A Pair of Mathieson’s Mats

Project Type Home décor
Yardage 459
Fiber Blends, Cotton
Weight DK
Techniques Lace, Knitting
Author Heather Vaughan Lee
Format Project/Pattern

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These lacy knitted placemats are based on a pattern in Elizabeth Laird Mathieson's 1947 book, The Complete Book of Knitting. Though Mathieson’s pattern doesn’t specify the eyelet pattern motif, it appears to be a variation of traditional fern lace, and is similar to Barbara G. Walker’s "Diagonal Fern Lace" from A Treasury of Knitting Patterns from 1968.

This classic stitch pattern is fairly easy to memorize but challenging enough to keep you engaged. Perfect for on the go knitting, the placemats are designed in a hemp/cotton blend that makes these placemats easy to launder. Add a handknitted touch to your own table or have the perfect housewarming gift for a special someone.

Yarn Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy, 41% cotton, 34% hemp, 25% modal, DK weight, 153 yd (140 m)/1.76 oz (50 g), 3 balls of #081 Pale Pistachio Needles Size 3 (3.25 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions Stitch markers, tapestry needle
Finished measurements 16¼" (41.3 cm) wide and 13" (33 cm) high, after blocking and before ironing.
Gauge 23 sts and 24 rows = 4" (10.2 cm) in lace pattern after blocking

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