Knit a Country Weave

An easy-to-learn knitting stitch creates woven-look place mats and a matching table runner. With chunky cotton yarn and fairly large needles you can give your table a new country look in a jiffy. In fact, the technique is so simple you’ll probably want to make a second set in different colours.

Pattern Notes:

Finished Size: Place Mat: Approximately 12 x 18 in. excluding fringe.
Table Runner: 12 x 30 in. excluding fringe.

The table runner’s length may be altered. For every 12 ins. added to the suggested length, you will need approximately 1 extra ball of each colour of yarn.

Gauge: 17 sts and 30 rows to 4 ins. in pattern with 5 mm needles.

Work from ** to ** as given for place mat.

Materials:

Place Mats (makes 2): Patons Cotton Chunky 100 g balls: Main Colour B – 2, Contrast Colour A – 2
Patons Cotton Chunky 100 g balls: Main colour B – 2, Contrast Colour A – 1
Pair each 4.5 and 5 mm knitting needles or size required to produce correct tension.

Abbreviations:

Beg – beginning, Cont – continue, Patt – pattern, Rep – repeat, sl1P – slip next st purlways, Yb – take yarn to back of work, yfwd – yarn forward
Work from ** to ** as given for place mat.

Table Runner:

Rep patt rows 1 and 2 once.

Centre patt:

Row 1: With A, K3, * sl1P, K1; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2.
Row 2: K3, *yfwd, sl1P, Yb K1; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2
Rows 3 and 4: With B, knit
Row 5: With A, K2, *sl1P, K1; rep from * to last st, K1
Row 6: K2, *yfwd, sl1P, yb, K1; rep from * to last st. K1
Rows 7 and 8: With B, knit

These 8 rows complete 1 centre patt.

Cont in centre patt until table runner from beg measures 26 in., ending on a 2nd row of centre patt.
Work from ** to ** as given for place mat.
Work from *** to ** then, work from **** to **** as given for place mat.

PLACE MATS:

** with 4.5 mm needles and B, cast on 55 sts.

Row 1: (wrong side) knit
Rows 2 and 3: With A, knit.

Change to 5 mm needles and proceed in patt as follows:

***Row 1: (right side) with B, K2, *sl1P, K9; rep from * to last 3 sts, sl1P, K2
Row 2: K2, *yfwd, sl1P, yb, K9; rep from * to last 3 sts, yfwd, sl1P, yb, K2
Row 3: With A, K4 *(sl1P, K1) 3 times, sl1P, K3; rep from * to last st, K1
Row 4: K2, P2 *(sl1P, yb, K1, yfwd) 3 times, sl1P, P3; rep from * to last 9 sts., (sl1P, Yb, K1, yfwd) 3 times, sl1P, P2, K2
Row 5: With B, K3, *sl1P, K7, sl1P, K1; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2
Row 6: K3, *yfwd, sl1P, yb, K7, yfwd, sl1P, yb, K1; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2
Row 7: With A, K1, *K4, (sl1P, K1) 3 times; rep from * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 8: K2, P3, (sl1P, yb, K1, yfwd) twice, sl1P, *P5, (sl1P, yb, K1, yfwd) twice, sl1P; rep from * to last 5 sts, P3, K2.
Row 9: With B, K1, (K1,sl1P) twice, *K5, (sl1P, K1) twice, sl1P; rep from * to last 10 sts, , K5 (sl1P, K1) twice, K1
Row 10: K1, (K1, yfwd, sl1P, Yb) twice, *K5 (yfwd, sl1P, yb, K1)twice, yfwd, sl1P, yb; rep from * to last 10 sts, K5, (yfwd, sl1P, yb, K1) twice, K1
Row 11: With A, K6, sl1P, K1, sl1P; *K7, sl1P, K1, sl1P; rep from * to last 6 sts, K6
Row 12: K2, P4, sl1P, yb, K1, yfwd, sl1P, *P7, sl1P, Yb, K1, yfwd, sl1P, rep from * to last 6 sts, P4, K2
Row 13: With B, K3, sl1P, K1, sl1P, K3, *(sl1P, K1) 3 times, sl1P, K3; rep from * to last 6 sts, sl1P, K1, sl1P, K3
Row 14: K3, yfwd, sl1P, yb, K1, yfwd, sl1P, yb, K3, *(yfwd, sl1P, yb, K1) 3 times, yfwd, sl1P, yb, K3; rep from * to last 6 sts, yfwd, sl1P, yb, K1, yfwd, sl1P, yb, K3
Row 15: With A, K7, *sl1P, K9; rep from * to last 8 sts, sl1P, K7
Row 16: K2, P5, *sl1P, P9; rep from * to last 8 sts, sl1P, P5, K2
Rows 17 and 18: As rows 9 and 10

Rows 19 and 20: As rows 11 and 12

Rows 21 and 22: As rows 5 and 6

Rows 23 and 24: As rows 7 and 8

These 24 rows complete 1 patt. Rep patt 4 more times, ****then rows 1 and 2 of patt once. Change to 4.5 mm needles and A, knit 2 rows. With B, knit 1 row. Cast off knitways.

Fringe: with B, cut 110 6-inch lengths. Using 1 strand knot into fringe in each stitch along ends of work. Fold strand in half. Pull through st from right to wrong side. Bring ends through loop and pull tightly.