Flatbread Tortilla Server

The Flatbread Tortilla Server is a southwestern tradition, and a way to serve many (non-greasy) foods. This covered cotton basket has the ability to keep them warm through the meal, and look beautiful on your table. But don't limit them to one use. They make a wonderful candy dish, a great way to keep small items on your dresser, a perfect dish for small items on a desk, and don't forget the bathroom. If you wish to use it for 'other' foods, simply place a plate on the inside (the 10 inch size fits many dinner plates).

Clean up is a breeze, throw it in the washing machine (do not use your dryer), reshape it and let it air dry.

The two traditional colors for a Flatbread Tortilla Server are Sunshine Yellow, or Turquoise Blue. However, any colors that match your decor, would be wonderful. The main thing to remember is, for food serving, you should always use cotton. If you never plan to use it with food any 4 ply yarn would work.

Experienced

Flatbread Tortilla Server

There are 3 traditional sizes of flatbreads or tortillas; 6 inch, 8 inch, and 10 inch.

The 6 inch size is used for the standard taco or gyros, the 8 inch size is typically used for burritos and veggie wraps, and the 10 inch size fits most baking dishes and is primarily used for enchiladas.

Any size (corn or flour) heated, buttered and rolled (you heat them, let people butter their own) makes a wonderful bread to serve with many different meals.

Materials, Tools, & Gauge: Flatbread Tortilla Server

* Yarn: If you are going to be using the Flatbread Tortilla Server with food you should use cotton. You will always use 2 strands together. The amounts of yarn listed here are total, you will need to divide them in half into two balls. If this is your first time making this I STRONGLY suggest you buy a little more than is listed here.

  • 6 inch Flatbread Tortilla Server, Color #1: 130 yards, Color #2: 130 yards.
  • 8 inch Flatbread Tortilla Server, Color #1: 180 yards, Color #2: 180 yards.
  • 10 inch Flatbread Tortilla Server, Color#1: 210 yards, Color #2: 210 yards.

* Hook: K/10.5 - 6.5 mm (I use a cushioned handle).

* Other: 2 stitch markers (I use bobby pins), scissors (a small one works best), pencil and scratch paper, yarn needle (to hide ends), and a flexible tape measure is helpful.

* Gauge: Crochet the first 4 rounds, make sure you are using 2 strands of yarn together. At the widest point this should measure 3 inches or a touch larger. If it doesn't your stitches may be too tight. Before you try changing hooks, first try to adjust your stitches.

Pattern: Flatbread Tortilla Server Bottom Dish

You will always use 2 strands of yarn together to make the Flatbread Tortilla Server. At times your stitches may seem tight (like the first 8 to start your circle), this is acceptable. However, try to work with even, relaxed (not loose) stitches throughout. Because you are working with 2 strands of cotton, if your stitches are too tight, it will be a hard crochet and you will end up with a 'wavy' looking circle.

This pattern shows instruction for all three sizes.

Flatbread Tortilla Server Bottom Dish Disk: All Sizes

Throughout the disk it is VERY important to count your stitches as you go. When the stitch count between stitches gets too large to count, then track your increases on a piece of scrap paper.

Chain (ch) 3

Work into the bottom of the first chain stitch (so it doesn't pull apart). While working lay your loose end so you crochet around it, hiding it. Snip when finished.

Round 1: 8 Single Crochet (sc) into the first chain stitch.

It looks a little strange, but start the second round directly into the first stitch of the first round. DO NOT CHAIN FIRST.

Round 2: 2 Single Crochet (sc) in each stitch around. Total: 16 stitches.

Round 3: 2 Single Crochet (sc) in every other stitch. Total: 24 stitches.

At this point place a stitch marker at the beginning of each round.

Round 4: Single Crochet (sc) 1 stitch to move your hook. Place your stitch marker. 2 Single Crochet (sc) in every third stitch. Total: 32 stitches.

Round 5: Single Crochet (sc) 2 stitches to move your hook. Place your stitch marker. 2 Single crochet (sc) in every fourth stitch. Total: 40 stitches.

Round 6: 1 Single Crochet (sc) in every stitch around. Total: 40 stitches.

Round 7: Single Crochet (sc) 3 stitches to move your hook. Place your stitch marker. 2 Single Crochet (sc) in every fifth stitch. Total: 48 stitches.

Round 8: Single Crochet (sc) 2 stitches to move your hook. Place your stitch marker. 2 Single Crochet (sc) in every third stitch. Total: 64 stitches.


For the 6 inch Flatbread Tortilla Server only.

Round 9: 1 Single Crochet (sc) in every stitch around. Total: 64 stitches. Slip Stitch (sl st) 1, cut your yarn leaving a long tail end to hide later.

Continue down to the Bottom Disk Side.


8 inch and 10 inch Flatbread Tortilla Server

Round 9: Single Crochet (sc) 2 stitches to move your hook. Place your stitch marker. 2 Single Crochet (sc) in every eighth stitch (you might want to track this on scrap paper instead of counting). Total: 72 stitches.

Round 10: 1 Single Crochet (sc) in every stitch around. Total: 72 stitches.

Round 11: Do not crochet to move your hook. Place your stitch marker. 2 Single Crochet (sc) in every twelfth stitch (you might want to track this on scrap paper instead of counting). Total: 78 stitches.


For the 8 inch Flatbread Tortilla Server only.

Round 121 Single Crochet (sc) in every stitch around. Total: 78 stitches. Slip Stitch (sl st) 1, cut your yarn leaving a long tail end to hide later.

Continue down to the Bottom Disk Side.


10 inch Flatbread Tortilla Server

Round 12: Single Crochet (sc) 6 stitches to move your hook. Place your stitch marker. Place a second stitch marker on the opposite side of the disk.

1 Single Crochet (sc) in each stitch to the first stitch marker. 2 Single Crochet (sc) in the marked stitch. 1 Single Crochet (sc) in each stitch to the second stitch marker. 2 Single Crochet (sc) in that marked stitch. Total: 80 stitches.

Round 13: Single Crochet (sc) 4 stitches to move your hook. Place your stitch marker. 2 Single Crochet (sc) in every tenth stitch. Total: 88 stitches.

Round 14: 1 Single Crochet (sc) in every stitch around. Total: 88 stitches. Slip Stitch (sl st) 1, cut your yarn leaving a long tail end to hide later.

Bottom Dish, Sides: All Sizes

Getting the start on the sides is a little tricky, but once you have it going it's a simple pattern that you won't really have to think much about doing.

Tie your second color on with a good knot. This is knotted because, as a serving dish, it will get a lot of use. Other 'fancy' ways of joining colors will pull apart after several uses.

Rounds 1 & 2: Although you will only be going around 1 time, you are actually doing 2 rounds.

Slip Stitch (sl st) 1 with your second color, then turn your work so the 'wrong side' is facing you.

Chain (ch) 3

Single Crochet (sc) 2 stitches back down the chain.

Slip Stitch (sl st) 1 into the same stitch that you started your chain.

Slip Stitch (sl st) 1 more into the stitch next to your knot.

VERY IMPORTANT

Turn your work so the yarn you are holding is on the outside. 

Place your hook in front of the yarn and single crochet (sc) 2 stitches back up.

At the top, chain (ch) 1 and turn.

2 Single Crochet (sc) back down.

*** Slip Stitch (sl st) 1 into the next two disk stitches.

Turn your work with thread on the outside. 2 Single Crochet (sc) back up.

Chain (ch) 1 and turn. 2 Single Crochet (sc) back down. ***

Repeat the instruction between the stars (***) all the way around the disk until you get back to where you started.

Your last row should be slip stitching (sl st) UP, connecting the two sides, so your hook ends up on the top.

Making Side Handles for the Flatbread Tortilla Server

Round 3: Chain (ch) 1 (do not turn, but make sure you are going in the same direction as the bottom disk). Put a stitch marker in your first stitch. Across the top, being careful to catch each row below, Single Crochet (sc) ...
Size 6 inch: 13 stitches
Size 8 inch: 16 stitches
Size 10 inch: 20 stitches

Chain (ch) 11 (all sizes).

Slip Stitch (sl st) connect in 6th stitch below (in other words, skip 5).

Turn and slip stitch (sl st) back across the chain, 11 stitches.

ADJUST THE LOCATION OF YOUR YARN. You will need to stop here and bring your yarn around your hook and to the back of the handle.

Under and between the handle ends, Single Crochet (sc) 1 stitch in the next 5.

Continue to Single Crochet (sc) around the top ...
Size 6 inch: 25 stitches
Size 8 inch: 34 stitches
Size 10 inch: 40 stitches

NOTE: Stop and have a look at this point, don't just rely on the stitch count. Make sure your handles are going to be opposite of each other.

Repeat the handle instructions above. Continue Single Crocheting (sc) to your stitch marker. Slip Stitch (sl st) connect to your first stitch.

Round 4: Chain (ch) 1, put a stitch marker in your first stitch, and Single Crochet (sc) to the first handle.

Single Crochet (sc) into the stitch that the handle started in.

Push the handle down (in front) and Single Crochet (sc) around it (it looks like you are skipping a stitch, but this is the first full stitch).

Single Crochet (sc) 3 more stitches to the other side of the handle. Single Crochet (sc) around the other side into the first full stitch.

Continue to Single Crochet (sc) around to the other handle. Follow the instruction above to crochet around it.

Continue to your marked stitch, Slip Stitch (sl st) 1 into the last two stitches. Cut your yarn leaving a long tail end so you can thread a yarn needle to hide the end. Bind off pulling the yarn through the last loop on your hook.

Pattern: Flatbread Tortilla Server Cover

Follow the pattern above through Bottom Dish Disk: Round 3.

Making the Cover Handle: All Sizes

Round 4: Single Crochet (sc) 1 stitch to move your hook. You could place your stitch marker. I wait until I'm done with the handle before I do.

Chain (ch) 13

Fold this over and Slip Stitch (sl st) connect it to the opposite side.

Spend a little time and look at this. You want to make sure the handle is centered as best as possible.

Slip Stitch (sl st) back across the chain to your beginning location.

Stop and look at the handle again. Straighten it out and reaffirm that it is centered.

I find it necessary to make you stop here as everyone does a slip stitch a little differently. By stopping and looking at your handle you'll be happy with it when you are done.

Continuing Round 4: 2 Single Crochet (sc) in every third stitch. Total: 32 stitches.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you pick up the stitch that you slip stitched into or your stitch count will be off.

Rounds 5 through Disk Finish: Follow the pattern above for Dish Disk - for the size you are creating.

Flatbread Tortilla Server Cover Sides: All Sizes

Rounds 1 & 2: Tie on your second color as described in the Dish Side above. Follow Rounds 1 & 2 as above. STOP when you reach the point of connecting.

For the cover you need to slip stitch (sl st) this closed so your hook is closest to the disk (not the top of the row as before).

Round 3: Chain (ch) 1 (after your first stitch, place your stitch marker).

Making sure you are crocheting in the same direction as the disk, pick up the stitches that connect the disk to the side. These are the stitches you were careful to make sure were on the outside as you crocheted.

Single Crochet (sc) around picking up each of these stitches. I find it helpful to push the side down as I'm crocheting. This helps for shaping.

The cover will start to 'bow' as you crochet. You WANT this to give the top that nice rounded appearance (yes, it happens naturally).

Round 4: Slip Stitch (sl st) into your first (marked) stitch. Chain (ch) 1 (after your first stitch, place your stitch marker). Single Crochet (sc) around again, picking up each stitch.

At the end Slip Stitch (sl st) 1 into the last two stitches. Cut your yarn leaving a long tail end so you can thread your needle and hide the last end. Pull the yarn through the last loop on your hook.

Finishing: All Sizes

Thread your yarn needle with all loose ends and work the ends into your project.

Care and Feeding of your Flatbread Tortilla Server

1. If you crocheted too tightly your top disk will appear a little wavy. DON'T FRET there is an easy fix.

Soak the cover in warm water and gently squeeze the water out - DO NOT WRING THE WATER OUT. Place the cover over a rounded bottom bowl that closely matches the size of your Flatbread, Tortilla Server. Gently push it into shape and allow it to air dry while on the bowl. This will take some time as there is no air flow around the stitches.

2. Obviously you're not going to 'do dishes' with this the same as other bowls.

This goes in your laundry basket, not on the counter to do dishes. Wash, in your machine, with like colored items, best in cold water. DO NOT add laundry additives (like Oxyclean or Fabric Softener) or ever use bleach. AIR DRY (never use a dryer). You can shape this (also see above) and simply set it out to air dry.

3. Protecting the bowl.

If you are just using it to serve flatbreads or tortillas there really isn't a reason to 'protect' it. However, I've noted that people like it to serve other things like sweet rolls, cookies, or special breads. You can place a plate on the bottom and put your items on the plate. Most people have plates that closely match the sizes. If you're only guarding against crumbs a piece of paper towel will work nicely.

4. Spills Happen.

Stains can make you very sad. If something is spilled on your server, RINSE it in COLD water (never warm or hot) to remove most of the stain. 9 times out of 10 the simple rinse will remove the stain.

If it doesn't, DO NOT wash it (or the stain will set). Make a baking soda paste and gently work it into the stain with your fingers. Then rinse again. Repeat until the stain is gone before washing it.

By The Way: Don't just throw it back in your cabinets without washing. As much as we hate to admit it, all homes have bugs and / or mice. If there's any smell of food on it, it could draw such critters. And, because it's made of cotton, they will destroy your wonderful work.


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