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Fruity Trivets + Pot Holders, The Knitted Version!

A few months ago I made a crocheted version of these Trivets and Pot Holders...

Lots of crocheters picked up their hooks to make themselves a set or two, but it turns out that quite a few knitters felt a little left out. So, by popular demand and so everyone feels included, here is a knitted version of the same Fruity Trivets and Pot Holders. Just as thick and squishy, just as practical, just as cute, you can take your pick!

Like their crocheted cousins, the knitted versions are made out of the beautiful Blue Sky Worsted Cotton. Its sassy, vibrant colors are perfect reflections of August, whether you spend it at the beach, the back porch, or the park (like us!).

You find our original Crocheted Fruity Trivets + Pot Holders Project Journal 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

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 set of five US #10.5 double pointed needles (for the Trivets).
  • A 16 inch US #10.5 circular needle (for the Pot Holders).

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 set of five US #10.5 double pointed needles (for the Trivets).
  • A 16 inch US #10.5 circular needle (for the Pot Holders).

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 set of five US #10.5 double pointed needles (for the Trivets).
  • A 16 inch US #10.5 circular needle (for the Pot Holders).

Patterns

Gauge

3 stitches = 1 inch in garter stitch

Finished Sizes

9 inches in diameter

Trivet Pattern

Note

The yarn is used doubled throughout this pattern. 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, cast 8 stitches onto four double pointed needles (2 stitches on each needle). (There are two reasons you're casting onto four needles instead of the usual three. One, because this pattern increases in multiples of eight, it's easier to keep track of the pattern with four needles. And, two, as the Trivet grows, you'll need the four needles to fit all of the stitches.)

Join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.

Round 1: Knit into the front and back (kfb) of every stitch. (16 stitches)

Round 2: Purl.

Round 3: *Kfb, k1, repeat from * to end of round. (24 stitches)

Round 4: Purl.

Round 5: *Kfb, k2, repeat from * to end of round. (32 stitches)

Round 6: Purl.

Round 7: *Kfb, k3, repeat from * to end of round. (40 stitches)

Round 8: Purl.

Round 9: *Kfb, k4, repeat from * to end of round. (48 stitches)

Round 10: Purl.

Round 11: *Kfb, k5, repeat from * to end of round. (56 stitches)

Round 12: Purl.

Round 13: *Kfb, k6, repeat from * to end of round. (64 stitches)

Round 14: Purl.

Round 15: Knit.

Round 16: Purl.

Round 17: *Kfb, k7, repeat from * to end of round. (72 stitches)

Round 18: Purl.

Cut the yarn.

The Rind

Changing to the Contrast Color,

Round 1: Knit.

Round 2: Purl.

Round 3: *Kfb, k8, repeat from * to end of round. (80 stitches)

Bind off in purl stitch.

Cut the yarn and pull it through the last stitch. Weave in the ends.

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 beneath a purl bump. Leave a four inch tail in the back that you can later weave in.

2. Bring the needle to the back through the hole three rounds up and to the left of a purl bump.

3. Now bring the needle to the front through the right side of the same purl bump.

4. Next bring the needle to the back through the left side of the bump.

5. Bring the needle to the front through the original starting poimt.

6. Bring the needle to the back through the right side of the purl bump.

7. Bring the needle to the front through the original starting point.

8. Now bring the needle to the back through the middle of the purl bump at the top of the triangle.

9. Cut the yarn and tie the two ends in a knot at the back of the Trivet.

10. Sew the ends under the seed and trim them.

Here's a finished seed from the front:

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

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), cast 4 stitches onto the 16 inch circular needle. (You will knit the Pot Holders back and forth, turning the work at the end of each row.)

Row 1: Knit into the front and back (kfb) of every stitch. (8 stitches)

Row 2: Knit.

Row 3: K1, [kfb, k1] 3 times, kfb. (12 stitches)

Row 4: Knit.

Row 5: K1, [kfb, k2] 3 times, kfb, k1. (16 stitches)

Row 6: Knit.

Row 7: K2, [kfb, k3] 3 times, kfb, k1. (20 stitches)

Row 8: Knit.

Row 9: K2, [kfb, k4] 3 times, kfb, k2. (24 stitches)

Row 10: Knit.

Row 11: K3, [kfb, k5] 3 times, kfb, k2. (28 stitches)

Row 12: Knit.

Row 13: K3, [kfb, k6] 3 times, kfb, k3. (32 stitches)

Rows 14-16: Knit.

Row 17: K4, [kfb, k7] 3 times, kfb, k3. (36 stitches)

Row 18: Knit.

Cut the yarn.

The Rind

Changing to the Contrast Color,

Rows 1 and 2: Knit.

Row 3: K4, [kfb, k8] 3 times, kfb, k4. (40 stitches)

Bind off in knit stitch until 2 stitches remain. Knit the last stitch.

Without turning the work, slip to the 2 remaining stitches to the right end of the needle and knit a 3 1/2 inch I-Cord. (Directions for knitting an I-Cord are here.)

Bind off by slipping the first stitch over the second.

Cut the yarn and sew the I-Cord into a loop.

Weave in the ends. When you weave in the cast on tail, sew the center closed a little bit.

The Seeds

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

Block your Pot Holder and you're done!

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6 Responses to Fruity Trivets + Pot Holders, The Knitted Version!


  1. Pat says:

    I am considering making these as Xmas gifts and am wondering about the amount of yarn. If for example, I wanted to make the watermelon trivet and potholder to match, will the 3 skeins only make one set or a set and another potholder? In other words, how far will the 3 skeins go? I understand the yarn is doubled.

  2. purl bee says:

    Hi Pat-

    You'll be able to make a trivet and 2 pot holders OR 2 trivets OR 4 pot holders.

    Thanks for your comment!

  3. Rebeccamac says:

    I'm looking to make this as a cushion for a chair (make two and put some batting in the middle). I'd like to make it a bit bigger than 9″ though. Any suggestions on how to expand to 10 or 11″? Thanks. Beautiful design and the only one I found that would work as a roundish cushion.

  4. purl bee says:

    Hi Rebeccamac,

    I would continue in the pattern as it has been established, ie work three rounds between increase rounds and add one stitch between increases. If you find that the circle isn't lying flat, then you may need to add a couple more plain rounds between the increase rounds.

    It sounds like a great project! Good luck!
    Whitney

  5. faith says:

    can I knit the trivet in the round on 2 needles

  6. purl bee says:

    Hi Faith,

    You might get away with the two needles for the Pot Holder, but it'll be tight! And, unfortunately, you can't knit the circular trivet with two straight needles. (But you can learn how to use double pointed needles right here if you'd like: http://www.purlbee.com/double-pointed-needles-tutoria/2008/7/25/double-pointed-needles.html)

    Also, if you're more comfortable crocheting, we have a crocheted version of these trivets right here: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2010/6/2/whits-knits-fruity-trivets-and-pot-holders.html

    Thanks so much for your question and good luck!

    Whitney

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