Spruce up your Spring Dinner Table, Crochet Brioche, Easter Placemat
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Brioche in Crochet? Yes, indeed! and this pattern is so easy, you won’t believe it! If you are not sure what brioche is, I’m not referring to the famous french bread (though some say it got it’s name because of the resemblance). This is a ribbed stitch technique that is usually found in knitting but can be accomplished in crochet as well. I’ve chosen a pattern that is super easy but uses the idea of the very complex looking brioche which utilizes 2 yarn colors – 1 is usually dark while the other is more of a light or neutral contrasting color. The idea of brioche is that you have 1 color dominating on one side of the fabric with the contrasting color peaking through and when you turn it over, you find the same pattern but with the opposite color showing as the dominant color.
Just in time for Spring, I present the Spring Brioche Placemat! Of course, you can do this in the colors of your choice but here, I’ve chosen to use a variegated pastel colored yarn by Baby Bee , Stork Struck against a neutral beige, called Parchment by I Love This Cotton – which would make the perfect placemat setting for that family Easter dinner or a refreshing breakfast meal. But you could use contrasting colors of your choice for limitless occasions!
This pattern is a 1-row repeat that uses the 2 different yarns every other row.
Gauge – 23 rows x 18 st (s) = 4”
Final Size: 16 ¼” x 12”
I Love This Cotton yarn #4, 100% Cotton in #62-Parchment – 1 skein (100 g, 180 yds) for color A
Baby Bee Stork Struck yarn #4, 50% Lyocell, 50% Acrylic in #100 Sorbet Ballet – 1 skein (100 g, 208 yds) for color B
G/6 – 4.25 mm hook
Blsc – back loop only single crochet
Ch – Chain
Sc – single crochet
Sl st – slip stitch
note* ch 1 will count as first st
Ch 71 [Color A]
Row 1: [Color A] Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across. Cut, leaving approx. 3” tail (70)
Row 2: Turn over, insert new yarn [Color B] into 1st st, ch 1 , BLsc in each st across. Cut, leaving about a 3” tail, fasten off. (70)
Rows 3: [Color A] Insert into 1st st, ch 1(counts as 1st st), BLsc in each st across. Cut, leaving about a 3” tail, fasten off. (70)
Rows 4: [Color B] Insert into 1st st, ch 1, BLsc in each st across. Cut, fasten off, leaving tail. (70)
Rows 5 – 65: Repeat rows 3 and 4, ending with row 3. Slightly tighten each fringe so that they are secure. Trim fringe evenly on both sides of placemat to about 2” or desired length, weave in end.