Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pattern for Knitted Rayon/Flax Placemats


I often use a rayon/flax yarn to weave household items – hand towels, placemats, table runners etc. So why not make a knitted version (and I needed a mindless take-along project)!

Size:  You could compare placemat sizes from the various commercial outlets or….look for these two reference books:

Placemats seem to come in two sizes:  12” x18” or 14” x 20”. Mine is 14” x 18”. 

Pattern for Knitted Basketweave Placemeats

Gauge: 6 st/inch, doubled on a US 3
Pattern Stitch: 3 stitch garter edge with a basketweave body
Row 1: k3, *p6, k6* repeat 6 times,(9 stitches remain) p6,k3
Row 2: k3, *k6, p6* repeat 6 times, (9 stitches remain) k9
Rows 3-8: *Row1, Row2* repeat 3 times
Rows 9-16 *Row2, Row1* repeat 4 times

CO 84
Knit 3 or 4 rows of garter stitch
Work in pattern to just shy of 18” 
Knit 3 or 4 rows of garter stitch

Wash in cold water, dry flat and block.

To put it mildly, I’m not a great sampler, some would say just too impatient. So my compromise is to try yarns and structures out as placements and towels. Functional even when not quite perfect. Now that I know what the hand of this yarn is doubled, I’d like to try a top. Check back to see how it goes!