Crochet Club: Primrose Placemats!
Kate’s beautiful Primrose Placemats will brighten your dinner table or kitchen with their cheery springtime style! Textured waffle stitch will protect your surfaces and balance plates perfectly!
Whilst recently working on a waffle stitch blanket it struck me what an ideal stitch this would be to make table mats in, as not only does it provide a lovely thick texture but there’s also something hugely pleasing about the neatness of the little squares, making for the all-round perfect table accessory!
They are quick to make and with a couple of tiny primroses added you can give your much used dining table a little Spring make-over. Each finished mat measures 26cm x 32 cm.
For my placemats I used 2 x 225g cones of Three Bears Yarn DK in Duck Egg for the main part of the mat, working with two strands to give a good, firm texture to the stitch. (Read the LoveKnitting review of Three Bears Yarn here!)
This amount of yarn made 4 mats in total, and as this is a cotton yarn the mats are fully washable.
For the primroses I used 1 x ball of Three Bears Yarn Aran in Ginger and 1 x ball in Mellow Yellow.
I worked with a 3.5mm hook. This pattern is written in UK Crochet terms – for US terms, use our handy conversion chart! For the purposes of this pattern: TR=HDC, DC=SC.)
Making the placemats…
To start your placemat make a chain of 70, and beginning in the 2nd chain from the hook work a row of TR. 69 sts. Chain 1 and turn.
You are now going to work the first row of waffle stitch and this will be the right side.
Work a TR in to the first stitch. Now, bring your yarn over, push your hook BEHIND and THROUGH the whole of the TR from the last row ( the treble post ) and work a TR.
You will see that having worked your treble in this way the stitch stands out a little compared to the first TR which was a regular TR.
Now work a regular TR in to each of the next 2 stitches.
If you look at your work now you should have a regular ( flat ) TR, then a raised TR and then two regular TR.
You are now going to work another raised TR, so yarn over and push your hook behind and through the TR from the previous row, finish off the TR.
Now work a regular TR in each of the next two stitches.
You should now be able to see a strong pattern appearing.
You are now going to work the second row of waffle stitch and this will be the wrong side.
Work a TR in to each of the first two stitches. Then work a TR behing the treble post in each of the next two stitches. Work a regular TR.
Continue working in this pattern of two raised TR, followed by 1 regular TR all the way to the end of the row, with your last 2 stitch being regular TR. At the end of the row chain 1 and turn.
Continue working these two pattern rows until you have a rectangle of 22 mini squares x 16 mini squares.
Make your final row a right side row and do not finish off at the end of the row but continue to work a round of DC all the way around the mat, working 2 or 3 DC in to each corner stitch to help the mat keep its shape. At the end of this round finish off and sew in the ends.
Making the primroses…
I used one strand of the aran, with a 3.5mm hook. I used the Ginger for the centre of each flower and the Mellow Yellow for the petals.
Sew the primroses jauntily on to your placemats, and you’re ready to use them!
The perfect gift of spring!
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