Christmas Tea Placemat

by Cristina
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Christmas Tea placemats set

Christmas Tea placemats set in red and green

In a gray day in october I was sitting at the fireplace. My mind blow away watching the flames thinking of my favourite time of the year, Christmas time!

So i take my hook and some yarn from my stash, red, white green … and my hands start to do something 🙂

At the end of the day I have two placemats in festive colors, ready for all of us to enjoy!

The placemats are easy and quick to made, perfect for a lasthour gift or for a evening of stitching.

Here you have a written free version of the pattern.

A printable pdf version, full of step by step images, is available on my Ravelry > here <. Thanks to support my work!

** This pattern is in ENGLISH (US abbreviations) ONLY **

Christmas Tea Placemat pattern

STITCHES (US-terms)

ch/s = chain/chains
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
fdc = foundation double crochet (see on YouTube)

ABBREVIATIONS

st = stitch
sts = stitches
yo = yarn over

If you don’t like fdc, a number of chains and dc is provided. But I know you can do the fdc, just give it a chance!

MATERIALS AND NOTES

3mm hook, 8/4 cotton yarn like Rainbow from Hobbii (alternative: Scheepjes Cotton 8, Drops Safran).
1 ball per color.

2,5mm hook, mouliné and metallic threads for surface slip stitch.

Model is stitched with Rainbow 8/4 red, white, green.

The surface slip stitch is made with mouliné (3 strands) and 1 metallic thread DMC Diamant. Red mouliné with gold Diamant, white mouliné with silver Diamant.

The placemat is worked in two stages: first we’ll work the triangle in dc. Then we’ll attach the contrast color at the base of triangle and we’ll work the parallelogram section.

SPECIAL STITCHES

No special stitches are required for these placemats but you can decorate the triangle section with surface slip stitch as you prefer: free your fantasy and experiment what your creativity suggests to you !

Let’s Start!

Triangle section

R1:Crochet loosely. Start with 44 foundation dcs, turn. (Alternative: ch 46, dc in 4 ch from hook, 43 dc). Put a mark at the base of last stitch made. [44 fdc (44 dc)]

From this point continue stitching with your normal tension

R2: Ch3 (not count as 1st dc), skip 1st and 2nd sts, 42 dcs, turn. [42dc]

R3: Ch1 (not count as 1st dc), dc in 1st dc, 39 dc, skip last 2 dcs, dc in ch3 space, turn. [40 dc, 1dc space]

R4: Ch3, skip 1st and 2nd sts, 39 dc, turn. [39dc]

R5: Ch1 (not count as 1st dc), dc in 1st dc, 36 dc, skip last 2 dcs, dc in ch3 space, turn. [37 dc, 1dc space]

R6-R27: Repeat round 4 and 5, 11 more times, continuing to decrease the dcs. At round 26 you will have [6dc]. At round 27 you will have [4dc, 1dc space]

R28: Ch3, skip 1st and 2nd sts, 3 dc, turn. [3 dc]

R29: Ch1 (not count as 1st dc), dc in 1st dc, skip last 2 dcs, tr in ch3 space. Fasten off. [1dc, 1 tr space]

Parallelogram section

Change color, we’ll work on the diagonal side

R1: Attach the new color at the base of last stitch in round 1 (marked) with a standing sc (or a simple sc), 2 sc around the same dc, 3 sc in each space up to the top, 1 sc in the top st, turn. [88 sc]

R2: Ch3, skip 1st 2nd and 3rd sts, dc in next 2 sts (4th and 5th), {ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next 2 sts} 27 times, ch1, skip second-last st, 2 dc in last st (increase), turn. [29 groups of 2 dc]

R3: Ch3 (count as 1st dc), dc in 1st dc (increase), {ch1, skip 1 dc, dc in next ch1 space, dc in next dc} 27 times, skip last dc, hdc in ch3 space (decrease), turn. [29 groups of 2 dc]

R4: Ch3, skip hdc and dc, dc in next dc, dc in ch1 space (decrease), {ch1, skip dc, dc in next dc, dc in next ch1 sp} 27 times, ch1, skip 1 dc, 2 dc in last dc (increase), turn. [29 groups of 2 dc]

R5-R30: Repeat rounds 3 & 4 another 13 times. Fasten off.

Border

With wrong side of the work facing you, attach contrasting color in top stitch of triangle section with a standing sc (or ch, sc in same stitch).

Working in side of stitches: 2 sc, ch3, sl st in 1st ch (little tip made), {3 sc, ch3, sl st in 1st ch}, repeat till you reach the angle. In the angle work 2sc, little tip, 2 sc.

From now on we’ll work in dcs of last round of parallelogram section. Skip 1st dc, sc in next dc and ch1 sp, little tip, {sc in next 2 dc and ch1 sp, little tip} rep, till the end of the row. Fasten off.

Snowflake (worked in circle, do not turn)

R1: Ch 9, sl st in 1st ch to form a ring.

R2: Ch 3 (count as 1st dc), 26 dc in ring, sl st in 3rd ch to join.

R3: Ch 8 (count as 1st dc and ch5), {3dc, ch5} 8 times, dc in last 2 dcs, sl st in 3rd ch to join.

R4: Ch 3 (count as 1st dc), 4dc in ch5 space, ch5, sl st in 1st ch (a tip was made), 5dc in same space, skip 3 dc, {5dc in next ch5 space, ch 5, sl st in 1st ch, 5 dc in same space} 8 times, sl st in 3rd chain to close.

Our little snowflake needs a little bit of blocking to show all his magic 🙂

Now you can embellish the snowflake and the triangle section with surface slip stitches.

Enjoy!

You are more than welcome to sell any finished items made from this pattern. Please use your own photos and credit Cristina Anichini as the designer. Feel free to share this pattern by directing others to my FB page or to my Ravelry profile. You are NOT allowed to distribute the pattern or photos as your own.

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