Knitted Paper Twine Place Mats
My little breakfast spot on our huge oaken table for a perfect start into a spring day: flowers, chocolate bunnies (I’m afraid they won’t live much longer) and a hand-knitted paper twine place mat.
The place mat is easy to knit and thanks to the big needles I used it’s also quickly done so it’s fun to make a whole set of them (I only have to convince the boyfriend that a whole set of them is necessary!).
Paper Twine Place Mat – How to knit:
– Circular Knitting Needles
Gauge is not essential to this project nor is needle size.
I used size 9 (EU) / 13 (US) circular needles. A similar size would do as well but circular needles are highly recommended because the paper twine is quite slippery.
– Strong Paper Twine. Depending on the size of the place mat about 80-100m / 90-110 yards.
Cast on 54 stitches (more for a bigger place mat) and work in stockinette stitch – 32 rows will make a nicely sized mat.
Keep the knitting rather loose.
After binding off loosely you have to block your place mat. Or in other words: soak it for a while in water, put it on an an even surface (preferably covered with a towel etc.) and stretch to all sides until you have the desired size. Let dry flat.
Brush off any crumbs or gently shake the place mat. It can also be rinsed and even washed by hand – leave to dry flat as before after each rinsing.