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A very fond memory of my Dad, the clown, is that he always called a menu a me’ n’ u, so what better name for a collection of placemat and coaster sets than Me’ n’ u.

Included in the e-book are three new patterns, Hesperus, High Tea, and Tutti Frutti, and Oh Tannenbaum, which was my Christmas gift to you all.

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Included in the e-book are three new patterns, Hesperus, High Tea, and Tutti Frutti, and Oh Tannenbaum, which was my Christmas gift to you all.

For placemats and coasters I strongly recommend using 100% cotton yarn, as it is more heat resistant for warm or hot plates, and more absorbent for those yummy cold drinks.

My favourite yarn for this type of project is Stylecraft Classique Cotton.
This is a Double knit weight yarn, very soft, the colours do not run when washed (30′), and a beautiful range of colours, and…. it does not split while working!.
I always use a 4mm hook, Clover Amour is my favourite as it glides through any yarn.

The sets


Hesperus is a name from Greek mythology, the evening star, or the planet Venus, which is also called the morning star.

Whatever time of day you want to add elegance to your table, this placemat and coaster set has a timeless elegance, for day to day dining or for special occasions.

I used Nocturne and Dove, as these colours will go in my new dinning room.

High Tea

The thought of an English High Tea, means fine china, soft colours, and pretty table-cloths.

The High Tea design is reminiscent of apple blossom, or English country gardens.

But you can jazz it up with fun, bright colours, or go colonial with creams and soft blues, have fun.

I think it goes perfectly with my gorgeous new Cath Kidston mugs, which were a treat to myself after a major de-cluttering. The tablecloth was a wedding present to my Mum and Dad, and is now mine, I love the beautiful hand embroidered apple blossom.

Tutti Frutti

Something fun for alfresco dining, family parties, BBQ with friends, kid’s parties, any time you want to create a fun atmosphere. These bright and cheerful place mats and coasters are just the thing.

Bold colours, and beautiful stitches are just the thing for summer, but, as always, the choice is yours, change the colours to change the mood created on your table, or to suit the season.

The name came about because I wanted something fun, and the colours reminded me of Tutti Frutti sweets I used to get as a child.

Oh Tannenbaum

Tannenbaum is German for Fir tree, many of us may be familiar with the song, which became a Christmas song sometime in the 19th century.

As I was designing this gift for you all the large points reminded me of a Christmas tree, and so the name “Oh Tannenbaum”.

Oh Tannenbaum is also available separately as a free pattern.

Before you rush off to start buying the e-book and some new yarn, have a look at the amazing job my awesome testers did with their sets.

Ineke is well known for her love of bright “Happy Colours”, and also for the dramatic black and white she so often uses.


Catania Originals cotton in Yellow, Blue, Orange, Pink, and Purple.
All black and white versions are made with Stylecraft Special Dk.

Catania Originals cotton in Yellow, Blue, Orange, Green, Lilac, Pink, and Purple

Catania Originals cotton in Yellow, Blue, Orange, Green, Lilac, Pink, and Purple

Pauline loves soft colours, and puts them together so well, there is a real timeless quality to her colour choices.

Hesperus in Stylecraft Special DK, Cream, Duck Egg and Storm

High Tea in Stylecraft Special DK, Grey, Pale Rose and Cream

Tutti Frutti in Stylecraft Special DK, Camel, Grey and Cream

Lesley has used different yarns for each of her projects, with soft sparkles, to bold brights, and a little extra fun as you will see.

Hesperus in Hobbycraft  Baby Brilliance DK in Blue and White.
I love the sparkles in this yarn.

High Tea in Scheepes Colour Crafter DK in Urk, Sittard, and Ermelo.

Tutti Frutti in Paintbox from Love Crochet, Simply Aran in Blood Orange, Daffodil Yellow, Lime Green, Marine Blue, Pansy Purple, and Bubble Gum Pink.

And a little extra fun that Lesley had with  the Hesperus and High Tea coasters, she turned them into Bo-Ho Dream Catchers.

Terena decided this was a great opportunity to do a bit of stash busting, and I just love the colours she has used.

Hesperus in Stylecraft Batik in Pistachio and Cherry

Terena has a huge stash of yarn… like most of us… and she made High Tea in a 3-ply yarn from a charity shop,brand not known, this is going to become a dream catcher.

With a little extension around the sides, Terena’s Tutti Frutti has become a stool cover, made with Stylecraft Special DK in Turquoise, Empire, Petrol, and Sherbet.

Melissa has used different yarn weights to give you an idea of the different sizes you can achieve.

Hesperus in Lion Brand Heartland Acadia, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon.
Worked in worsted weight yarn (123 yards), with a 5mm hook the placemats will be approx 15 inch, and the coasters approx 5 1/2 inches.

Tutti Frutti in Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton 5mm hook same sizes as above.

Aunt Lydia’s Fashion size 3 thread 3mm hook. Sage- half ball Cream-full ball Copper Rose -half ball, finished size is placemat  10 1/2 inches and coaster 3 1/2 inches.

Have fun creating some gorgeous additions to your home decor, and remember help is always available on my Facebook group Helen’s Hookaholics, or contact me for help and support with any of my designs.

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