Crochet placemats and coasters

Crochet placemats and coasters

Make your spring table look extra special with crochet placemats and coasters.

Crochet placemats and coasters

You will need

  • 2 x 50g elle CROCHET No5 for one placemat plus one coaster
  • 2 x 50g elle CROCHET No5 for borders (optional)
  • 1 x 4mm crochet hook

Abbreviations

Ch – chain stitch; cont – continue; dec – decrease; dc – double crochet; htr – half treble; inc – increase; rep – repeat; sp – space; ss – slip stitch; sts – stitches; tr – treble

Stitches used

  • Half treble crochet (htr). The half treble starts exactly the same way as the treble stitch.
  • Yarn over hook (yoh), insert hook into chain, yarn over hook (yoh) and draw it through loop (three loops on hook), yarn over hook (yoh), and draw through all three loops (one loop on hook). This stitch makes a denser fabric.

To make

Using two strands of Crochet No5 and 4mm crochet hook, make 68ch.
1st (right side) row: work 1dc into second ch from hook and in each ch to end, turn – 67dc.
2nd row: 3ch, *skip 2dc, 1tr into next dc, 1ch, work 1tr back into the 1st dc after the 3ch (you have now made a crossed treble); rep from * to last dc, work 1tr, turn.
Rep 2nd row until you have the length you choose.

NOTE If you crochet the border in the same colour, don’t break off yarn. If you intend crocheting the border with an alternative colour, cut yarn and pull through.

placemats and coasters
BORDER
If you’re using an alternative colour, join yarn, otherwise cont as follows:
1st round: 1ch, *work 2dc down the side into each treble space to the corner, 3ch, work 2dc into each treble space to the next corner, 3ch; rep from  * to end, ss into starting ch.
2nd round: 1ch, 1dc into 1st dc, *4ch, skip next 2 dc, 1dc into dc; rep from * to corner; 3ch, 1dc in 3chsp, 3ch**, 1dc in next dc; rep from *, ending at **, 1htr in 1st dc to join and form last sp.
3rd round: 1ch, 1dc over htr, 3ch, *dc in next sp, 3ch; rep from * around, ss into starting ch.
4th round: ss into next sp, 1ch, *4tr into next 3chcp, 1dc into next 3chcp; rep from * around, ss into starting ch. Cut yarn and pull through. Sew in all loose threads.

NOTE: If your sts don’t match at corners, inc or dec spaces to fit.

Coaster

Using two strands of Crochet No5 and 4mm crochet hook, make 14ch.
Work as for placemat over 13sts for 9 rows. Border will also be worked as above.

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