Ordinary household string (cable cord No.K-106) was used to make the durable,
12-by-15-inch place mat shown above. The center is a traditional granny square
enlarged to 10 rows. To make the square into a rectangle, three rows of double
crochet were added to the two opposite sides.
Size: 12 by 15 inches.
Materials: Cable cord (No.K-106), approximately 2 1/2 balls of 200 feet each for one place mat. Crochet hook size H or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: Square is 10 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches.
Double crochet sides: 4 st= 1 inch.
Square: Follow directions for traditional granny square but enlarge it by making 10 rows. The last row has eight groups of 3 dc plus the corner st for each side.
Side: Row 1: Attach the string to one corner, ch 3, 1 dc in each dc and 1 dc in each sp. At end of row, ch 3, turn.
Row 2:1 dc in each dc, ch 3 and turn.
Row 3: Repeat row 2, fasten off.
Repeat rows 1 through 3 for the opposite side. Do not fasten off.
Border: Starting at end of last row of dc, 1 dc in each dc, 3 dc in corner.
Continuing along side of original square, 1 dc in each dc and 1 dc in each sp, 3 dc in corner.
Repeat for remaining 2 sides. 2 dc in last corner and join with sl st to 1st dc. Fasten off.