Hi guys! The weather is getting warmer, so crocheting large projects can be a sweaty task. Today, we are working on a smaller project that you can make in a couple of hours, without breaking a sweat. If you love bohemian style decor, or you are looking for a simple textured placemat to add some colour and warmth to your space – I feel like placemats make any table look homier – then this crochet boho placemat pattern is for you! As a bonus, I made a smaller version as a coaster, so you get two patterns in one. You can find the free pattern below.
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- 6.0 mm crochet hook
- 3 Skeins of Yarn Bee Comfy Classic, Medium 4 Weight (48% Viscose & 30% Polyester & 22% Nylon, 150 yd / 137 m, 3.5 oz. / 99 g) – Khaki *Approximately 400 yards make 2 Placemats OR 200 yards make 1 Placemat*
- Yarn Needle
- Straight Pins
- Foam Pad / Blocking Mat / Carpet
- Steamer / Spray Bottle / Iron with a steam setting
Alternative Yarn Options:
- Closest Substitution: Loops and Threads Capri Yarn, Medium 4 Weight (57% Cotton & 28% Nylon & 15% Polyester, 174 yd / 160 m, 3.5 oz. / 100 g)
- 2 Strands Held Together of Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend, Light 3 Weight. (50% Cotton & 50% Polyester, 392 yd / 358 m)
- 2 Strands Held Together of Katia Alabama Yarn, Light 3 Weight (50% Acrylic & 50% Cotton, 115 yd / 105 m, 1.75 oz. / 50 g)
- Any soft 100% cotton or cotton blend yarn. Depending on the weight of the yarn, you may have to crochet with 2 strands held together.
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- Ch – chain
- St(s) – stitch(es)
- Rnd – round
- MR – magic ring
- Sl st – slip stitch
- Dc – double crochet
- BLO – back loop only
- 3dc-cl – 3 double crochet cluster (a.k.a. dc3tog – double crochet 3 together)
- [ ] – repeat instructions inside the brackets according to the number of times indicated after the brackets.
*Gauge is not very important when making these coasters and placemats, but if you need to make them smaller or larger than the original pattern, instructions are provided below.
Coasters: (Without Border) 4.5″ diameter, (With Border) 6″ diameter
Placemats: (Without Border) 13.5″ diameter, (With Border) 15.5″ diameter
Customizing the Size of Your Placemat & Coaster:
You can make your coaster and placemat as small or large as you’d like. To make the coasters/placemat smaller, continue to follow the original pattern, until you are satisfied with the size of your piece, and end with Rnd 14 (the border). To make the placemat larger, stop before Rnd 14 (the border), and continue on with these extra rounds, before adding the border:
Rnd 14: In BLO, dc in first 6 sts, 2 dc in next st, [dc in next 12 sts, 2 dc in next st] 9 times, dc in last 6 sts. (140)
Rnd 15: In BLO, [dc in first 13 sts, 2 dc in next st] 10 times. (150)
Rnd 16: In BLO, dc in first 7 sts, 2 dc in next st, [dc in next 14 sts, 2 dc in next st] 9 times, dc in last 7 sts. (160)
- Do not turn at the end of each round.
- Avoid the dreaded seam by using a stitch marker, to mark the first st of each new round.
- Do not join each round with a sl st; instead, proceed to the next round without closing the round.
- It is normal for your work to curl inward as you crochet; this will be fixed in the blocking stage, so your placemat will lie flat.
- If Rnd 14 (the border) is confusing, there is a video tutorial included below to help you!
- After Rnd 1, there is no beg ch 2 to start each round.
Make a MR.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 10 dc in MR. Do not join with a sl st. (10)
Tip: Mark the first st of each new round with a stitch marker. This helps you keep track of where the round starts/ends.
Rnd 2: In BLO, 2 dc in each st around. (20)
Rnd 3: In BLO, [dc in first st, 2 dc in next st] 10 times. (30)
Rnd 4: In BLO, dc in first st, 2 dc in next st, [dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st] 9 times, dc in last st. (40)
*Fasten off here if you are making coasters. Proceed to Rnd 14 for the border. You should only have 8 pom-poms in your coaster border.*
Rnd 5: In BLO, [dc in first 3 sts, 2 dc in next st] 10 times. (50)
Rnd 6: In BLO, dc in first 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, [dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st] 9 times, dc in last 2 sts. (60)
Rnd 7: In BLO, [dc in first 5 sts, 2 dc in next st] 10 times. (70)
Rnd 8: In BLO, dc in first 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, [dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st] 9 times, dc in last 3 sts. (80)
Rnd 9: In BLO, [dc in first 7 sts, 2 dc in next st] 10 times. (90)
Rnd 10: In BLO, dc in first 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, [dc in next 8 sts, 2 dc in next st] 9 times, dc in last 4 sts. (100)
Rnd 11: In BLO, [dc in first 9 sts, 2 dc in next st] 10 times. (110)
Rnd 12: In BLO, dc in first 5 sts, 2 dc in next st, [dc in next 10 sts, 2 dc in next st] 9 times, dc in last 5 sts. (120)
Rnd 13: In BLO, [dc in first 11 sts, 2 dc in next st] 10 times. Make a sl st into the first st of Rnd 13 to close the rnd. (130)
*Continue on to the border without fastening off.*
Rnd 14: [Ch 2, make a pom pom, ch 2, sk 4 sts, sl st into next st] 8 times. The last sl st of Rnd 14 will be worked into the sl st join of Rnd 4. Fasten off and weave in ends. (8 pom poms)
Rnd 14: [Ch 2, make a pom pom, ch 2, sk 4 sts, sl st into next st] 26 times. The last sl st of Rnd 14 will be worked into the sl st join of Rnd 13. Fasten off and weave in ends. (26 pom poms)
Pom Pom Stitch:
- First Cluster: Ch 3, 3dc-cl in first chain
- Second Cluster: Ch 3, 3dc-cl in first chain
- Pull the second cluster over the first cluster, so one is sitting on top of the other.
- Sl st into the first chain where you placed the first cluster, to close the stitch.
- See video below.
Video Tutorial for the Pom-Pom Border
The pom-pom border can be hard to visualize in your head, even with pictures. I created a video tutorial, so we can make it together.
Blocking Your Crochet Boho Placemat & Coaster
It is normal for your crochet placemat or coasters to curl in on itself (Picture 1). It tends to curl when we make double crochets into the back loop only, but it can be fixed through blocking. My preferred method of blocking is a steamer, but you can use an iron on steam setting (make sure the iron stays 1-2 inches away from the placemat), or a spray bottle filled with water. Here is a video tutorial for this technique!
- To block the coaster and placemat, start by placing straight pins in the center, and work your way around the outside of the circle.
- Place a pin into the chain space below each pom-pom.
- Move the steamer over the placemat(coaster) and push the fabric down with your fingers, so that the steam works its way into the fabric.
- Let the placemat(coaster) dry, and remove the pins. If you are using a spray bottle, allow the placemat(coaster) to dry overnight before removing the pins.
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