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Checkerboard Placemat (Free Pattern)

Added: Wednesday, May 6th 2009 at 1:28pm by nittineedles

Checkerboard Placemat


MATERIALS: 100g/3.5 oz worsted weight yarn.

1 pair 4mm/6 US needles

1 darning needle

TENSION: 19 sts & 26 rows = 10 cm/4 in on 4mm/6 US needles

Size: 30.5cm/ 12 in X 40.5cm/ 16 in


Cast on 76 stitches.

Knit 18 rows.

* Row 1: K10, (p8, k8) to last 18 sts, p8, k10.

Row 2: K18, (p8, k8) to last 10sts, k10.

Work rows 1 and 2 six times.

Row 3: K18, (p8, k8) to last 10 sts, k10.

Row 4: K10, (p8, k8) to last 18 sts, p8, k10.

Work rows 3 and 4 six times.*

Repeat from * to * once more.

Knit 18 rows.

Cast off.

This pattern is for personal use only.  It is not to be used for profit.  Selling copies of this pattern or selling the finished product of this pattern is strictly prohibited without written permission of the copyright owner.

Copyright © 2009 Nittineedles


User Comments

That's nothing like I expected to see...not after reading the title.  I like it a lot more than what I thought I was going to see.  I can see the placemats being done in a number of interesting colors that would compliment people's kitchens.  I also think that this is a great pattern for covers for throw pillows.  It's a very attractive, easy to fit in with any decor, type of pattern.

Hmmm.....Maybe I should design the matching dishcloth.{#thumbs_up.gif}

That pattern would look nice on a table runner, too. Across a dining room table with a nice bowl of fruit or a vase of flowers set on it in the center of the table.  Nice candles and candleholders, maybe pewter holders, would like nice.  Yep, it would make a very nice runner.

Thank you!  This is what I have been looking for!  A relatively simple knit placemat pattern with an eye appealing design or texture.

You're welcome.

How many placemats can you knit out of one 100 gm. ball? Thanks. 

See reply below.

One and a bit.

I am confused.  After 18 rows do you knit #1 6 times then #2 6 times etc.

This is the way I am doing it and it is not as seen in the picture.

After the first 18 knit rows work in the following order:  *Row 1, Row 2, Row 1, Row 2, Row 1, Row 2, Row 1, Row 2, Row 1, Row 2, Row 1, Row 2, Row 3, Row 4, Row 3, Row 4, Row 3, Row 4, Row 3, Row 4, Row 3, Row 4, Row 3, Row 4*  Repeat from * to * once more.  

I would like to use 100% acrylic yarn using two strands...will that work?  If it will work should I go up a size needle? I want to start right away...love it! Marsha

Knit a swatch.  Your tension should be as stated in the pattern.

You are so kind to write back so soon...I am a novice but I know I can do this.  How many stitches in  a swatch and is the tension the gauge?  I am sorry to be so needy. M

We were all beginners once.  Cast on 25 sts and knit 30 rows with the yarn and needles you will use to knit the placemat.  When you're finished, you should have close to the tension/gauge stated in the pattern.  A little off is OK as it's only a place mat, not a fitted sweater.lol 

Oh my gosh, here I am again.  I am using double strand acrylic and a size 6 needle...love the pattern but because of the double strand the placemat was 18 inches long and I really want to cut it down to 16in.  As I said, I am a beginner and for the life of me cannot figure how to cast on 8 stitches less stitches and then do the pattern.  I tried, honestly over and over and cannot figure it out.  I know I am a bother...but I really want to use two strands but cast on only 68 stitiches..that makes a perfect size but the I cannot figure how to change the pattern.  Marsha

Just leave off the last block of eight stitches before the K10 border.

I just wrote this down and will see if I understand when I go to the actual knitting.  I thank you so much...I am a pest I know.

You are not a pest!  How will you learn if you don't ask questions?

I have looked this patten over and I'm going to try it. Thanks, wish me luck. BAD

What does "repeat from "to" refer back to in instructions?

I have made the stars red so you can see them better.

I would like to make this pattern into a Baby Blanket, how many stitches woud I need. Thanks

A lot more then is required for the placemat.

I want to knit a scarf... I know it's easy but I need to build confidence,  I want to use cashmere do you have a easy pattern for me?      a guy.tx

You need to join http://www.ravelry.com/  There are 1,663 easy, free scarf patterns I found for you on Ravelry:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#photo=yes&craft=knitting&pc=scarf&difficulties=1%7C2&query=scarf&view=captioned_thumbs&language=en&fit=adult&sort=best&availability=free

I'm not on Blogster much.  Search for me, Nittineedles, on Ravelry after you join and I'll add you to my friends list there.


How would I adjust the pattern for a table runner

Just continue working the checkerboard pattern until it's long enough.

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