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Clever Crocheted Mats

Made from three plies of yard, these place mats will protect tabletops from scratches while adding a touch of pizzazz.

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What You Need:

  • 1-1/2 ounch cotton 4-ply worsted-weight yard -- 2 skeins of solid color, 3 skeins of multicolored yarn
  • Crochet hook size J
  • 3 yards of 2-1/4-inch-wide ribbon
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Instructions:

1. Holding one strand of each yard color together, chain 27. Single crochet in 2nd chain from hook, draw up a loop in same chain as first single crochet, draw up a loop in next chain, yarn over and draw through 3 loops on hook. * Draw up a loop in same chain as last stitch, draw up a loop in next chain, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook; rep from * across -- 26 stitches; turn.

2. Chain 1, single crochet in first stitch, draw up a loop in same stitch as first single crochet, draw up a loop in next single crochet, yarn over and draw through 3 loops on hook. * Draw up a loop in same stitch as last stitch, draw up a loop in next stitch, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook; rep from * across; turn. Rep this row for 38 times more. Fasten off.

3. Join one strand of multicolored yarn with a slip stitch in right corner. In same space as join, (single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, single stich -- scallop made). Working along one short edge first, * skip next stitch, make a scallop in the next stitch; rep from * across to corner. For long edge, * skip 1 row, make a scallop in side of next row; rep from * to corner. Work rem sides as established. At end, join with a slip stitch in first single crochet and fasten off.

4. Beginning at top center, weave ribbon under and over every two crochet stitches one row in from edge. Tie ends into a bow.

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