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Crochet Tray Mat

Use this free pattern from Bernat Yarns to crochet a quick and easy tray mat.  This tray mat adds a touch of elegance to your serving tray, and you can crochet multiple mats in different colors to give the appearance of having several different trays.

See this pattern and more in 23 Free Flower Crochet Patterns and Other Girly Crochet Projects.



Finished Size:

Approx 13 2/4 x 20" [35 x 51 cm]


  • Bernat Handicrafter Crochet Cotton (14 oz / 400 g) or yarn of your choice.
    • 1 mat = 444 yds [416 m].
  • Size 1.75 mm (U.S. 2) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.


Motif = Approx 3 x 3" [8 x 8 cm]


Motif (make 24)
Ch 6. Join with ss to form ring.
1st rnd: Ch 7 (counts as 1 dc, 4 ch). Work 1 dc into 5th ch from hook. (1 dc in ring. Ch 4. 1 dc into top of last dc worked) 7 times. Ss into 3rd ch of beg ch-7.
2nd rnd: Ch 9 (counts as 1 dc, 6 ch). *1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 hdc in next ch. 1 dc in next ch. 1 tr in each of next 2 ch (triangle made).* 1 dc in next dc. Ch 6. Rep from * to * 7 times. Sl st into 3rd ch of beg ch-9.
3rd rnd: Ch 8 (counts as 1 tr, 4 ch). 1 sc into tip of Triangle. Ch 4. (1 tr in dc between 2 Triangles. Ch 4. 1 sc in tip of Triangle. Ch 4) 7 times. Ss into 4th ch of beg ch-8. Ss in first ch-4 sp.
4th rnd: Ch 3. 3 dc in first ch-4 sp. *(Ch 1. 4 dc in next ch-4 sp) 3 times. Ch 3 (corner). 4 dc in next ch-4 sp. Rep from * twice more. (Ch 1. 4 dc in next ch-4 sp) 3 times. Ch 3. Sl st in first dc.
5th rnd: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 1 dc in next st. 1 hdc in each of next 2 sts. *(1 sc in next ch-1 sp. 1 sc in each of next 4 sts) twice. 1 sc in next ch-1 sp. 1 hdc in each of next 2 sts. 1 dc in each of next 2 sts. (1 dc. 3 tr. 1 dc) in next ch-3 sp.** 1 dc in each of next 2 sts. 1 hdc in each of next 2 sts. Rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once. Join with sl st to top of ch-3. Fasten off.

Joining: Sew Motifs tog to form 4 panels of 6 Motifs each. Sew panels tog.

Border: 1st rnd: Join yarn with sl st in any corner st. Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st and at end of joining rows. Work 3 sc in corners. Sl st in first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. *1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Ch 3. 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook (picot made). Miss 1 sc. Rep from * around working 3 sc in corners and ending with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.


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Here is another of my favorite type of projects. I love to make motifs. This project would not take long at all to complete. I could make one for all of the trays I have now. I think I have three and it just so happens they are all different sizes.

There was an older retired lady in our neighborhood that would have tea parties. Whe would invite the young girls and she would really go all out. We thought we were so special when she invited us. The trays she bought in would have placemats similar to these. Had not thought of those days in a while.


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