Round and round and round they go! Where they’ll stop is up to you! These coaster have a very high customization factor, making it the ultimate DIY gift. And if you feel up to it, crochet a few more rounds and make it a potholder! So grab your hook, a few skeins of yarn and start crocheting!
I used Scheepjes Catona, a 100% cotton yarn. Catona is available in 10g, 25g and 50g balls. You can create 3-4 coasters from one 25g ball. For the grey and blue coasters you’ll need:
- 242 Metal grey x 1 ball
- 146 Vivid blue x 1 ball
Retailers for this yarn
You can purchase Scheepjes Catona from the following retailers, among others:
- Wool Warehouse (UK based, worldwide shipping)
- LoveKnitting (US based)
- Black sheep wools (US based, worldwide shipping)
- Caro’s atelier (Nederlandse webshop)
4.5 mm hook (US size 7)
A finished coaster measures 10cm (4in) in diameter.
Stitches used (US terms)
- ch: chain
- dc: double crochet
- ss: slip stitch
With your background colour, crochet a magic loop. If you don’t know how to work a magic loop, check Youtube as it has many tutorials. Alternatively, you can ch3 and then join the third chain with a ss to the first ch, working the dc’s into the circle. However, the advantage of a magic loop is that you can pull it tight, leaving no gap in the middle of your work.
Round 2 Ch3, *2dc in 1 st; repeat from * another 13 times, 1dc in the same stitch as where you started the ch3 (near the arrow in the picture), join with ss in third ch of beginning chain. [28 dc]
Round 3 Ch3 , * 2dc in 1 st, 1dc; repeat from * another 13 times. 2dc in 1 st, join with ss. to third ch of beginning chain. [42 dc]
Round 4 Ch 3, 1dc, *2dc in 1 st, 2dc; repeat from * another 13 times. 2dc in 1 st, join with ss to third ch of beginning chain. Cut yarn with a 10cm tail. [56 dc]
Now we’re going to weave in your end tail with a magic fastening, making it near impossible to see. Take your needle, and insert it in the third ch of the starting dc, under the ‘V’ of that stitch. Pull it through the stitch and then back in the last dc through the top of the ‘V’. This way, you have made a slip stitch that looks pretty much like a regular stitch. Don’t worry if your circle isn’t fully flat or wonky, the surface crochet will take care of that.
Now it’s time to start the surface crochet! Switch to your accent colours. You clearly see the 4 rounds in your pattern. At the edge of every round you are going to crochet, starting with the most inner round. Insert your hook in any stitch of the first round and pull up a loop. Insert your hook in the next stitch and pull up a loop, and then pull this loop through the first loop on hook (ss made). Repeat this for all stitches in the round until you’ve reached your first stitch. Cut your yarn leaving a 10cm tail and use the magic fastening just like you did with the tail of Round 4 of the grey circle.
Repeat the surface crochet for the next 3 rounds, slip stitching your way around the circle.
Don’t worry if your piece is a little bit concave (like mine), this will be fixed once you block your finished piece. Extra tip: Spray some starching spray on your coasters to make them extra stiff (most drug stores carry one brand or another). It just feels a little bit sturdier which I like for the coasters. The instructions on my can say to spray and then iron the piece, but check what yours says.