2014-11-02-07-11

Annie’s Hook and Needle club has sent a pattern to help get us in the Christmas mood. It is an intermediate pattern, two beautiful Poinsettia Place Mats.

I liked this pattern because it had a variety of stitches that would be just enough to make this challenging. It starts by having you perform the Adjustable or Magic ring. Then to complete this pattern you must have a working knowledge of the chain stitch (The Chain Stitch), single crochet (The Single Crochet), half double crochet (Half Double Crochet), double crochet (The Double Crochet), treble crochet (Triple/Treble Crochet) and the speciality stitch of the bobble. (Bobbles)

Do I have your interest piqued yet? I know mine was after I finished looking over the instructions.

This is one of those patterns that is crocheted in stages. First with an F hook you crochet the place mats, then the three layers of leaves and petals. Once everything is completed, you then proceed to put everything into its proper place and then sew it all together or you can do what they suggest and use a large safety pin to attach the flower to the mat.

This kit included two skeins of fine sport red, green and yellow cotton yarn, and two skeins of sport weight white yarn. All in unmarked labels. A characteristic that these kits for the most part seem to contain. As with every kit, it has a set of patterns for either crocheting or knitting.

This was a versatile pattern not only because of the stitches involved but because it was worked in rounds as well as rows. Giving the crocheters experience with both techniques.

They are really pretty to look at, but I do not believe they are very practical. The poinsettias are very pretty, but consume a large part of the place mats; making them awkward to use for a dinner setting. I really love the look of the pattern and I had a lot of fun crocheting them. Alas, I do not see myself crocheting them again. I did not care for the bulkiness of the flower and this has nothing to do against the pattern itself, just my personal taste.

My rating for this kit is a seven. The pattern was very readable and easy to follow and the yarn was great to work with. The loss of three points came for the yarn being in unmarked label coupled with the fact that I probably would never duplicate the pattern again.
If you would like to see how I grade the patterns I have include a link that explains my grading scale. ( https://crochetwithpassion.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/2125/). I try to keep it as far as way from my personal taste as I can. Out of ten points, the 2 points for whether or not I would crochet the pattern again is the only one based on personal preference. Would love to hear your thoughts on the mats if you have crocheted the same kit. Please share.

Looking forward to completing my kit, and until next time keep those hooks flying.