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Red, White and Blue Trivet

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Patriotic Placemat
Striped Trivet

This striped trivet can also work as a small placemat or a hot pad.

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Red, white and blue are classic colors to decorate with for holidays like the Fourth of July and Memorial Day, but they're really great all summer long to bring a pop of color to the party.

This fun trivet/placemat/hot pad is worked circularly from the outside in. Stitches are decreased on every other round to make it flat. Work the stripes to any width you want, and cinch up the remaining stitches in the center at the end.

Work it in any three colors you like, in a fun multicolored yarn or even in a solid color if you prefer. Either way you'll be protecting your table in style.

Materials:

  • about 100 yards total of medium weight cotton yarn; I used 50 yards of red, 45 yards of white and 5 yards of blue (see below for more on yarn choices)
  • one set of size 7 US (4.5 mm) circular needles with a 16-inch cable
  • one set of size 7 US (4.5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles
  • 8 stitch markers
  • scissors and yarn needle

Gauge:

Gauge is not that critical as long as the fabric is somewhat firm, but I got 16 stitches and 24 rounds per 4 inches (4 stitches and 6 rounds per inch) in Stockinette Stitch in the round.

Size:

Finished trivet is about 13 inches across.

Knitting the Trivet:

  1. Cast on 152 stitches in red. Join in round, being careful not to twist.
  2. Knit two rounds.
  3. *Knit 17, knit 2 together, place a stitch marker. Repeat from * around.
  4. Knit.
  5. Repeat these two rounds, working a knit 2 together in the 2 stitches before each stitch marker every other round. You're decreasing 8 stitches each decrease round.
  6. After 3 inches or when desired, switch from red to white. I always changed colors on one of the straight knitting rounds.
  7. After 2 more inches or when desired, change to blue.
  8. Continue to work as established until 4 stitches remain.
  9. Cut yarn, thread onto yarn needle and slip remaining stitches onto yarn. Pull tight and weave in ends.

About the Yarn:

As I mentioned above I used medium-weight cotton for this project. Because it is meant to hold hot things, it's best to work with cotton or wool rather than acrylic, which may melt when you put something hot on top.

My red and white yarns are Bernat Handicrafter in Country Red and White, respectively. Bernat does not make a blue cotton the color I wanted for this project, so the blue is Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton in blueberry.

Lion Brand does make red, white and blue in Kitchen Cotton; one skein of each will be plenty for this project if you're only making one. I used the Bernat because I could get it locally and had to order the Lion Brand, but you may be able to find it or another suitable yarn in your area.

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