I searched “kitchen crochet” on Pintrest to try to find a project that I could do that might use up some of the left over cotton yarn I had.  I found some trivets that were crocheted with bottle caps in them.  Well, I tried to follow the pattern on the page, but it just wasn’t working for me.  I decided to give it a try my way.  I think it came out pretty well.  Not perfect by any means, but then again nothing I really do comes out perfect.  Just usable. Here is the finished product.

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If you attempt this, I would recommend some color coordination on the yarn.  I think some alternating colors would make this look great (at least it did on Pintrest). Here is how I did it:

Start with a magic circle (6)

Round 1: 2sc in each stitch around (12)

Round 2: (1sc, 2sc) x6 (18)

Round 3: (1sc, 1sc, 2sc) x6 (24)

Round 4: (1sc, 1sc, sc2tog) x6 (18)

Round 5: (1sc, sc2tog) x6 (12) (add bottle cap into work at this time)

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Round 6: (sc2tog) x 6 (6) (make a long tail of yarn before cutting your work)

Finishing:  When you get to the end, you will probably have a hole big enough to stick your pinky in.  Using a yarn needle, take the long tail and sew in the stitches. Then, thread the yarn through the side of the circle (this will be used to sew the circles together).

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Arrange your circles into the pattern you like, then use the tails to sew them together.  I don’t have a quick or easy way of doing that.  I sewed the rows together first.  Then once they were sewn together, I sewed each row together using whatever tail was available.

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I also made a loop to attach to it so that it would hang, but I haven’t decided yet whether I am going to attach it or not. If you’d like to add the hanging loop, here is how that is made:

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Chain 7.  Slip stitch in the furthest stitch from the hook.  Do 12 sc inside the circle.  Make sure to leave a long tail at the beginning and the end.  You can use those to sew the hook into place.

You can make the trivet in any pattern you want.  I chose this one because it was simple. It took 19 bottle caps to make this one.  Luckily, my husband saves them because he is convinced that one day he will make a bottle cap table.  We’ll see how that works out.

Hope some of you will try this.  This is a great project to do a little at a time. You can make a circle or two after work or while watching television.  I plan on making at least one more when I have some more leftover yarn.

Happy Crocheting!