Knitted openwork tablecloths are no longer considered a sign of philistinism or poverty. On the contrary, the elegant decoration of the table evokes envy and delight. In the corresponding interior, a table covered with a knitted tablecloth looks elegant and at the same time very cozy.
Preparation for knitting
Before crocheting the tablecloth, you should determine exactly where it will be located. The size of the future product, its shape and color scheme depend on this. Having decided on this issue, you need to select the necessary materials for work.
Traditional tablecloths are knitted from white cotton threads, but this rule is not required. So, a heavy colored tablecloth, matched to the tone, will become a decoration of a massive table. A small tablecloth, knitted of bright colored threads, will revive a small coffee or bedside table.
Having determined the size of the future product, it is necessary to calculate the approximate thread consumption. So, for a large tablecloth, about a kilogram of yarn may be required. The thread consumption also depends on the size of the hook. When choosing a tool for work, remember that a tightly knitted tablecloth holds its shape better, and with a looser knitting, the product will turn out to be less strict and more elastic.
Knitting a round tablecloth
Knitting a round tablecloth starts from the center and continues in a circle until the end of the work. When creating a round tablecloth, make sure that the circle remains the correct shape, without deformations. The round tablecloth should neither acquire the shape of a cone, nor "fold", i.e. go in waves. Follow the pattern carefully and adjust the knitting immediately if necessary.
Knitting a square or rectangular tablecloth
A square tablecloth can be knitted from the center or from the edge, depending on the pattern you choose. The rectangular tablecloth is knitted from the edge. The technique for making a square tablecloth is similar to knitting a round one: the rows go round from the center. The knitting ends with a strapping of the edge of the product.
When choosing a border pattern for a square or rectangular tablecloth, keep in mind that it should contain a description of the corner binding so that the knitting is continuous.
Knitting a tablecloth from fragments
Tablecloths connected from separate elements connected to each other look spectacular. The advantage of this method is that you can control the size and shape of the linked canvas as you complete and attach motifs. The downside is that it will be much more difficult to dissolve such work, and the resulting threads will be problematic to use for knitting another product.
Knitting from elements is always creative freedom. You can independently choose the shape of the motives, their size, the way of connecting with each other. The easiest way to connect the elements is in the process of creating them - this will help to avoid unnecessary work, and the product will look neater.
You can also use the continuous knitting technique - in this case, the tablecloth will be tied with a single cloth, and you will be able to avoid the disadvantages described above.