Free Knitting Pattern: Quick & Easy Summer Placemats

Easy Summer Placemats Free Knitting Pattern by Edie Eckman
Easy Summer Placemats Free Knitting Pattern designed by Edie Eckman

Brighten up your summer with these quick and easy summer placemats. They are a perfect first project for beginning knitters, and they make a great house-warming gift for new neighbors.

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The Yarn

Craft Yarn Council Size 5 yarn icon

Bulky-weight yarn makes the knitting go fast! Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn is fun to work with. Because of its construction, it’s less bulky than you would think, and it imparts a great texture to the fabric.

 

Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn

I love the exuberant colors that I used, but you can also choose from more muted shades to suit your taste. The instructions below are for two placemats in different main colors. If you want to make four placemats, two of each color shown, with a yellow stripe on each, you’ll need two balls each of the blue and pink, and one ball of the yellow.

 

The Pattern

Garter stitch is about as basic as a knitting stitch can be, and that’s all you need to know to knit these placemats! Minimal pattern-reading is required, and gauge doesn’t even matter all that much.

Easy Summer Placemats Free Knitting Pattern designed by Edie Eckman

Quick & Easy Summer Placemats

One size: 16″ x 13″/40.6 x 33 cm

Materials
Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn (70% polyester/30% viscose, 3.5 oz / 100 g, 242 yd / 221 m), 1 ball each color 148 Fish Bowl (A), color 195 Think Pink (B), and color 157 Make Lemonade (C) [See note above about yarn amounts for multiple placemats.]

US Size 10.5 / 6.5 mm knitting needles

Stitch marker or piece of waste yarn

Gauge
13 sts and 22 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in garter stitch (knit every row)
Gauge is not crucial in this project.
Watch How to Measure Gauge in Knitted Garter Stitch for more information.

Pattern Notes
Leave a 6″ / 15 cm tail for weaving in each time you begin and end a yarn.

Beginning knitters will want to knit the pattern exactly as written. More experienced knitters may create a slip-stitch selvedge by slipping the last stitch of each row knitwise with yarn in front.

Abbreviations
k: knit
RS: right side
st(s): stitch(es)
WS: wrong side

Instructions
With A, long-tail cast-on 42 sts. Knit 1 WS row. Turn work, and place a marker or piece of waste yarn on this side to indicate that the side is the right side.

Knit every row until piece measures 13″ / 33 cm from cast-on edge, ending with a WS row. Cut A, leaving a 6″ / 15 cm tail for weaving in.

With C, knit 10 rows (5 garter stitch ridges). Cut C.

With B, knit 2 rows (1 garter stitch ridge). Cut B.

With A, knit 6 rows (3 garter stitch ridges). Bind off.

Weave in ends.

Make a second placemat, substituting B for A and A for B in the instructions above.

Other Projects

Check out these other easy knitting patterns:

Blue Springs Double Cowl

Easy Quick-Knit One-Skein Tea Cozy

Molly Hat

Stoneybrook Shawlette

Zig Zag Eyelet Scarf

 

Knitting Pattern: Absaroka Poncho

Knit Absaroka Poncho by Edie Eckman

Fall in love with this season-spanning wrap and the yarn it’s made of. The Absaroka Poncho, a knit poncho pattern, is easy enough for advanced beginning knitters. Better yet, when you’re ready to wear it, it can be styled several ways: worn over the shoulder as an asymmetric wrap, draped over the back neck to show off the striking colorwork, or left as a rectangular shawl to be worn over the shoulders.

The Construction

Absaroka Poncho cast-on edge
Knit two rectangular panels from the bottom up, and graft them together at the center. Sew the sides together, or use clasps or screw-in leather closures to create the poncho style.

And don’t stress over the need to graft the pieces together; there’s a video tutorial on How to Graft Knit Garter Stitch, as well as written instructions. Continue reading “Knitting Pattern: Absaroka Poncho”

New Book: Pincushions to Sew

Pincushions to Sew
Pincushions to Sew Leisure Arts Edie EckmanThis post may contain affiliate links.

Surprise! I’ve written a sewing book! Pincushions to Sew, from Leisure Arts, features 15 pincushions designed by yours truly.

These were great fun to make, and I had a blast thinking of ways to embellish them. And since I’m only an intermediate sewer myself, I can guarantee that the sewing skill needed is “not that much”.

Why Pincushions?

Pincushions to Sew Prairie Points

 

  • They are quick to make. I was amazed at how quickly I finished these, compared to a knitting project!
  • They offer the perfect opportunity to practice your sewing skills. I learned to make Prairie Points just for this book.
  • It’s a great way to use small amounts of fabric. Each of these uses only 5″ charm squares or jelly roll strips, in coordinating prints and colors.
  • You can embellish them using all kinds of fun ribbons and other trims. What a terrific excuse for another trip to the store to get more doo-dads!
  • The finished product is completely utilitarian. You can always use another pincushion.
  • They make great gifts for your crafty friends.

Continue reading “New Book: Pincushions to Sew”

Tip Tuesday: Mistake Stitch Rib

Mistake Stitch Rib

Looking for a quick and easy textured reversible stitch pattern? Look no further than the Mistake Stitch Rib.

Why “Mistake Stitch”?

Because when you work a K2, P2 rib on a multiple of 4 stitches plus 3, instead of a multiple of 4, you don’t get ribbing, you get a “mistake”.

But oh, what a lovely mistake it is!

Mistake Stitch Rib chart

Mistake Stitch Rib

Worked over a multiple of 4 stitches + 3

All rows: *K2, p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, k2, p`1.

That’s it! Repeat that one row until you’re finished.


What’s It Good For?

Try it in a scarf—no edgings needed! What about a cozy cowl or pair of mittens? Or make a dozen washcloths to give as gifts.

What “mistakes” are you going to make with your knitting?

 


Abbreviations

k: knit

p: purl

rep: repeat

st(s): stitch(es)

Easy Quick-Knit One-Skein Tea Cozy

Tea Cozy
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Naked Red Teapot
Cold and Naked Teapot

Last winter, I had a problem: my cute red teapot was cold and naked.

Why didn’t I have a tea cozy? I have no idea, but this year I decided to do something about it before cold weather sets in.

In just an evening of watching a couple of episodes of “Shetland“, I completed this easy one-skein tea cozy. My tea pot is now properly clothed.

Bring on Fall!

Free Easy Quick-Knit One-Skein Tea Cozy
Warm and Cozy Teapot

Easy Quick-Knit One-Skein Tea Cozy Pattern

To fit a 6-cup teapot; the ribbing adapts to many teapot shapes.

Teapot shown is about 20″ [51 cm] circumference (not counting spout) by 6½” [16.5 cm] high

Cozy measures 13″ [33 cm] circumference at bottom edge and 7″ [18 cm] tall, but it stretches a lot!

Valley Yarns Superwash Super Bulky

Materials

1 skein Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Super Bulky Color by Vickie Howell, CYC #6, (100% Superwash Wool, 100 g/55 yds), Color 204 Tiki Turquoise

Other yarn options: Cloudborn Super Wash Wool Super Bulky, Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick  & Quick, Bernat Softee Chunky

This project took ALL of the 55 yds of yarn in the ball, so if your gauge is not accurate or you want to make your cover a bit larger, buy more yarn.

US size 13 [9 mm] knitting needles

Tapestry needle

**Scroll all the way down for abbreviations.**

Gauge

14 sts and 15 rows = 4″ in 2×2 rib, relaxed

Instructions

Long-tail cast on 52 sts.

Rows 1, 3, 5 and 7 (WS): K3, *p2, k2; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rows 2, 4, 6 and 8 (RS): P3, *k2, p2; rep from * to last st, p1.

Row 9 (divide for spout): K3, (p2, k2) 5 times, p2, k1, turn, leaving remaining 26 sts unworked.

Working on 26 sts only, continue in established pattern for 5 more rows, ending with a RS row. Cut yarn, leaving a 6″ tail.

With WS facing, join yarn at spout opening; working across 26 sts, k1, (p2, k2) 5 times, p2, k3.

Continue in established pattern for 4 more rows, ending with a WS row.

Joining Row (RS): Work in established pattern across all stitches—52 sts.

Decrease Row (WS): K1, K2tog, *p2tog, k2tog; rep from * to last st, p1—27 sts.

Next Row: K2, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Continue in established pattern for 4 more rows.

Next Row (RS): P1, (k2tog) around, p2—15 sts.

Bind off in pattern. Fasten off, leaving a tail for seaming.

With yarn tail, sew 2″ [5 cm] seam along selvedges. Sew lower 1½” [4 cm] selvedges together, leaving an opening for the pot handle.

Weave in ends.

Here’s how much yarn I had left over. That’s what I call using the whole ball!Left over yarn

IHoliday Teapot Cozyf you prefer using worsted-weight yarn, check out the free pattern for my Holiday Tea Cozy from Red Heart.


Abbreviations

k: knit

k2tog: knit 2 stitches together

p: purl

p2tog: purl 2 stitches together

RS: right side

st(s): stitch(es)

WS: wrong side