Crochet Pattern - Food Covers
17Jul

Crochet Pattern - Food Covers

or placemats...

I've been crocheting hats for the past week but I had time over the weekend to have a play with my yarn and hooks and the result was these sweet food covers.  They provided me with the instant crochet gratification I was after...

...These can be worked up in no time at all and are perfect for covering your bowls/jugs in the summer to keep the bugs out! I have a couple of large plastic food savers that we use sometimes but they take up so much room in our cupboards I refuse to buy more so I've often resorted to using tea towels to cover food but these are much prettier.

I added tassels to the larger one to help it hang over the bowl, I have seen vintage crochet food covers that have beads worked into the edging to help them hang so you could do that also. I think these would be great to take on picnics too as they can be easily folded away and tucked into your picnic bag and they just look so incredibly sweet! best of all they can be stored with your tea towels or napkins so you don't have to part with precious storage space. I also found they work well as place-mats, so you can prettify your table with them whilst you're eating and then pop them over the bowls when you're resting - dual functionality!

I've written out the pattern below if you'd like to try them.

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A pretty way to keep those bugs at bay or save your table cloth!

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I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Crochet Food Covers/Placemat Pattern

Pattern written in UK terms. 

Hook: 4mm (you can shop my favourite tools here)

Yarn: Rowan Handknit Cotton

Stitches:

Ch = Chain

SS = Slip Stitch

Tr = Treble crochet (US dc)

Dc = Double crochet (US sc)

Picot = Double crochet (dc), chain 3, Slip Stitch back into dc.

 When finished this should create a food cover/place-mat approx. 25cm in diameter (excluding tassels) If you are using these as food covers you will want them to be at LEAST 3cm bigger than the bowl you want to cover so they don’t slip into your food! I have left notes at the end of the pattern on how to make a bigger cover. If you want to create stripey ones, as I have done here, simply attach a new colour each round. The edging row is worked by double crocheting around and creating a picot every 6th stitch.

Pattern:

Foundation: Chain 6 and join with ss or create a magic circle.

 Rnd 1: Ch 3, 11 tr into circle, join with ss to top of ch 3. (12)

Rnd 2: Ch 3, 1 tr into same stitch, 2 tr into each stitch around, join with a ss into top of ch 3. (24)

Rnd 3: Ch 3, 1 tr into same stitch, 1 tr into next stitch, *2 tr into next, 1 tr into next* repeat from *to* around, join with a ss into top of ch 3. (36)

Rnd 4: Ch 3, 1 tr into same stitch, 1 tr into next 2 stitches, *2 tr into next stitch, 1 tr into next 2 stitches* repeat from * to * around, join with a ss into top of chain 3. (48)

Rnd 5: Ch 3, 1 tr into same stitch, 1 tr into next 3 stitches, *2 tr into next stitch, 1 tr into next 3 stitches* repeat from * to * around, join with a ss into top of chain 3. (60)

Rnd 6: Ch 3, 1 tr into same stitch, 1 tr into next 4 stitches, *2 tr into next stitch, 1 tr into next 4 stitches* repeat from * to * around, join with a ss into top of chain 3. (72)

Rnd 7: Ch 3, 1 tr into same stitch, 1 tr into next 5 stitches, *2 tr into next stitch, 1 tr into next 5 stitches* repeat from * to * around, join with a ss into top of chain 3. (84)

Rnd 8: Ch 3, 1 tr into same stitch, 1 tr into next 6 stitches, *2 tr into next stitch, 1 tr into next 6 stitches* repeat from * to * around, join with a ss into top of chain 3. (96)

Rnd 9: Ch 3, 1 tr into same stitch, 1 tr into next 7 stitches, *2tr into next stitch, 1 tr into next 7 stitches* repeat from * to * around, join with a ss into top of chain 3. (108)

Rnd 10: Ch 3, I tr into same stitch, 1 tr into next 8 stitches, *2 tr into next stitch, 1 tr into next 8 stitches* repeat from * to * around, join with a ss into top of chain 3. (120)

Edging Rnd: Ch 1, dc into same stitch, dc into next 4 stitches, (dc, ch 3, ss) into next stitch to create picot see description above, *dc into next 5 stitches, picot (dc, ch3, ss) into next stitch* Repeat from * to * around. You should end with a picot and then 1 dc into final stitch, ss into Ch 1 and finish off.

If you would like to add the tassels as I did you simply cut 3 lengths of yarn double the length you want your tassels to be. Push your hook up into the picot stitch from the underneath (in creating your picot with a ch3 you will have created a small loop) wrap all three pieces around your hook and pull them back through the picot, then pull the ends through the loop you've created. Do this for every picot. Then give them a trim with the scissors!

If you need to make your cover bigger just keep increasing as before (in 12s) so for example for Row 11 you would increase by working 2 tr into every 10th Stitch (2tr, 1 tr into next 9 stitches), Row 12 every 11th stitch (2 tr, 1 tr into next 10 stitches) and so on until you have your desired size.

Let me know if you have any problems and I'll do my best to help.

Bye for now. Em xx

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