You might have noticed, I am not great at naming my patterns. I am trying to get better at that.

This pattern has a strange name. When I was drawing it, my kids were listening to a kids show and I decided the bad guy had a pretty neat name: Malik. And he is bad, so bad! He is so bad, he is Malik the Malign.

I pronounce “malign” like this: m?-l?n’

Merriam-Webster has a long entry that even includes a podcast! So interesting, right?

Back to the yarn!

The back side of this pattern, when done in interlocking creates a pattern that doesn’t connect at certain intersections. And I thought it almost looks like a bad drawing lol so I figured the ‘bad-guy’ name fit with that.

The wrong side, using interlocking crochet, by semicci

This is a pattern for a placemat. You will likely make at least 2. Some people need 4 or 6 or more for their full table set.

A beautiful table setting, crocheted using the overlay mosaic technique by CarolinevdB

If you have the skills, you can repeat the pattern and create a table runner. I wasn’t sure if there would be many interested in such a thing, so I didn’t write up a pattern. Should I?

It is written up for interlocking and overlay mosaic crochet of course. And I had a few people test it out for me before publishing.

Crocheted by Miloslava. Red is mosaic crochet, blue is interlocking.

I know the brackets can be hard for some of you. I have written about brackets here. Just take it slow, there’s no race!

The chart that comes with the pattern shows the section you are repeating. I know some of you are skilled enough to create lots from that! I can’t wait to see your creativity.

Crocheted using interlocking by Divya Tellakula

I have written the pattern to use worsted weight yarn. You could use a thinner yarn if you want a lower profile placemat. Just do more repeats to get the placemat the size you need.

You can grab this pattern on Ravelry or Etsy. And, if you’re quick, you’ll get it on sale too! Get an automatic 30% discount until January 31, 2021. No code needed, just add it to your cart to see the discount applied.

Hope you enjoy this pattern!