Materials: Clark's O.N.T. Mercerized Crochet 12 balls of Ecru, size 20 and 6 balls of Dk. Red, size 10; or J. & P. Coats Mercerized Crochet 9 balls of Ecru and 3 balls of Dk. Red.
Milward's steel crochet hook No. 7 or 8.
This material is sufficient for 4 place mats, each about 12 x 18 inches and a center mat about 12 x 24 inches. Corner motifs are made individually and sewed in later.
Gauge: 3 sps made 1 inch; 2 tr-rows and 3 sl st-rows make 1 inch.
Place Mat. Starting at one short end, ch 52 (to measure about 3 inches), turn. 1st row: S c in 7th ch from hook, sl st in each of next 2 ch, * ch 4, skip 2 ch, sl st in each of next 3 ch. Repeat from * across, ending row with ch 4, s c in last ch (10 loops in all). Ch 4, turn. 2nd row: Tr in 1st loop, * ch 4, 2 tr in next loop. Repeat from * across. Ch 4, turn. 3rd row: * Skip the tr-group and 1st ch of next ch-4, sl st in each of next 3 ch of same ch-4, ch 4. Repeat from * across. Ch 4, turn. The last two rows constitute the pattern. 4th row: Same as 2nd row. Ch 4, turn. 5th row: Same as 3rd row. Turn and break off. 6th row: Ch 21, 2 tr in last loop of 5th row, * ch 4, 2 tr in next loop. Repeat from * across. Ch 24, turn. 7th row: Sl st in 7th ch from hook, sl st in each of next 2 ch, ch 4, skip 2 ch, sl st in each of next 3 ch (2 loops made), make 2 more loops on chain, then continue in pattern across, making 4 loops on other chain. Ch 4, turn. 8th row: Same as 2nd row. 9th, 10th and 11th rows: Repeat 3rd, 2nd and 3rd rows. Break off at end of 11th row. 12th row: Work as for 6th row. 13th row: Work as for 7th row. 14th to 19th rows incl: Repeat 8th to 13th rows incl. Hereafter work in pattern straight with no more shapings for 10 more inches, ending with a tr-row. Ch 2, turn. Next row: Work in pattern as before but make ch-2 loops across 1st 4 tr-groups and last 4 tr-groups. Turn and break off. Following row: Skip the 1st 4 ch-2 loops, attach thread to 5th loop, ch 4, tr in same loop, ch 4, and continue pattern across to within 4 ch-2 loops from end. Hereafter work in pattern to correspond with opposite end. Break off.
Corner Motif: With Dk. Red, ch 34, turn. 1st row: S c in 2nd ch from hook, s c in each of next 14 ch, skip 2 ch (to form inner corner), s c in each of next 16 ch. Ch 1, turn. Hereafter pick up only the back loop of each s c of previous row. 2nd row: S c in each s c to within 1 s c from inner corner s c, then skip 1 s c, s c in corner s c, skip 1 s c, s c in each of remaining s c. Ch 1, turn. Repeat 2nd row until 3 s c remain in the row. Then ch 1, sl st in last st. Break off. Make 12 motifs in all. Place them in position, as in illustration and sew with over-and-over stitches, using Ecru thread.
Center Mat. Work exactly as for Place Mat, but making the center section 16 inches long (instead of 10 inches).
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