Knit Placemat Pattern


This knit placemat pattern is great for those of you out there who love a simple knit and quick project.

You can make a set of placemats in various color combinations, from neutrals to holiday reds.

Please scroll down to view the free knitting pattern or grab the ad-free printable PDF from my shop here.

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Can You Knit A Placemat?

Certainly! Knitting placemats can be a wonderful way to add a personal touch to your table setting.

Scroll down the page to view the free placemat pattern in a wonderful textured knitting stitch pattern.

Here’s a basic guide to knitting a simple placemat:

Materials Needed:

  • Cotton yarn (or a yarn suitable for placemats)
  • Knitting needles appropriate for your yarn weight
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends


1. Choose Yarn and Needles:

  • Select a durable yarn suitable for placemats. Cotton yarn is a popular choice due to its absorbency and ease of care.
  • Use knitting needles that match the yarn weight you’ve chosen.

2. Gauge and Size:

  • Determine the size of the placemat you want to knit. A standard placemat size is usually around 12×18 inches, but you can adjust it as desired.
  • Make a gauge swatch to determine how many stitches and rows you need to achieve your desired size.

3. Cast On and Knit:

  • Cast on the number of stitches needed for the width of your placemat.
  • Begin knitting the placemat using your preferred stitch pattern. Garter stitch (knitting every row) or a simple textured pattern can work well. Ensure to knit each row for a consistent design.

4. Knit to Desired Length:

  • Continue knitting in your chosen pattern until the placemat reaches your desired length.

5. Bind Off:

  • Once the placemat reaches the desired length, bind off all stitches to finish the piece.

6. Finishing:

  • Weave in any loose ends using a tapestry needle to secure the yarn.
  • Optionally, block the placemat by gently wetting it, shaping it to the desired dimensions, and allowing it to dry flat.

7. Repeat for a Set:

  • Repeat the above steps to knit additional placemats and create a matching set.


  • Experiment with different stitch patterns, colors, or stripes to create varied designs for your placemats.
  • Consider adding a border or edging for a decorative touch.

Knitting placemats allow for creativity in design and texture, and they can make charming additions to your table setting.

Adjust the pattern, size, and colors to suit your preferences and create a set that complements your dining area.

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Knit A Set Of Placemats

Perfect for indoor and outdoor dining, whether having the family over for the night during the holidays or having your everyday meals.

You can make this kitchen decor/home decor in any Bulky Yarn 05/Chunky/12-Ply yarn weight.

The lightly textured stitch pattern shows off the stitch definition.

You can search for other stitch patterns to use and get inspiration here – 27 Textured Knitting Stitches (Free Stitch Patterns)

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What Yarn To Use For Placemats?

When choosing yarn for placemats, it’s important to consider both aesthetics and functionality.

Placemats are practical items, so you’ll want a yarn that is durable, easy to clean, and provides the desired look.

Here are some yarn options suitable for placemats:

1. Cotton Yarn:

  • Advantages:
    • Durable and long-lasting.
    • Absorbent, making it suitable for catching spills.
    • Easy to clean and maintain.
    • Comes in a variety of colors.
  • Considerations:
    • It can lack elasticity, so the finished placemat might be less stretchy than those made with other fibers.

2. Linen Yarn:

  • Advantages:
    • Has a natural luster and texture.
    • Durable and becomes softer with each wash.
    • Absorbent and quick-drying.
  • Considerations:
    • It can be a bit stiff initially but softens over time.

3. Bamboo Yarn:

  • Advantages:
    • Has a silky feel and a subtle sheen.
    • Naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic.
    • Breathable and cool to the touch.
  • Considerations:
    • It may require delicate care to maintain its properties.

4. Hemp Yarn:

  • Advantages:
    • Eco-friendly and sustainable.
    • Strong and durable.
    • Gets softer with each wash.
  • Considerations:
    • It can have a rough texture initially.

5. Blends:

  • Cotton-Blend Yarns:
    • Combining cotton with other fibers like acrylic or nylon can enhance durability and add elasticity.
    • You can make the placemats more durable using cotton or a cotton blend yarn.
    • You could also look at using t-shirt yarn for a chunkier-looking knitted placemat.
  • Cotton-Linen Blends:
    • Combine the benefits of both cotton and linen for a balance of durability and texture.
    • If you are going to use these placemats on your dinner table or your patio table, I would suggest choosing a linen yarn or cotton yarn like Debbie Bliss Dulcie or Hooked Spesso Chunky Cotton.

Great Tips:

  • Choose a yarn with easy care instructions to ensure the placemats can withstand regular use and washing.
  • Consider the color and texture of the yarn, keeping in mind the overall aesthetic of your table setting.

When selecting yarn for placemats, it’s a good idea to create a small swatch and test its durability and cleaning properties before making a set.

This way, you can ensure that the chosen yarn meets your expectations for both function and appearance.

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Knit Placemat Pattern

Purchase the inexpensive, ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.


Skill Level – Basic (Beginner pattern)

This knit placemat pattern is a simple one to follow; all you need is some knowledge of the knit and purl stitches.

It’s a great way to learn a new knit stitch pattern with a garter stitch border on all sides (garter stitch ridges).

You can knit one and use it as a decorative table mat for a plant (festive table decor) or other items, or you can make a set and use it for table settings paired with napkin rings.

You can see different stitch patterns here – 12 Simple Knitting Stitches For Beginners

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Copyright Info

  • Please do not copy, sell, redistribute, or republish this pattern. 
  • If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern page only.
  • You may sell items produced using this pattern.
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Size Information

  • Height – 13 inches/33 cm.
  • Width – 17 inches/43 cm.

Gauge – 12 sts and 20 rows = 4 in/10 cm in the pattern.

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The Supplies You Need


  • Bulky Yarn 05/Chunky/12-Ply.
  • I used 1 ball of The Petite Wool in Spotted Grey from We Are Knitters to make one placemat.
  • One ball is 100g/153 yd/140m.



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Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK) List

  • Beg – Begin(ning)
  • Cont – Continue(ing)
  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • PM – Place marker
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • SM – Slip marker
  • WS – Wrong side
Textured stitch pattern

Free Knitted Placemat Pattern

Cast on 52 sts.

Knit 4 rows.

Now work in the following 4 rows repeated stitch pattern…

  • Row 1 (RS): K3, PM, K to the last 3 sts, PM, K3.
  • Row 2 (WS): K3, SM, P to the last 3 sts, SM, K3.
  • Row 3: K3, PM, K to the last 3 sts, PM, K3.
  • Row 4: K3, SM, P1, *K2, P1* rep from * to * to the last 3 sts, SM, K3.

Repeat rows 1-4 slip the markers as you work until the piece measures 12 inches/31 cm.

Knit 4 rows.

Cast off.

Weave in loose ends.

Adding decoration to the edges

You may want to add a small decoration like mini pom poms or fringe to the edges of the placemat.

You can use a small clover pom pom maker and the same yarn to create these.

Idea – Make a colorful placemat with bright pom poms for a special celebration or to update your kitchen decor!

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Happy Knitting! 

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