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Easy Life Knit Placemat| Yarnspirations

Needle Knit and Loom Knit Versions Shown

Easy Life!  It’s what we all want.  Okay, so I can’t guarantee that your life will be easy if you knit these placemats, but I can guarantee that you will look long and hard to find a pattern as simple and stylish as this one.  Perfect for outdoor dining whether you’re having the kids’ softball team over for hot dogs after a game or having a romantic candlelight dinner for two on the patio for a staycation.

Bernat Home Maker Dec is the perfect yarn choice.  The lightly textured stitch pattern shows off the stitch definition of the durable, soft cotton blend.  The cotton makes it casual enough for using outside, but the addition of the nylon gives it a lovely finish you don’t typically see in a cotton yarn.

Easy Life Knit Placemat

Pattern

Click here to get the Easy Life Knit Placemat pattern from Yarnspirations.

Yarn

3 balls (695 yds./635 m) of Bernat Maker Home Dec (Steel Blue/Aqua)

The Ultimate Oval Loom 3

Note: Makes 4 placemats

Needles & Supplies

Size U.S. 10 1/2 (6.5 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge

scissors

blunt tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)

ALTERNATE Loom Knit Supplies

3/8″ Small Gauge (SG) loom with at least 46 pegs used in sample.  For tight knitters you can go to a RG 1/2″ up to a 5/8″ LG loom (ex. Purple Knifty Knitter type).  The video talks about this more in depth.

loom tool

Skill Level

Beginner

Size

Approx. 13″ (33cm) wide by 18″ (45.5 cm) long.

Skills Demonstrated in Tutorial

Longtail Cast-on

K- Knit stitch

P-Purl stitch

Cast off (Bind-off)

Weave in tails

NOTES FOR LOOM KNITTERS
You are going to love how simple it is to convert this pattern to the loom!  I recommend 3/8″ gauge loom with a minimum of 46 pegs (or 50/54/58 pegs for a larger mat).  The KnittingBoard (KB) All in One will work well; other 3/8″ looms are the KB Hat loom in 3/8″ setup, Small Gauge Kiss loom, Knit UK Loom, CinDwood, a Boye/Wilton small gauge or a Martha Stewart in 3/8″ setup.

Remember to convert Rows 2 and 4 of the stitch pattern!  All the Knits should be purled and Purls should be knit.  It really is that simple!


The Techniques

I’ll start by showing you how to work the longtail cast on.  It gives a beautiful uniform edge.  Then we’ll jump directly into the stitch pattern.  These placemats are knit using a simple 4-row repeat of the Box stitch.  Once you’ve done the first few repeats you’ll find the pattern very intuitive making it a great relaxing project after a busy day.  I’ll teach you how to work both the knit and purl stitches and how to put them together to make the stitch pattern.

 

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Once you get going you’ll be surprised how quickly you finish.  Once you reach your desired length I’ll show you how to bind off in pattern.  To put it in layman’s terms, you’ll bind off keeping the stitch pattern consistent.  This keep your cast on and cast off edges consistent.  Lastly, I’ll show you how to weave in the ends in the Box stitch pattern so they are invisible.

 

 

 

If you need a slower video on the main stitches or techniques, please check out my slower tutorials on GoodKnit Kisses YouTube playlist.

WATCH VIDEO TUTORIAL!  https://youtu.be/gMMNBRkME-A

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