Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Crochet in Plaid, My Favorite Color

Here's another crochet-skills-building exercise I've worked through. These place mats are rectangles of crochet mesh, and my big accomplishment is that I have the same number of stitches on each row. At least in the case of mesh stitches worked in yarn, I'm now able to create actual rectangles, sporting lovely parallel sides.

I changed color several times in the mesh pattern, to make stripes, and then I took advantage of the "holes" in the mesh to slip stitch perpendicular stripes over the top of the mats. I've been fascinated by crochet faux-plaid patterns, and it happens to be a simple design to make, one that doesn't require much advance planning. It's perfect for using left-over bits and pieces from other projects.


Sherry said...

I crocheted my husband a faux plaid sweater once years ago and if I remember correctly it depended on leaving a stitch open for several rows to pull the vertical line down. This looks considerably simpler.

Placemats are a project I might actually complete. I started doing an afghan to use up yarn scraps and now it is several years later, the afghan is not complete, and the yarn basket looks as full as ever.

Reya Mellicker said...

Wow that is gorgeous. Are you sure you need crochet skill building practice? Looks like you're really good at it to me!