C2C Day of the Dead Welcome Mat

C2C Day of the dead welcome mat

Download is for the graph only.  This project assumes you know how to crochet in the C2C (corner to corner) style.  If not, learn how via this great tutorial.

Instructions below are for all of the appliqué pieces you will need to make to complete this project!

Supplies you will need:

-Yarn:  Yarnspirations was so generous to have supplied all of the yarn used for this pattern!  I am a HUGE fan of the Bernat Maker yarn line now – it is a dream to crochet with and was the perfect squishy bulky yarn to bring my vision to life  (or, death in this case, haha!)   I’ve outlined the colors used below:

Bernat Maker Home Dec –
Black (2 Skeins)
Cream (1 Skein)
Aqua (1 Skein)
Woodberry (1 Skein)

Bernat Maker Fashion – 
Green (1 skein)
Yellow (1 skein)
Purple (1 skein)

-Hook:  Size J (6mm)

-Scissors
-Yarn needle

-PDF of the C2C Graph – Download here:   day of the dead mat

Step 1: Crochet your Mat

Download the graph here!!

day of the dead mat

Step 2: Crochet your APPLIQUÉ pieces

Abbreviations Used:  American Terms
st – stitch
ch – Chain
sl st – Slip Stitch
sc – Single Crochet
sc2tog – Single Crochet 2 Stitches Together
hdc – Half Double Crochet
dc – double crochet
tr – Treble Crochet

ALSO NOTE:  I added a surface stitch around each row of ALL of the flower centers.  I just felt this added a finished look to the centers.

Skull Eye Flowers:  Make 4 (I chose to make 2 of each color)
Flower Centers (Black)
Ch 4, sl st into first st to form a loop, ch 2.
12 hdc’s into centre of the loop, join with a sl st into the first hdc (12 sts)
Ch 2
2 hdc’s into each st from the previous round, join with a sl st into the first hdc (24 sts)
cut the black.

Attach petal color into any stitch with a sl st, then ch 5.
Hdc in the 3rd st from hook, hdc in next 2 sts join with a sl st into the next st on the eye.

Repeat the following all the way around the eye until you have 24 petals:
ch 5, Hdc in the 3rd st from hook, hdc in next 2 sts join with a sl st into the next st on the eye.

Flower will look like this:


Skull Noses – Make 2

ch 8
sc in each st of first row, turn. (8sts)
sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog, turn. (6sts)
sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, turn. (4sts)
sc2tog, sc2tog, turn. (1st)
sc in last st, and pull tail tight to make triangle shape.

(See above for photo.)

Half Flowers:  Make 4

With your chosen center color: Ch 4, sl st into first st to form a loop, ch 2.
6 hdc’s into centre of the loop, do not join, instead, turn your work.
2 hdc’s into each st from previous round (12 sts)
Cut the center color.

Attach petal color into any stitch with a sl st, then ch 5.
Hdc in the 3rd st from hook, hdc in next 2 sts join with a sl st into the next st.
Skip one stitch, and then start another petal in the next stitch.  You want one petal in every other stitch of the center of the flower – you should have 6 (or 7 if you can’t count, like me, LOL) petals on the half flowers.

Half Flower will look like this:  

Quarter Flowers:  Make 4

With your chosen center color: Ch 4, sl st into first st to form a loop, ch 2.
4 hdc’s into centre of the loop, do not join, instead, turn your work (4 sts.)
2 hdc’s into each st from previous round (8 sts.)
Cut the center color.

Attach petal color into any stitch with a sl st, then ch 5.
Hdc in the 3rd st from hook, hdc in next 2 sts join with a sl st into the next st.
Skip one stitch, and then start another petal in the next stitch.  You want one petal in every other stitch of the center of the flower – you should have 4 petals on the quarter flowers.

Flower will look like this:

Full Flower – Make 1

With your chosen center color: Ch 4, sl st into first st to form a loop, ch 2.
12 hdc’s into centre of the loop, do not join, instead, turn your work (12 sts.)
2 hdc’s into each st from previous round (24 sts)
Cut the center color.

Attach petal color into any stitch with a sl st, then ch 5.
Hdc in the 3rd st from hook, hdc in next 2 sts join with a sl st into the next st.
Skip one stitch, and then start another petal in the next stitch.  You want one petal in every other stitch of the center of the flower – you should have 12 sts total in the full flower (or if you’re like me and can’t count, you’ll have 13, LOL.)

Flower will look like this:

Leaves – Make 19 (or more if preferred)

ch 10

hdc in 2nd ch from hook
dc in next st
tr in next 4 sts
dc in next st
hdc in next st
sc in last stitch.

Turn your work so that you are going UP the other side of your original chain, and repeat the stitches above.

Leaves will look like this:

Step 3: Attach your APPLIQUÉ pieces

This step was a labor of love.  After stitching down the centers of the flowers, I carefully stitched down each flower petal, because I found they curled up a bit too much if I didn’t.

I attached my flowers very symmetrically, to give balance to the overall design.

Here’s where all of my appliqué pieces ended up:

Step 4: Surface Stitch and other details

Once I had all of my appliqué pieces sewn onto the mat, I used the Bernat Maker Fashion in Green to surface slip stitch the vines onto the mat.  For a great tutorial on surface stitching, click here to watch Tamara Kelly of Moogly Blog.  This process just takes patience, and practice, but the nice things about it are 1) you can really put your own personal touch to this design, and 2) if you don’t like it, you can frog it out really easily and start again!

Here’s where I ended up with my surface stitched vines – you can use this photo as a template for your own, or – get creative!!

I also used the surface stitch method to add “mouths” to my skulls.  I went through a few different styles of mouths before settling on simple lines to indicate teeth and jaws.  Again – this is your opportunity to get creative!!

Last but not least, I added a simple black back stitch to all of the leaves to give them detail, and make them pop!

I went back and forth over whether or not it was “done” and eventually added a bobble stitch border to the short edges.  To accomplish this, I first crochet a base row of single crochet stitches in black, along the C2C edge.  Then I did a bobble stitch into every 5th sc stitch along the short sides.  I think it adds just the right finishing touch.

VIOLA!  My finished little rug!!
HAPPY CRAFTING (and spooking!)

All designs are originally created by Stephanie Lewis and copyright protected.  For personal use only – please do not sell.
Enjoy!

 

 

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