Cheerful Countryside Placemat

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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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