Linked double crochet stitches give this pattern a dense, but still flexible texture. It works well as either a trivet or a washcloth. With only 7 rounds, it works up really quickly too!
Reinventing the Wheel
- Worsted weight, cotton yarn
- 40 yds blue (A)
- 20 yds gold (B)
- Size H (5 mm) hook or size needed to match gauge.
- Yarn or tapestry needle
Intermediate – Repetitive pattern with only 2 stitches and few color changes, but the stitches may be unfamiliar.
About 8 inches diameter
13 dc x 7 rows = 4 inches. Exact gauge is not critical.
- ch = chain
- ldc = linked double crochet
- lsdt = linked spike double treble crochet
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- sp(s) = space(s)
- sl st = slip stitch
- sk = skip
- RS = right side
Remaining stitches: Insert hook into horizontal / diagonal bar at the middle of the last st, draw up a loop. Insert hook into indicated stitch, draw up a loop. (Yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook) twice.
Linked Spike Double Treble (lsdt): Insert hook into horizontal / diagonal bar from middle of last st, draw up a loop. Yarn over twice. Insert hook from bottom to top, into horizontal bar of indicated stitch (which will be 2 rows below), and draw up a loop. there should be 5 loops on your hook. (Yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook) 4 times. Do NOT skip the stitch behind the lsdt
With A, make a magic loop, leaving a fairly long starting tail (about 10 inches or so).
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 3 (counts as ldc, now and throughout), work 11 ldc inside magic loop, pull loop closed, join. (12 sts)
Note: Do NOT turn when starting a new round. Entire piece is worked on the right side.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, ldc in same st, 2 ldc in each remaining st, join. (24 sts)
Rnd 3: Ch 3, ldc in same st, (ldc in next st, 2 ldc in next st) 11 times, ldc in last st, join. (36 sts)
Rnd 4: Ch 3, ldc in same st, (ldc in next 2 sts, 2 ldc in next st) 11 times, ldc in last 2 sts, join, changing to B. (48 sts)
Note: You may find it helpful to mark the 3rd st of round 5 as you will be working into it later.
Rnd 5: With B, ch 3, ldc in same st, (ldc in next 3 sts, 2 ldc in next st) 11 times, ldc in last 3 sts, join, changing to A. (60 sts)
Rnd 6: With A, ch 3, ldc in same st, (ldc in next 4 sts, 2 ldc in next st) 11 times, ldc in last 4 sts, join, changing to B. (72 sts)
Rnd 7: With B, ch 3, ldc in next 2 sts, lsdt in 3rd st from rnd 5, (ldc in next 6 sts, sk next 4 sts on rnd 5, lsdt in next st on rnd 5) 11 times, ldc in last 3 sts, join. Fasten off. (84 sts)
Use the tails to sew closed any gaps at the start of the rounds, then weave them in. To make the join less noticeable, you can sew a horizontal bar across the middle of each starting chain.
I hope you enjoy the pattern. Thanks to Carrey Rey for testing it!
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