Place mats for the balcony5:42 PM
There are two things that I don't really enjoy: interior design and crochet. Well, actually I do enjoy crochet, it's just not something you can do while reading and there aren't too many things you can crochet that would also be useful and look nice. Having said that, I have crocheted a couple of things for our home and when I noticed that we need place mats for our balcony table I got the idea to crochet them. I chose Novita Tuubi as the yarn, as I've used that for baskets before and I like the way the baskets turned out. Well, I also like the way the place mats turned out!
The thing I didn't like about crocheting the place mats was the way it hurts my hand to do it! Maybe because of that or maybe because of some other reason (such as the other 10 or so WIPs...) it took me all summer to crochet 6 place mats. At some point after listening to me complain, Business woman even suggested that I should only make 4 as there are only four of us in the family. But the table is for 6, so it needs 6 place mats! Just in time for the end of the summer I finally finished this project, and I'm glad I managed to do all 6.
I was thinking about writing the pattern for these place mats, but I guess you can see the pattern from the pictures so there's no reason for me to learn crochet vocabulary in English. For my Finnish friends, I've included the instructions below.
Now I can relax and enjoy the last summer sunsets on the balcony, with my knitting and wine glass on the new place mats!
Virkkaa 10 kjs ja niihin 10 ks. Tee viimeiseen ketjusilmukkaan 3 ks ja käännä työ. Jatka tekemällä ks jokaiseen aloitusketjun silmukkaan. Tee viimeiseen ketjusilmukkaan 3 ks ja aloita 2 krs. Nyt virkkaa ks:t edellisen krs:n kiinteiden silmukoiden takareunaan. Tee aina kulmasilmukkaan 3ks ja jatka näin 14 krs. Päätä piilosilmukalla ja päättele lanka.
Edit Nov 27: I happened to be following a crochet pattern in English, thus learning the English vocabulary, so here is the translation:
R1: 10 CS
R2: 9 SC, 3 SC in next stitch, turn the piece and work on the front loop of the original sts: 9 SC, 3 SC in next stitch.
From the third row on, work in back loops of stitches
SC , 3 SC in next stitch, 1 SC, 3 SC in next stitch, 11 SC, 3 SC in next stitch, 1 SC, 3 SC in next stitch
Continue in a similar manner for 14 rows, bind off and weave in ends.