We’ve all heard the saying “When life gives you lemons – make lemonade!” It’s a great saying and I love lemonade. So I like to take that bit of wisdom and apply it at every opportunity I can. When life gave me a second hand patio table in pretty good but not perfect condition – I made a table cover!
I will never be described as a fancy person. I have absolutely no interest in “keeping up with the Joneses”. I am more than satisfied with waiting patiently until the Jones’es put perfectly good patio furniture out on their front yard for free when they upgrade their outdoor living space.
This was the case about two weeks ago when my mother-in-law saw a patio table near her house and gave me a call to see if I wanted her to check it out. Of course I did!! So her and my father-in-law picked it up and brought it over.
I cleaned it up a bit. It was in great shape but there were a few spots that made it less than perfect. It was totally good enough for me but then I started thinking….. hmmm what can I do to spruce this table up. At first I was thinking of a nice little touch up with some spray paint. That would require buying spray paint, plus tape and I’m not even going to mention my inability to spray paint anything without also coating myself and everything in the vicinity.
Then I instantly thought of my hook – I’ll crochet a table cover of course!! If you follow me on Instagram you’ve already seen sneak peeks of it.
And as luck would have it, I had some nylon crochet thread in my stash that I was going to use to make a little rug/cover for the base of my umbrella stand. As you can see from the picture below we put some weights on it to keep it from blowing over and they were looking pretty gross, rusty and shabby.
So I put that idea on hold and started work right away on the table cover. Just like with my Crochet Boho Maxi Skirt, I didn’t have any specific pattern in mind. I knew I wanted a hole in the middle and that was about it. I’ve made plenty of granny’s that weren’t square. I’ve made a few doilies. I made my skirt! So I applied all of those crochet skills that I know and went to work.
I used the standard granny method to make the six corners then I just went with my favorite stitches for each section. I used V stitches, shells/fans, double stitches, mesh, treble stitches, chain spaces, and picots. That’s it. The corners were taking care of the math for the increases so I didn’t even worry about counting anything. The only thing I needed to do was not add any additional stitches between those corners. In fact, this was easier to make than my skirt because of the corners.
What I really want to talk about is the nylon crochet thread!!!
I bought the nylon thread originally to use for Kumihimo braiding. As it turns out I love crocheting with this thread! It was so smooth and slipped on and off my hook so nicely. It’s the perfect thread to use for an outdoor table. I can wipe it clean with a damp cloth and I don’t have to worry about if it gets wet in the rain!! I do have to be careful that I never put anything hot on it but with an outdoor table that’s very unlikely anyhow. For an indoor tablecloth I would use cotton thread only because I know it would end up getting melted if I used nylon. Plus with my dining table I really would want to throw it in the wash on a regular basis.
I could have used a basic continuous granny stitch for this table cover and it would have looked great. I wanted more than great. I want the Joneses to be searching all over the internet trying to find a hand crafted crochet table cover. I want the Joneses to try to keep up with me and my not fancy porch!!
I still need to make something for that ugly looking umbrella base. I already have something in mind. 😀
Thanks for reading!!