Dun Rig is the name given to the highest summit in the Tweedsmuir Hills in the Scottish Borders region. Dun means ‘fort’ in Gaelic, and ‘Rig’ means ridge in Scots. This pattern was designed and made in autumn, my favourite season. The views from Dun Rig at this time of the year are of lush green fields and forests and autumnal golds and russets. With the sun at a low golden setting, casting long desaturated shadows across the land, it really feels like the opulence of Christmas is just around the corner.

The Dun Rig Placemat

The Dun Rig Placemat

The Dun Rig Placemat pattern is available to purchase online from Ravelry and Etsy

This is the first pattern I’ve written up into a pattern, despite wanting to create my own patterns for a long time. It was a moment of impulsiveness. I’d been looking for a pattern for my own Christmas table, and couldn’t find anything that was quite what I wanted. So I created my own: dark green with a touch of gold. I especially wanted a mat where decorative detail extended beyond the rim of the plate so it was a part of the tablescape. I achieved exactly what I set out to, and decided to write it up as a pattern. And here it is.

Skill Level

The pattern is rated as Intermediate, because it features more advanced stitches and increases. However, the stages are described in detail, step by step, with four supporting video tutorials available for all the key stages. I believe a confident beginner could manage this, and it would certainly be achievable for a crocheter more familiar with patterns rated ‘Easy’.

PDF Files

The pattern is available to purchase from Ravelry and Etsy. You will receive 4 PDF files accessible via a download link when payment has been processed. There are two versions: one version is designed with offline reading in mind, and features more images (and is available in both UK and USA terms). The other is more text based, and designed to be easily incorporated into Knit Companion for those who like to follow their patterns digitally (this is also available in both UK and USA terms).