Patriotic Place-mats – A Spectacular Free Pattern You’ll Love!
I’ve got a great free pattern for some patriotic place-mats and coasters today! Because it’s starting to feel a little bit like summertime around these parts. I don’t know what the weather is doing near you, but I know that it’s making me crave watermelon, lemonade, and a great big swimming pool.
While the swimming pool thing might have to wait until all of this CoVid stuff is over, I do know that I can still do some of my favorite summer things at home. Like BBQ and watermelon, and back porch sitting.
So, to help brighten up our summertime celebrations with Memorial Day and Independence Day coming up, I thought I’d come up with a great free pattern to get us in the mood. (Because who doesn’t love some red, white, and blue!)
Patriotic Placemats & Firework Coaster Set
Are you looking to add some fun patriotic touches to your 4th of July celebration this year? If so, then place-mats are a wonderful addition to any table setting, and these patriotic place-mats are just the ticket.
Large enough for a plate, bowl, and silverware, and made with double-stranded worsted weight yarn they are thick and sturdy! A great beginner-friendly project!
Yarn: Any worsted weight #4 yarn will work great in Red, White, and Blue. Some great ideas are Red Heart Super Saver, and I Love This Yarn! from Hobby Lobby.
The Amounts will vary depending on tension and whether you decide to do double-stranded or single-stranded. But, for two placemats, and coasters, I ended up using almost 1 full skein each of red and blue, and half a skein of white in Red Heart Super Saver.
Hook: Sizes: I/9 – 5.5mm & H – 5mm
Yarn Needle & Scissors
Sc– Single Crochet
Hdc– Half Double Crochet
Sl st- Slip Stitch
(If you struggle with any of these basic techniques, you’re in the right place. Check out my Rookies Learn to Crochet video series right here on the blog), or my “How to Easily Count Crochet Stitches” for a tutorial on how to keep track of your stitch count! You can also reference this article on the top 9 common crochet mistakes and how to easily fix them!
Row 1: With double-stranded yarn in Red, ch 48. HDC in second st from hook, and in each st across. Ch 1, turn (47 stitches)
Row 2-3: HDC in each st across, ch1 turn.
Change color to white: (Double Stranded)
Row 4-6: HDC in each st across, ch1 turn.
Change back to red and repeat for a total of 3 sections of white, and 4 red, ending with a red section on top and bottom.
Total of 21 rows, 47st total each row.
From this point on, we’ll be working in rounds)
Change to single strand white yarn.
1sc in each stitch across. When you come to the corner, 3sc in each corner, and continue around the whole placemat until you get back to the start.
Now change color to blue in double strand
Round 1: Work 1HDC in each stitch around, putting 3HDC in each corner. Join with a sl st, ch1 DO NOT TURN, continue working in rounds.
Round 2-4: Repeat round 1.
Change to double-stranded white.
Round 5: 1sc in each st around, working 3sc in each corner. Join, cut yarn, weave in ends.
Stars: (Make 4)
Switch to Hook Size H
Round 1: Magic Ring, 10 HDC in the ring, join
Round 2: Ch4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1sc in next st, 1hdc in next. You are now back at the base of round 1. Skip the next st (from the previous round), sl st in next.
Repeat round 2 for a total of 5 points for your star. Sl st in beginning st, fasten off. Leave a long tail of yarn for sewing.
Attach stars to each corner sewing with a yarn needle. Weave in all ends, and voila!
Switch to Hook Size I/9
Row 1: With double-stranded red, Ch 15
Row 2: 1HDC in 2nd ch from the hook and in each st across, ch 1 turn. (14st)
Row 3: 1 HDC in each st across, switch to white
Row 4-5: Repeat Row 3, switch to blue
Row 6-7: Repeat Row 3, switch to white
Row 8-9: Repeat Row 3
Repeat the whole sequence once more for a total of 18 rows
9 color sections, 3 red, 4 white, 2 blue.
Join with white yarn in double-strand and put 1sc in each stitch around the coaster as a border, putting 3sc in each corner.
Join and fasten off. Weave in ends.
Cut 4 pieces of white yarn 12 inches long, 2 pieces each of red and blue.
Attach in the corner of the coaster with your crochet hook and loop the yarn through the corner stitch. Pull tight, and trim ends
And there you have it! A beautiful set of patriotic place-mats and coasters!
So, are these patriotic place-mats and coasters are a great addition to your summer table, or what? They’re thick, festive, and just the right touch for decoration. Plus, you can crochet in the summertime without getting too warm! It’s a win/win!
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