By Crochet Contributor Sara. Follow Sara on her blog, Sunflower Crochet Cottage.
I’ve been wanting to make myself some new placemats for what seems like forever. We had the covered corkboard ones that you can get in any homewares shop, and they bare the scars of a well-used life. There is paint that will not come off, patches where the top has rubbed away when I have cleaned them, some are sunlight faded because our kitchen table is next to our French doors. You know the drill – old and tired but perfect for the kids doing arts and crafts or slopping food all over them while being daft at dinner. My daughter is almost 8 and so I am getting to the point where I would like my home to look less like a creche and have nice things again.
So I have a plan – to tackle one room at a time and reclaim each one somewhat. There will still be the artwork on the walls, but not all of them, and undoubtedly there will likely be those little fingerprints lurking.
Anyway, I had a coaster designed and tested and decided that my first challenge would be the kitchen. I would design some simple but pretty placemats for the table. My initial thought all those moons ago was to quilt some tablemats with my scrap material, but the coasters being so pretty I wanted to make something to match them. The design process for these was much less painful than with the coaster and my only decision was how wide to make the boarder section as I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
You will need:
- #4 worsted weight cotton such as lily sugar and cream, or any worsted weight yarn of your choosing.
- Size 4mm hook
- Stitch markers (optional)
FSC – Foundation single crochet
PSC – paired single crochet
Sk – skip
SS – slip stitch
*to*–Repeat the instructions written between the two *
FO – fasten off
Foundation Single Crochet – FSC – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fG-LiTY_khs
Paired single Crochet – PSC – sc in first stitch of row only, *insert hook into same sp and yo pull through, insert hook into next space and yo pull through, yo pull through all three loops on hook.*
So now you have everything, here we go ….
In color A:
Row 1: FSC 43, ch1, turn
Row 2: PSC 43, ch1, turn
Rows 3-33: repeat row 2 but do not turn work at the end of row 33.
Rnd 1: In the last stitch of row 33 *(sc2, ch2, sc2) this will create your first corner. PSC in next 31sts, (sc2, ch2, sc2) in the next st, PSC in next 41 stitches* twice, ss to first sc.
Join color B to any ch2 space
Rnd 2: ch4, sk1, ss in next st, *ch3, sk1, ss to next st* around.
Note: you should have 18 ch3 spaces along the short side and 23 ch3 spaces on the longer side.
Rnd 3: SS to next ch3 sp, *ch3, ss to next ch3 sp* around.
Note: you will find that you create a ch3 for each corner again on rows 3 and 5. If you cannot see them gently stretch your placemat a little and they should be visible. You may want to use stitch markers to mark each corner.
Rnd 4-5: repeat round 3
Attach color A to any corner.
Rnd 6: *(Sc2, ch2, sc2) in corner, (sc2 in next ch2 sp) to next corner ch3 * repeat 3 more times, ss to first sc.
Rnd 7: ch1, sc in each st around and in each ch2 ensure you (sc2, ch2, sc2). SS to first sc.
FO and weave in ends
And that is all there is to it – simple and elegant. I did find that I had to block my mats. This isn’t something that I usually do (in fact I hardly every block anything) but I wanted to give them that completely finished look.
Don’t forget to share your completed placemats with us in all the usual places. We love seeing your interpretations of our designs!