I made these placemats for the dining room. Using Lion cotton yarn, in Paprika color, I cast on 46 stitches, and then just knit every row. It is 13 inches of Paprika and then 4 inches of Taupe. The yarn was a little brighter than I had anticipated, so I toned it down somewhat with Taupe colored yarn on the end. I think it goes better in my room this way.
Here's how it looks with a place setting on it. Nice! I made two and am trying to decide if I want more. Often it is just Mom and I for lunch, so two might be enough. If I make more, I might want to reverse the colors, using Taupe as the main body and Paprika as the trim.