Friday, 3 October 2014

FREE Pattern -Crochet your own Vintage Placemat!

So I'm still loving vintage! My current project is hooking up some lovely vintage placemats and I thought I'd share it with you! I learnt to do these motifs quite a while ago and also ammended it a bit - unfortunately I have no idea where I originally got the motif pattern from so in this case I can't give credit to the original designer! :( This motif can just as easily be made into a table runner or a lovely throw! I might even try do a bigger project like that soon as they are gorgeous to work with!

I made these with 100% natural cotton I had in my stash. They were handspun and in different sized skeins - more of a double knit thickness than anything else! This pattern will work just as well with crochet yarn - you will just have to adjust the amount of blocks per row to obtain the right size for you. 

So here goes:


INSTRUCTIONS


Abbreviations:
ch                 chain stitch
ss                  slip stitch
dc                 double crochet
sc                  single crochet
beg cl           begin cluster; (ch 3,yarn over, insert hook into the same st, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook into same st and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook.

cl                  cluster; yarn over, insert hook into the st, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook into same st and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook, insert hook into same st and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook.





First Motive:

Make 7 ch; join with a ss into 1st ch to form a loop.

Round 1:  4ch (counts as dc and 1ch); *dc into loop, ch 1*, Repeat from * to *another 14 times (so that together there will be 16 dc in the loop including ch3 that formed the 1st dc), ss into the 3rd ch of the 1st ch4 stitch. 

Round 2:  Beg cl (refer to abbreviations above), ch 3, *skip the next ch 1 space from 1st row, into the top of the next dc of previous row make a cl (refer to abbreviations above), ch 3,* repeat from * to * till there is a cluster in each dc from the previous row (16 clusters in total with ch3 spaces in between), join with a ss into top of 1st cluster.





Round 3:  ss to the ch3 space to the left, make 5 dc into the same ch3 space, ch 5, 5 dc into the same space (corner made), *sc into the next ch 3 space, ch 3, sc into the next ch 3 space, in the next ch 3 space make 5 dc, ch 5, 5dc into the same space (corner)*, repeat from * to * until 4 corners have been made, join with a ss to the top of the first dc.

1st Motif Completed.

The rest of the motifs are joined in the "join as you go" method. 


Motif 2 and the rest of the motifs

Follow the pattern as for motif 1 until the end of round 2.

Round 3 (joining round):  ss to the ch3 space to the left, make 5 dc into the same ch3 space, ch 2, ss next stitch through the ch 5 corner of the 1st motif to join the 2 motifs, ch 2, 5 dc into the same ch 3 space of motif 2, sc in next ch 3 space, 1ch, ss through corresponding ch 3 space of motif 1 to join, 1 ch, sc into next  ch 3 space, ch 1, ss through corresponding ch 3 space of motif 1 to join, ch 1, sc in to next ch 3 space, join the next corner space in the same way as described above. 



For motif 2, complete the rest of the sides and corners as per motif 1. For the following motifs, the same joining technique applies for all sides and corners depending on layout and how many sides are joined at a time. 

If you prefer a different joining technique, or even want to stitch the individual motifs together at the end - its all a matter of preference and should work fine as well.



Once your project is complete - block the piece to ensure the motifs lie flat (during my project i found that the blocks tended to bunch a little. This was however resolved when i blocked!)

and taddaaaa!!!!! Your very own vintage placemat! Should you decide to do this project, please let me know should anything in the instructions be unclear or heaven forbid, you come accross a pattern error! 




Happy Hooking and Enjoy!!

Lots of Yarn Love!!

xxx

1 comments:

CarrieMarie Glasgow said...

Thank you so much for posting this beautiful vintage pattern. I am always amazed at the generosity of people who take the time to write out and share these beautiful patterns. It is a lot of work and for those of us who benefit from it, I say a heartfelt THANK YOU!! Your work and your blog are lovely!

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