Crochet mat for baby’s room

This simple crochet mat is the perfect addition to baby’s room (or any room for that matter!)… 

Kids'-crochet-matYou will need

  • Elle Fairy’s Delight (50g balls): 15 balls in Lilly (001)
  • Alexis Value Yarn (50g): 6 balls in White (23).
  • 12mm crochet hook
  • large tapestry needle
  • scissors

ABBREVIATIONS
alt – alternate; beg – begin(ning); bo – bobble; ch – chain; cont – continue; dec – decrease; foll – following; htr – half treble; inc – increase; lp – loop; patt – pattern; rnd(s) – round(s); RS – right side; sk – skip; slst – slip stitch; st(s) – stitch(es); yoh – yarn over hook

NOTES The mat is worked in one piece beginning with a circle, worked in rounds, and ending in rows. When working the rows, slip stitches are used to secure the work to the circle and semicircle parts. Be sure not to use the loops formed by the slip stitches as stitches, or you will miscount.

The 1ch at the beginning of the rounds or rows doesn’t substitute a stitch – the first half treble or bobble is placed into the same stitch that was used to join the round with a slip stitch. This method creates a neater seam. The pattern is a repetition of alternating half treble and bobble stitches. Due to the increases and decreases, this placement doesn’t work completely; however, simply carry on with the pattern (half treble followed by bobble or bobble followed by half treble, depending on the round/row). When decreasing, use a half treble stitch, then continue with the next stitch in the sequence.

Keep your tension slightly looser so that the mat can be pulled into shape, if needed. Depending on whether you are right or left handed the beginning circle will either be on the left or the right hand side of the cloud.

SPECIAL STITCHES
Bobble stitch (bo): yoh, insert hook into stitch indicated, draw up a loop. Yoh, insert hook into stitch indicated, draw up a loop (5 loops on hook). Yoh and pull through all loops on hook.

Half treble decrease: yoh, insert hook into stitch indicated, draw up a loop. Insert hook in following stitch,
draw up a loop (4 loops on hook). Yoh and pull through all loops on hook.

To make

1st round: make a magic ring, 1ch, 8htr into ring, slst to 1st htr – 8 sts.
2nd round: 1ch, inc ea st, by placing 1htr and 1bo into each st, slst to 1st htr – 16 sts.
3rd round: 1ch, (1bo,inc,1htr,inc)4 times, slst to 1st bo – 24 sts.
4th round: 1ch, beg with bo, (inc,1bo,1htr)8 times, slst to 1st bo – 32 sts.
5th round: 1ch, (1htr,1bo,1htr,inc,1bo,1htr,1bo,inc)4 times, slst to 1st htr – 40 sts.
6th round: 1ch, beg with htr, (inc,[1htr,1bo]2 times)8 times, slst to 1st htr– 48 sts.
7th round: 1ch, ([1bo,1htr]2 times,1bo,inc,[1htr,1bo]2 times,1htr,inc)4 times, slst to 1st bo – 56 sts.
8th round: 1ch, beg with bo, (inc,[1bo,1htr] 3 times)8 times, slst to 1st bo – 64 sts.
9th round: 1ch, ([1htr,1bo]3 times,1htr,inc,[1bo,1htr]3 times,1bo,inc)4 times, slst to 1st htr – 72 sts.
10th round: 1ch, beg with htr, (inc,[1htr,1bo]4 times)8 times, slst to 1st htr– 80 sts
11th round: 1ch, ([1bo,htr]4 times,1bo,inc, [1htr,1bo]4 times,1htr,inc)4 times, slst to 1st bo – 88 sts.
12th round: 1ch, beg with bo, (inc,[1bo,1htr]5 times)8 times, slst to 1st bo– 96 sts.
13th round: 1ch, ([1htr,1bo]5 times,1htr,inc, [1bo,1htr]5 times,1bo,inc)4 times, slst to 1st htr – 104 sts.
14th round: 1ch, beg with htr, (inc,[1htr,1bo]6 times) 8 times, slst to 1st htr– 112 sts
15th round: 1ch, ([1bo,1htr]6 times,1bo,inc,[1htr,1bo]6 times,1htr,inc)4 times, slst to 1st bo – 120 sts.

Do not cut yarn, do not turn, cont in rows using slst to connect the half circle to the 15th round of the just completed circle.

1st row: 1ch, 5htr into same bo as used for slst in 15th round, sk 1st st on 15th round, make 1slst in fol 2 sts, turn – 5 sts.
2nd row: inc by making 1htr and 1bo in each st across,  sk 3 sts on 15th round, make 1 slst in fol 2 sts, turn – 10 sts.
3rd row: inc by making 1htr and 1bo in fol 2 sts, (1htr,inc,1bo,inc)2 times, 1slst in foll 2 sts, turn – 16 sts.
4th row: inc by making 1htr and 1bo in 1st st, 1htr, (inc,1bo,1htr)4 times, inc,
1bo, 1slst in foll 2 sts, turn – 22 sts.
5th row: (1bo,1htr,1bo,inc,1htr, 1bo,1htr,inc)2 times, 1bo, 1htr, 1bo, inc, 1htr, 1bo, 1slst in foll 2 sts, turn – 27 sts.
6th row: ([1bo,1htr]2 times,inc)5 times, 1bo, 1htr, 1slst in foll 2 sts, turn – 32 sts.
7th row: ([1bo,1htr]2 times, 1bo,inc,[1htr,1bo]2 times, 1htr,inc)2 times, [1bo 1htr]2 times, 1bo, inc, 1bo, 1htr, 1slst in foll 2 sts, turn – 37 sts.
8th row: ([1htr,1b]3 times,inc)5 times, 1htr, 1bo, 1slst in foll 2 sts, turn – 42 sts.
9th row: ([1htr,1bo]3 times, inc,[1bo,1htr]3 times,inc) 2 times, [1htr,1bo]2 times, 1bo, inc, 1bo, 1htr, 1slst in foll 2 sts, turn – 47 sts.
10th row: ([1htr,1bo]4 times,inc)5 times, 1htr, 1bo, 1slst in foll 2 sts, turn – 52 sts.
11th row: ([1bo,1htr]4 times,1bo,inc,[1htr,1bo]4 times,1htr,inc)2 times, [1bo,1htr]4 times, 1bo, inc, 1htr, 1bo, 1htr, 1slst in foll 2 sts on 15th round, turn – 57 sts.

Do not turn, do not cut yarn, using slst to connect the new piece to the 12th row of the semicircle as instructed.

Patt from 12th row to end: *htr, bo; rep from * as indicated.
12th row: beg with htr, make 30 sts across 15th round of circle, turn.
13th row: 1ch, beg with htr, (make 14 sts,inc)2 times, 1slst in next 2 sts, beg with st 62 of semicircle, turn – 32 sts.
14th row: beg with htr, work 15 sts in patt, inc, work 13 sts in patt, dec, turn – 31 sts.
15th row: 1ch, sk 1, beg with htr, work 12 sts in patt, inc, work 16 sts in patt, inc, 1slst in next 2 sts – 32 sts.
16th row: beg with htr, work 16 sts in patt, inc, work 13 sts in patt, dec, turn – 32 sts.
17th row: 1ch, sk 1, beg with htr, work 12 sts in patt, inc, work 17 sts in patt, inc, 1slst in next 2 sts – 33 sts.
18th row: beg with htr, work 17 sts in patt, inc, work 13 sts in patt, dec, turn – 34 sts.
19th row: 1ch, sk 1, beg with htr, (work 6 sts in patt,inc)3 times, work 10 sts in patt, inc, 1slst in next 2 sts – 36 sts.
20th row: beg with htr, work 11 sts in patt, inc, (work 7 sts in patt,inc)2 times, work 6 sts in patt, dec, turn – 38 sts.
21st row: 1ch, sk 1, beg with htr, work 6 sts in patt, inc, (work 8 sts in patt,inc)2 times, work 10 sts in patt, inc, 1slst in next 2 sts – 40 sts.
22nd row: beg with htr, (work 5 sts in patt,inc)6 times, work 3 sts in patt, dec, turn – 46 sts.
23rd row: 1ch, sk 1, beg with htr, work 45 sts in patt, 1 slst in next 2 sts – 45 sts.
24th row: beg with htr, (work 6 sts in patt,inc)6 times, work 1 st in patt, dec, turn – 50 sts.
25th row: 1ch, sk 1, beg with htr, work 49 sts in patt, 1 slst in next 2 sts – 49 sts.
26th row: beg with htr, (work 7 sts in patt,inc)5 times, work 7 sts in patt, dec, turn – 53 sts.
27th row: 1ch, sk 1, beg with htr, work 52 sts in patt, 1 slst in next 2 sts – 52 sts.
28th row: beg with htr, work 50 sts in patt, dec, turn – 51 sts.
29th row: 1ch, sk 1, beg with htr (work 8 sts in patt,inc) 5 times, 1 slst in next 2 sts – 50 sts.
30th row: beg with htr, work 50 sts in patt, dec, turn – 50 sts.
31st row: 1ch, beg with htr, work 50 sts in patt, inc, 1 slst in next 2 sts – 50 sts.
32nd row: beg with htr, work 50 sts in patt, turn – 50 sts.
33rd row: 1ch, beg with htr, work 50 sts in patt, inc, 1 slst in next 2 sts – 50 sts.
34th row: beg with htr, work 50 sts in patt, turn – 50 sts.
35th row: 1ch, sk 1, beg with htr, work 12 sts in patt, inc by placing 3 sts in same st, 1 slst in next 2 sts, turn – 15 sts.
36th row: beg with htr, inc, work 1 st in patt, inc, work 10 sts in patt, dec, turn – 16 sts.
37th row: 1ch, sk 1, beg with htr, work 11 sts in patt, inc 4 times, 1 slst in next 2 sts, turn – 19 sts.
38th row: beg with htr, inc, work 16 sts in patt, dec, turn – 19 sts.
39th row: 1ch, sk 1, beg with htr, work 11 sts in patt, (inc, work 2 sts in patt)2 times, inc,  1 slst in next 2 sts, turn – 21 sts.
40th row: beg with htr, inc, work 19 sts in patt, dec, turn – 22 sts.
41st row: 1ch, sk 1, beg with htr, work 8 sts in patt, (inc,work 3 sts in patt)3 times, 1 slst in next 2 sts, turn – 23 sts.
42nd row: beg with htr, (inc,work 4 sts in patt)3 times, dec, work 4 sts in patt, dec, turn – 24 sts.
43rd (RS) row: 1ch, sk 1, beg with htr, (work 6 sts in patt)3 times, dec using the foll 3 sts, cont around cloud shape, (work 6 sts in patt,inc)4 times, work 3 sts in patt, dec, (work 6 sts in patt,inc)4 times, work 6 sts in patt, dec, (work 6 sts in patt,inc)7 times, work 18 sts in patt, (work 6 sts in patt,inc)2 times, work 41 sts in patt (most of these will be placed into the side of the sts and you should end up at the first st of 43rd row. If you have a few sts more or less don’t worry) make an inc into the first st of 43rd row, (work 6 sts in patt,inc)3 times, work 5 sts in patt, join to next st with fake st or slst. Fasten off and sew in loose threads.

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Magazine issue date: September, 2014

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