Why does food just taste better outside in summer? Maybe it’s because at least here, summer is so fleeting we have to completely absorb every moment. Dining outside just seems to take on a refined vibrancy that is so appealing. It has it’s own aesthetic when compared to dining indoors, it’s everything we want to be in summer. It’s a sense of camaraderie and comfort mixed with mild abandon, the spirit of elegance with the joy of childhood.
Like lemonade with a floral kick. I adore floral flavours in almost everything from my tea or ice cream and have been meaning to make some of those cute cookies that kept popping up on my Pinterest with the edible flowers on top. Gorgeous and yum, all at once.
Theres no reason eating outside (yum) can’t also be gorgeous. My new Lavender Lemonade placemat hits that balance perfectly.
I’ve been wanting to make some C2C crochet placemats for awhile now and I’m so please with how it came out. To me it hits that balance between the elegance of setting an outdoor table, with the whimsy of time spent playing in the sun.
It would be just as lovely used indoors. In fact it also reminds me of Monica and Rachel’s apartment in FRIENDS (which i may have been watching when I designed this. I swear I wasn’t influenced!). Come to think of it, doesn’t Lavender Lemonade sound like something Monica would serve?
Don’t feel like making a whole set? It would look and work great as part of a centrepiece display, or under a table lamp or plant too. Or bring a little life to the top of a night stand.
Measuring 14″ x 11.5″, it’s large enough for place setting, and small enough to fit fit a few easily on the table (when it’s safe to have a few people over again. Stay safe folks!)
And look at that drape! I used Paintbox Yarns Recycled Cotton Worsted and even folded in quarters look how it hangs.
I’m including the charts below. For those that like written instructions, the ad-free printer friendly pattern is available to buy here on Etsy and here on LoveCrafts, and contains both right and left-handed versions.
Don’t forget to post your finished pieces with #lavenderlemonadeplacemat and #makewithmeggie. Tag me (@makewithmeggie) so I can see them! I may even share it!
Yarn: 4 (worsted) weight cotton. I used Paintbox Recycled Cotton in Honey, Lavender Cream, and Sea Green
Sea Green (blue in sample) – approx 105 yards
Honey (yellow in sample) – approx 75 yards
Lavender Cream (purple in sample) – approx 50 yards
needle to weave ends, I like these (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)
stitch marker to mark right side (RS) I use these. (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases)
Working a 6 tile x 6 tile squad, the middle 4 tiles in each direction measure 2.5”
Finished size is about 14” x 11.5”
Made of tiles of 3 dc (US terms).
Right-handed chart (keep scrolling for left-handed)
Left-handed Chart (worked from bottom left corner)
Weave in ends. Block if desired.