Mandala Style Trivet Cover!

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Update: Unfortunately the original pattern for the first 7 rounds is no longer available online. I did however get the designer’s approval to translate these rounds into Swedish in the Swedish version of this pattern. This post is in Swedish but there are lots of pictures so I think you could follow along even if you do not understand Swedish. I will include a link to the Swedish version in pattern text below.

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.

As the original blog post with pattern for the first 7 rounds is no longer available, please refer to this post in Swedish Bordstabletter Mandala Style 2.0 where I got the designer’s permission to translate the pattern. Text in Swedish but as there are lots of pictures to go along I think you could manage to figure out stitches. Here is a list of Swedish crochet abbreviations with correct stitch in English to help you:

V- Round

m- Stitch

lm- Chain

sm- Slipstitch

fm- Single crochet

st- Double crochet

lm-båge- Chain space

3st tills- 3 Double Crochets together

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!

16 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.


  3. love the pattern and would like to make more but can’take get access to Little Spring Mandala from K-town – you now need an invitation . Is there any way round this?


    • Hi Viv! Thank you for kind words! I have been trying to resolve the issue of this with no success, however I did get the original designer’s approval of translating the first 7 rounds to Swedish in my post for Mandala Place Mats. The post is in Swedish but there are loads of pictures so I think you should be able to follow along the first 7 rounds. I have now updated the Mandala Style Trivet Cover pattern with a link to the Swedish post and also a list of Swedish crochet abbreviations and their English translations to help you out. I hope this will be helpful as I cannot get in touch with original designer now to get her approval of posting the first 7 rounds in English. Please let me know if this works or if you need something else to be able to get through the design.


      • Hi
        Thanks for the help- sorry for the delay in replying. I’ve managed to print the Swedish version and I think I ‘ve successfully completed the pattern

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    • Hi Yasmin!
      I am sorry for late reply, I have been away on a trip. Unfortunately the original post for the first 7 pages is gone. I have no idea why the designer chose to do that, but I cannot do anything about it. As she did allow me to translate and post the first 7 rounds in the Swedish version of the pattern for the Mandala Style Placemats I have updated this pattern with a post to the Swedish version in the hope that the pictures in that post will guide you to the first 7 rounds even though it is in Swedish. This post also contains a list of Swedish crochet abbreviations and translation, which should help you in understanding these first 7 rounds. I am very sorry for this inconvenience, but I have no idea how to solve the problem otherwise.


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