When coming up with ideas for this issue, I challenged myself to come up with something I would use in my own apartment, especially since I’ve recently moved to a new place and wanted something to make it feel more like home. I also wanted something that would show off my love of knitting, and I thought that I would knit a shawl with a sampling of lace patterns and frame it, but I prefer using what I’ve made. That’s when it struck me, coasters are just little mini samplers and the table set grew from there.
This pattern includes instructions for four coasters, placemats, and a table runner which has an additional placemat as the center motif. The original concept of this set was to feature an overall diamond lace pattern. But while I was knitting it, the linen was begging to be simpler. I love the pewter color of the linen, it’s at once both earthy and industrial, and it appeals to my love of grey. Of course, use whichever color suits your home’s décor!
Finished Size Coasters 4.5” square; Placemats 14.5” square; Table Runner 14.5” x 42” rectangle.
Yarn Louet Yarns, Euroflax Sport, 100% Wetspun Linen; 270yds/100g: 43 Pewter, 5 skeins.
Yarn Knit Picks CotLin, 70% Tanguis Cotten, 30% Linen; 123yds/50g: 24137 Creme Brulee, 10 skeins.
Needles Size 3 (3.25 mm): straight. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle; blocking wires (recommended); pins for blocking (recommended).
Gauge One coaster (52 rows long and 29 sts wide) creates a square that is 4.5” x 4.5”. If you don’t care about the exact size of your finished pieces you can ignore gauge.
Notes The table runner consists of an additional knitted placemat. Stitches are then picked up on either side of the placemat and worked flat to desired length, and repeated on the opposite side, creating a rectangular runner.
Knit as many coasters & placemats as you’d like to suit your table, and work the runner to the length desired. The piece shown in Louet Yarns measures 42” in length.
The Designer: Klever Knits was created when I noticed I was knitting more original patterns than published ones, and I realized there was no reason I couldn’t publish my patterns independently. My design aesthetic tends to classic styling with a hint of a modern edge. I like using traditional lace patterns in different weights of yarns, and I drool over a well-constructed cable! I also love a neutral palette of creams and greys, but am happy to throw in pops of color here and there! For questions about this pattern please contact Kirsten Singer at firstname.lastname@example.org.