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Cheerful Countryside Placemat

When you need a break from your hectic schedule, a trip to the country promises a relaxing and homey respite, and this iconic blue hue embodies that feeling of laid-back escape. This placemat’s rolling, mesmerizing shell stitch and easily repeatable stripes make it a must-have accessory for the next time you need to make your own home feel like a getaway.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 13” x 18½”

Gauge: 4 sts and 4 rows = 2 ½” [6.35 cm] in Shell

Materials

Medium weight yarn Lily Sugar ‘n Cream (100% Cotton; 200 yards [184 meters]/113 grams): 18083 Cornflower (MC), 1 ball; 00093 Soft Violet (CC1), 1 ball; 02323 Freshly Pressed (CC2), 1 ball

Hook: US size H/8 (5.0 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle.

Abbreviations

Ch – chain

Sl st – slip stitch

Sc – single crochet

Hdc – half double crochet

Dc – double crochet

Special Stitches

Shell: (sc, 2 dc) in st indicated

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked in simple Shell stitch rows with a 5 rnd border.

Pattern

Row 1: With MC, ch 50, sc in 2nd ch from the hook, sc in each ch across, turn – 49 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, Shell in first st, *sk next 2 sts, Shell in next st; rep from * across, turn – 17 Shells.

Row 3: Ch 1, Shell in first sc, Shell in each sc across, turn. Drop MC, but do NOT fasten off.

Row 4: With CC2, rep Row 3, turn. Drop CC2, but do NOT fasten off.

Row 5: With CC1, rep Row 3, turn. Fasten off. Pick up CC2.

Row 6: With CC2, rep Row 3, turn. Fasten off. Pick up MC.

Rows 7-20: With MC, rep Row 3, turn. Drop MC at end of last row, but do NOT fasten off.

Row 21: With CC2, rep Row 3, turn. Drop CC2, but do NOT fasten off.

Row 22: With CC1, rep Row 3, turn. Fasten off. Pick up CC2.

Row 23: With CC2, rep Row 3, turn. Fasten off. Pick up MC.

Rows 24-25: With MC, rep Row 3, turn.

Row 26: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn – 49 sts.

Border

Rnd 27: Ch 1, sc in each st across top (47 sts), 3 sc in corner, 28 sc along short side working in end of rows (sc in end of 6 rows, 2 sc in end of next row), 3 sc in next corner, working in opposite side of starting ch, sc 47 sts across bottom, 3 sc in next corner, 28 sc along short side, 3 sc in last corner, join with sl st in first st. Fasten off – 162 sts.

Rnd 28: With CC2, join with sl st in first st, ch 1, hdc in each st around with 3 hdc in each corner st, join with sl st in first st. Fasten off – 170 sts.

Rnd 29: With CC1, rep Rnd 28 – 178 sts.

Rnd 30: With CC2, join with sl st in first st, ch 1, sc in each st around with 3 sc in each corner st, join with sl st in first st – 186 sts.

Rnd 31: Sl st loosely in each st around, join. Fasten off.

Finishing

Weave in loose ends. yarn ball

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Comments
  • Shirley S.

    Please help. I am a beginner and is the shell pattern just sc, 2dc? Also when I drop CC2 but do not fasten off, in row 6 it is on the other side. I love this and would like to make it but I can’t seem to understand. (you may reply privately)

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  • Shirley S.

    Help: is the shell stitch just sc, 2dc? also if I do row 4 and do not fasten off with CC2 when row 6 comes up CC2 is at the other end. I am a beginner so am I reading this wrong? I love the colors and would like to make this..

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    • Nicola P.

      Hello Shirley! I’ve reached out to the designer for advice and she or I will reply as soon as possible. Thanks! – Nicola, Editor

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    • Nicola P.

      Hi Shirley! the shell stitch for this pattern is a sc, 2 dc in the same st or space designated. Also it seems the CC1 And CC2 are switched in the directions. The colors are lavender, multi color, lavender. When you drop the yarn at the end of the lavender rows (should be CC!) you will need to fasten off after all. We will make the changes above, sorry about the confusion! – Nicola, Editor

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  • Julie C.

    Has anyone made this yet? Can you tell us how many place mats this makes?
    Thanks for your help!

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    • Nicola P.

      Hello! I’ve reached out to the designer for advice and she or I will reply as soon as possible. Thanks! – Nicola, Editor

      Reply
  • Janice H.

    I’m happy to have some new patterns. The colors are beautiful

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  • Julie C.

    I too would like to know how many placemats this amount of materials will make.

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  • Betty J.

    I love this pattern…. Can’t wait to crochet! Thanks so much!

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  • Carol S.

    Very pretty. But I didn’t see where it said how many that amount of yarn made?

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