Looking for an easy summer crochet project? These simple fringe placemats add a touch of whimsy touch to your boho table décor! The free placemat pattern comes in three sizes - mini for coasters, midi for fruit bowl or vase place mat and maxi for table placemat!
This free crochet placemat pattern is accompanied by a video tutorial.
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Thank you to WeCrochet for providing the materials for this free crochet pattern!
A few weeks ago, I released the Boho Crochet Coaster Pattern here on the blog and YouTube! A number of you requested a pattern for a placemat version so here it is!
You can now find this pattern in 3 different sizes –
- Mini size which is perfect for mugs and glasses
- Midi is great underneath small fruit bowls, cake stands, flower vases (My sister has even placed one underneath her small standing face mirror and it adds such a nice boho chic touch to her vanity!)
- Maxi size which is designed as a dining table placemat for large dinner plates
- + alteration instructions so the sizing possibilities are endless!
If you’re a crochet beginner I suggest starting with the coaster size so you can get the hang of crocheting a spiral and you’ll get quick gratification! While the coaster size is definitely a quick and easy DIY, the larger sizes take longer to make but the large spiral pattern is so soothing and relaxing to crochet! I find that as the spiral gets larger it can take on a bit of a hexagon shape.
If this happens to you, just push the edges of the placemat with the base of your palm (like with pizza dough) it easily conforms into the circle shape. Depending on the yarn you use (if it’s particularly stubborn/stiff) you can always steam and block your placemats for a perfect circle.
Like the coaster version these Boho Placemats use WeCrochet’s Dishie Yarn which is great for homeware! You can find the Dishie Yarn skeins in over 30 colours and it comes in large 400g cones if you’d like to make an entire set of placemats. There’s another variation of Dishie Yarn called ‘Dishie Twist’ which is a range of yarn that looks like baker’s twine.
The Boho Crochet Placemats also use two strands of yarn held together to have strong and sturdy placemat that won’t wrap from heavy dishes or kichtenware. Dishie is an aran/worsted weight cotton yarn but you can also make this pattern with a sport/Fine (2) yarn (the natural coloured coaster is made using WeCrochet's Simply Organic Sport Cotton) – just make sure to hold three strands of together instead of two.
Feel free to experiment and mix together colours or different weights of yarn! It’s so fun to see all the variations on this pattern (Tag @forthefrills on Instagram so I can see your projects!)
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*This pattern follows three sizes mini(midi, maxi) with alteration instructions. E.g. “Ch 10(12, 14) means ch 10 for mini, ch 12 for midi and ch 14 for maxi. If there is one number, it applies to all sizes.
*This crochet coaster is made from a spiral, levelled off and then fringe is added around the edges.
*The spiral is worked in continuous rounds with a stitch marker indicating the 1st st of the round. At the end of a round, do NOT slip stitch into the 1st st to join.
*When using aran/worsted/ yarn, crochet coaster holding two strands together. If using sport/fine (2) yarn crochet coaster holding 3 strands together.
*"SC 10" means SC into the next 10 stitches.
*"2 SC" means place 2 SC into the same stitch.Total stitches are indicated between < >.
*This pattern uses US crochet terms.
Yarn – WeCrochet Dishie – Aran/Worsted/Medium (4), 174m/100g, 190yds/3.5oz, 100% Cotton, Linen and Clarity
approx. 15(50)140g per coaster/place mat
You can also use a sport/fine (2) yarn.
*The natural coloured coasters use WeCrochet’s Simply Organic Cotton Sport Yarn
STITCHES & ABBREVIATIONS
Ch = Chain
Sl st = Slip Stitch
SC = Single Crochet
St(s) = Stitch(es)
Rep = Repeat
SM = Stitch Marker
Spiral diameter – 10cm/4” wide
Coaster diameter (including fringe) – approx. 18cm/7” wide
Midi (Bowl, Vase Place Mat)
Spiral diameter – 18cm/7” wide
Placemat diameter (including fringe) – approx. 25cm/10” wide
Maxi (Dinner Plate Place Mat)
Spiral diameter – 34cm/13.5” wide
Placemat diameter (including fringe) – approx. 44cm/17” wide
GAUGE: 10cm/4” square = 12.5 stitches wide x 12 rows tall
*Gauge is not important for this pattern, rather crochet rounds until you reach your desired diameter.
Boho Placemat Free Crochet Pattern
FOUNDATION CHAIN: Ch 2.
ROUND 1: SC into 2nd ch from hook (the ch by the slip knot) – place SM in 1st st, SC 5 into the same ch.
*Every time you crochet into the 1st st, remove the SM and replace the SM in the 1st st of the round.
ROUND 2: 2SC in first st – remove SM and place in first st of the round, 2SC in each st around.
ROUND 3: *SC, 2SC; rep from * until end.
ROUND 4: *SC 2, 2SC; rep from * until end.<24>ROUND 5: *2SC, SC 3; rep from * until end.
ROUND 5: *2SC, SC 3; rep from * until end.
Mini (Coaster) size only:
ROUND 6: *SC 4, 2SC; rep from * around until 2 sts left <33 sts in round>, sl st 2, remove SM, sl st 3.
*Coaster should measure approx. 10cm/4” across. If your coaster is too small refer ‘ALTERATION INSTRUCTIONS’.
Fasten off and leave a 5cm / 2” tail of yarn.
After fastening off, do not weave in your end. The end will be used as fringe.
Midi & Maxi sizes only:
ROUND 6: *SC 4, 2SC; rep from * until end.
ROUND 7: *2SC, SC 5; rep from * until end.
ROUND 8: *SC 6, 2SC; rep from * until end.
ROUND 9: *2SC, SC 7; rep from * until end.
ROUND 10: *SC 8, 2SC; rep from * until end.
ROUND 11: *2SC, SC 9; rep from * until end.
Midi (Bowl/Vase Place Mat) size only:
ROUND 12: *SC 10, 2SC; rep from * around until 2 sts left <69 sts in round>, sl st 2, remove SM, sl st 3.
Place Mat should measure approx. 18cm/7” wide across.
If your place mat is too small refer ‘ALTERATION INSTRUCTIONS’.
Fasten off and leave a 5cm / 2” tail of yarn.After fastening off, do not weave in your end. The end will be used as fringe.
Maxi (Placemat) size only:
ROUND 12: *SC 10, 2SC; rep from * until end.
ROUND 13: *2SC, SC 11; rep from * until end.
ROUND 14: *SC 12, 2SC; rep from * until end.
ROUND 15: *2SC, SC 13; rep from * until end.
ROUND 16: *SC 14, 2SC; rep from * until end.
ROUND 17: *2SC, SC 15; rep from * until end.
ROUND 18: *SC 16, 2SC; rep from * until end.
ROUND 19: *2SC, SC 17; rep from * until end.
ROUND 20: *SC 18, 2SC; rep from * until end.
ROUND 21: *2SC, SC 19; rep from * around until 2 sts left <124 sts in round>, sl st 2, remove SM, sl st 3.
Place Mat should measure approx. 34cm/13.5” wide across. If your place mat is too small refer ‘ALTERATION INSTRUCTIONS’.
Fasten off and leave a 7cm / 2.5” tail of yarn.After fastening off, do not weave in your end. The end will be used as fringe.
If you want to increase the size of your coaster (or your gauge is slightly off) continue to increase and add more rounds until you reach your desired spiral diameter/width.
To finish the spiral, in the final round, stop 2 sts before the SM.
Sl st into the next 5 sts.
Fasten off and leave a 5cm / 2” tail of yarn.
*After fastening off, do not weave in your end. The end will be used as fringe.
Additional Rounds: (if you want to increase your place mat)
For ROUND 22: rep *SC 20, 2SC; until end. For ROUND 23: rep *2SC, SC 21; until end. For ROUND 9: rep *SC 22, 2SC; until end etc.
Stitch count should increase by 6 sts after every round. Continue to increase until you reach your desired spiral diameter/width.
Turn your coaster so that the wrong side is facing you.
Cut 2 strands of yarn 10(10, 13)cm / 4(4, 5)” long.
Insert hook into any st along edge of coaster.
Hold ends of yarn together and place loop over crochet hook.
Pull loop partially through st, grab ends and pull ends through the loop.
Pull tight to secure.
Repeat for each st around the edge of the coaster.
You can either leave your fringe as is or unravel the fringe.
To unravel the fringe, split the strands of yarn apart with your fingers or use a fine-tooth comb and run it through the strands of yarn to separate them.
If you’re using a fine-tooth comb, brush through a few tassels at a time (it’s a lot easier than trying to comb out half the fringe at once).
Trim around to even out fringe.
Voilà! You’ve finished your Boho Crochet Coaster / Placemat!
Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful pattern!
If using the Dishie Yarn, how many skeins (or gramms) would I need for the midi and maxi size? I searched for the information in the blogpost, but I couldn't find it.
Thank you in advance!
Hi Isabel, you can find the yarn amounts under the 'Materials' section 🙂 Grace
I also looked for amounts and it's very confusing. Could you just tell us the number of skeins of yarn you used for the placemat?
Do you use 2 skeins at once in order to double the yarn?
I agree, very confusing. I’d also like to know the # of skeins. Thank you.
Same! It would be extremely helpful for those of us not so great with numbers 😀
Hi Grace. Love the placemats! I noticed you mentioned the 400g cone yarn could make an entire set of placemats. Is that a set of 4 , 6, 8? I am considering making these for my daughter’s wedding.
The large placemats are 140g so a 400g cone would make 2 (140x2 = 280g), and if you purchase 2 cones = 800g you can make 5 placemats (140x5 = 700g). The more placemats you make, the more affordable the project will be since you'll have less yarn leftover.
I hope this helps,
Is this machine washable? Or will the fringes come undone in the laundry?
Hi Jane, machine washable depends on the type of yarn you use. If you use a delicates bag and gentle cycle the fringe shouldn't come undonw but personally I'd just steam the coasters to make sure they stay crisp!
I hope this helps,
Wow! The We Crochet website looks EXACTLY like the Knit Picks website, right down to the layout and yarn selections. How is this possible?
Hi Den, yes they are the same company - Knit Picks is just geared towards knitters, while We Crochet is for crocheters (You'll notice that the yarn listings have crochet swatches instead of knit swatches).
I hope this helps,
Very nice pattern!
I have a question though, round 5 says 2sc; sc 3. Is this correct? Or should it be sc 3; 2sc?
Sorry!! Didn’t read ahead and now I see you alternate the 2sc 😉
Hello do you think it is ok to use wool instead of cotton
Sure just keep in mind that with wool your placemats will be more flexible and squishy.
Hey! How long does each strand of yarn for the maxi placemat need to be? I have one skein of yarn and since we need to crochet two pieces together I need to know how long each strand needs to be.
If you only have one skein of yarn simply use one strand from the outside of the skein paired with the centre-pull strand of yarn. That way you don't need to measure your strands of yarn.
Hi, these look beautiful! I am wondering if they could also be used as potholders? If they are not too thin?
Sure you can use these as potholders as they're quite thick! Just make sure you keep the fringe away from open flame 🙂
If I wanted to increase between the mini and the midi, what is the increase pattern of increases? Thanks so much. I love these as coasters!
The increases are all listed in the pattern - pretty much you increase by one extra stitch in between the 2SC every round.
thank you so much!
I’m wondering if you have any tricks or tips for getting an even trim on the fringe. Did you just eyeball it?
I just eyeballed it but if you want it to be perfect you could cut out a cardboard circle (just trace a bowl or plate that's a similar size onto a piece of cardboard and cut it out) and then place that onto of your coaster and cut around it.
I hope this helps,
Great! I think I’ll try that. Thank you!
Hello! I'm sorry if I missed this somewhere in the post, but what color yarn is used for the maxi in the main photo? Is that the color linen? Thank you for sharing, this is a wonderful pattern!
The Maxi placemat is in the shade 'Linen'.
I bought one skein of the Dishie yarn per placemat I want to make. I don’t have enough yarn per skein to complete all l rounds much less add the fringe.
I followed the directions as accurately as I could so I’m not sure why I’m so short on yarn. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
All the yarn amounts are listed under the 'Materials' section. Depending on what size you make you might need more than 1 skein of yarn. The largest 'Maxi' size uses 140g and since each skein is 100g, you'll need 2 skeins for 1 'Maxi' placemat.
I hope this helps,
Mary Lou says
I’m making the placemats.
Mine are hexagon shaped not round.
I did not connect with a slip st and I used a stitch marker. Before I rip it out and start over I thought I would ask your advice.
It has to be something simple.
Thank so much.
Mary Lou says
My placemat is coming out hexagon shaped rather than round. I’m not hooking up with a slip stitch and I’m using a stitch marker. I’m sure it’s something simple so I thought I’d ask you before I rip it out. Thank you.
Thank you so much for this pattern!
I've been having trouble with my fringe looking not as fluffy. I'm using Sugar 'n Cream yarn as that's what I have on hand and it splits into 4 strands/4 ply. Is Dishie also 4 ply?
I think doubling up the fringe might help, but would like to know how yours looks so fluffy!
Thank you again for this patter 🙂 I've made a few and they're so lovely!
Do you have any tips on keeping the place mat from turning into a basket? ( Mine keeps curving upward on the edges) Thanks!
Phillipa Soo says
Do you have any tips on how to keep the edges of the coaster flat, instead of curving upwards? Am I doing something wrong? Thanks!
This pattern was perfect, there was nothing confusing about it. Thank you for giving it to us for free.
I am still having trouble determining what the measurements are for each size. I'm a beginner, so more straightforward measurements are helpful and I haven't found any in the comments or video yet! In materials you say "approx. 15(50)140g per coaster/place mat," what does that mean?
In your video you said 1 skein of yarn (100g) will make 6 coasters, correct? So using double thread from 1 single skein (100g)
And a maxi placement requires 140g, therefore we need 2 skeins of yarn (2 skeins at 100g each).
Approximately how many skeins are needed for each medium sized placemat?
Brooke Behrmann says
Is there a free tutorial video available?