trivet measures approximately 8 inches in diameter. Each crocheted circle measures approximately 1 5/8 inches in diameter.
You'll want to crochet 26 circles, two for covering each bottle cap. Below, I've shared the exact circle pattern I used, but you could use other circle patterns interchangeably if there's another one you'd prefer to use. If you use crochet thread, or a finer yarn, for crocheting your circles, you will probably need to select a different pattern. I suggest Erica Jackofsky's crocheting in the round tutorial for instructions you can use to crochet circles in any size you might happen to need.
Crochet Circle Instructions:
Crochet 3 chain stitches, then work 10 double crochet stitches in the third chain stitch from your crochet hook. End off; when ending off, for every two circles you crochet, leave an extra-long tail of yarn measuring at least 14-16 inches. For the other circles, you can leave a shorter tail of yarn measuring around 6 inches. Weave in the shorter ends but not the long tails.
Thread your tapestry needle using one of the long tails of yarn attached to one of your crocheted circles. Sandwich a bottle cap in between that circle and one of your other circles. Sew the circles together; I used whip stitch to do this, although there are other stitches that could also work well. Do not cut off the remaining end.
Cover all 13 of your bottle caps in the same way.
Arrange the bottle caps in a snowflake configuration as follows:
Place one bottle cap in the center; then place six bottle caps in a circle surrounding the center bottle cap; then there will be one additional bottle cap extending out from each of those six, creating the "arms" of the snowflake.
Refer to the photo if you need a visual reference for how the bottle caps are arranged.
Use the remaining lengths of yarn to stitch each of the bottle caps to its nearest neighbor. To do this, I started in the center of the snowflake and worked my way outward.
Photo Tutorial and Step-by-Step Instructions
I've posted a step-by-step tutorial for crocheting this project. If you already know your basic crochet stitches and you want to save ink, you can print out this page only, and you'll have everything you need. If you'd like to see more details and close up / work-in-progress photos, be sure to check out the other pages in this tutorial for more info. The step-by-step photo tutorial starts on page 2.
If this project has a downside, it's gotta be the uncertainty of how to clean this thing. At the time I am writing these instructions, my project is brand new and I haven't yet had to clean it. I'll tell you how I plan to clean mine. I can't promise that it will work, so use these instructions at your own risk.
I plan to spot-clean until it's absolutely impossible to avoid cleaning the whole piece, at which point I plan to hand wash it and lay it out in the sun to dry.
I think it is possible that, given enough use and wear, the bottle caps may rust in time; it's also possible that aggressive repeated washing could hasten that process. Therefore, I'd recommend this project be used and cleaned sparingly, perhaps on special occasions. It's probably not a great gift idea for total slobs or people with multiple small children.