this and this.
In the end I came up with these, and I am very happy with them, so I thought I would share how they are made. They are not particularly original or difficult, but maybe they will be useful to someone and anyway I thought it would be handy to have the pattern on here in case I lose the scruffy piece of paper it is written on.
I used King Cole Cottonsoft DK in a variety of colors and white with a 3.5mm hook. Most people would need a smaller hook to make their mat dense enough, but my gauge is very tight. My mats are 13 cm across, perfect for a largish mug or wine glass. I am using UK terms here so:
TC = DC (US)
HTC = HDC (US)
The pattern link on Ravelry is here.
Chain 5 and then join into a loop with a slip stitch. Chain 3 (counts as a TC)...
Slip Stitch into first chain space and then work DC, HTR, TR, HTR, DC into the space. Work DC, HTR, TR, HTR, DC into each chain space round, join with slip stitch into first DC and fasten off...
here, she uses HTR but you can use any stitch as long as you are consistent.
In other news, I have fallen off the stash wagon big style and ordered these...
And I have started another new blanket whilst having at least two others on the go.
All in all I am not sticking to my resolutions at all, but I felt they were stifling my creativity a little and the mats are a stash buster project so it could be worse.
Have a lovely weekend.