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Patriotic Placemat

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Patriotic Placemat ~ Free Knit Pattern by Jessie At Home, with video

Patriotic Placemat
Free Knit Pattern
Easy Skill Level
Designed by Jessie Rayot

This Patriotic Placemat is actually quite simple to make, with a dramatic look. What a great way to dress up your picnics with some pride! This placemat pattern includes a video to show the basic techniques needed to make the placemat.

Ravelry Link

Size:
Large 15.5 x 19.5″ (samples in pictures are this size)
Medium 13.5 x 17.5″

Yarn:
Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton: 100% cotton, 2 oz/57 g/99 yd/90 m per skein
Color A: 106 Blueberry 35g
Color B: 113 Hot Pepper 55g
Color C: 98 Vanilla 35g

Needle:
US 7/4.5mm ~ long straight needles or 16″ or longer circular needles

Gauge:
16 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Stitches and Skills used:
k ~ knit
p ~ purl
kfb ~ knit in front and back of stitch
ssk ~ slip slip knit (explained)
ws ~ wrong side
rs ~ right side
st(s) ~ stitch(es)

Special Stitches
ssk ~ (Slip next stitch knit wise) 2 times, insert left needle through the front of the stitches and knit them together.
~or~
The same look can be accomplished by knitting 2 stitches together through the back loop; in other words, insert the right needle through the back loops of the next 2 sts and knit them together.

Here is a video to help you along:

Large Placemat Pattern:
With color A, cast on 2.

Double Increase Section:
Row 1:
(ws) P2. {2 sts}
Row 2: (rs) Kfb, kfb. {4 sts}
Row 3~11 odd: Slip 1 purlwise, p to end.
Row 4: Slip 1 knitwise, kfb, kfb, k1. {6 sts}
Row 6: Slip 1 knitwise, k2, yo, k3. {7 sts}
Row 8: Slip 1 knitwise, k2, yo, k1, yo, k3. {9 sts}
Row 10: Slip 1 knitwise, k2, yo, k until 3 sts remain, yo, k3. {11 sts}
Repeat rows 10 & 11: until there are 63 sts on the needles.
Switch to color B.
Repeat rows 10 & 11: 5 more times. {73 sts}
Switch to color C.
Repeat Rows 10 & 11: once more. {75 sts}
Repeat Row 10: once more. {77 sts}

Straight Section (decrease & increase)
Row 1~7 odd: Slip 1 purlwise, p to end. {77 sts}
Row 2, 4: Slip 1 knitwise, k2, TURN,
slip 1 purlwise, p2, TURN,
slip 1 knitwise, k1, ssk, yo, k2tog, k until 3 sts remain, yo, k3. {77 sts on needles at end of row}
Row 6: Slip 1 knitwise, k1, ssk, yo, k2tog, k until 3 sts remain, yo, k3. {77 sts}
Switch to color B
Repeat rows 6 & 7: 5 more times.
Switch to color C
Repeat rows 6 & 7: 5 more times.
Switch to color B
Repeat rows 6 & 7: once more.
Repeat row 6: once more.

Double Decrease section
Row 1, 3: Slip 1 purlwise, p2, TURN
slip 1 knitwise, k2, TURN,
slip 1 purlwise, p to end.
Row 2, 4: Slip 1 knitwise, k1, ssk, yo, k2tog, k until 6 sts remain, ssk, yo, k2tog, k2.
Row 5, 7: Slip 1 purlwise, p to end. {75 sts on the needles}
Row 6: Slip 1 knitwise, k1, ssk, yo, k2tog, k until 6 sts remain, ssk, yo, k2tog, k2. {71 sts}
Switch to color C
Repeat rows 6 & 7: 5 more times. {61 sts}
Switch to color B
Repeat rows 6 & 7: 5 more times. {51 sts}
Switch to color C
Repeat rows 6 & 7: 5 more times. {41 sts}
Switch to color B
Repeat rows 6 & 7: 5 more times. {31 sts}
Switch to color C
Repeat rows 6 & 7: 5 more times. {21 sts}
Switch to color B
Repeat rows 6 & 7: 4 more times. {13 sts}
Repeat row 6: once more. {11 sts}

Finishing
Row 1~7 odd: Slip 1 purlwise, p to end.
Row 2: Slip 1 knitwise, k1, ssk, yo, slip 1 purlwise, k2tog, psso, yo, k2tog, k2. {9 sts on needles}
Row 4: Slip 1 knitwise, k1, ssk, slip 1 purlwise, k2tog, psso, k2. {6 sts on needles}
Row 6: Slip 1 knitwise, ssk, k2tog, k1. {4 sts on needles}
Row 8: Ssk, k2tog. {2 sts on needles}

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Medium Placemat Pattern:
With color A, cast on 2.

Double Increase Section:
Row 1:
 (ws) P2, turn.
Row 2: (rs) Kfb, kfb, turn.
Row 3~11 odd: Slip 1 purlwise, p to end, turn.
Row 4: Slip 1 knitwise, kfb, kfb, k1, turn.
Row 6: Slip 1 knitwise, k2, yo, k3, turn.
Row 8: Slip 1 knitwise, k2, yo, k1, yo, k3, turn.
Row 10: Slip 1 knitwise, k2, yo, k until 3 sts remain, yo, k3, turn.
Repeat rows 10 & 11: until there are 53 sts on the needles.
Switch to color B.
Repeat rows 10 & 11: 5 more times. ~ 63 sts
Switch to color C.
Repeat rows 10 & 11: once more. ~ 65 sts
Repeat row 10: once more. ~ 67 sts

Straight Section (decrease & increase)
Row 1~7 odd: Slip 1 purlwise, p to end, turn. ~ 67 sts
Row 2, 4: Slip 1 knitwise, k2, TURN,
slip 1 purlwise, p2, TURN,
slip 1 knitwise, k1, ssk, yo, k2tog, k until 3 sts remain, yo, k3, turn. ~ 67 sts on needles at end of row
Row 6: Slip 1 knitwise, k1, ssk, yo, k2tog, k until 3 sts remain, yo, k3, turn. ~ 67 sts
Switch to color B
Repeat rows 6 & 7: 5 more times. ~ 67 sts,
Switch to color C
Repeat rows 6 & 7: 5 more times. ~ 67 sts
Switch to color B
Repeat rows 6 & 7: once more. ~ 67 sts
Repeat row 6: once more. ~ 67 sts

Double Decrease section
Row 1, 3: Slip 1 purlwise, p2, TURN
slip 1 knitwise, k2, TURN,
slip 1 purlwise, p to end, turn.
Row 2, 4: Slip 1 knitwise, k1, ssk, yo, k2tog, k until 6 sts remain, ssk, yo, k2tog, k2, turn.
Row 5, 7: Slip 1 purlwise, p to end, turn. ~ 65 sts on the needles.
Row 6: Slip 1 knitwise, k1, ssk, yo, k2tog, k until 6 sts remain ssk, yo, k2tog, k2, turn. ~ 61 sts
Switch to color C
Repeat rows 6 & 7: 5 more times. ~ 51 sts
Switch to color B
Repeat rows 6 & 7: 5 more times. ~ 41 sts
Switch to color C
Repeat rows 6 & 7: 5 more times. ~ 31 sts
Switch to color B
Repeat rows 6 & 7: 5 more times. ~ 21 sts
Switch to color C
Repeat rows 6 & 7: 4 more times. ~ 13 sts
Repeat row 6: once more. ~ 11 sts

Finishing
Row 1~7 odd: Slip 1 purlwise, p to end, turn.
Row 2: Slip 1 knitwise, k1, ssk, yo, slip 1 purlwise, k2tog, psso, yo, k2tog, k2, turn. ~ 9 sts on needles
Row 4: Slip 1 knitwise, k1, ssk, slip 1 purlwise, k2tog, psso, k2, turn. ~ 6 sts on needles
Row 6: Slip 1 knitwise, ssk, k2tog, k1, turn. ~ 4 sts on needles
Row 8: Ssk, k2tog. ~ 2 sts on needles

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Enjoy!

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12 thoughts on “Patriotic Placemat”

  1. i dont know how to knit, just learned how to crochet, but love this…do you have one like it in crochet? 🙂

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  2. I am confused about the directions in the double decrease section because it leaves two wholes on the one border as you go along. I think there are two many YO at the end of these rows. Can you help me?
    Double Decrease section
    Row 6: Slip 1 knitwise, k1, ssk, yo, k2tog, k until 6 sts remain, yo, ssk, yo, k2tog, k2, turn. ~ 61 stsRow 2, 4: Slip 1 knitwise, k1, ssk, yo, k2tog, k until 6 sts remain, yo, ssk, yo, k2tog, k2, turn.

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  3. Hello, there is a mistake on the Medium Placemat, on the Straight Section, note on Row 4 should say 67 stitches on needle, not 77. Enjoying this and learning new things! Tracy

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  4. Hi. Regarding the large patriotic placemat :
    After knitting the very first section with Color A , I ended up with 62 stitches, not 63
    I followed directions exactly
    Is the 63 stitches a mistake in the pattern?

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    • I just took a good look at the pattern and don’t see any count errors. However, I did see that there were places that I should have put the count and didn’t. So, I just went in and added the counts to nearly every row. Any row that does not have the count listed has the same count as the row before. I hope this will help. You will see early on in the pattern there is a row that only increases by one, and that is why there’s an odd number of stitches. Don’t fret if you have 62, not 63. Just take off one less stitch in the next decrease row. 🙂

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  5. I would like to make a one-color placemat in the linen knit stitch (or something like that unless you think it would be too bulky?) Any chance you could write a pattern for one like that? Not sure I’m experienced enough to modify a pattern on my own…

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