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Tray and Trolley Mats

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Striped lace knit place mat or tray mat

Note: This pattern uses old UK size knitting needles.

Materials

Coats Mercer-Crochet No. 20 (20 gm): 4 balls White and 2 balls 508 (Lt. Marine Blue).
1 pair Knitting Needles No. 14.

The above quantity is sufficient to work both cloths.

Tension

10 sts = 1 in.

Measurements

Large Mat 16" X 21";
Small Mat 13" X 18"
Note: Sts for the larger cloth are printed in brackets after those for the smaller size.

Pattern

Closeup of the lace knit stripes

Using White, cast on 291 (363) sts.

1st Row: K1, k twice into next st, k162 (198), k twice into next st, k1 - this is the corner st and should be marked with a contrasting cotton, k twice into next st, k122 (158), k twice into next st, k1.

2nd Row: P1, p twice into next st, p to within one st from corner st, p twice into next st, p the corner st, p twice into next st, p to last 2 sts, p twice into next st, p1.

3rd Row: K1, k twice into next st, k to within one st from corner st, k twice into next st, k the corner st, k twice into next st, k to last 2 sts, k twice into next st, k1.

Repeat the 2nd and 3rd rows twice and the 2nd row once more.

9th Row: K1, * yo, k2tog; repeat from * to end.

10th Row: P.

11th Row: K1, k2tog, k to within 2 sts from corner st, k2tog, k corner st, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

12th Row: P1, p2tog, p to within 2 sts from corner st, p2tog, p corner st, p2tog, p to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1.

Repeat the 11th and 12th rows 3 times more. (291 (363)) sts.

** Break off White and join Blue.

19th Row: As 11th row.

20th Row: As 12th row.

21st Row: As 9th row.

22nd Row: As 12th row.

23rd Row: As 9th row.

24th

Row: As 12th row. Break off Blue and join White.

25th Row: As 11th row.

26th Row: As 12th row.

27th Row: As 11th row.

28th Row: P.

29th Row: As 11th row.

30th Row: As 12th row.

Repeat from ** 5 (7) times more. Repeat 19th to 26th row once more. (51 sts).

Next Row: K1, k2tog, k to within 2 sts from corner st, k2tog, k corner st, (k2tog) twice.

Next Row: P.

Next Row: K1, k2tog, k to within 2 sts from corner st, k2tog, k corner st, k2tog (44sts).

Next Row: P2, p2tog, p to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1.

Break off White and join Blue.

Next Row: K1, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k 2.

Next Row: (P2tog) twice, p to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1. Leave these sts on a spare needle.

Work a second piece in same way. Placing 2 fabrics together, right side inwards, cast off a st from each group together, repeating this across row. Press work with warm iron and damp cloth. Join 2 corner seams, taking care to use matching cotton for each stripe. Turn outer hem, making neat 'mitred' corners underneath, at seams. Press again.


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