No tricks here.

So I may have created a new obsession. Time will tell. After last week’s c2c placemat, I had to do another one! And I feel like there’s going to be more… (holiday themes perhaps?)

This week it’s the Illusion Placemat, with three interlocking diamonds that remind me of those wood and metal puzzles where you have to try get the pieces apart. Or sometimes of those illustrations with all the stairs that somehow work and don’t work all at once. A crochet project and brain teaser all in one. You’re welcome!

Photos by Meggie Oxley

You can buy the full ad-free, printer friendly pattern with chart and written instructions for both right and left-handed crocheters on Etsy here, and on Lovecrafts here. Keep reading for more and to view the charts.

As much as I love other types of crochet too (texture please!), I have to admit with the sudden heat we have here and not being able to go out anywhere all day with two kids under 5, by the time my crochet time rolls around, I’ve often only wanted to use enough of my brain to work the colour changes if c2c and not worry about different stitches. I’m sure I’m not alone in this recently!

I do have some more c2c stuff coming soon (Christmas anybody? But not placemats. Yet. ), but also a few other things I’m really excited to share with you so keep your eyes peeled, stay tuned and all that. Make it easier by signing up for emails! I only email once a week, and since I’ve been posting a new pattern each week recently they’ve all been exciting emails.

Now back to this week!

Photo by Meggie Oxley

The interest in this one come more from the sharp lines of the pattern, rather than from the colour play, however it would be great worked up in high contrast colours as well. It would also be stunning in nuetrals (maybe I want a set like that now).

For a variation, you could even use only two colours, working all three diamonds in the same colour. It would lose some of the interlocking aspect but would still be lovely.

The pattern is simple enough to work on any home with the right colours. A white background and two shades of blue for the diamonds would be a classic.

This was actually a very fun project to make. The diagonal lines lend themselves very well to c2c crochet and although there’s a section in the middle with quite a few colour changes, it flew by without feeling intense.

This would be a great project for someone who has tried c2c and wants to begin to step up the number of colour changes in a row. Even a confident beginner could do this (the first c2c project I tried had 13 colour changes in one row!) as its great to practice keeping all your working yarns workable (not one big nest!) because the project isn’t large.

And again, like last week’s placemat, it easily works with a vase or other centre display or on top of an end or night table.

Photo by Meggie Oxley

I’m including both right and left-handed charts below. To get both charts as well as written instructions for each hand, get the ad-free printer friendly pdf on Etsy click here and Lovecrafts here.

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!


Materials

Yarn: 4 (worsted) weight cotton.  I used Paintbox Recycled Cotton in Tea Dance, Jam, and Steel Blue

Tea Dance (pink in sample) – approx 140 yards

Jam (berry in sample) – approx 50 yards

Steel Blue (grey in sample) – approx 35 yards

Hook: 4.5mm I like Clover Amour. Get it here, or a set with a case here. (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases)

Notions: scissors

    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)

Gauge

Working a 6 tile x 6 tile square, the middle 4 tiles in each direction measure 2.5”

Size

Finished size is about 14” x 11.5”

Right-handed Chart

Design by Meggie Oxley of make with meggie

Left-handed Chart

Design by Meggie Oxley of make with meggie

Published by Meggie

Wife. Mom of two. Dog owner. Crochet addict.

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