Good Morning! My crocheting skills are pretty low, but enough to create this colorful place mat. We’ve been having a rainy month, and it was nice to have this little project when I was stuck inside. I’d rather be in the garden, but I suppose my plants prefer rain over my company.
After I finished the mat, I was on such a roll that I made a few coasters to go with it.
Let me take you through the process. It’s pretty easy, once you get going. You’ll need yarn, clothesline (or something similar), and a crochet hook.
You’ll be making ‘single crochet’ stitches throughout. First put a slip knot on your rope,
and slide your crochet hook in the loop.
Wrap the yarn around the rope away from you, and grab it underneath with your crochet hook.
Then wrap your yarn over the hook towards you.
Using the hook pull the last loop added through the first 2 loops on your crochet hook. Pull tight.
I did about 8 of these loops on the rope. Depending on the size of the rope you use, and the kind of yarn you use, find the number of loops that are comfortable for bending the rope.
** Bend your rope and slide your hook into the top loop of your very first stitch. This will create the circle.
Wrap your yarn over the rope away from you, and catch it underneath with your hook.
*** Then wrap the yarn over the hook towards you. Pass it through the latest loop on your hook only. Wrap the yarn over the hook towards you again, and pass the yarn through the 2 loops on your crochet hook.
You will continue from ‘**‘ to ‘***‘ until the mat is the size you want. To compensate for the increase in size, be sure to add a chain hook between stitches. There is no required number of chains. I added them as I needed.
Once you get it started, you’ll get into an easy flow. I put a dab of glue on the ends of the clothes line to keep it from unraveling.
Be sure to come back next week. I have another craft that I made for filling the bowl.