I love decorating a table for the holidays with placemats, table runners, centerpieces. Halloween and Christmas are the best decorating holidays. The squashed witch can be done in different colors to create a squashed elf!
I have more fun creating things for my Halloween party and Christmas dinner than any other decorations.
So why not a pattern that can be used for both holidays?
The Squashed Witch Placemat was an idea I had a few years ago. I created the prototype in an afternoon.
But it took two years to realize that with a few strategic color changes, the same pattern could also be used to create a Squashed Elf Placemat.
The pattern works up exactly the same for both, but the colors are adjusted for the season.
The Premium Pattern contain a BONUS PATTERN for a Witch/Elf Hat Coaster that matches the placemat, not available with free version.
Squashed Witch / Squashed Elf Placemat
All patterns are written in US terms using Craft Yarn Council abbreviations.
Easy. Knowledge needed of chains (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), half-double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), back loops only (BLO), increases and decreases.
- Red Heart Super Saver yarn, 100% acrylic, worsted weight, 364 yds/7 oz/198 g.
- For Witch: White (WHT), < 1 ball; Black (BLK), 1 ball; Spring Green (GRN), < 1 ball; Pumpkin (PUM), < 1 ball; Dark Orchid (ORC), < 1 ball; Gold (GLD), < 1 ball.
- For Elf: White (WHT), < 1 ball; Cherry Red (RED), < 1 ball; Hunter Green (HUNT), < 1 ball; Gold (GLD) < 1 ball.
- Furls Odyssey G (4.00 mm) hook
- Polyfil stuffing
- Tapestry needle
- Straight pins (optional)
13.5” mat circumference with skirt
Legs are 9.5” long
8 dc x 4 rows = 2” x 2”
Pattern is written in colors for Witch.
For Elf, change colors as follows:
Spiral placemat: RED/WHT; Skirt: HUNT; Border: RED/WHITE; Boots: HUNT; Legs: RED
- Ch-3 at beginning of row/rnd counts as dc.
- When instructed to “drop” a color, do not break yarn. Pull a large loop, let yarn off hook, continue work with next color. To “pick up” the color again, insert hook into large loop, tighten on hook, and continue work.
Start with heel of boot.
With BLK, ch 2.
Rnd 1: 8 sc in second ch from hook. (8)
Rnd 2: Working in BLO, sc evenly around. (8)
Rnds 3-6: Working in both loops, sc evenly around. (8)
Rnd 7: [Sc, inc] 4 times. (12)
Rnd 8: [2 sc, inc] 4 times. (16)
Rnd 9: [3 sc, inc] 4 times. (20)
Rnd 10: Sc evenly around.
Rnd 11: [2 sc, dec] 5 times. (15)
Rnds 12-15: Sc evenly around.
Rnd 16: Hdc evenly around.
Rnd 17: Change to ORC, working in third loop of hdc (see Pattern Notes), sc evenly around. (15)
Rnds 18-37: Sc evenly around.
Bind off leaving long tail for sewing.
Stuff leg leaving top inch unstuffed so it will press flat.
Toe of Boot
With BLK, ch 2.
Rnd 1: 5 sc in second ch from hook. (5)
Rnds 2-7: Sc evenly around. (5)
Rnd 8: 4 sc, inc. (6)
Rnd 9: 5 sc, inc. (7)
Rnd 10: 5 sc, inc. (8)
Rnd 11: 6 sc, inc. (9)
Rnd 12: 7 sc, inc. (10)
Rnd 13: 8 sc, inc. (11)
Rnd 14: 9 sc, inc. (12)
Rnd 15: 10 sc, inc. (13)
Rnd 16: 11 sc, inc. (14)
Rnd 17: 12 sc, inc. (15)
Rnd 18: 6 sc, dec, 6 sc, inc. (15)
Rnd 19: 6 sc, dec, 6 sc, inc, sl st to finish. (15)
To attach, align dec of last rnd with Rnd 7 of the boot heel. Sew between Rnds 7 and 11 of the boot heel. Add extra stuffing before attaching completely.
Curl the toe of the boot (first 7 rnds) up toward top of boot.
With GLD, sew a 4 st x 4 row square between Rnds 16 and 19 of toe. Repeat so buckle is two strands thick.
Here is a video tutorial for the spiral in double crochet!
With BLK, ch 4.
Rnd 1: 5 dc in fourth ch from hook, drop BLK (see Pattern Notes), with WHT sl st in same ch, ch 3, 5 dc in same sp, do not sl st to join. (6 dc BLK, 6 dc WHT)
Rnd 2: Dc inc in top of ch-3, [dc inc] 5 times, drop WHT, pick up BLK, dc inc in top of ch-3, [dc inc] 5 times. (12 dc WHT, 12 dc, BLK)
Rnd 3: [Dc, dc inc] 6 times, drop BLK, pick up WHT, [dc, dc inc] 6 times. (18 dc BLK, 18 dc WHT)
Rnd 4: [2 dc, dc inc] 6 times, drop WHT, pick up BLK, [2 dc, dc inc] 6 times. (24 dc WHT, 24 dc BLK)
Rnd 5: [3 dc, dc inc] 6 times, drop BLK, pick up WHT, [3 dc, dc inc] 6 times. (30 dc BLK, 30 dc WHT)
Rnd 6: [4 dc, dc inc] 6 times, drop WHT, pick up BLK, [4 dc, dc inc] 6 times. (36 dc WHT, 36 dc BLK)
Rnd 7: [5 dc, dc inc] 6 times, drop BLK, pick up WHT, [5 dc, dc inc] 6 times. (42 dc BLK, 42 dc WHT)
Rnd 8: [6 dc, dc inc] 5 times, 4 dc, hdc, sc, sl st, bind off WHT, pick up BLK, [6 dc, dc inc] 5 times, 4 dc, hdc, sc, sl st, bind off BLK. (44 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, 1 sl st WHT, 44 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, 1 sl st BLK)
Weave in ends.
Row 1: With GRN, sl st anywhere on last round of placemat, ch 3, dc in same st, dc inc in next 42 sts, turn. (86)
Row 2: Ch 3, dc inc, [dc, dc inc] 42 times, turn. (129)
Row 3: Ch 3, dc, dc inc, [2 dc, dc inc] 42 times, turn. (172)
Row 4: Ch 3, 2 dc, dc inc, [3 dc, dc inc] 42 times, turn. (215)
Bind off and weave in ends. Tack down edges of skirt to edge of placemat so skirt edge touches placemat.
Skirt will ripple dramatically.
Use this tutorial for the twisted chain border.
Row 1: With BLK sl st 1st st of last rnd of skirt, ch 5, drop BLK, with PUM, sl st in next st, [ch 5, cross over BLK ch-5, sc in next st, drop PUM, pick up BLK, cross over PUM ch-5, sc in next st, drop BLK, pick up PUM] to end.
Bind off and weave in ends.
Position boots with toes slightly outward and flatten open ends of legs. Sew legs to last rnd of placemat, centered under the skirt, 6 sts apart
Weave in all attachment ends when parts are positioned as desired.
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Kati is the designer behind Hooked by Kati. With thousands of patterns sold around the world, Kati prides herself in creating innovative, easy-to-follow amigurumi patterns. She has designed for several publications, including Crochet!, Crochet World, Simply Crochet, and I Like Crochet. Kati finds her inspiration in science fiction, video games, and numerous visits to the zoo — all passions she shares with her husband and two boys.