Placemat & Coaster Set

I’ve only made 3 coasters and 1 placemat so far but that’s enough to let you know how it was done. They were made using the same stitch as the vintage phone case, they’re nice and thick and seem quite robust so far. As always I’m using English crochet terms so look at the conversion chart for the American equivalents.

I’ve used quite a thin recycled grey cotton doubled up so that it’s ~dk/worsted weight and a 4mm hook.


row 1. Chain 50

row 2. chain 3, turn, tr in 3rd chain from hook, *skip one stitch, dc and then tr both into the next stitch*

* repeat to the end of the row and just 1dc in the last stitch of the row.

row 3. chain 2, turn, tr into the dc at the end of the last row (the 3rd chain/stitch from the hook), *skip one stitch, dc then tr both into the next stitch*

* repeat to the end of the row ending with 1 dc in last stitch of the row.

Repeat row 3 until the piece is as big as you would like the placemat – I completed 30 rows in total.

Do not fasten off but turn the work 90 degrees and continue in the direction you are going – dc all around the edge with 3dc in each corner. Fasten off and weave in ends.


Follow the same instructions as for the placemat but to begin chain 14 and I completed 12 rows but you should add or subtract a few to make them square. Finish by dc-ing all around the edge as for the placemat.

36 thoughts on “Placemat & Coaster Set

  1. This looks fab and thanks for the pattern. Just a quick question regarding <<>>
    Do I DC in stitch then TR in the next stitch or is it DC then TR in the same stitch ?
    Sorry to be a bit thick :-)

    • hello,

      the coasters are ~9.5cm square (about 3 and 3/4 inches)
      the placemat is about 22cm x 30cm (~the same size as an A4 sheet of paper). that’s about 12 inch by 8 and 3/4 inch.

      I hope that helps

    • Hi, I can’t say exactly because the yarn I used was recycled from a jumper. It was quite thin and I doubled it up (I’d judge the 2 strands together to be somewhere between dk and worsted). As a rough guide one of my coasters weighs about 15g (which google tells me is equivalent to ~0.53oz) and one of my placemats weighs about 70g (~2.5oz). That’s just a very rough guide though since I’m not sure of the weight of the yarn and your tension may be different etc.

      I hope that helps

    • Hi,

      there’s no row missing – the turning chain (chain 3) is just included at the beginning of the row instructions rather than the end of the previous row. I always think it makes more sense that way :)

  2. Hi, I love the look of these, and I was wondering if you blocked them to make them symmetrical? Mine are coming out a bit skewed.

  3. Great stitch and easy to follow pattern. Even better it is using English terminology. I found some viscose and cotton mix yarn, doubled it up and it looks great. Many thanks for sharing. :)

  4. I am on row 4 and my placemat is not coming out straight. I’ve counted the stitches and there are the correct amount of stitches in each row. Any suggestions? It’s curving…

  5. So, according to the conversion chart, if I’m doing this American, I single crochet where the pattern says dc, and double crochet where the pattern says tr? Still learning pattern abbreviationsand conversions.

  6. I’ve got some “worsted” cotton yarn that is on the thin side, haven’t had a clue what to do with it. Now I do. Thanks a bunch. XO! – Alexis in Kansas

  7. I’ve crocheted for many years and can even follow a pattern (usually), but really bad at doing any kind of calculations or conversions. Can you explain the rational behind doubling up on the thickness of the yarn. Why is that preferred over just using a thicker yarn? If the reason is just that you happened to have the thinner yarn on hand and wanted to use it up, I get that. But if there’s some other reason having to do with the final outcome, it escapes me. I love this set and would like to give it as a gift if I can make it work. Many thanks!

  8. Hiya, I’ve been making these and they’ve come out perfectly! Just one question, what is the man of this stitch?
    Thanks for a great pattern!

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