Bottlecap crochet was a thing? How did I miss that?Posted: October 11, 2014
At the October Sage Farm show, one dealer had a big stack of these hot mats, in two sizes, shaped like bunches of grapes.
I thought they were made of crocheted puffs that were stuffed with fiberfill or something. And then I picked one up.
Turns out these hot mats are made with metal bottlecaps, of all things. You crochet a little circle, tuck in a bottle cap, gather the crochet circle tightly, and then sew the motifs together. Kind of like 3-D quilt yoyos, if you know what they are. Add the crocheted leaves and you’ve got a cute bunch of grapes to protect your table. Or just to look fab in your kitchen.
I never heard of this crafty recycling before!
Thirty seconds of googling turned up the 1953 original pattern. Hooray, it calls for a favorite old yarn: J.P. Coats’ Knit-Cro-Sheen. Now to find some in the right colors!
And a bunch of clean bottle caps, too.
The dealer also had a couple go-along pot holders in the same green and variegated-purple yarns.
These must have been leftover stock from a church or school bazaar. Are you old enough to remember those? Tables and tables of all sorts of handmade, useful little things, sold for a dollar or two each to raise money.
I wish I had one of each of all those handmade useful little things. Even the crocheted poodles that were supposed to cover the extra tissue roll in the bathroom. (You young ‘uns think I’m joking. Google it! Go make one!)
Wonder what else is out there for bottle cap crochet?