LINEN EDGINGS

Give coast­ers and place mats the hand­made treat­ment with three fancy edgings de­signed by Becky Skuse.

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De­signer Becky Skuse says: “Add a hand­made touch to your al fresco din­ing with these sim­ple coast­ers and place mat. Once you get started, you’ll find that com­bin­ing fab­ric and cro­chet is great fun and the re­sults are sure to im­press. The pi­cot, shell and crab stitch de­signs are pretty but easy to hook so you can fo­cus on the tech­niques that are new to you. We’ve also taken care of the maths so you can get prac­tis­ing straight away and gain the con­fi­dence you need to cre­ate your own edgings. Have fun!”

PRE­PAR­ING FAB­RIC

Hem the edges of your fab­ric so your coaster mea­sures ap­prox 12cm square and your place mat mea­sures ap­prox 22x32cm. Us­ing Yarn A and a sharp darn­ing nee­dle, work blan­ket stitches all around the edge of each fab­ric piece – we worked stitches 1cm apart, ap­prox 1cm from the fab­ric edge. On the coaster, you should have 12 loops on each side. On the place mat, you should have 22 loops x 32 loops. Se­cure the ends neatly.

SHELL COASTER

Us­ing Yarn B, join yarn in first loop of any side.

Round 1 Ch1 (does not count as stitch through­out), *3dc in first loop, 2dc in each loop to last loop on Side 1, 3dc in last loop of Side 1, turn to next side; re­peat from * along each rem side, ss to first dc to join. [104 dc – 26 dc on each side] Mark the cor­ner stitches as de­scribed in the Cro­chet Work­shop – we chose the last dc along each side as the cor­ner stitch.

Round 2 Ch1, dc in each dc around, work­ing 3dc in each marked cor­ner stitch and mov­ing the stitch mark­ers to the new cor­ner stitches. [112 dc]

Round 3 Start­ing at any marked cor­ner stitch, ch1, **dc in marked cor­ner st, *skip next st, 5tr in next st, skip next st, dc in next st; re­peat from * along this side, end­ing with last dc worked in next marked cor­ner stitch. Re­peat from ** along each side, omit­ting last dc on fi­nal re­peat, ss to first dc.

Fas­ten off and weave in ends.

PI­COT COASTER

Work as given for Shell Coaster to the end of Round 2. [112 dc] To po­si­tion the pi­cots on ei­ther side of the cor­ner, work as fol­lows:

Round 3 Start­ing at any marked cor­ner stitch, ch1, **3dc in marked cor­ner st, pi­cot, *dc in each of next 3 dc, pi­cot; re­peat from * to next marked cor­ner st. Re­peat from ** along each side, ss to first dc. Fas­ten off and weave in ends. To po­si­tion the pi­cots right on the cor­ner, work as fol­lows:

Round 3 Start­ing at any marked cor­ner stitch, ch1, **2dc in marked cor­ner st, pi­cot, dc in same marked cor­ner st, dc in each of next 2 dc, pi­cot, *dc in each of next 3 dc, pi­cot; re­peat from * to one stitch be­fore the next marked cor­ner st, dc in next dc. Re­peat from ** along each side, ss to first dc. Fas­ten off and weave in ends.

PLACE MAT

On the short sides, mark the first, 8th, 15th and 22nd (last) loops with stitch mark­ers or waste yarn. On the long sides, mark the first, 7th, 13th, 19th, 25th and 32nd (last) loops. Us­ing Yarn B, join yarn in first loop of one short side.

Round 1 Ch1, *3dc in first loop, 2dc in next loop and in each loop around but work 3dc in each of the marked loops. Re­move the mark­ers as you go. Ss to first dc. [236 dc – 48 sts on each short side, 70 sts on each long side] Mark the cor­ner stitches as de­scribed in the Cro­chet Work­shop – we chose the last dc along each side as the cor­ner stitch.

Round 2 Ch1, dc in each dc around, work­ing 3dc in each marked cor­ner stitch and mov­ing the stitch mark­ers to the new cor­ner stitches. [244 dc]

Round 3 Ch1, skip stitch at base of ch, *cs in next stitch; re­peat from * around, work­ing 3cs in the marked cor­ner stitches, ss to first cs. [252 cs]

Fas­ten off and weave in ends.

When prep­ping your fab­ric, use a match­ing yarn or thread for the blan­ket stitches.

Un­co­op­er­a­tive pi­cots? Give them a good block­ing to keep them look­ing sleek.

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