Earlier this week I shared my tutorial for How to Turn a Paper Doily into a Crochet Placemat. One of the problems that you might have, though, is that your placemat might not lie perfectly flat. If this bothers you, today’s tip should help.
How to Make Your Crochet Placemat Lie Flat
The edging that I chose when I created the crochet placemat is designed to ruffle, which is why the placemat doesn’t lie flat. That happens because the edging has three stitches placed in every stitch from the round before it. To get your placemat to lie flat, simply make sure that you only have one stitch instead of three in the edging. You can do a sc, dc, sc just like I’ve done, but put each one into three consecutive stitches. If your placemat still isn’t flat, consider blocking your work. But be careful; remember that the doily in the center is made from paper so you’ll need to block only the yarn part that you’ve created around it.
Kathryn Vercillo is the blogger behind Crochet Concupiscence and the author of the book Crochet Saved My Life. She loves combining crochet with paper and other materials; check out her 20 creative ideas for paper + crochet. Learn more about Kathryn from her designer interview.