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Sunday
Jun192011

Whit's Knits: Granny Circle Placemats

As hot weather settles over the city I can feel my summer appetite kicking in. Winter may be all about heavy red sauces and rich, maple drizzled squashes, but, for me, summer is a whole different story. Everything lightens up, and the operative word becomes "fresh", fresh salads, fresh fruit, fresh everything! And, so, to recognize this culinary shift, I decided that my tabletop would definitely need a summer overhaul.

 

These Granny Circle Placemats fit right into the mood of summer: bright, casual and as fresh as this morning! I took the classic design of the granny square, spun it into a circle and added a colorful edge. The result is a simple and cheerful set of placemats that will be perfectly at home under a bowl of salted cucumber slices!

For a no-fuss look I used Cascade's Ultra Pima. One hundred percent Pima Cotton, this yarn does durable duty with elegance. It's machine washable and ready for wear, but has a pretty, subtle shine and classic cotton simplicity.

There are so many sunny colors of Ultra Pima to choose from, you can really have good time personalizing your placemats. Go for white with royal and navy blues for a fun, nautical take, or stick to naturals and peaches for a breezy, beachy look. To reflect my seasonal mood, I chose four colors with the zesty flavors of citrus and melon.

 

The Materials

  • Cascade's Ultra Pima, 100% Pima Cotton. 
    • 4 skeins of the Main Color (I used Natural #3718)
    • 1 skein each of four Contrast Colors (I used, from the top, Yellow Roses #3743, Gold #3747, Marigold #3749, and Ice Peach #3753)

The Pattern

Gauge

6 1/2 single crochets = 1 inch

Finished Size

14 inches in diameter

Begin

Round 1: With the Main Color, chain 3 into an adjustable loop (see our Adjustable Loop Tutorial right here for how-to's!)...

...1 double crochet (dc) into the loop, (chain 1, 2 dc) 5 times, chain 1, join to third chain of beginning chain with a slip stitch.

Round 2: Make 1 slip stitch into next stitch, and 1 slip stitch into space...

...chain 3, 1 dc into same space, chain 1, 2 dc into same space, *chain 1, 2 dc into next space, chain 1, 2 dc into same space, repeat from * to end of round, chain 1, join to third chain of beginning chain with a slip stitch.

Round 3: Make 1 slip stitch into next stitch, and 1 slip stitch into space, chain 3, 2 dc into same space, *chain 1, 3 dc into next space, repeat from * to end of round, chain 1, join to third chain of beginning chain with a slip stitch.

Round 4: Make 1 slip stitch into next two stitches, and 1 slip stitch into space...

...chain 3, 2 dc into same space, *chain 1, 3 dc into next space, repeat from * to end of round, chain 1, join to third chain of beginning chain with a slip stitch.

Round 5: Make 1 slip stitch into next two stitches, and 1 slip stitch into space, chain 3, 2 dc into same space, chain 1, 3 dc into same space, *chain 1, 3 dc into next space, chain 1, 3 dc into same space, repeat from * to end of round, chain 1, join to third chain of beginning chain with a slip stitch.

Rounds 6 and 7: Repeat Round 4.

Round 8: Make 1 slip stitch into next two stitches, and 1 slip stitch into space, chain 3, 2 dc into same space, chain 1, 3 dc into next space, chain 1, 3 dc into same space, *chain 1, 3 dc into next space, chain 1, 3 dc into next space, chain 1, 3 dc into same space, repeat from * to end of round, chain 1,  join to third chain of beginning chain with a slip stitch.

Rounds 9, 10 and 11: Repeat Round 4.

Round 12: Make 1 slip stitch into next two stitches, and 1 slip stitch into space, chain 3, 2 dc into same space, chain 1, 3 dc into next space, chain 1, 3 dc into next space, chain 1, 3 dc into same space, *chain 1, 3 dc into next space, chain 1, 3 dc into next space, chain 1, 3 dc into next space, chain 1, 3 dc into same space, repeat from * to end of round, chain 1, join to third chain of beginning chain with a slip stitch.

Rounds 13, 14, and 15: Repeat Round 4.

Round 16: Repeat Round 12.

Rounds 17 and 18: Repeat Round 4.

Cut the yarn and pull the yarn through the last stitch.

Here's a visual of all 18 rounds:

Trim

With the Contrast Color, join to any stitch or space and chain 2. Make a half double crochet into each stitch and space around the edge of the placemat. Join to second chain of beginning chain with a slip stitch.

Cut the yarn and pull it through the last stitch.

Make three more and you'll have a set!

Reader Comments (43)

These are too beautiful to be hidden under plates! Thanks also for the extreme closeup photos with arrows -- crochet is one of those where it can be hard for me to tell what's happening in photos. These detailed shots are great.
June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarvi
I think the instructions for round 8 are wrong? The * is in the wrong place, and needs to begin at chain 1?
June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
HI Sarah,

You're right! Thank you so much for your attentive reading! Round 8 is now officially corrected...

Thank you again!
Whitney
June 20, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
i love your posts esp the ones related to crochet.
you tutorial is very good.
also check my blog post
http://roycedavids.blogspot.com/2011/06/crochet-red-simple-and-elegent-doily.html
hope you like it
June 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterroyce
These are so great! Thanks for the pattern, I am making them as a wedding present right now!
June 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermolly
Thanks for the great pattern! I was wondering -- for rounds 6 and 7 I repeated round 4 but the piece seems to curl up. I went on to round 8 hoping it would flatten out but I'm still looking like a beret! Is this expected ? Am I doing something wrong or should continue and it will flatten out ? Ty !
June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlison
Hi Alison,

It is normal that as you crochet the even rounds the edges might curl up a little bit, but the increase round should ease the tension. If that's not happening for you, I think that you are either missing something in the pattern (remember to chain 1 between every group of double crochets!) or perhaps your gauge is a little tight and you need to use a bigger hook.

I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have more questions!

Good luck-
Whitney
June 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpurlbee
These are delightful. So pretty. Thank you for the great tutorial!
July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRohaise
Hi Alison,

Maybe you have figured it out already, but I wonder if you are making the same mistake on row 6 that I almost did (my first time crocheting in like 20 years!). Are you crocheting into *every* space created by the chain 1's after each set of 3 dc's? Assuming I've done this correctly, there are 24 spaces to crochet into during row 6. There are small spaces (the chain 1's between the 2 sets of 3dc's you crocheted w/in one space) and big spaces. If you only crochet into the big spaces on row 6, I think you will get the curling up you describe.

-Sara
July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara
I am planning on using this patterns to make a nice round preemie blanket. I think maybe a bigger hook and two extra rows and it will be 20 inches.. cross your fingers! Super excited to get started! Thank you for the wonderful pattern!
July 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChimica
Just wanted to say thanks so much for posting the pattern. I'm going to make these for my sisters for Christmas. They are so pretty. I'm on a very limited budget so everyone gets home made stuff this year. I really really appreciate it.
August 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSheila
Would love to make these as a wedding gift for a 30-something couple on the UES. Hemp blend in neutral naturals for all year 'round casual table. Would also love to know your opinion on that combo - I am eager to give them what I think is a totally fabulous gift - and hopefully encourage my cousin (the bride) to visit you and get into knitting and crocheting - but my taste may not be theirs. Any advice? Thank you so much for your pattern - your store and your site are true treasures!
November 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
Hi Lisa,

Sounds absolutely stunning! I don't think you can wrong with beautiful neutrals - maybe, like these, an ecru center with different natural colors around the edges? I hope your cousin not only loves them, but catches the bug too!

Thank you!
Whitney
November 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpurlbee
These are gorgeous! I was thinking that this pattern would make a really pretty table cloth as well. I'm just not quite sure how to add more rows so it comes out right. Any suggestions?

Brandie
December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrandie
I'm trying to make 4 of these for when we have company the day after boxing day but there's not much time so I'm using craft cotton (for dishcloths), a bigger hook and less rounds. Done one today already, about to start the next one - haven't finished them off yet in case I have time to add more rounds!

One question from a crochet noob - how do I secure the new colour to the edge? Do I just knot it on then weave in the tail or is there a special way? Thanks again :)
December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
Hi Rachel,

I hope this advice isn't coming too late because there is a very easy way to change colors. It doesn't involve knots. You actually just start crocheting with the new color, leaving a tail that you weave in later (or, even easier, crochet over as you go). Our Crocheted Yarmulke pattern shows you how: http://www.purlbee.com/crocheted-passover-yarmulke/2009/3/8/whits-knits-crocheted-passover-yarmulke.html .

Sounds like a great project! Good luck!

Whitney
December 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpurlbee
Thank you very much for sharing your pattern. I might try this for a baby blankie. :)
February 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebi Y.
Hello!!

Thank you for showing your beautiful crochet creations....I have been crocheting for 15 years (Since I was 19 years old) and I love that you have "brought it back"...I have a stepdaughter who loves to watch me "yarning" and we sit and talk as she pretends to "yarn" along with me...as we grow our family in the next few years, I am sure to incorporate crochet into everything for our home, gifts and mementos for whoever comes along....so please keep posting the crochet especially the granny stitch...which I noticed to be you guys' favorite ;) I am also in love with the shell stitch and trinity stitch...looks well in photographs and makes pretty patterns... and thank you!
February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMamma J
I love all things granny square!

I featured added this great tutorial over here:
http://www.thebackloop.com/blog/granny-square-love
February 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjulia @ thebackloop
I really want to know how to knit because I want to make a table cover as additional attraction.Thanks for some of your tips I can start a little by little.
March 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSkirting Boards
I just wanted to Thank you for posting the Tutorial for the Granny Circle Placemats. I can see several presents being crocheted in this pattern!

Thank you for sharing
March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Hello, thank you so much for posting this! I'll certainly give it a try.
hugs from Brasilia, Brazil.
April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia
Is there a substitute yarn you would suggest for the ultra pima? Also, how many place mats would you get from your instructions. Am thinking of using them at tables for a wedding. Would have have to make 15 to 20.
April 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlinda
My placemat is not laying flat. I am ready to begin Round 16, which is an increase round.
Should I keep going or will this row make it worse?

Want to make a set of these do much!

Thanks,
Diane
April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiane
Hi Linda,

What a nice idea! Each placemat used one skein of the main color and a quarter skein of the trim color (so, 1 skein of the trim color would be enough for four placemats).

Another cotton alternative would be Blue Sky Skinny Cotton (http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/3823-Blue-Sky-Skinny-Cotton ). And some wool washable wool alternatives would be the Cascade Superwash 220 Sport (http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/8066-Cascade-Yarns-Cascade-220-Superwash-Sport ) or the Madeline Tosh Sport (http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/8682-Madeline-Tosh-Sport ).

Good luck and thanks for your questions!
Whitney
May 4, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Diane,

I suspect that an increase round is just what your placemat needs! I suggest that you keep going and if there's still some curl to the final mat, give it a good blocking. It should be just fine!

Good luck and let us know how it goes!
Whitney
May 4, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I absolutely love this! I am currently obsessed with all things granny! If I were were to make this larger, say, into a blanket, would I just increase every 3rd round? Thank you so much!

Joanne
June 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne
Hi Joanne,

I believe you will find that you'll need to increase the number of rounds between increase-rounds as your circle grows. So, you'll probably want to increase every four rounds a few times, then every five rounds, etc.

I agree with you about all things granny. it's so easy and beautiful and classic!

Thanks for your question and good luck!
Whitney
June 25, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Love my placemats, thank you for your lovely blog full of lovely ideas ... http://ptepimprenelle.canalblog.com/archives/2012/07/15/24660920.html
July 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercatherine
Hello! I love these placemats! I am anxious to begin mine, but I have a question. I would like to use my Sugar'n Cream cotton worsted weight yarn and wondered if you could tell me how much yarn I need for a set of 4, including the trim. I really want to start right away for an Aug 28 wedding gift. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated. You may email me if you'd like.
July 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterToni, Lake Stevens, WA
The Ultra Pima yarn is a joy to use. I took advantage of your recent sale to add to my color assortment and am now using it for hexagon potholders, some very bright, some quite subtly neutral in their colorways.

I may now have to give this placemat pattern a go.

Many compliments to all involved in the website and on the scene at the Broome Street shop. Purl is a very inspiring place.
August 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfrances
Hi Whitney,
I love this pattern! I have a set of 6 made and I think they will make a lovely gift. Do you have any suggestions for stain protecting them- Scotch Guard?
Thanks
Charlotte
August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte
Hi Charlotte,

I honestly haven't ever stain protected anything I've made (although I have certainly wished I had!), but doing a little research, I found that Scotchgard makes a special product for crafts called Scotchgard Needlecraft and Sewing Protector. I can't personally endorse it, but it does sound intriguing!

Thanks for your question and I hope you enjoy your mats!
Whitney
September 4, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Is there a trick to getting these beauties to lay so flat? My first one turned out kind of ruffled / wavy...did I mess something up along the way? Many thanks for all your patterns and inspiration...
December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate
Hi Kate,

Have you tried blocking your placemats? By that I just mean soaking them in warm water, squeezing out the excess water and then letting them dry flat on a towel.

Hopefully that will work, but it may also be possible that you need to go up a hook size or two.

Please let us know if you have any more questions and good luck!
Whitney
December 13, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
For those that are finding your circles are curling up, check your stitches. Mine was curling up also and when I checked my work, I wasn't following properly. I'm using a thicker yarn and making a blanket for my own bed lol. I've figured out how to keep the pattern going. Thanks for this great post. Been crocheting for years and have never tried a granny circle :)
January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacy
These are so darling. I saw them a long time ago and am late getting started, but they are turning out well. Thank you very much for your site and these great patterns and tutorials. You are a treasure!
May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlice
Thanks so much for the wonderful pattern! I'm relatively new to crochet but would love to be able to make a set of these. Could you please explain what it means to make 1 slip stitch into next two stitches? Thanks again!
November 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLis
Hi Lis,

Here is a link to our Basic Crochet Tutorial: http://www.purlbee.com/crochet-tutorials/crochet-basics.html . There you'll find an explanation of making a slip stitch. Also, when the pattern says to make a slip stitch into the next two stitches, it means to make two slip stitches, one into each of the next two stitches.

I hope this sets you on the right path, and please let us know if you have any more questions. Thanks for this one!

Whitney
November 18, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi what a fab pattern. Although been crocheting (and selling it) I have only just learnt to do granny squares lol
I love that is is in the round so much I think I'm going to attempt to make it into a nice circle cardigan or vest for myself. :-)
Thank you for such detailed information.
Kayleigh
March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKayleigh
This placemat pattern is fun, fun, fun! Currently I am working on a set of two to give as a wedding gift and plan on making another set of two for yet another wedding gift. (Both weddings are in May.)

Like many others, I noticed that after the Round 8 increase, my placemat was more wavy/ruffly than the flat it had been previously. Thanks to the incredible photos of the piece(s) in progress - especially the photo with all the rounds numbered - I figured out that I had misread the pattern. After ripping out my rounds 8 - 10 and re-reading the written pattern, I realized where I had gone wrong and corrected the mistake. Now the placemat is crocheting like a dream - quickly and flat. :-)

Thanks for the awesome photos you use to accompany the detailed written directions.

I am looking forward to crocheting a set of placemats for my family after all the wedding placemats have been completed. Thanks for a great classic pattern. (By the way, the Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton yarn is simply wonderful to use. Makes the crocheting of gifts for others a gift for me as well.)
April 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
Hi, I was wondering if you could keep going and make the circle as large as you wanted? Possibly to make a rug... How would I go about doing so?

Such a great pattern!
May 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlaina
Hi Alaina,

Sure! You just keep repeating the pattern as it's established and throw in an increase round (like rounds 8 and 12) when the edges start to curl up.

I hope this puts you on the right path. Thanks so much for asking and good luck!

Whitney
May 27, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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