Check Out This Wonderful Placemat Tutorial!
Using simple half trebles and some professional secrets, make Kath Webber’s quick and easy placemat table settings — perfect for a last-minute gift or spring-fresh table!
It’s around this time of year I like to freshen up my kitchen table; the well-worn table mats and stained crochet coasters of the last few years have been thrown out in the spring clean and it’s time to make some new ones! These round mats are super quick and surprisingly luxurious in my favourite chunky cotton, DMC Natura XL. You can get one placemat and a couple of coasters from each ball, so play with contrasting colours to suit your mood and décor.
You will need:
- 1 ball of DMC Natura XL (100% cotton, 100g/75m). I’ve used 92 (Curry) and 07 (Turquoise)
- A 6mm and 7mm hook
Measurements: The table mat measures 25cm diameter and the coaster measures 10cm diameter.
1. To begin, make a magic loop/ring. Extend your first two fingers on your yarn hand and take the yarn from the top and behind your fingers, around the front and up again to meet the top.
2. Pinching the top of the wrap with your left (or yarn) hand, insert the hook into the centre of the wrap and catch the yarn with the hook, bringing it back through the wrap.
3. Carefully slide the loop from your fingers, grasping tightly so the loop doesn’t unravel.
4. Now grasp the loop with the thumb and third finger of your yarn hand and make a slip stitch to secure the magic loop.
5. Make 2ch (which counts as a half treble throughout) and make 5 half treble (htr) in the ring. Pull the tail end of the yarn to close the ring.
6. The circle is now tightly closed, with a barely visible hole in the middle. Slip stitch to the top of the 2-ch to close the round.
7. To make the mat, follow the pattern below:
- 2ch, 2htr in each st around, ss to 2-ch. [12 sts]
- 2ch, 2htr in next st, (1htr in next st, 2htr in next st) 5 times, ss to 2-ch. [18sts]
- 2ch, 1htr in next st, 2htr in next st, (1htr in each of next 2 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times, ss to 2-ch. Fasten off here for coaster. [24sts]
- To continue for placemat: 2ch, 1htr in each of next 2 sts, 2htr in next st, (1htr in each of next 3 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times, ss to 2-ch. [30 sts]
- 2ch, 1htr in each of next 3 sts, 2htr in next st, (1htr in each of next 4 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times, ss to 2-ch. [36 sts]
- 2ch, 1htr in each of next 4 sts, 2htr in next st, (1htr in each of next 5 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times, ss to 2-ch. [42 sts]
- 2ch, 1htr in each of next 5 sts, 2htr in next st, (1htr in each of next 6 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times, ss to 2-ch. [48 sts]
- 2ch, 1htr in each of next 6 sts, 2htr in next st, (1htr in each of next 7 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times, ss to 2-ch. [54 sts]
- 2ch, 1htr in each of next 7 sts, 2htr in next st, (1htr in each of next 8 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times. Do not ss into 2-ch, cut the yarn here. [60 sts]
Instead of making a slip stitch to close the final round, you can make a really neat invisible bind-off.
8. Cut the yarn after the final stitch, and use the hook to pull the loop and the tail end out.
9. Thread the yarn onto a yarn needle, and pass the needle under both loops of the first ‘V’ of the round, from front to back.
10. Now pass the needle through the centre of the ‘V’ of the last stitch of the round, from the right and towards the back of the work.
11. Weave in the end in the opposite direction to the stitches- you now have an invisible join and a small, extra ‘V’.
12. Now add the trim! You can use any colour here, but grab your larger hook for this surface crochet treatment. We’ll be working a round of surface slip stitches to create the chain-like edging on the mats. To begin, make a slip knot with your contrasting yarn.
13. Starting at the beginning of the round, insert the hook between the stitches, just under the ‘V’. Catch the slip knot with the hook and pull just the loop through the front.
14. Holding the yarn behind the work, insert the hook between the next two stitches and catch the yarn with the hook and bring it through to the front of the work.
15. Pull the first loop on the hook through the second loop to make your slip stitch, repeating step 15 and this step to create the chain of slip stitches.
16. The back will have a neat line of yarn, while the front has all the detail. Continue all the way around then use the invisible bind-off method to create a neat join and sew the ends in on the back of the mat.
17. To finish off the mat, give it a steam press on the reverse to relax the stitches and stop the edges from curling in.