Elvira

Size:

For # 10 crochet thread: 6.4" x 5.4"
For # 20 crochet thread: 5.8" x 4.9 "

Note:

If you intend to use this design as a fragment of a tablecloth or a bedspread, repeat the whole pattern vertically and horizontally until you obtain the necessary length and width of your tablecloth or bedspread.

The starting chain's length should be equal to the width of your tablecloth or bedspread. Figure its length this way: the width of one fragment is 6,4". Calculate how many fragments you need (for example, for 50" width tablecloth you'll need approximately 8 fragments). One fragment has 21 open meshes in width. 8 fragments will be 168 open meshes (21 x 8). The length of the starting chain calculate with this formula – amount of open meshes you need multiple on 3 plus 6. In our example: 168 x 3 + 6 = 510. For 50" tablecloth you'll need to work starting chain 510. It's not that hard, and you'll be rewarded with a beautiful tablecloth or bedspread!
Start and finish each row as indicated.
The instruction below describes how to work this pattern as a placemat.

Important: The pattern bellow indicates to start this fragment with ch69. If you need two, three or more fragments in a row, DON'T just multiply 69 on the amount of fragments! This is a common mistake of many patterns, and you'll end up with a too long chain. Instead, use the formula above.

Pattern:

Start each row with ch5, turn – counts as first open mesh, dc in second dc.
Finish each row with additional dc in third chain of ch5 below.

Row 1: Ch69, dc in eight chain from hook, *ch2, skip two, dc in third chain, repeat from * 20 times, totally 21 open meshes. Row 2: Ch5, turn, dc in second dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 9 times, 3dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 9 times, ch2, dc in fifth chain of ch7 below.
Row 3: Ch5, turn, dc in second dc, ch2, 7dc, ch2, 4dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 3 times, 9dc, *ch2, dc, repeat from * 3 times, 3dc, ch2, 7dc, ch2, dc, ch2, dc in third chain of ch5.

Continue following scheme as established.

Border:

Round 1: Starting with first corner mesh (i.e. the one you finished your work with) work around entire model counter clockwise: 2sc in starting mesh, 2sc in all side meshes, 5sc in three corner meshes, finish with 3sc in starting mesh, sl st in first sc (see Figure)


Figure

Round 2: *Ch4, picot, ch1, skip two sc, sc in third sc, repeat from * till end of round, finish with sl st in sl st of previous round.

Fasten off.

Finishing:

Wash, starch and iron.

Decoration suggestions:

If you use this model as a tablecloth fragment, you may fasten a fringe to the tablecloth edges. If you use it as a bedspread fragment or a placemat, you may insert a ribbon or a thin braid through the closest to the edge open meshes.

I believe this pattern will be also useful to those, who want to create a tablecloth or bedspread from your own fragment (i.e. the one you've probably encountered from another source), but don't know where to start. In this case read the Note carefully, it may give you an idea.