I've been looking at Sari Ribbon online for a while, thinking I might use it for weaving, but knowing all the while that setting up the loom is quite time consuming and lately I haven't had much free time for anything, let alone fiddling about with warps and wefts. So I delayed purchasing any until I found some at Feltfine for the bargain price of $8.50 per 100g - how could I resist!
Sari Ribbon is the byproduct of sari manufacturing and is colourful, uneven, frayed, and you never know quite what you are gong to get. In other words it's utterly wonderful to work with if, like me, you aren't looking for perfection in every project, but find joy in watching yarn transform and being excited by the journey that unfolds.
To find out just what the Sari Ribbon is like to work with, I've decided on some casual Summer placemats (even though it feels like Winter will never end here in Melbourne at the moment).
You will need:
Large Crochet Hook - I used a 12mm hook for this project.
Skeins of Sari Ribbon - I found that a 100g skein makes approximately one and a half placemats.
Chain 2, Slip stitch into first chain to form circle
Chain 1. Work 10 single crochets (SC) into circle, slip stitch into first single crochet to join.
Chain 1, Work 2 SC into each stitch of previous round. Slip Stitch to finish round.
Chain 1, Work 1 SC into same stitch as chain, *work 2 SC into next stitch, work one SC into next stitch* repeat from * to * until round finished. Slip Stitch into initial stitch to finish round.
Chain 1. Work 1 SC into same stitch as chain, *1SC, 1SC, 2SC* into stitches of previous round repeat from * to * until finished. Slip Stitch to complete round.
Chain 1. Work 1 SC into same stitch as chain.
*1SC, 1SC, 1SC, 2SC* Repeat * to * into stitches of previous round until finished. Slip Stitch to complete round,
Chain 1. Work 1 SC into same stitch as chain. *1SC, 1SC, 1SC 1SC, 2SC* Repeat *to* into stitches of previous round until finished. Slip Stitch to complete round.
Round 7. Final Round
Chain 1. Work 1SC into same stitch as chain. *1SC, 1SC, 1SC, 1SC, 1SC, 2SC* Repeat *to* into stitches of previous round until finished. Slip Stitch to complete placemat. Weave in ends.
These textural and colourful placemats are a breeze to make and perfect for outdoor dining or a casual meal. I've decided that it's not quite the medium I'm wanting for my next project - think I might have to try some recycled sari yarn for that one.
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