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grit stitch placemat & coaster set

This crochet stitch is nice and thick with an interesting texture to look at. It’s very easy and only uses sc and dc stitches but looks much more complex than a simple sc or dc all throughout.

This pattern uses American crochet terms. For English terms replace sc with dc and dc with tr and you’re all set.

Any dk weight yarn and a 4mm hook should work for the stitch numbers given in the pattern. The yarn I used was a thin grey recycled cotton so I doubled it up to make it ~dk/worsted. If you’re using a different thickness, a different sized hook and / or you crochet particularly loose or tightly then you may need to adjust the number of stitches and rows to get the size you want.


row 1. Chain 53

{for different sized projects you can chain any even number + 3. The even numbered chain will be a good approximation to the finished size}

row 2. dc in 3rd chain from hook, *skip one stitch, 1sc and 1dc into the next stitch*

* repeat across the row until there are only 2 stitches left and end with 1sc in the last stitch of the row.

row 3. chain 2, turn, dc into the sc at the end of the last row (the 3rd chain/stitch from the hook), *skip one stitch, 1sc and 1dc into the next stitch*

* repeat across the row until there are only 2 stitches left and end with 1sc in the last stitch of the row.

Repeat row 3 until the piece is as big as you would like the placemat – I completed 30 rows in total.

Do not fasten off but turn the work 90 degrees and continue in the direction you are going – sc all around the edge with 3sc in each corner. Fasten off and weave in ends.


Follow the same instructions as for the placemat but to begin chain 17 and I completed 12 rows but you should add or subtract a few to make them square. Finish by sc-ing all around the edge with 3sc in each corner as for the placemat.

Blocking will make them more square if you want that but I never bothered and think they look fine as is.


some people have been saying in the comments that they’re having trouble and seem to be losing stitches between rows. Here are some step by step photos of a small piece starting with a chain of 11 (i.e. 8 + 3):

dc in the 3rd chain from the hook

now skip one chain and complete 1sc and 1dc in the next chain:

continue in this way to the end of the row until there are only two chains left. skip one chain and complete a single sc in the last chain of the row (in green below):

row complete:

to start the next row, chain 2, turn and then dc into the final sc of the previous row. Then continue as normal (skip one stitch, sc then dc in the next stitch) until there are only two stitches left. Again, just a single sc in the final stitch (green) completes the row:

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This Post Has 55 Comments

  1. su

    hi, the pattern is so ❤️ but i am unable to understand the pattern. not a pro at it.. pls can you repost the details?

    1. Nicola

      Hi, let me know which part you are having trouble with and I’ll try to explain

  2. Chriseda Crow

    This looks great! I have a question, do I chain 50 and then chain 3 more (chain 53) to begin?

    1. Nicola

      Yes, 50 is your starting chain then 3 is your turning chain

    2. Nicola

      The starting chain can be any even number and that will give you a good idea of the finished length of the piece. Then you chain an extra 3 to continue.

  3. Chriseda Crow

    Also, what do you mean when you instruct us to dc “both” in the next stitch?

    1. Nicola

      “sc and then dc both into the next stitch” so you sc into the next stitch and then dc into that same stitch

  4. Sallie

    Hi! I love the pattern. I’m a bit confused about the yarn though, as I’m a beginner at crochet. Just to clarify: When you say you doubled up, do you mean you crocheted two strings of yarn at once? And together they make up dk weight or is the yarn not doubled up dk weight? I’m thinking of getting something like a cotton dk/light worsted for this (such as Paton’s Grace), but I’m not sure if I should double that or not, since it’s already DK as it stands.

    1. Nicola

      I doubled up what I had to make it dk as it was quite thin to start with. If you have dk already then you shouldn’t need to double.

      1. Sallie

        Thank you for the reply. I look forward to making these. 🙂 I began crocheting in September. So far, I’m still on square and rectangular items, but I’m going to try some amigurumi after I have placemats for my kitchen. 🙂

        1. Nicola

          Amigurumi are awesome – that’s how I started crocheting – a friend bought me a book of animals and I made a tiny bat. Good luck!

  5. Ruth Wilson

    Hello. 8 have made a couple of these and love the stitch but I’ve since realised that I haven’t achieved the zigzag pattern that you have. The raised areas on mine are in straight lines so it looks similar to a flat puff or popcorn stitch. Any idea where I’ve gone wrong? It still looks good but it’s not the same as yours.

    1. Nicola

      Hmm, not sure really. Possibly hook size or tension related? Do you have a link to a photo?

  6. Maureen Prendergast

    How much yarn do you need? Do you use cotton or regular yarn?

    1. Nicola

      Just regular yarn. Mine was a recycled cotton yarn from a charity shop cardigan that I unravelled and it was a bit thin so I doubled it up. You just need regular dk or worsted yarn.

      1. Maureen Prendergast

        How much yarn should I buy??????

        1. Nicola

          One of my coaters weighs 8g and one of my placemats weighs 63g if that helps. But of course it will depend on the yarn and your tension, hook size etc…

  7. Maureen Prendergast

    I would like to make six placemats. So how much yarn is necessary?

  8. Joy Montgomery

    Please tell me what “dk” means

    1. Nicola

      Double knit. It’s a weight of yarn

  9. Megan

    Hello. Really love this pattern. Just one question when it comes to “row 3. chain 2, turn, dc into the sc at the end of the last row (the 3rd chain/stitch from the hook), *skip one stitch, 1sc and 1dc into the next stitch” when you say D.C. In the the sc at the end of the last row….. do you mean the last stitch? Or do you mean the last sc with the dc? (the 3rd chain/stitch from the hook)<— this part confuses me

    1. Nicola

      The last stitch of the previous row. Count two chains and 1 stitch from your hook.

      1. Megan

        So dc in the second chain from the hook?

        1. Nicola

          No the third. Which is a stitch and not a chain. Skip the two turning chains, they act as a dc.

  10. Megan

    Okay but when you start at the third when you get to the end I have a stitch left over. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Do you have any video tutorials?

    1. Nicola

      Sorry, I’ve not got a video. You should have an odd number of stitches in your row and be completing an sc and dc in the last stitch of each row.

      1. D

        I also have a stitch left. Here you say a sc and dc in the last stitch. Above in the directions you say “* repeat to the end of the row ending with 1sc in the last stitch of the row.”

        1. Nicola

          I can see how that previous comment might be confusing – I’ve added some detailed step by step photos of this stitch at the end of the pattern so have a look if you’re still going with this. it shows particularly what happens at the end of the row.

  11. Gloria

    just started my placemat set. Love the pattern, sooooo easy and such a nice result. I am using sugar and cream in sage green with a border of light taupe for the single crochet edging.

    1. Nicola

      That’s great, good luck with it!

  12. Elley

    could you show the pictures of step by step. I couldn’t keep sc, dc also I don’t know how it progresses.

  13. Myriam

    how much yarn does it take?

    1. Nicola

      One of my coasters weighs ~8g and one of my placemats weighs ~63g. The yarn I used is non-standard as I recycled it from a charity shop jumper but I doubled it up to be the equivalent of dk/worsted thickness. Your exact amount of yarn needed will depend on the yarn you use, hook size and tension. Maybe just make a single coaster and see how much yarn that takes then extrapolate up to the full set. Good luck!

  14. Eva

    I have done a set of 6 coasters in bamboo/ cotton dk. Although I’m not sure I’m doing the sc boarder correct, any tips?

    1. Nicola

      Only that you should try to keep the stitches evenly spaced. Are you having any particular issue? If the finished pieces are not quite square then blocking or pressing to even them up is fine.

  15. Tera

    I’m new at crocheting and have made one placemat so far. It turned out pretty. Thank you for the pattern. My question is how do I wash it when it becomes necessary?

    1. Nicola

      Sorry for the late reply! Probably you’ve figured this out by now but just follow the instructions on your yarn packet.

  16. Jennifer Carlton

    When doing this one. I started to do it with the 53 and went on from there. I stopped half way throgh cause it looked small. Now when you do the 53 bu the 30 is it a normal size for a placemat. Caise now mine looks siper big

    1. Nicola

      Hi Jennifer,

      because there is so much variability in gauge due to differences in yarn weight, hook size and just natural tension I would always go by measurements of the piece rather than a fixed number of stitches. Chain a number that looks about the right length for what you want (go slightly larger rather than slightly smaller) then just complete rows until the piece is the width you want.

      Good luck!

  17. Sarah

    this looks and works up just like a placemat pattern my grandmother made many years ago.

    1. Nicola

      That’s great 🙂

      I found the stitch in an oldish book that seemed to be quite traditional

  18. Sandra Jorgensen

    Yes I did and as I am in bed a lot l have my meals on a tray. I have been using folded tea towels as place mats are expensive to buy. I certainly will be making these. I s the wool. An 8ply or 12ply?

    1. Nicola

      Here I’ve used some recycled wool from a cardigan. 8ply would probably work best with the number of stitches and rows given here but 12ply would work too – just start with fewer stitches (any even number + 3)

  19. Rachelle Allan

    Hi! Love the pattern! Wondering if the placemats hold up and hold shape in the wash. I have little kids..aka VERY messy eaters..and want to be able to machine wash these if possible.

    1. Nicola

      Mine go through the washing machine fine but it probably depends on the yarn you use. I used quite a tough, non stretchy cotton (recycled from a cardigan). Maybe try making just one coaster and putting it through the wash to check before making a whole set.

  20. Laurie

    What was the finished size of your placemats?

    1. Nicola

      A bit bigger than A4 but yours will be different depending on the yarn, hook and your tension. It should turn out approx the same width as your starting chain and then you just keep going til it’s as big as you want it.

  21. Liza

    Hello, love this pattern. I am just going to start making placemats and coasters. Could you tell me the guage of this pattern and also the dimensions of the final products?

    1. Nicola

      Hi Liza, there’s no gauge. The length of your starting chain will be a good approximation to the finished size so just adjust that until you’re happy. Maybe try a coaster first so you can see how it works. Good luck

    1. Nicola

      Absolutely! If you look at the detailed photo instructions at the end, that was done with extra chunky yarn, so you can what it looks like. I’d try using a hook just a little smaller than normal so it holds together well and then chain a multiple of two (+3 turning chains) to get started. The length of the initial chain is a good approximation for the finished size.

  22. Melissa

    I love this pattern! The detailed pictures you added are not loading for me. I tried in Chrome and Safari, but it shows an error.

    1. Nicola Schofield

      Sorry for such a late reply but the photos should be fixed now!

  23. Nadine Zollner

    Thank you for this lovely pattern! What are the placemat dimensions? A different placemat I’m working on I chained 62 I think, for 18″ wide. I love this stitch though!

    1. Nicola Schofield

      Mine was on the small side. Just over 12″ I think. The length of your starting chain will be a good approximation for how long the finished piece will be so I’d just chain until it’s the size you want, make sure it’s an even number of stitches and then chain 3 and follow the stitch pattern for the next row from there.

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