01 of 09
Free Snowflake Crochet Trivet Pattern, Instructions and Tutorial
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.
- 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.
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.
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.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
02 of 09
Begin Crocheting a Circle Shape for a Bottle Cap Cover
This trivet is nothing more than a bunch of metal bottle caps sandwiched in between crocheted circle shapes; the covered bottle caps are then artistically arranged to form a snowflake shape, and stitched together. Easy!
Here's how to crochet one of the circles to use for covering the bottle caps:
Upper Left Photo: The first thing you want to do is crochet 3 chain stitches. If you do not already know how to do this, you can visit my chain stitch tutorial or our chain stitch video for complete... instructions.
Upper Right Photo: The next thing you want to do is double crochet in the third chain from your crochet hook. If you're not sure what that means, or which stitch to work into, I've marked it with an arrow in this photo.
Lower Photos: Both of these photos show you a double crochet stitch in progress. If you're not already familiar with the double crochet stitch, these pictures will show you how to do it for this particular project, but you may also wish to view my double crochet tutorial and our double crochet video as well.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
03 of 09
Double Crochet Stitch in Progress | Snowflake Bottle Cap Trivet Instructions
These pictures all show a double crochet stitch in progress.
Not pictured: The photos omit the last step in the double crochet stitch; after you've grabbed the yarn as shown in the lower right photo, pull it through both loops on your hook to complete the stitch.
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04 of 09
Finish Crocheting the Circle Shape for the Bottle Cap Cover
Upper Left Photo: This is how the first double crochet stitch looks when it is complete. Next, you'll work 9 more double crochet stitches into the same chain stitch for a total of 10.
Upper Right Photo: Here's how it looks when all 10 of the double crochet stitches are complete.
Lower Left Photo: The next step is to close the circle. You will do this by working a slip stitch into the beginning part of the round, as follows: Insert your hook, then grab the yarn with your hook;
Lower Right Photo: pull... the yarn through. Be sure to pull it through both the circle shape and the active loop on your hook at the same time. It will look something like this when you are finished.
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05 of 09
How to End Off | Free Crochet Pattern for a Snowflake Bottle Cap Trivet
These photos show the technique I used for ending off in this pattern. I like to end off in the back of the work; I think it looks a little neater that way. You don't have to do it this way; you can also end off in the front of the work. I will show you the method I used, but feel free to do it either way.
First, I removed the crochet hook from my work, being careful not to unravel any of my crochet stitches.
Then I turned the work over so I was looking at the back of the work. Then I inserted my... crochet hook into the piece and pulled the active loop through to the back.
Then I left a long tail of yarn, about 14 inches long. This length is used for stitching the circles together, and after that,
it is also used for sewing the covered bottle caps together.
14 inches was enough yarn for these tasks, but barely. In hindsight, I wish I had left a little more -- 16 inches would have been better, and if you want to leave even more than that you can do so. Cut the yarn.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
06 of 09
Ending Off Continued
Next, draw the entire long length of yarn through the crochet hook and pull it through. Give it a good tug to make sure it is secure. The first circle shape is now complete. You can weave in the shorter end of yarn so it does not get in your way when you stitch the pieces together to create your trivet. Obviously, do not weave in the longer end, as you will be using it for stitching.
If you have no idea how to weave in your ends, you can read our tutorial or watch our video.
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07 of 09
Finished Crochet Circles
For every bottle cap, you'll make two of these circle shapes. There will be one minor difference in the circles: you only need to leave an extra-long length of yarn on one of them. On the other one, the yarn tail at the end can be shorter, measuring around 6 inches so that you can weave it in comfortably.
This photo shows my bottle cap and my two circle shapes. As you can see from the photo, I have a tapestry needle threaded with the long length of yarn that's attached to one of my circles.
For... those who don't know, a tapestry needle is a needle with a large eye; this particular tapestry needle has a large enough eye that I can thread yarn through it.
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08 of 09
Covering the Bottle Cap
These photos show the process of covering the bottle cap using the two crocheted circle shapes. I used whip stitch to sew the circles together, with the bottle cap sandwiched in between. If you have no idea how to whip stitch, this whip stitch tutorial will show you the basics.
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09 of 09
Photo of the Covered Bottle Cap
Here's how the bottle cap looks with its cover on. Notice that there's still a length of yarn left over; this length will be used to stitch the piece to the others you'll be using to create the snowflake-shaped trivet.