Monday, April 20, 2009

Reject Placemats

The Reject Placemats

by Ann Marie Santos

I came up with this design while at work listening to my supervisor talking about another team leaving a mess behind. More inspiration came after having dinner out with my kids (ages 2 & 1 at the time) and watching them try and eat with forks bigger than life. I originally called them the “No Mess Kits” but after the pattern was rejected from an online magazine, I changed it to be silly. Enjoy!!!

SIZE

Large, Small (shown in both sizes)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Moss Stitch Placemats: 13.5 inches x 10.5 inches (10 inches x 7 inches)
Diagonal Rib Placemats: 13 inches x 10.5 inches (10 inches x 7 inches)

MATERIALS

[MC] Lily Sugar ‘n Cream [100% cotton; 95 yd/87 m per 56.7g skein]; color: Americana Ombre; 2 [1] skeins
Alternate colors:

Lily Sugar ‘n Cream [100% cotton; 95 yd/87 m per 56.7g skein]; color: Shaded Denim; 2 [1] skeins

Lily Sugar ‘n Cream [100% cotton; 95 yd/87 m per 56.7g skein]; color: Playtime; 2 [1] skeins

Peaches & Cream [100% cotton; 95 yd/87 m per 56.7g skein]; color: Peppermint; 2 [1] skeins

1 set(s) US #7/4.5mm straight needles

Size F crochet hook

Yarn needle

GAUGE

19 sts x 32 rows = 4 inches over Moss stitch

18 sts x 25 rows = 4 inches over Diagonal rib

PATTERN NOTES

Placemat is worked sideways. The stitch patterns are reversible. Directions are given for large placemat. Numbers in parentheses are for the small placemat. Two balls of the specified yarn is enough to make one large and one small mat.

Moss Stitch (over even number of stitches)

Rows 1 and 2: *K1, P1, rep from * across.

Rows 3 and 4: *P1, K1, rep from * across.

Diagonal Rib (multiple of 4 stitches)

Rows 1 & 2: *K2, P2, rep from * across.

Row 3: *P1, K2, P1, rep from * across

Row 4: *K1, P2, K1, rep from * across

Rows 5 & 6: *P2, K2, rep from * across

Row 7: Rep row 4

Row 8: Rep row 3

PATTERN

Moss Stitch Placemat

CO 46 (32)

Work in moss stitch pattern for 24 (17) repeats.

Next row (eyelet): work in pattern for 23 (16) sts, yo, k2tog, continue in pattern to end.

Last 3 rows: repeat rows 2-4 of pattern. BO. Weave in ends.

Pocket (both sizes)

Leaving a length for sewing, CO 8

Work in moss stitch pattern for 5 repeats. BO, leaving a length sewing.

Tie (both sizes): With crochet hook, chain 100. Finish off

Finishing:

Fold the tie in half, loop folded end through the eyelet, then pull ends through the loop (larks head knot). Sew pocket to placemat about ¾ inch from CO edge. Sew up the two long sides of the pocket, leaving top and bottom open.

Diagonal Rib Placemat

CO 48 (36)

Work in diagonal rib pattern for 11 (9) repeats, then work rows 1 – 5.

Next row (eyelet): work in pattern for 24 (18) sts, yo, k2tog, continue in pattern to end.

Last 3 rows: repeat rows 6-8 of pattern. BO. Weave in ends

Pocket (both sizes)

Leaving a length for sewing, CO 8

Work in moss stitch pattern for 2 repeats. BO, leaving a length sewing.

Tie (both sizes): With crochet hook, chain 100. Finish off

Finishing:

Fold the tie in half, loop folded end through the eyelet, then pull ends through the loop (larks head knot). Sew pocket to placemat about three quarters of an inch from CO edge. Sew up the two long sides of the pocket, leaving top and bottom open.




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2 comments:

Karen said...

Thank you for sharing this. There aren't many placemat patterns out there, you know. I don't care much for cotton either, which means I have tons of it. I just love that you give them as gifts at BBQs. Great idea <3

In the moss st pattern, does the 24repeats mean a total of 96 rows of moss st? That would make the yo k2tog row the 97th row and then the last 3 rows being 100 total rows within the pattern. Does that sound right?

I'll also send this as a comment on the rav. project. I can't wait to get started on my leftover cotton placemats!!

Ann Marie said...

Yes, that sounds right. You're just making an eyelet for the tie, so it doesn't have to be perfect. I'm glad you're enjoying (and making) the placemats. Thanks a bunch, hope this helps.