Sock Yarn Braided Trivets
Martha Lazar was inspired by Early American braided rag rugs when she designed these colorful home accessories. She says, “Colonists repurposed their rags into these functional works of art. I kept thinking about how I could incorporate knitting and figured that I could substitute I-cord for the strips of cloth used in traditional rugs. The sheer amount of I-cord I would need to make always intimidated me, but I couldn’t stop thinking about this idea.”
It was the discovery of an I-cord machine that finally brought Martha’s vision to fruition. With an I-cord tool, you can produce yards of knitted cord in a short amount of time. By combining an I-cord machine and multicolored sock yarns, Martha worked up a delightful throw rug and potholders. You can find the pattern for the Sock Yarn Braided Trivets on page 90, and you can make a rug by just making a bigger potholder! Find a tutorial for making these fun braided items on page 84, plus more information about the Embellish Knit! I-cord machine.
Finished Size 7–8″ diameter.
Yarn Zitron Unisono Multi (100% extra fine merino infused with aloe vera and jojoba oil; 328 yd [300 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): Version 1 (gray): #1201, 1 ball. Version 2 (orange): #1203, 1 ball. Version 3 (blue): #1245 (A), 1 ball. Version 3 only: Zitron Unisono Solid (100% extra fine merino infused with aloe vera and jojoba oil; 328 yd [300 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #1185 teal (B) and #1190 marine (C), 1 ball each. Yarn distributed by Skacel.
Needles Size 4 (3.5 mm): Two double-pointed (dpn) or the Embellish Knit! (available at shop.knittingdaily.com)
Notions Tapestry needle; safety pin.
Gauge Gauge is not crucial for this project.