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Garter Stitch Trivet Pattern

With this Free, Knit Garter Stitch Trivet Pattern and a spool of rope, you could knit several handy trivets in a day!

Trivets are one of those things that everyone can use and make great gifts, especially for anyone who spends any time in the kitchen. If you like to make and give handmade gifts to your friends and family, add these trivets to your ‘to-make’ list.

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A $13.00 spool of cotton rope is enough for eight trivets, making this not only a useful gift but an economical one as well.

Two garter stitch trivets with a loaf of bread

Best Fibers for Making Trivets

Trivets are used to protect surfaces from hot pots and pans, so the most important factor in choosing a yarn for a trivet is heat resistance. The yarn should not melt or burn easily, and it should be thick enough to provide a barrier between the hot object and the surface. Here are a few options:

  • Cotton: This is probably the most common choice for knitting trivets. It is widely available, inexpensive, comes in many colors, and can handle high temperatures. However, it may not provide as much insulation as other fibers.
  • Wool: Wool is a natural insulator, so it can protect surfaces very well. It also does not melt, although it can burn if exposed to a direct flame. Note that wool requires special care when washing, and it may felt over time, especially if exposed to heat and moisture.
  • Heat-resistant synthetic fibers: Some synthetic fibers are designed to be heat-resistant, and these could be used for a trivet. However, many synthetic fibers will melt at high temperatures, so be sure to choose carefully.
Two spools of cotton rope.

The thickness of the yarn is also an important factor. A thicker yarn will provide more insulation, so consider using a bulky or super bulky yarn, or doubling up a thinner yarn. The stitch pattern can also affect the insulation, with denser stitches generally providing more protection.

GArter stitch trivet.

Material Needed for a 7.5″ Square Garter Stitch Trivet:

Loaf of bread on a garter stitch trivet.

Knit Garter Stitch Trivet Pattern

Gauge: 6.5 stitches and 6 rows = 4 inches

  • Cast on 12 stitches, loosely
  • *SL1K, K 10, P
  • Repeat from * for 20 rows (until the trivet measures 7.25” or is as tall as it is wide)
  • Bind off.
  • If you want to make a loop out of the yarn, before you pull the final rope through the last bind-off loop, keep the loop and pull the tail end around the base of the stitch twice, and then weave the ends in.
  • Weave ends in.

Tips for Success with this Garter Stitch Trivet Pattern

  • Knit loosely! Your hands will get a workout knitting the thick rope of these trivets and knitting loosely will make it easier.
  • Using a metal, plastic or other slick surfaced knitting needle will help the rope yarn slide more easily off of the needles.
  • The instructions tell you to slip the first stitch on every row and purl the last stitch on every row. By following these steps, your selvage edges will have a lovely braid effect.
selvage edge of garter stitch trivet.

There you have it, my friends! Have fun knitting your trivets and adding to your gift stash! Bookmark this page or pin the following image to refer back to this garter stitch trivet pattern in the future.

Garter Stitch Knit Trivets on counter with loaf of bread.
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  1. Before Christmas I threw out all my old trivets and made 6 of your knitted cotton trivets! I love them and my family was impressed with them at Christmas dinner. My daughter asked me to make a couple for her and she was very happy to receive them.
    I love receiving your weekly posts and making some of your patterns and recipes. I have never been disappointed with anything I’ve tried!
    This is the first time I’ve written to tell you how much I enjoy your posts…I have been remiss in not doing it sooner! Thank you for sharing everything!

    1. Oh Cathi,

      What a lovely note! Thank you so much.

      I’m beyond tickled that the garter stitch trivet pattern worked so well for you! And now, your daugther!

      I use mine regularly, I like it better than ones I have purchased.

      Thanks so much for writing in! 😘

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