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Getting tired of crocheting plain ol' yarn? Ever try crocheting paracord?! Also known to provide phenomenal parachute- grade safety, this magical chord has made its second coming on many a wrist as a crafty and colorful bracelet. But let's raise the bar of this multifaceted woven-nylon thread. Let's make trivets! (the protective layer between a hot dish and a table's surface)



Let's get started!
 
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Step 1: Can it handle the heat? or should it to get out of the kitchen?

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Paracord is made of 100% nylon, which made me concerned for how well it would actually be able to handle hot pans and dishes.

It turns out it can handle heat pretty well! I heated a skillet for 15 minutes on 450' in the oven and placed it directly on my trivet. In no way was my trivet damaged!


Kuddos paracord! Another way in which you're amazing!

Step 2: Gathering Supplies

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For standard paracord thickness, I used a 11.50mm P crochet hook. Huge, but awesome!

The final dimensions of my trivets was about 8.5 x 8.5 inches. So I used about 38 yards, or as per their regular packaging gauge, seven 16 feet rolls.


Step 3: Loop de loop!

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Before you begin crocheting, make sure your starting tail is at least 8-10 inches long! This is important if you want to have a small loop for hanging your trivet, which you can weave seamlessly into the body of your trivet.

Step 4: Start crocheting!

Gray & black Trivet
For my starting chain, I chained 16. Then continued on with a Double Crochet stitch for the remainder of the trivet.

I changed up colors for added fun!

Pink Trivet
For my starting chain, I chained 16. Then continued on with a Woven Stitch for the remainder of the trivet. Because this is a tighter weave, you may need a few extra yards of chord.


Step 5: Et Voila!

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Enjoy your new, un-expected, table textile!
Kyleluvspets2 months ago
Could this have a second use like a protective Kevlar type padding??
Such pretty pink! And I love the gray-tone, black one! Wonderful use of paracord :)