Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian Pine Tree Christmas Placemat

November 28, 2019
Detail of the Pine Tree of the Christmas Placemat

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Tunisian Pine Tree Christmas Placemat

The Tunisian Pine Tree Christmas Placemat is another pattern designed with makers in mind. Designed to help you get ahead of your Christmas makings this easy pattern will be another stunner! Pair it with its matching coaster and you’ll have a great table set for gifting!

Inspiration

To make all the Christmas stress go away, I have decided to design quick and easy patterns. Patterns to fit different needs. Like a Christmas home decor or a Christmas-themed baby outfit or adult accessory so that you can have all your bases covered!

In a previous post, I’ve shared the Tunisian Pine Tree Christmas Coaster. However, you may feel like a coaster deserves a placemat to pair up with. And if that’s the case, I’ve got you covered! 😉

Shall we make this beautiful Christmas table set to get the home section off our list?

The Project

Once I had the Pine Tree Christmas Coaster figured out, going for the placemat was just the natural next step. After all, my hands had just adapted to the motion of the Tunisian crochet and were asking for more. If you have any doubts about Tunisian crochet, I highly recommend Toni’s video from TL Yarn Crafts for absolute beginners.

The only thing left to solve was what to do with all the space in the placemat after placing the pine tree. Looking at it, it felt pretty empty even with the detail at the corner. I didn’t want to fill it up too much, so I decided to add a white border of “snow” to the bottom and right edge of the placemat. And ta-dah!! It was just the right amount of detail it needed.

Now you have a beautiful Pine Tree Christmas Placemat as another option for a home present! Pair it with the coaster and you’ll have the perfect handmade Christmas table set!

The complete table set with the Christmas Placemat and Coaster

Pattern

  • You can buy the ad-free, printable PDF pattern HERE!
  • PIN this pattern for later HERE
  • Add this pattern to your Ravelry queue HERE!

Description

The Tunisian Pine Tree Christmas Placemat is the perfect Christmas house present! On its own or paired with the matching coaster, this handmade placemat will shine on your Christmas table. Made in Tunisian crochet with cross-stitch details. The bright red mercerized cotton yarn for the background and the details of faux fur yarn will make your Christmas table look warm and elegant!

Skill Level

  • Basic

Have in Hand

  • Drops Muskat [Weight 2/Sport, 1.8 oz /50 gr, 109 yds/100 m]
    • 3 skein Red Unicolor 12 for Color A
    • 1 skein Black Unicolor 17 Color B
  • 1 skein Katia Tencel-Cotton [Weight 2/Sport, 1 ¾ oz /50 gr, 131 yds/120 m] in Color 12 for Color C
  • 1 skein Katia Velour [Weight 4/Medium, 3 ½ oz /100 gr, 164 yds/150 m] in 75 Off-white for Color D
  • US 8/H (5.0 mm) Tunisian crochet hook, with  24’’/60 cm cord
  • Tapestry needle, measuring tape, scissors

Gauge

  • 19 sts x 18 rows: 4”/10 cm

Finished Measures

  • 18’’/48 cm x 12’’/30.5 cm  

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • ch: chain
  • rs: right side
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • tss: Tunisian simple stitch

Notes

  • The placemat is made by working a rectangle in Tunisian crochet, then cross stitching the details.
  • The loop on the hook counts as the first stitch.
  • In the pattern below, all rows (including the foundation row) are followed by a return pass, which is not specified.
    • To make the return pass: ch 1, * yarn over, pull through two loops on hook. Repeat from * until one loop left on hook and proceed to the instructions for the next row.
  • Block the placemat before adding the details!
  • The details are cross-stitched using the grid fabric that results from the Tunisian crochet. Each cross stitch will be made in the space between 2 sts in one row to make a grid of 18 x 18.
  • The schematic counts the columns from left to right and the rows from top to bottom.
  • Take care when weaving in the ends of the snowflakes to make sure they don’t the placemat bumpy.
Detail of the white border on the Christmas Placemat

Tunisian Pine Tree Christmas Placemat

Placemat

Start with Color A.

Foundation row: Ch 86. Turn your chain and pull up a loop in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. <86>

Row 1- 54: tss across. <86> 

Slip stitch bind off loosely. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Block your piece.

Pine Tree

I cross stitch by making half of the cross for all stitches and then going back and closing the stitches. The photo tutorial that follows shows this, but you can make the cross stitches as you prefer.

The details are cross-stitched using the grid fabric that results from the Tunisian crochet. Each cross stitch will be made in the space between 2 sts in one row to make a grid of 18 x 18. The grid and schematics count the columns from left to right and the rows from top to bottom.

Using an embroidery needle and with the rs of the placemat facing you, cross stitch the design according to the schematic. Take into account that the bottom right corner of the placemat coincides with the bottom right corner of the schematics.

The schematic for the Tunisian Pine Tree Christmas Coaster
Tree Leaves

Use Color C.

The green of the tree is made of 5 rectangles on top of each other. Starting from the bottom, the first 4 rectangles are 2 rows high. The last rectangle is only 1 row high. Starting from row 12 and going up, the first rectangle goes from column 5 to 14 (10 columns wide). The second rectangle in row10 and goes from column 6 to 13 (8 columns wide). The third one starts in row 8 and goes from column 7 to 12 (6 columns wide) and the fourth rectangle from column 8 to 11 (4 columns wide). As mentioned, the last rectangle is only 1 row high and is 2 columns wide, from 9 to 10.

The Tunisian Christmas Placemat with the green part of the pine tree
Tree Trunk

Use Color B.

Make the trunk of the tree in the squares in rows 13 to 15 and columns 9 and 10. Fasten off and weave in end.

The Tunisian Christmas Placemat with the trunk of the pine tree
Snowflakes

Use Color D.

The snowflakes are only one stitch sized. I’ve put them in the following squares:

  • row 3, column 16;
  • row 4, column 6;
  • row 6, column 14;
  • row 10, column 3;
  • row 15, column 15.

Fasten off and weave in ends. Take care when weaving in to make sure the placemat doesn’t get bumpy.

White Border

The final details are also cross-stitched using the grid fabric that results from the Tunisian crochet. At this point, you will not be using the schematic anymore. Using an embroidery needle and the rs of the placemat facing you, place the stitches as follows using color D.

Horizontal Line

You’ll make the horizontal dots 5 stitches apart from each other, on the third row of the grid counting from the bottom. Going from right to left, make the first dot in the 19th square. Always in the same row, place the next dots in the following squares: 25, 31, 37, 43, 49, 55, 61, 67, 73, 79.

Vertical Line

Place the horizontal dots 5 rows apart, on the third column of the grid counting from the right edge. Going from the bottom to the top, make the first dot in the 19th row. Always in the same column, make the next dots in the following rows: 25, 31, 37, 43, 49.

Learn how to make the Tunisian Pine Tree Christmas Placemat! Perfect on its own or pair it up with the matching coaster for the perfect Christmas table set.

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