I like to mix and match my table linens. I’ll use the sage place mats on the ivory tablecloth, or the ivory place mats on the gold tablecloth, etc. I have a favorite table cloth that is multicolored roses splashed across an ivory background, with lots of coral, greens, yellows, and hints of purple. I don’t like to put a solid place mat on it. They just hide the beauty of the roses on the tablecloth. (I guess you can tell that I love roses.)
I began searching for a pattern for place mats that was special. Except I couldn’t find a “special” pattern for a place mat. I found lots of stripe patterns, a few ripple patterns, some circle doily mats, and some plain old single crochet rows. But, nothing I found on the web, or in my book stash suited me. Place mats are everyday items, simple rectangles or circles, and who needs a pattern. Right?
I was flipping through an old leaflet from 1991 for dishcloths, and saw the pattern stitch I wanted for some place mats. I adapted the Dishcloth #7 from Leisure Arts Leaflet 2077, and increased the size for a place mat.
I increased the foundation chain from 50 to 62, and used the first two rows of the pattern for 20 rows, alternating a row of shells with a row of clusters. I chose Peaches & Creme Spearmint Stripes, and finished it with a border of white in single crochet (3 in ea corner), and a second round of hdc (3 in ea corner). The finished size is 13″ x 18″ (approx). The shades of greens and whites in the mat softens the place setting, and blends with many of my dishes. While they are a nice Spring time mat, they can cross over to the holidays during Christmas. Am very pleased with these.