Ok, here it goes...
Get Hooked, Take 2!
I hope that those of you who tried the crochet bow ties found some success following my tutorial.
I would love to hear from you and see how you did!
Today's tutorial/free pattern will be for...
Yes, that's right. Crochet coasters.
In the 3 1/2 years that we've been married, we have never had coasters lying around.
I guess I just figured that our furniture was not expensive or fancy enough to warrant any protection from a cold glass.
Nevertheless, I decided to make a couple for our bedroom night stands and for the end tables in the living room.
They are mostly there for the sake of decoration, but what a fun way to add spunk and color to an otherwise dull end table!
You will need:
yarn (very little yarn is used, depending on how many coasters you want to make) - I use Sugar n' Cream as well as Lion Brand's Cotton-Ease yarns; you pick the colors, have fun with it!
Size G crochet hook - You can find a pack of crochet hooks with several different sizes at any craft/fabric store. They may even have them at Wal-mart.
Crochet sewing needle - This looks just like a sewing needle but is a lot bigger so the yarn can fit through the eye, it is often made of plastic.
Abbreviations to know:
Slip Stitch - slst
Chain - ch
Double Crochet - dc
Single Crochet - sc
Yarn Over - yo
Step 1. Attach yarn to hook with a slst.Create a pretzel shape with the end of the yarn.
Step 2. Ch 4 (this includes the loop already on the hook from the slip knot).
Step 3. Slst into the first chain to create a circle.
There is your circle!
Step 3. Ch 3 (this includes the loop already on the hook from the slip stitch).
Step 4. Work 11 dc into center of the circle. Slst in top loop of the first chain 3 to close circle.
To work a double crochet (dc):
1. yo hook
2. Place hook through the center of the circle.
3. yo again.
4. Pull hook back through the circle. You should now have 3 loops on the hook.
5. yo again.
6. Pull hook through the first 2 loops on the hook.
7. yo again.
8. Pull the hook through the last 2 loops on the hook.
Step 5. Ch 3. Work 1 dc in same stitch as the ch. Work 2 dc in each remaining stitch around. Slst to close circle.
Chain 3 and then work 1 double crochet into the same stitch as the chain. This will create an increase which will make our circle grow larger.Continue to work 2 dc together in each stitch around. You should have 24 when the circle is complete. As before, slip stitch into the top loop of the first chain 3 to finish the round.
This is the 2nd round completed:
Step 6. Ch 3. Work 1 dc in same stitch as ch. Work 1 dc in the 2nd stitch and 2 dc in the 3rd stitch. Repeat this pattern around the circle. Slst to close circle.
After you chain 3, work 1 dc in the same stitch. This is creating an increase to help the circle grow larger.
In the 2nd stitch: work 1 dc
In the 3rd stitch: work 2 dc
In the 4th stitch: work 1 dc
In the 5th stitch: work 2 dc
This pattern will continue around the circle finishing with 1 dc in the 24th stitch.
As before, slst into the top loop of the first ch 3 to close off the circle.
Step 7. Ch 2. Work 1 sc in the same stitch. Work 1 sc in the next 2 stitches. Work 2 sc together in the next stitch. Repeat this pattern around the circle. Slst to close the round.
For this last round, chain only 2 and work 1 single crochet into the same stitch.
In the 2nd stitch: work 1 sc
In the 3rd stitch: work 1 sc
In the 4th stitch: work 2 sc together
This pattern will repeat around the circle and finish with 1 sc in the last stitch.
As before, work a slst into the top loop of the first chain 2 to complete the round.
Step 8. Cut and fasten off your yarn. You did it!
Forget how to work a single crochet? Check out step 3 in my first tutorial here.
Forget how to fasten off? Check out step 6 in my first tutorial here, however you don't need to leave a long tail. Weave in your loose ends to hide them away.
Here are 2 of my completed sets of coasters. I plan to make lots more in lots of bright, spring-y colors very soon!
Why do my coasters look a little different, you might ask? Well, I got a little creative with my sizes and colors, and you can too! With a couple of my coasters, I made one with 1 less round so that it would be smaller. I then simply sewed it to the bigger coaster using my crochet need and some contrasting colored yarn. You can also experiment with using different colored yarn for the different rounds. I liked using a contrasting color for the very last single crochet round.
Let me know if you have any questions! Now, go get started!
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