Wednesday, 16 December 2015

give: delicate crochet coasters




I've got a real thing about crochet coasters; I love those really, really intricate ones, the ones that end up buried at the bottom of a basket full of old blankets in charity shops. So when I was coming up with ideas for my festive posts, I decided to include a pattern for my own take on the humble coaster; a bit less fussy, a lot less time consuming to make and far easier to follow. Make a stack and give them as presents, add them to Christmas place settings with some foliage and wooden stars, or string them up into a garland - they're really versatile, and can be worked up in around an hour.

You will need:
1 x ball of DMC Natura Just Cotton
1 x 3.5mm crochet hook
Sharp scissors
A yarn needle

1. Ch3, then work 12tr into the 3rd of ch3, and join with a slip stitch - this forms the first round of your flat circle.

2. Ch3, then work 1tr into the same space. Work 2tr into each stitch around, then join with a slip stitch.

3. Ch3, then work 1tr into the same space. Work *1tr, 2tr* into the next two stitches, then repeat * around. Join with a slip stitch.

4. Ch3, then work 1tr into the same space. Work *1tr, 1tr, 2tr* into the next three stitches, then repeat * around. Join with a slip stitch.

5. Ch3, then work 1tr into the same space. Work *1tr, 1tr, 1tr, 2tr* into the next four stitches, then repeat * around. Join with a slip stitch.

6. Ch8, skip first four stitches, dc into fifth stitch. *Ch7, skip next four stitches, dc into fifth stitch.* Repeat * around, finishing the round by joining with a slip stitch.

7. Work 9dc into each ch7 space, finishing the round by joining with a slip stitch.

8. Fasten off.

9. Rejoin your yarn with a slip stitch to any fifth of the 9dc. Ch8, dc into fifth of the next 9dc. *Ch7, dc into fifth of the next 9dc*. Repeat * around, finishing the round by joining with a slip stitch.

10. Work 11dc into each ch7 space, finishing the round by joining with a slip stitch.

11. Fasten off your yarn, and weave in any ends.

I've not long been writing crochet patterns, so if any of this is at all unclear, or just makes you go, 'huh?', then do send me a message and I'll try to explain a bit better. There were step shots, but unfortunately they were lost in the great laptop tragedy of 2015!
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