May 12, 2017

Easy Life Knit Placemat | Yarnspirations

Easy Life Knit Placemat| Yarnspirations

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


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


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

Note: Makes 4 placemats

Needles & Supplies

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


blunt tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)


Skill Level



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


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.


Easy Life Knit Placemat Easy Life Knit Placemat


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.


This post and video are sponsored by Yarnspirations.

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About Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the owner of GoodKnit Kisses whose mission is to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal online community of followers by sharing her personal passion for loom knitting, needle knitting, crochet and all things creative through YouTube tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and pattern design. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.
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  1. I am new to knitting, loom and needles. What advise do you have for a newbie…

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