Valentine’s Day modern checkers and heart crochet placemat pattern

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Well I was under the pump to try and get this placemat pattern ready so people could make it to decorate their tables for a Valentine’s Day dinner, but then I realised that this pattern can be used every day! With or without the heart, you can make it in neutrals or colours, it’s a simple beginner project which is very useful and fast to make. I have also made a YouTube video so you can see how I carry the colours in the checkers section and how the placemat is made which you can find  HERE<

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Then  for beginners or those who want step by step photos, more tips and details and a printable ad free format there is also a PDF pattern which is available HERE on Etsy and also on my Ravelry, Lovecrafts and Payhip pattern stores.

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I hope you like your finished placemats, you can use them every day! Please tag me with your makes on Instagram @crochetlovemelbourne as I would love to share them!

This pattern is for a simple beginner friendly raffia crochet shoulder bag with fie different customisable options forth front flap. Classic long messenger bag flap Shorter flap with scallop/fan edging Mid flap with fringing Triangular shape flap Rounded flap with button The pattern is available for free on my website or in my Ravelry pattern store for the ad free PDF. There is also a full YouTube tutorial on my YouTube channel. 


4- 6 hours


Upper beginner  LoveCraftsABBREVIATIONS ( US TERMS )

st  stitch ch chain sc  single crochet sk skip st stitch dc double crochet   MATERIALS Any type of 4-5 ply / fingering  or sport weight recycled 100% cotton,In Australia you could use the Lincraft 4 ply cotton,  in the US  Dishie by We crochet/Knit picks or Lionbrand 24/7 cotton, in the UK Paintbox 4 ply cotton or  King Cole 4 ply cotton 1  x 100gram ball of Main colour (MC) and Contrast colour (CC) per placemat ( or 2 x 50 gram balls) 

NOTE: The rough texture of recycled cotton makes the placemat stronger and stiffer, however you can use any cotton yarn, but it may be a bit thin. 8 ply/ DK cotton can also be used but it will make it slightly bigger.


3.00 mm crochet hook ( or 3.5mm if using 8 ply/DK)


Tapestry needle

GAUGE  4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) = 11 rows x 21 sts

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS   Length 44 cm x  width 30 cm / length 17 inches x width 12 inches  

Find the YouTube video for this pattern HERE


This pattern is written in US crochet terms


Using MC, ch 65 Row 1 : Dc 1 into 3rd ch ( work into back loop of ch along this first row for a straight edge, the Ist ch 2 counts for 1st stitch in this row and thereafter) Dc 2 into next 2 sts ( dc 4 x MC). In 4th st pull CC through last two loops to change colour, tie CC onto MC to secure.  Using CC dc 4 crocheting over the MC thread and the yarn end of the CC, changing back to MC in the last two loops as before.  Continue in the same way, working dc 4 CC and dc 4 MC till the end of the row, turn.

EXTRA TIPS and step by step photos can be found in the ad free printable PDF which can be purchased HERE

Row 2: Using the same colour ch 2, sk 1, dc 3 ( so ch is included I the 1st group of 4 as 1st st) then work in the same manner alternating MC dc 4 and CC dc 4 as in Row 1 keeping the colors the same as in the previous row, so there are two rows of the same colour as in the photo below.  The difference with the end of this row is that you DO carry the other colour along the back of work right to the end as you will be changing colour at the start of Row 3. In the final stitch two loops,  pull through the other colour, turn and ch 2. LoveCrafts Row 3 : Continue to work the same dc 4 pattern alternating colours in this row except the colours change to have the other colour above the row below.  Row 4: Work as for Row 2 so there are two rows of the pattern established in Row 3 Repeat Rows 1-4 once again making sure that Row 1 is a colour change row until  there are 8 rows of the checkerboard pattern. Cut off the C1 colour and continue working using MC only. Work 37 more rows of  dc only with ch 2 at each end (or when work measures 77 cm/ 17 inches)  Fasten off, weave in ends. I didn’t feel it necessary to block my placemat, however if your edges are crooked I recommend spraying with water, pinning into shape and letting it dry or using an iron to steam and shape with your fingers.  3. Crochet heart and appliqué  The free heart pattern can be downloaded HERE, To attach the heart top placemat, pin and position the heart where you want it and sew onto the placemat with running stitch s in photo above.More detailed round by round photos and sewing instructions can be found in the pattern PDF HERE



Weave in all ends and make at least one more placemat so you can use them for a Valentine Day dinner! Or make four and use them for a family of four! I would love to see your finished placemats ! 

EXTRA TIPS and step by step photos can be found in the ad free printable PDF which can be purchased HERE


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Pattern is copyrighted to @crochetlovemelbourne2022 and must not be reproduced in any form without my permission. You may sell items made from this pattern but please give me pattern credit, thank you. LoveCrafts=”250″ />

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Torun Johansson
Torun Johansson
9 months ago

This is such a nice pattern!

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