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Wednesday
Jun022010

Whit's Knits: Fruity Trivets and Pot Holders

Late last summer we had dinner with our friend Mrs. Halby on her porch. She paraded many delicious plates of food out to us, among them, a hot baking dish of roasted fingerling potatoes. Of course, I was interested in the potatoes, but I was even more captivated by the adorable pot holder Mrs. Halby had used to transport them. It was a crocheted slice of watermelon that it turns out had been a gift from Mexico. I vowed to make my own version, and finally here it is, just in time for this summer's outdoor dinners.

To make sure these trivets and pot holders actually protect tables and hands, I doubled Blue Sky Alpaca's Worsted Cotton. It comes in so many fun fruity colors that I couldn't stop with just a watermelon and so also made a set of oranges and limes. But why stop there? Now I'm thinking about apples (colors: Ladybug, Bone and Toffee), kiwis (Lemongrass, Stone and Graphite), and grapefruits (Lotus, Cumin and Bone). I'll always have a great gift on hand for housewarmings, birthdays, and thank you's. -Whitney

Updates!

This pattern is available as a knitting pattern, too! You can find it right here.

And here's another idea: try either the crochet or knitting pattern with Purl Soho's Super Soft Merino. We did! Check out our Super Soft Merino Fruity Trivets and Potholders and pick up all the yarn you'll need to make your favorite fruit with our Yarn for Fruity Trivets and Potholders kit!

The Materials

NOTES: To make all three sets of Trivets and Pot Holders, you only need one skein of each color. You will also have enough yarn to make an orange, lime and watermelon Trivet and 2 Pot Holders (or 2 Trivets or 4 Pot Holders).

Orange

  • 3 skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca's Worsted Cotton, 100% Cotton. These colors are, from the left, Poppy (#601), Dandelion (#638) and Bone (#80). This last color is part of Blue Sky's organic collection and is located here on our web site.
  • A size K crochet hook.

Lime

  • 3 skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca's Worsted Cotton, 100% Cotton. These colors are, from the left, Pickle (#633), Lemongrass (#607) and Bone (#80). This last color is part of Blue SKy's Organic collection and is located here on our web site.
  • A size K crochet hook.

Watermelon

  • 3 skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca's Worsted Cotton, 100% Cotton. These colors are, from the left, Pickle (#633), Lotus (#617) and Toffee (#623). 
  • A size K crochet hook.

Patterns

Gauge

2 3/4 single crochets = 1 inch

Finished Sizes

9 inches in diameter

Trivet Pattern

Note

The yarn is used doubled throughout this pattern, which is a lot easier than it may sound. Because this yarn tends to cling to itself, I didn't experience any problems with splitting.

To double the yarn you can either pull from both the center and the outside of the ball, or you can wind the skein into two even balls and pull from each of those.

The Center

With the Main Color, chain 6 and slip stitch into the first chain to form a ring.

Round 1: Make 12 single crochets (sc) into the ring.

Note: Mark the first stitch of the next round with a removable marker. Reposition the marker at the beginning of each round to mark the new first stitch.

Round 2: *1 sc into next stitch, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of round. (18 stitches)

Round 3: *1 sc into next 2 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of round. (24 stitches)

Round 4: *1 sc into next 3 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of round. (30 stitches)

Continue to work in this pattern, each round adding one stitch between the increases until there are 9 stitches between the increases. Do not make the last single crochet of the last round . (65 stitches)

Change Colors

Still using the Main Color, do the first half of the final single crochet of the round.

Now using the Contrast Color, finish the single crochet by pulling the new yarn through the two loops on the hook. Cut the Main Color yarn.

The Rind

Using the Contrast Color, continue to crochet the circle in the same pattern:

Next Round: *1 sc into next 10 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of round. (70 stitches)

Next Round: *1 sc into next 11 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of round. (77 stitches)

Final Round: Slip stitch into each single crochet.

Cut the yarn and pull it though the final stitch.

The Seeds

Fold a 72 inch piece of the Accent Color in half, and thread it onto a tapestry needle.

1. Bring the needle up from the back to the front, coming out of one of the natural holes in the work. Leave a six inch tail in the back that you can later weave in.

2. Bring the needle to the back through a hole two rounds up and slightly to the left of the starting point.

3. Now bring the needle to the front through the hole directly to the right of the last entry point.

4. Next bring the needle to the back through the original starting hole.

5. Bring the needle to the front at the top left of the "V".

6. Bring the needle to the back through the top right of the "V".

7. Again, bring the needle to the front through the original starting point.

8. Now bring the needle to the back through the stitch at the center top of the triangle.

9. Complete the seed by bringing the needle to the front, again, through the original starting point.

This last step is so that the back of the Trivet looks as nice as the front. Here is the finished seed on the back side...

Sew the needle through the stitches to the next place you want to start a seed. Make sure that the Accent Color doesn't pop through anywhere!

Repeat these steps until you have sewn/sown as many seeds as you like.

Weave in the ends, block your Trivet and move on to the Pot Holder!

Pot Holder Pattern

The Center

With the Main Color doubled (see the Note at the beginning of the Trivet Pattern), chain 2.

Row 1: Make 3 single crochets (sc) into the first chain.

Chain 1 and turn the work. (It doesn't matter if you turn the work toward or away from you as long as you are consistent throughout the project.)

Row 2: Make 2 sc into each stitch. (6 stitches)

Chain 1 and turn the work.

Row 3: *1 sc into next stitch, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of row. (9 stitches)

Chain 1 and turn.

Row 4: *1 sc into next 2 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of row. (12 stitches)

Chain 1 and turn.

Row 5: *1 sc into next 3 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of row. (15 stitches)

Chain 1 and turn.

Row 6: *1 sc into next 4 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of row. (18 stitches)

Continue to work in this pattern, each row adding one stitch between the increases until there are 9 stitches between the increases. Do not make the Chain 1 of the final row. (33 stitches)

Change Colors

Cut the Main Color yarn and use the Contrast Color to make the Chain 1 of the last row.

Turn the work.

The Rind

Using the Contrast Color, continue to crochet the semi-circle in the same pattern:

Next Row: *1 sc into next 10 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of row. (36 stitches)

Chain 1 and turn.

Next Row: *1 sc into next 11 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of row. (39 stitches)

Chain 1 and turn.

Final Row: Slip stitch into each single crochet.

At the end of the row, chain about 6-8.

Insert the hook back into the starting point of the chain and slip stitch.

Cut the yarn and pull it through the last loop.

The Seeds

Use the Accent Color to make the seeds, as explained above in the "Seed" section of the Trivet Pattern.

Weave in the ends, block your Pot Holder, and you have a set!

Reader Comments (20)

So adorable, I never crocheted before, but this project makes me want to learn badly. The greatest little gift to bring to summer get togethers!
Great projects.
June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
Wonderful close up shots! They were very helpful. Please include such great, detailed photos for other projects, makes a big difference for us beginners! Thanks for a great blog!
June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary
This project makes me want to learn to crochet RIGHT THIS VERY MOMENT! You couldn't possibly have a translation into a knitting pattern . . . please?!?!?!!?!?!?!! xoxoxo

if not, maybe I'll need to learn to crochet---eek! *^V^*
June 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermissyjoon
So adorable!

PLEEEEEZZZZZ a knitted version ???
June 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Taylor
Your photos are spectacular! What a help! This is a super project and so cute. Thanks for the great explanation too. I love the Purl Bee...I only wish I lived closer so I could visit the shop. I'm in Minn. =8-)
June 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary
I love these. Perfect beginner crochet project, and summery to boot!
June 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbecky
This is sooo cute! Perfect for those who are just beginning. But also great for me :)
June 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrenske
Thanks, these are great. I love that you thought to double the yarn also! I liked them so much I added them to my Friday Finds on my blog. I hope you don't mind.
June 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Your instructions for this pattern are so clear and detailed! I love it! I will be using this pattern with my 9 year old daughter!
July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
Did anyone come up with a knitted version yet??? :)
July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
Hi Jennifer,
We're working on it. It won't be exactly the same of course since it's not crocheted, but it will be similar. Stay tuned!
July 15, 2010 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'd also like the knitting pattern! I want to make these right now!! I was thinking of maybe making smaller ones to use for coasters, but would the water from a drink damage the yarn? I'm very new to knitting, but I am getting addicted!
July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
I just have to say thanks for sharing this incredibly helpful, easy tutorial. As a beginning crocheter I was intimidated by using a double thickness of yarn, but you were right - it was no big deal! I had fun making the watermelons and now I'm on to try the citrus fruits, too!
August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Berry
As a long-time southern crocheter - For the half slice, we always crochet the entire center of the melon, stitched in the seeds, then folded it in half before crocheting the edging which joins it all up. It makes it nicely thick while still being a simple pattern. Heck, because we hate burning our fingers, most of the time our melon itself is also crochet in two pieces, and joined by the edging. It means you can safely use it as a trivet too.

Have you seen the variation based on granny squares that turns into a butterfly? Or the old-fashioned bloomers? Those are adorable as well.
October 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbitingback
These are brilliant, I love them! I'm new to crochet but I'm quite ambitious so I'm going to have a go!
November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendy
I just located your pattern for your rendition of the fruit slices and it is very cute but hoped I could just get the instructions for the crocheting and not the photos. I saw that my printer was for 32 pages in all and since I am a seasoned crocheter I really did not need the photos. It would be nice to have that option in some cases. Sincerely
December 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMargarita Villarreal
Hi Margarita-

We realize that printing from our site is a little tricky and it's something we plan to address soon. In the meantime we suggest that you copy and paste just the text (and any photos you might want) into a text or Word doc and then print from there.

Thank you for writing in!
Molly
December 27, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am kind of a beginner. These were great for a small project and turned out great!
March 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristy
So simple and cute! I featured them this morning on Moogly: http://www.mooglyblog.com/free-watermelon-crochet-patterns/
Thank you for sharing your patterns!
July 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTamara - Moogly
very very cute. i had a pattern from michaels for crocheted fruit potholders (summer fruit) and now i cannot find the pattern. but these are way better! and perfect gifts. i can see myself making these as gifts for several people. thanks!
July 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercindy k

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