Difficulty: Intermediate ✦✦✦✧✧
This is a little diversion from my normal amigurumi projects. I have been inspired by flat appliques and square motifs lately.
Since today is St. Patty's Day, I wrote a free crochet pattern to make a Celtic Knot trivet or "granny square". If you plan to use it as a trivet, I recommend making it out of cotton yarn (something that won't melt!).
I made this with 4-ply cotton yarn and a size E (3.5mm) hook. It measures 7 inches unblocked.
Corner Motifs:(shown in copper and orange)
Row 1: Chain 68.
Row 2: Starting in the third chain from the hook, dc 10, 3 dc in next st, dc 10, [2 dc in next st] repeat 7 times, dc 10, 3 dc in next st, dc 3, [2 dc, ch 1, tc, ch 1, 2 dc] in next st, dc 3, 3 dc in next st, dc 2, [2dc in next st] repeat 7 times, dc 10.
Chain 2, slip stitch into the first chain. Tie off. Leave a 3 inch long string for sewing.
You have finished your first Corner Motif.
When you have made 4 Corner Motifs, weave them together.
Use the diagram on the right to weave the center large loop of each corner motif together, over and under the other corners, to create the tight weave in the center.
Outer Ring Motif: (shown in blue)
Row 1: Chain 182.
Row 2: [Dc 5, dc2tog, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 2, 3 dc in next st, dc 3, [2 dc, ch 1, tc, ch 1, 2 dc] in next st, dc 3, 3 dc in next st, dc 2, [2dc in next st] x7, dc 10] repeat 4 times.
Tie off. Leave a 3 inch long string for sewing.
Starting with a loop in the center of the Ring Motif, weave the ring motif through and around the Corner Motifs.
Then sew the Ring Motif closed with a yarn or embroidery needle, edge to edge. Sew Corner Motifs closed by sewing the edge of the long straight end of the motif to the first three chains of the loop end of the same corner motif.
Border: (shown in slate blue)
Row 1: [3 sc in dc edge, 8 sc along first corner motif, 8 sc along first loop of ring motif, 6 sc along second loop of ring motif, 10 sc along second corner motif, 1 sc in corner] repeat on each edge. Slip stitch on the first sc of the border. Tie off and weave ends in.
You could continue with a second row of sc or dc for a thicker border. I think it looks elegant with a thin border edge. The square really improves with blocking!