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Afghan Stitch Crochet Placemat and Coaster

 

 

 

Afghan Stitch Crochet Placemat and Coaster
Entertain in style with matching crochet placemats and coasters with sleek border and tailored bow detailing. Makes a thoughtful, handcrafted hostess gift! Materials and directions given make one placemat and one coaster.

Skill Level: Easy

Abbreviations:

    ch-chain; rep-repeat; sc-single crochet; st(s)-stitch(es); yo-yarn over

Size:

    Placemat: 10" (25 cm) wide x 15½" (39 cm) long
    Coaster: 3¾" (9.5 cm) square

Materials Needed:

Gauge:

    13 sts & 16 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Tunisian Simple Stitch
    Gauge is not critical for this project.

Note:

    Afghan stitch has a tendency to curl; the placemat and coaster will lie flat once you add the edging.

PATTERN STITCH:

    Tunisian Simple Stitch
    Work is done with right side facing at all times.
    Row 1: Insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop; *leaving loops on hook, insert hook in next ch, yo and pull up a loop; rep from * to end.
    Row 2: Working back along row in opposite direction, yo and pull through 1 loop, *yo and pull through next 2 loops; rep from * across – 1 loop on hook.
    Row 3: Skip first vertical bar, insert hook under next vertical bar, yo and pull up a loop; *insert hook under next vertical bar, yo and pull up a loop; rep from * to end.
    Row 4: Rep Row 2.
    Rep Rows 3 and 4 for desired length.
    Fasten off.

DIRECTIONS:

    Placemat
    With A, ch 35. Work in Tunisian Simple Stitch until piece measures approximately 15" (38 cm).
    Last row: Skip first vertical bar, slip st in each vertical bar across. Fasten off.

    Edging
    Rnd 1: With RS facing, join B in any st, ch 1, sc evenly around, placing 3 sc in each corner st, join with slip st to first sc.
    Rnds 2 & 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, placing 3 sc in each corner st, join.
    Fasten off. Weave in ends.

    Finishing
    Thread tapestry needle with the ribbon and weave around the placemat. Tie ends into a bow. Trim ends, saving enough ribbon for coaster.

    Coaster
    With A, ch 11. Work in Tunisian Simple Stitch until piece is square. Work edging and finish as for placemat.


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