From: The August 2017 issue of I Like Crochet
Skill level: Easy; Intermediate
Patchwork quilts and braided rugs, white ironstone pitchers and copper kettles. These household items are what come to mind when you think of farmhouse style in the 1800s. And the Americana Kitchen Set pays tribute to that aesthetic—and the creative and industrious women of the 19th century.
It’s ingenious, really, how the trivet and dishcloth patterns tell the story of farm women’s textile artistry. The trivet resembles a braided rug while the dishcloth is constructed like a log cabin quilt block. Women made—and still make—quilts and rugs out of scraps of fabric, and they are both useful and beautiful.
The Americana Kitchen Set also fits perfectly into a 21st century farmhouse kitchen. Both pieces are functional, but they would work just as well as part of a vintage kitchenware display. Make them in the classic colors shown here, or switch them up to coordinate with your own décor.
The “rug” is easy to make. It’s constructed of a crocheted tube which is then sewn together to form the trivet. The crocheted tube is worked in a continuous spiral. The intermediate-level dishcloth is worked in the same format as a Log Cabin quilt block. After each section is completed, rotate your work 90 degrees as if you were turning a piece of paper from portrait to landscape. Don’t worry if you’ve never done this before—we give you a downloadable schematic that shows you where to place each segment. A simple crochet edging “binds” the block.
Darleen Hopkins designed the Americana Kitchen Set for I Like Crochet. Darleen brings a unique approach to crochet that makes her patterns perennial favorites.
The Americana Kitchen Set pattern includes:
- Complete stitch instructions for two projects
- List of necessary materials
- Special stitch instructions
- Pattern notes
- Log Cabin design schematic
- Finishing instructions
This delightful set would make a thoughtful gift for your favorite quilter, braided rug maker, or anyone who appreciates vintage style. The trivet, especially, would be the perfect project for a young, beginning crocheter to make while they learn about the women of the past who worked tirelessly—and inventively—to make a house a home.
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