Peaceful Bird Placemat

This pattern has been a long time coming. I like birds as decoration (not real birds, though!) and I started drawing this pattern months ago. If you’d rather not ready my babble you can get to the Ravelry listing here.

I kept changing it because I wasn’t happy with the way it looked. I finally decided I was happy with it and then started crocheting it.

But I, of course, was using yarn from my stash and ran out. I knew I didn’t have enough yarn, but I thought if I put the envelope border on just the ends instead of all the way around it would work out. It didn’t. That put the project on hold for a few weeks.


Then I remembered that there are people who are willing to be pattern testers and they can crochet this instead! So, I contacted two people from my list.

Crocheted by Divya Tellakula using the interlocking crochet technique

But, then, the magic of moving meant I found a bag of yarn I didn’t know I had! And in there I found 5 or 6 more skeins of this ancient, vintage yarn!

There’s actually still more in the bag but it is a bit of a tangled mess right now.

But, we were about to be moving AGAIN so I didn’t have time to take any pictures. Plus, this pattern looks small but there are a lot of stitches and I needed to give my testers time to finish.

But, last night I decided it has waited long enough! This birdie needs to be released! Of course, the final challenge has been to use my old computer. I finally bought a new one (hubby has been suggesting that since I started designing) and now it is taking awhile to get things set up and useable.

My mosaic crochet placemat. Might never get a match lol

I am publishing it on Ravelry only. Past experience has not shown Etsy to be very fruitful for the smaller patterns. That being said, if you are an Etsy-only user and want this pattern, please contact me and I will make it happen!

You’ll get 30% off until March 19, 2021, no code needed!

Malik the Malign: Crochet Placemat Pattern

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: mə-līn’

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!