For those of you who follow my facebook: here they are! For those of you who don’t: here they are! Round and round and round they go…. These coaster have a very, very high customization factor, making it the ultimate DIY gift. Grab your hook, 2 or more colours of yarn and start crocheting!
Stitches used (US terms):
- sl. st. = Slip stitch
- ch = chain
- dc = double crochet
- 1 skein of ‘Elephant’ from Phildar Coton 3
- 1 skein of ‘Pacifique’ from Phildar Coton 3 (this is for the blue ones, for the multicoloured you need various colours obviously)
- A 4.5 mm hook (7 in US/UK terms)
- A needle to weave in the ends.
If you don’t know how to work a magic loop, check Youtube as it has many tutorials. Alternatively, you can ch 3 and then join the 3th chain with a sl. st. to the first, 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: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), *dc2 in 1 st*. Repeat between ** 13 times. Dc 1 in the same stitch as where you started the ch3. (near the arrow in the picture). (28) Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), * dc2 in 1 st, dc 1*. Repeat between ** 13 times. Dc 2 in 1 st, join with sl. st. to 3th ch from start. (42)
Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc 1.* dc 2 in 1 st, dc 1, dc 1* repeat between ** 13 times. Dc 2 in 1 st, join with sl. st. to 3th ch from start. (56) Cut the yarn with a 10 cm tail. Take your needle, and take the thread to the 3th ch of the starting dc. Stick your needle under the ‘V’ of that stitch to the back, and then stick the needle back in the last stitch again through the top of the ‘V’ to the back. This way, you have made a slip stitch that looks pretty much like a regular stitch. This will look better in the end, trust me! Don’t worry if your circle looks a bit wonky or loose, the surface crochet will take care of that.
Now it’s time to start the surface crochet! Switch to the ‘Pacifique ‘ colour. You clearly see 4 rounds in your pattern. At the edge of every round you are going to crochet, starting with the inner circle. Put your hook through the stitch and pick up the yarn. Now slip stitch in the round through all the stitches until you are back at the first stitch. There you cut the yarn with a 10 cm tail and you thread it through the first chain just like you did with the tail of the grey circle. This way you will not see a transition from start to end.
Don’t worry if your piece is a little bit concave (like mine), this will be fixed once you block your finished piece. I usually put some stiffening spray on my coasters (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. You can also just block the item with steam (I usually also iron the back to make it extra flat but be careful not to overheat your cotton).
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