The 52nd kit I received from Annie’s Hook & Needle club is the Checkerboard Place Mates. I was excited about this particular kit since I was wanting to make place mats for my dining room table. Upon opening the package, I knew this would be perfect for our table.

First of all, the kit came with approximately 300 yards of light weight cotton yarn of each white and red. My dinning room is painted blue and so the colors would match perfectly. Secondly I really love the look of post stitches. The kit furnished enough yarn for two placemats.  And as usually a pattern for either crochet or knit.


For this project all I need was my H hook and a tapestry needle and a working knowledge of the chain stitch (The Chain Stitch), the single crochet (The Single Crochet) and the long double crochet (Long Double Crochet ). All of which I have tutorials for if you are unfamiliar with any or all of them. The pattern is marked at an “easy” level, making it ideal for a beginner or as in my case, a relaxing project for a couple of free afternoons. I normally listen a movie or listen to an audio book.  Today I popped in Signed, Sealed and Deliver – Higher Ground movie to watch while crocheting my “easy” projects

After I made a hot cup of Twinning french vanilla chai I gave the first six rows my full attention to make sure I counted correctly, but after that it was a repeat pattern. The pattern itself was very clear to understand and easy to follow. I had no trouble executing the desired pattern for the placemats. It is an enjoyable project which was completed in two afternoon’s.

The yarn was a made of cotton, which will make it more suitable for a placemat, as the cleanup will be more manageable. The yarn itself was delightful to crochet with, except when you are coming to the end of the skien, I would caution you to watch for easy tangling at this point.

To summarize, Easy to follow pattern, great yarn and a pattern I would enjoy working again. I am rating this kit a 9, losing one point for the yarn coming in unmarked labels. Which will make this kit like so many from Annie’s Hook & Needle club, impossible to repurchase for future projects. I personally would love to buy some of this yarn for some crochet dishcloths. However, as it is, I am going to enjoy my placemat’s.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.