Plaid mini placemats for Christmas

Christmas time is near and I have begun weaving a series of items to decorate our home with Christmas cheer. I love this time of year when you begin decorating the house making it a nice cozy home for Christmas. You can view my first Christmas inspired weaving adventure on a previous blog post about Christmas Colours inspired mug rugs. With Christmas around the corner I have been yearning to weave with plaid. I am not sure why but they seem to belong together. While searching for a plaid pattern to use online I found this great chart that I thought would be the perfect size for a mini placemat to cozy up a hot bowl of soup.

While searching online for a how to weave plaid I came across this free plaid chart and thought it would be a great place to start. I realize it was the perfect pattern and size for a mini placemats. Since it was already charted it made it easy to make. I have been making a few new items to decorate our home and the colours I have chosen are various grays, ivory, red and green.

The yarn I used was a 4/8 cotton on the warp. On the weft I doubled up the cotton strands. My warp is single stranded and on the weft I also used 4/8 cotton that is double stranded. This is my second project with cotton yarns and I wanted to experiment with yarn a bit and see what would happen if I doubled it on the weft.

Using my Rigid Heddle Loom I warped it as shown in the chart about 60″ in length which made approximately 5 placemats. I like how it turned out with the 2 stranded yarn on the weft. It is a bit thicker and perfect for a placemat. I used a 12.5 dent reed for this placemat.

I followed the chart for warping and working the weft for the mini placemats and the sized they became perfect for a mini placemat for a hot bowl of soup or lunch plate etc.

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Floral Scarves Crochet Pattern Collection # 1

The Floral Scarves Crochet Collection #1: includes 4 patterns with an elegant timeless design and a floral touch. Available at: Etsy

Each pattern is designed by Valerie Baber Designs adding a unique touch to your wardrobe. Includes the Rose Cowl Scarf, Juliette Floral Scarf, Floral Eyelet Long scarf and the Floral Eyelet Collar scarf.
These one of a kind designs are perfect for any wardrobe and add a floral touch to warm you in the colder months. You can also use them as and accent scarf for your favourite shirt, sweater or T shirt.


Written in US terminology.

Patterns are written with charts, photos and written instructions to make it easy for you to make.

Rose Cowl uses Worsted weight yarn, Juilette uses fingerling/sock weight yarn, Floral Eyelet long scarf uses fingerling/sock weight yarn and Floral Eyelet collar scarf uses worsted and fingerling/sock weight yarn. Visit my Etsy store for more information.

You can also purchase each of these patterns separately as well as other designs by Valerie Baber Designs. See my listings for more patterns.  

To purchase separately: Etsy store: or Ravelry

An original design by Valerie Baber Designs Copyright © 2020 Valerie Baber Designs