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

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.

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

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

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

Round 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)

Round 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)

Round 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)

Round 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)

Round 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)

Round 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)

Round 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)

Round 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 Round: 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

Posted in Crochet and Crafts, Crochet Patterns

Comments (9)

  • knitnrun

    knitnrun

    18 July 2012 at 19:48 |
    These are on my to do list! Thanks so much. I love the colours that you have used - perfect for a lovely summer day (if we any get any?)
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      18 July 2012 at 20:33 |
      Thank you. My fingers are firmly crossed for some sun xx
  • Ana

    Ana

    19 July 2012 at 08:22 |
    These are so fun to make, aren't they!? :)) I just love to make round crochet... don't know why! Your photos are just beautiful! :) I'll try to send you some sun...I'm still adjusting after 3 days of temperatures rounding 35 Cº...buh! ;)
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      19 July 2012 at 11:58 |
      Oh please do, I miss the sun! xx
  • eskimo*rose

    eskimo*rose

    19 July 2012 at 17:01 |
    These are soooo pretty, much nicer than the broken polyester umbrella things we have!! I'm having a mini crochet placemat/pot holder obsession this week - you know when you notice something once and then suddenly you keep seeing it everywhere ... well that's me and crochet pot holders at the mo!! Another thing on my must make list that is now longer than my arm ...
    xxx
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      19 July 2012 at 22:10 |
      Oh I know exactly what you mean and pot holders are so cute (and quick to make) you've made me want to make some now! (I'm working on doilies/placemats as we speak!) Em xx
  • rachall

    rachall

    24 October 2013 at 15:16 |
    Stunning pattern, How much yarn does it take about?
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      27 October 2013 at 20:08 |
      Hello - I confess I did not take note of how much cotton I used for these, but I've made similar projects since with less than 50g. Em xx
  • Debbie M

    Debbie M

    28 June 2016 at 23:44 |
    I've never seen or heard of these. We use saran wrap or press n seal. These are cute and will make nice coasters or placemat. Thank you for the pattern.

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