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Felted Placemat

Felted Fall Placemat.

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Fall Felts:

There's something about fall that makes me want to felt. Maybe it's wanting to work with wool when the weather cools, or the idea of nice warm knits to get through the winter months.

This felted place mat is knit in fall colors, making it perfect for Thanksgiving dinner or any other fall festivity. Or knit it in any color you like for year-round protection of your table from hot stuff.

Materials:

  • 280 yards 100 percent wool yarn (I used two skeins of Lion Wool Prints in color 201, Autumn Sunset) for each placemat
  • one pair size 10.5 US needles
  • scissors
  • crochet hook or yarn needle
  • washing machine and supplies for felting

Gauge

Before felting, 4 stitches per inch. Gauge is not critical.

Size

After felting, place mat is 24 inches wide by 13 to 14 inches deep, depending on how long you felt it.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 96 stitches.
  2. Knit four rows in garter stitch.
  3. Begin to knit in stockinette stitch, leaving the first four and last four stitches of each row in garter stitch.
  4. Continue in this manner until piece is 16 inches long.
  5. Knit four rows in garter stitch.
  6. Bind off, break yarn and weave in ends.
  7. Felt the project by machine if possible. Mine took about 10 minutes, but machines vary.
  8. Block your piece so that the sides are straight and even.
  9. Allow to dry before unpinning from your towel or blocking board.

Pattern Tips:

This pattern does not lose a lot of width in the felting process, so if you want a place mat that is not so wide, cast on fewer stitches. For instance, casting on 80 stitches would give you a width closer to 20 inches.

If you want to make a bunch of place mats and have them come out the same size, felt them all at once. You're much more likely to felt them to about the same size if you do it all at once than if you knit one, felt one, then work on the next one.

This project could also be felted by hand but it would take a lot of time and muscle.

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