MATERIALS: Use one of the following threads in size 30:
Clark's O.N.T. Mercerized Crochet, 20 balls of White or Ecru, or 24 balls of any color.
J. & P. Coats Mercerized Crochet, 15 balls of White or Ecru, or 20 balls of any color.
Clark's O.N.T. or J. & P. Coats Big Ball Best Six Cord Mercerized Crochet, 8 balls of White or Ecru, or 10 balls of any color.
Milward's steel crochet hook No. 10 or 11.
¾ yd. of linen, 36 inches wide, for napkins.
This amount is sufficient for 4 place mats, each about 12½ x 17½ inches, a center mat about 15 x 32½ inches, and 4 napkins, 12 inches square.
Gauge: Each motif measures 2¼ inches square before blocking.
PLACE MATS (First Motif of First Strip) … Starting at center, ch 9. 1st rnd: In 9th ch from hook make d c, ch 5, d c, ch 5 and d c; (ch 2, skip 2 ch, in next ch make d c, ch 5 and d c) twice; (ch 2, skip 2 ch, d c in next st) twice. 2nd rnd: Ch 9, 3-d tr cluster in 9th ch from hook—to make a cluster, make 3 d tr, holding back the last loop of each d tr on hook; thread over and draw through all loops on hook, ch 1 tightly—ch 3, sl st in ch-1 of cluster (p); ch 8, sl st at base of cluster, ch 12, turn. S c in p, ch 12, sl st at base of cluster, ch 1, turn. Over half of last ch-12 make 2 s c, 2 half d c and 6 d c; ch 8, s c in 4th ch from hook (p); ch 4, ch-4 p, ch 1, ch-4 p, * ch 7, 2-d c cluster in 5th ch from hook, ch-4 p in cluster, ch 4, sl st at base of cluster, ch 1, ch-4 p, ch 1, ch-4 p, ch 1, sl st in last d c made in ch-12; 6 d c over remaining 6 ch of same ch-12; 3 ch-4 p's with ch-1 between; ch 1, over next ch-12 make 12 d c, 2 half d c and 2 s c. Sl st at base of cluster, 2 s c in corner sp of center; in next sp make s c, ch-4 p and s c; 3 s c in corner ch-5, ch 9, 3-d tr cluster in 9th ch from hook, ch 4, sl st in cluster, ch 8, sl st at base of cluster, ch 12, turn. S c in p, ch 12, sl st at base of cluster, ch 1, turn. Over half of last ch-12 make 2 s c, 2 half d c and 6 d c; ch 4, ch-4 p, ch 4, s c in 7th d c down from top on last flower; 2 ch-4 p's with ch-1 between. Repeat from * around but, after the first 6 d c of last flower are made, make a sl st in 3rd ch from 1st p of first loop (thus joining last flower to first loop); complete flower. Fasten off.
Make another motif to within 3 p's between d c-groups of flower; make a ch-4 p, ch 2, sl st in corresponding p of first motif, ch 2, sl st back in 1st ch of first ch-2 (thus second motif is joined to first). Complete rnd as before. Make 5 more motifs, joining in same way.
First Motif of Second Strip … Work as for second motif of first strip, joining as before to first motif of first strip.
Second Motif … Join to lower edge of first motif and to adjacent side of second motif of first strip.
Continue thus until there are 5 strips of 7 motifs.
FILL-IN LACE … Ch 10, join with sl st. 1st rnd: Ch 1, 20 s c in ring; sl st in ch-1. 2nd rnd: Ch 1, s c in next s c, * ch 4, sl st in tip of free d c-cluster between joinings, ch 4, s c in next s c back on ring, s c in next 2 s c; (ch 1, p) 4 times; ch 6, sl st in 1st free p next to joining, ch 2, sl st in next free p on other side of joining, ch 5, skip 5 ch of ch-6, sl st in next ch; (ch-4 p, s c between next 2 p's) 3 times; ch-5 p, s c between next p and s c of ring, s c in same s c, s c in next 2 s c. Repeat from * 3 more times. Fasten off.
CENTER MAT…Make 6 x 13 motifs.
Block pieces to measurements given.
NAPKINS (Make 4) … Cut a 12½-inch square of linen, make a narrow hem. Place a motif over linen at one corner, and sew motif to linen. Cut away excess linen under motif, and hem.
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