Mandala Style Trivet Cover!

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I don’t know if you use these cork trivets from IKEA? In Sweden you will find them in almost every household. IKEA has sold them for ages, they are handy and durable, and they have always been really cheap you can replace them when they get dirty.

Downside is they aren’t that stylish… Lately I’ve been seeing crochetet covers for these trivets on Pinterest and I decided to make one that matches my Mandala Style Placemats.

A trivet with a cover would make a very nice gift or christmas present and since the trivets are 3,99 $ for three (and probably just as cheap in all countries that have IKEA), this project doesn’t ruin you. So here is the pattern!

170622 UPDATE: I finally came around to updating the pattern for my Mandala Style Place Mats and get rid of the flaring problem. So if you want to make matching place mats for your trivet cover, click here to go to the pattern for Mandala Style Place Mats 2.0!


The first 7 rounds are from Little Spring Mandala from K-town, a free patttern wich you will need in order to make the trivet cover.

I made mine in Catania yarn, 100 % cotton, 50gr/1,75 oz, 125 m/ 137 yds.  You don’t need much yarn, so this is also a good stash buster project. You could use as few or many colours as you want, I used these:

A: Aqua 397

B: Charcoal 393

C: Silver 172

D: Grey 242

I have so far made 4 covers from 4 balls of yarn and there is still enough yarn to make at least 2 more (using different colours for the last rounds on the different covers).

Here is a link to the pattern on Ravelry. Don’t forget to favour and add it to your queue! 🙂

And also remember the handy Print and PDF button at the bottom of this page that gives you a printfriendly version of this post in a jiffy and even edit out anyting you think is unnecessary text before you print!

Mandala Style Trivet Cover

You need

1 cork trivet 7 inch/ 19 cm, like these from IKEA

Yarn similar to Catania yarn

Hook size 3,5 or E

Needle to weave in ends

Special stitches

Tutorial for standing single crochet

Tutorial for standing double crochet and standing 3dctog

Uppdate: Here is a tutorial for an easier version of standing double crochets.

3 double crochets together (3dctog):

Yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch (or chain space), yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull strough 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over,  pull through 2 loops on hook (3 loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook (4 loops on hook), yarn over, pull throuhg all loops on hook. Done!

If you click small pics they show bigger.

2 half double crochets together (2hdctog)

Yo, insert needle into indicated stitch, yo, pull through, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook (2 loops left on hook), yo, insert needle into next stitch, yo, pull through, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook.


For round  1-7 follow this pattern, Little Spring Mandala, with colour changes as indicated below.

R 1: Colour A (and leave a tail of yarn at least 5 inches/ 10 cm at the beginning.)

R 2: Colour B

R 3: Colour C

R 4: Colour B

R 5: Colour A

You can leave the yarntail on front of the crochet, in the end of the pattern I will show you a way to make the join of this round invisible.

R 6:a: Colour D

R 6:b: Colour C

Sorry for bad colour on 3 last pics and pic for row 7, they were taken in the evening and we are loosing light in Sweden 🙂 For clearer pics of on how to make row 6:a and 6.b, se round 12:a and 12:b.

R 7: Colour A

R 8: Colour B: Repeat round 5.

R 9: Colour C: * 3dctog, chain (ch) 2, skip 1 stitch (st). * Repeat * – * rest of round. Join with slip stitch (sl st) in first 3dctog. Fasten of yarn.

R 10: Colour D: Repeat round 7.

R 11: Colour C: Repeat round 5.

R 12:a: Colour A: Repeat round 6:a.

R 12:b: Colour C: Repeat round 6:b.

R 13: From this round forward there are no colour changes. I used colour D, but use colour of your choice, this part won’t really show in the finished project, it covers side and part of botttom.

(There is no tutorial for a standing half double crochet, but I think you can figure that one out for yourself after making standing double crochets)

2 half double crochets (hdc) in each chain space of the previous round. Make sure to  crochet around both round 12 a and 12 b. There should be one dc of each colour from round 12 a and b between every group of hdc.  Join with slip stitch to first hdc of round.


R 14:  Ch 2, 1 hdc in next stitch. 2hdctog rest of round until last stitch, 1 hdc in last stitch, join with slip stitch in top ch of rounds begining ch.

R 15: Ch 2, 1 hdc in next stitch,  2hdctog in next 2 stitches. X 1 hdc in each of next 2 stitches, 2hdctog in next 2 stitches X. Repeat X-X until last st, witch will end with a regular hdc. Join with slip stitch to top ch of beginning chain. Fasten off.

Now weave in all ends EXCEPT for the very first end of round 1. We want the mandala to be able to expand in the middle.

We now have to make the cover fit the trivet. This will be hard work  because we do not want the cover to be loose and floppy over the trivet, that won’t look nice.

So there will be som coaxing and pulling. This is why it is best to wait to weave the first end in, you want the cover to stretch a bit at first.

Soak the cover in water, wring it out and start coaxing it onto the trivet. Be patient, this will take some time.

Now, after all this hard work, take the cover off again.  (Yes, I am serious!) Pull center closed with beginning yarn end and weave the end in.

Once again, coax cover onto trivet.  Make sure it is centered nicely. Let dry. You are done!


7 thoughts on “Mandala Style Trivet Cover!

  1. Hi, I found this pattern and I fell in love! I am currently on the last row, but it doesn’t look like the picture. I don’t think I’m understanding your instructions, can you please elaborate the last row? I think i’m having problems with the 2 hdctog. Is that 2 half double crochet in 1 stitch/chain? Or is it the standing half double crochet? I’m not positive how you make a standing half double crochet. Any help would be appreciated!


  2. I’m on row 12a and it’s already bigger than the 7″ cork. I used E hook and yarn is 4 weight. Is this right? Does it shrink when wet?


    • Hi Sue!
      No, it will not shrink when wet, yarn that is wet will stretch. Different yarns, hooks and tension will affect size. So you could either just skip the rows that are bigger than the trivet and just do the kast 2 rounds to go around the trivet, or you have to frog and start over with a smaller hook size.


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