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Monday, June 04, 2007

Coffee House Placemats ~ Part 1

I made these to use on our patio table. The project is only half-done as there will be 2 more placemats with light blue and gold borders. If there is enough scrap yarn left, I might also make matching coasters to go with them. The colors remind me of Starbucks, hence the name. The SUPER simple patterns follow for these first two variations.



Materials

Lion Cotton Ease: 2 balls Taupe, 1 ball Lime & 1 ball Terracotta
Hook Size G / 4.5mm

Hook Size H / 5.0mm
Yarn Needle for weaving in ends


Size: Approximately 16 inches wide x 12-1/2 inches tall

Level


Gauge Swatch
4 rows of 7 sc across = 1 inch x 2 inches


Version 1
(Lime Border in picture)

With larger hook and Taupe, ch 32. Switch to smaller hook.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (31 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each sc across. (31 sc)

Rows 3 - 50: Repeat row 2. At end of row 50, finish off and weave in ends.

Border
Continue working with smaller hook

Foundation Row 1: Fold placemat in half width-wise to find the center st on the long edge. Join Taupe in this st and sc evenly to 1st ch; 3 sc in 1st ch, sc across to last ch; 3 sc in last ch; sc evenly across to 1st sc; 3 sc in 1st sc; sc evenly across last side; join to 1st sc. Finish off and weave in ends.

Row 2: Attach Lime to join in 1st sc of foundation row 1; ch 1, sc in same st and across to corner; *3 sc in corner st, sc across to next corner; repeat from * twice; end with sc across to beginning sc and join.

Rows 3 - 8: Ch 1, 2 sc in same sc as join; * sc across to opposite corner, 3 sc in corner sc; repeat from * twice; sc to last corner, 1 sc in same sc as start of round, join to 1st sc. At end of rnd 8, finish off, weave in ends. Block or steam iron to shape.


Version 2
(Terracotta Border in picture)

With larger hook and Taupe, ch 46. Switch to smaller hook.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (45 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. (45 sc)

Rows 3 - 36: Repeat row 2. At end of row 36, finish off, weave in ends.

Border
Continue with smaller hook.


Foundation Row 1: Fold placemat in half width-wise to find the center st on the long edge. Join Taupe in this st; ch 1, sc in same st; sc in each sc to last sc; 3 sc in last sc; sc evenly across to 1st ch; 3 sc in 1st ch; sc across to last ch; 3 sc in last ch; sc evenly across to last sc; 3 sc in last sc; sc in each sc to end; join to 1st sc. Finish off, weave in ends.

Rnd 2: Attach Terracotta to join. Ch 1, sc in same st and across to corner; * 3 sc in 2 nd sc of corner, sc across to next corner; repeat from * twice; end with sc across to beginning sc and join.

Rnds 3 - 8: Ch 1, 2 sc in same sc as join; * sc across to opposite corner, 3 sc in corner sc; repeat from * twice; sc to last corner, 1 sc in same sc as start of round, join to 1st sc. At end of rnd 8, finish off, weave in ends. Block or steam iron to shape.


Tips:
Finish your last rnd by using the Hidden Ends method of joining. This will make for a seamless join and a more finished appearance.

To keep from bulking up stitches when you weave in ends ~ or to prevent your ends from "popping up" through your work ~ split the plies of the yarn at least into 2 strands and weave them separately through different stitches.

This pattern has not been tested. Should you find an error, please share and I will update!

Enjoy!

3 comments:

naida said...

very nice! I think I'll add this to my 'to do' list.
I could use some placemats for my patio set too.

Sônia Maria said...

Hi Mini!
wow!!!!!
It is very much beautiful!!!!!
I love pacemats.
Have a nice week.
Hugs for you,
Sônia Maria
www.falandodecrochet.blogspot.com

Kare said...

THese are great!!!!