Materials: Clark's O.N.T. (25 balls) or J. & P. Coats (17 balls) Mercerized Crochet, size 10, White or Ecru; or Clark's Big Ball Mercerized Crochet, size 10, 8 balls. Milward's steel crochet hook No. 8.
This material is sufficient for 4 place mats, each about 11½ x 21½ inches, and a center mat about 11½ x 34 inches. This set is made in individual wheels and then sewed together.
Place Mat. Wheel. Beginning at center, ch 12, join with sl st to form ring. 1st row: Ch 21 (to measure 1¾ inches). S c in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (20 s c). Make 1 s c in ring. Ch 1, turn. 2nd row: Picking up only the back loop of each s c, skip 1st s c, s c in each of next 20 s c. Ch 1, turn. 3rd row: Picking up only the back loop of each s c, s c in each of next 4 s c, * ch 5, s c in each of next 4 s c, repeat from * across, ending with 4 s c (4 p's made). Make 1 s c in ring. This completes the first spoke. Do not break off but continue for the second spoke. Second Spoke: 1st row: Ch 20, drop loop from hook, insert hook in 2nd p from ring and draw dropped loop through. S c in each ch st of ch-20 (20 s c). Make 1 s c in ring. Ch 1, turn. Repeat the 2nd and 3rd rows of first spoke once. Then make 4 more spokes same as second spoke (6 in all), but while making the 3rd p of the 6th spoke, attach to 1st spoke by making ch 2, sl st in end s c of 1st spoke, ch 2, and continue back on 6th spoke as usual. Fasten and break off. This completes one wheel. Make 33 more wheels.
Joining: Place wheels in position (as in illustration)—a row of 8 wheels for the center row, a row of 7 wheels along each side of center row, and a row of 6 wheels along each side of these two rows. Pin ends of spokes together (as marked on illustration of stitch detail) in corresponding position and then sew them together on wrong side with over and over stitches. Make 3 more place mats.
Center Mat. Make 59 wheels and join as in place mat, having a row of 13 wheels for the center row, a row of 12 wheels along each side of center row, and a row of 11 wheels along each side of these two rows.
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