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Cheerleading Horn Placemat

Here is a free crochet pattern for a cheerleading horn placemat. This is by far the most difficult crochet pattern I have ever designed because I am not good with graphics. But because I received the request and was given a photo to work off of, I decided to give it my best shot. I think I did okay, except for the pom-poms, which didn’t turn out all that well.

Cheerleading Horn Placemat
Cheerleading Horn Placemat

Although the stitches are simple, this crochet pattern is not suitable for beginners because of the various different colors. It is not hard once you get used to carrying the yarn, but it is tedious to continuously switch back and forth between the colors. You also have to watch that your yarn does not get all tangled up.

This pattern is difficult to get started on, but it gets easier once you get used to working with multiple strands of yarn. Then once you get going, it only takes about 4-5 hours to make one placemat.

Color Changes 

In order to carry the extra strands of yarn, simply run the strand(s) along the top of the previous row and work your stitches around the yarn. In many cases you will need to carry multiple strands.

Each new color is joined with a sl st to the previous st at the last step of completing the stitch.

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The last stitch made is only partially completed.

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Join the next strand with a slip stitch.

First stitch made with the new color.

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Second stitch made. Also note how the yarn is carried and encased in current stitch row.

Cheerleading Horn Placemat

Cheerleading Horn Placemat

If you have the patience for tapestry crochet, and cheerleaders and pets are a part of your family then you will enjoy making this crochet placemat pattern.
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Materials

  • Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton #4 Worsted weight yarn. 5 Colors.
  • CA = Beige (the background) 1 50g/1.75oz. ball
  • CB = Purple (pom-pom) small amount of about 15 meters.
  • CC = Red (pom-pom) small amount of about 22 meters.
  • CD = Blue (horn) 1 50g/1.75oz. ball
  • CE = White (paw design on horn) small amount of about 5.5 meters.
  • Crochet Hook: H/8-5.00MM
  • Tools: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.

Measurements

  • Gauge: Measures approximately 4" over 13 sts and 15 rows.
  • Finished Size: Measures approximately 16" by 11" without an edging.

Abbreviations

Notes

  • Once joined all yarn is carried unless otherwise instructed.
  • CA is carried throughout the pattern but other colors are dropped as instructed.
  • When dropping the yarn make sure to always drop it to the wrong side (WS) of the placemat.
  • You will notice that in the areas where you carry the yarn it naturally takes on a greater height over the rows. This can be evened out by blocking once the placemat is finished.
  • Towards the latter part of the pattern you will need to have 2 strands of CB and CC as instructed – one strand for each end. This eliminates the need to carry the yarn from one end to the other. It also helps to avoid a mess of the yarn as you can pre-cut the shorter pieces.

Pre-cut the yarn as follows:

  • CA = Beige the background Work off the ball.
  • CB = Purple pom-pom Cut 3 pieces measuring about 5 meters each.
  • CC = Red pom-pom Cut 1 piece at 11 meters and 2 pieces at about 5.5 meters.
  • CD = Blue horn Work off the ball
  • CE = White paw design on horn Cut 1 piece at 5.5 meters.

Instructions

  • Row 1 (RS): With CA ch 53, sc in second ch from hook and in next 41 chs, join CB and sc in next 4 chs, with CA sc in next ch, with CB sc in next 2 chs, drop CB, with CA sc in last 3 chs. Turn.
  • Row 2 (WS): With CA ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, (with CB sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts) twice, with CB sc in next 4 sts, drop CB, with CA sc in last 37 sts. Turn.
  • Row 3: With CA ch 1, sc in first 23 sts, join CD and sc in next 5 sts, drop CD, with CA sc in next 9 sts, with CB sc in next 3 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CB sc in next st, with CA sc in next st, with CB sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CB sc in next st, drop CB, join the longest (11m) piece of CC and sc in last 4 sts. Turn.
  • Row 4: With CC ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, pick up CB and carry it, with CA sc in next st, with CC sc in next 2 sts, with CB sc in next st, with CC sc in next 2 sts, drop CC, with CA sc in next st, with CB sc in next 3 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CB sc in next st, with CA sc in next st, with CB sc in next st, drop CB, with CA sc in next 4 sts, with CD sc in next 6 sts, drop CD, with CA sc in last 23 sts. Turn.
  • Row 5: With CA ch 1, sc in first 20 sts, with CD sc in next 4 sts, with CA sc in next 3 sts, with CD sc in next 4 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CB sc in next 3 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CB sc in next 2 sts, with CC sc in next 3 sts, with CB sc in next st, drop CB and CD, with CC sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CC sc in last 4 sts. Turn.
  • Row 6: With CC ch 1, sc in first 7 sts, pick up CB and carry, with CD sc in next 3 sts, with CC sc in next 2 sts, drop CC, with CB sc in next st, with CA sc in next st, with CB sc in next 4 sts, drop CB, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CD sc in next 8 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CA sc in last 20 sts. Turn.
  • Row 7: With CA ch 1, sc in first 19 sts, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 11 sts, with CA sc in next 3 sts picking up CB when you get to it, with CB sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CB sc in next st, drop CB, with CC sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CC sc in last 6 sts. Turn.
  • Row 8: With CC ch 1, sc in first 5 sts, drop CC, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 8 sts picking up CB when you get to it, with CB sc in next 3 sts, drop and weave in CB, with CD sc in next 4 sts, with CA sc in next 6 sts, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CA sc in last 18 sts. Turn.
  • Row 9: With CA ch 1, sc in first 18 sts, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next 5 sts, with CD sc in next 17 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CC sc in last 4 sts. Turn.
  • Row 10: With CC ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, drop CC, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 24 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next 10 sts, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CA sc in last 6 sts. Turn.
  • Row 11: With CA ch 1, sc in first 5 sts, with CD sc in next 4 sts, with CA sc in next 4 st, with CD sc in next 15 sts, join CE and sc in next 2 sts, drop CE, with CD sc in next 16 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CC sc in last 3 sts. Turn.
  • Row 12: With CC ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, drop CC, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 16 sts, with CE sc in next 6 sts, drop CE, with CD sc in next 16 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CA sc in last 5 sts. Turn.
  • Row 13: With CA ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, with CD sc in next 4 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 14 sts, with CE sc in next 7 sts, drop CE, with CD sc in next 17 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CC sc in last 2 sts. Turn.
  • Row 14: With CC ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, drop CC, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CD sc in next 14 sts, with CE sc in next st, with CD sc in next st, with CE sc in next 6 sts, drop CE, with CD sc in next 15 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next st, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CA sc in last 4 sts. Turn.
  • Row 15: With CA ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 3 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 12 sts, with CE sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CE sc in next 4 sts, with CD sc in next st, with CE sc in next 3 sts, drop CE, with CD sc in next 11 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CD sc in next st, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CC sc in last 2 sts. Turn.
  • Row 16: With CC ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, drop CC, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 3 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CD sc in next 9 sts, with CE sc in next 3 sts, with CD sc in 2 next sts, with CE sc in next 3 sts, with CD sc in next st, with CE sc in next 3 sts, drop CE, with CD sc in next 11 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 4 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CA sc in last 2 sts. Turn.
  • Row 17: With CA ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 5 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 10 sts, with CE sc in next 3 sts, with CD sc in next 4 sts, with CE sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CE sc in next 2 sts, drop CE, with CD sc in next 7 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CD sc in next 5 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CC sc in last 2 sts. Turn.
  • Row 18: With CC ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, drop CC, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 7 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CD sc in next 5 sts, with CE sc in next st, with CD sc in next st, with CE sc in next 3 sts, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CE sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CE sc in next 2 sts, drop CE, with CD sc in next 9 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 6 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CA sc in last 2 sts. Turn.
  • Row 19: With CA ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 6 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 10 sts, with CE sc in next st, with CD sc in next st, with CE sc in next 3 sts, with CD sc in next st, with CE sc in next 3 sts, drop CE, with CD sc in next 5 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CD sc in next 6 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next st, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CC sc in last 3 sts. Turn.
  • Row 20: With CC ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CC sc in next 2 sts, drop CC, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 7 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CD sc in next 4 sts, with CE sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CE sc in next 3 sts, drop CE, with CD sc in next 12 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 6 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CA sc in last 2 sts. Turn.
  • Row 21: With CA ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 7 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 12 sts, with CE sc in next st, drop and weave in CE, with CD sc in next 6 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CD sc in next 7 sts, drop CD, with CC sc in next 4 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CC sc in next 3 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CC sc in last 2 sts. Turn.
  • Row 22: With CC ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CC sc in next 4 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CC sc in next 4 sts, drop CC, with CD in next 8 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CD sc in next 17 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 7 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, join CB, with CB sc in last 2 sts. Turn.
  • Row 23: With CB ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, drop CB, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 7 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 14 sts, with CA sc in next 3 sts, with CD sc in next 8 sts, drop CD, join another strand of CB and sc in next 2 sts, with CC sc in next 3 sts, with CA sc in next st, drop CB, with CC sc in next 4 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CC sc in last 3 sts. Turn.
  • Row 24: With CC ch 1, sc in first st, with CA sc in next st, with CC sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CC sc in next 3 sts, with CB sc in next st, with CC sc in next 3 sts, drop CC, with CB sc in next 3 sts, drop CB, with CD sc in next 10 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CD sc in next 11 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 7 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CB sc in next 2 sts, drop CB, with CA sc in last st. Turn.
  • Row 25: With CA ch 1, sc in first st, with CB sc in next 2 sts, drop CB, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 7 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 9 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CD sc in next 10 sts, drop CD, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CB sc in next 4 sts, with CC sc in next st, with CB sc in next 3 sts, with CC sc in next 2 sts, with CB sc in next st, drop CB, with CC sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CC sc in last st. Turn.
  • Row 26: With CC ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, with CB sc in next 3 sts, with CC sc in next st, drop CC, with CA sc in next st, with CB sc in next 3 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CB sc in next 3 sts, drop CB, with CA sc in 3 sts, with CD sc in next 10 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, (with CD sc in next 7 sts, with CA sc in next st) twice, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CB sc in next 2 sts, drop and weave in CB, with CA sc in last st. Turn.
  • Row 27: With CA ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 7 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 5 st, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CD sc in next 10 sts, drop CD, with CA sc in next 4 sts, (with CB sc in next 3 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts) twice, pick up CC and carry it, with CB sc in next 4 sts, drop CB, with CC sc in next 2 sts, drop CC, with CA sc in last st. Turn.
  • Row 28: With CA ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, with CC sc in next st, drop and cut CC weaving it in, with CB sc in next 5 sts, (with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CB sc in next 3 sts) twice, drop CB, with CA sc in next 5 sts, with CD sc in next 10 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 4 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 7 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, join CC and sc with CC in last 3 sts. Turn.
  • Row 29: With CC ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, drop CC, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 6 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 13 sts, drop CD, join another strand of CB and sc in next 4 sts, drop CB, with CA sc in next 7 sts picking up and carrying CB when you get to it, with CB sc in next 3 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CB sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CB sc in next 4 sts, drop CB, with CA sc in last 2 sts. Turn.
  • Row 30: With CA ch 1, sc in first st, with CB sc in next 3 sts, with CA sc in next 4 sts, with CB sc in next 2 sts, drop CB, with CA sc in next 11 sts, with CB sc in next 6 sts, drop CB, with CD sc in next 11 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 6 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CC sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in last 2 sts. Turn.
  • Row 31: With CC ch 1, sc in first 5 sts, drop CC, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 5 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 9 sts, drop CD, with CA sc in next 6 sts picking up and carrying CB when you get to it, with CB sc in next 2 sts, drop CB, with CA sc in next 19 sts picking up and carrying CB when you get to it, with CB sc in last 2 sts, drop and weave in CB. Turn.
  • Row 32: With CA ch 1, sc in first 24 sts picking up CB when you get to it, with CB sc in next st, with CA sc in next 3 sts, drop CB, join CC and sc in next 3 sts, drop CC, with CD sc in next 7 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 5 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CC sc in last 5 st. Turn.
  • Row 33: With CC ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CC sc in next st, drop CC, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 4 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 5 sts, drop CD, with CA sc in next 3 sts, with CC sc in next 2 sts, drop CC, with CB sc in next 4 sts, drop CB, with CA sc in last 24 sts. Turn.
  • Row 34: With CA ch 1, sc in first 24 sts, with CB sc in next 5 sts, with CC sc in next 3 sts, drop CC, with CB sc in next 2 sts, drop CB, (with CD sc in next 4 sts, with CA sc in next st) twice, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CA sc in next st, with CC sc in last 5 sts. Turn.
  • Row 35: With CC ch 1, sc in first 6 sts, drop CC, with CD sc in next 2 sts, (with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 3 sts) twice, drop CD, with CC sc in next 6 sts picking up CB when you get to it, drop CC, with CB sc in next 5 sts, drop CB, with CA sc in last 25 sts. Turn.
  • Row 36: With CA ch 1, sc in first 25 sts, with CB sc in next st, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CB sc in next 2 sts, drop CB, with CC sc in next 7 sts, drop CC, with CD sc in next 5 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 2 sts, drop CD, with CC sc in last 7 sts. Turn.
  • Row 37: Join CB, ch 1, with CB sc in first 4 sts, drop CB, with CC sc in next 4 sts, drop CC, with CD sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CD sc in next 4 sts, drop CD, with CA sc in next st, with CC sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CC sc in next st, drop CC, with CA sc in next 4 sts picking up CB when you get to it, with CB sc in next 2 sts, drop CB, with CA sc in last 25 sts. Turn.
  • Row 38: With CA ch 1, sc in first 27 sts, with CB sc in next 3 sts, with CC sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CC sc in next 2 sts, drop CC, with CB sc in next 3 sts, drop CB, with CD sc in next 6 sts, drop CD, with CA sc in next st, with CC sc in next 5 sts, with CB sc in last 2 sts, drop and weave in CB. Turn.
  • Row 39: With CC ch 1, sc in first 6 sts, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CC sc in next 2 sts, drop and weave in CC, with CD sc in next 3 sts, drop and cut CD, with CC sc in next 3 sts, with CB sc in next 2 sts, with CC sc in next 2 sts, drop CC, with CA sc in next 2 sts, with CB sc in next 2 sts, drop CB, with CA sc in last 28 sts. Turn.
  • Row 40: With CA ch 1, sc into first 26 sts, with CB sc in next st, with CA sc in next st, with CB sc in next 4 sts, drop CB, with CC sc in next 6 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CC sc in next 3 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CC sc in next 2 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CC sc in last 6 sts. Turn.
  • Row 41: With CC ch 1, sc in first 6 sts, with CA sc in next st, with CC sc in next 2 sts, (with CA sc in next st, with CC sc in next 3 sts) twice, with CB sc in next st, with CC sc in next 2 sts, drop CC, with CB sc in next 6 sts, drop CB, with CA sc in last 26 sts. Fasten off, or sc evenly around for edging.

To Block:

  • Dampen the placemat and arrange it on a damp towel. Dampen another towel and place on top. Allow to dry.

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