Sunday, 31 August 2014

Crochet Coaster Pattern



Good evening to you and hope you have had a lovely weekend

I have been busy making coasters and would like to share this pattern I designed with you all.
I would usually crochet these in cotton but it is easier to demonstrate the stitches in acrylic

You can make these up with any ply of wool - it will simply mean that your coasters will be larger or smaller depending on the thickness of yarn and hook you have used, and the great thing is you really don't have to worry too much about your tension

I will apologise now to all you advanced crocheters out there, but I like to write my patterns in such a way that hopefully even novices will be able to use them

 I always use UK terms in my patterns, but you can always search online for a stitch converter

The stitches used are
slip stitch (sl st)
chain stitch (ch)
double crochet (dc)
half treble (htr)
treble (tr)
so if you are able to do these stitches, this will be ideal for you

Right let's get started

With desired yarn and hook, make a magic ring and work 6dc into the centre and join with a slip stitch into the top of the first dc worked (6sts)

Don't worry if you haven't mastered the magic ring yet....... simply make a small chain (about 5 or 6 stitches) and slip stitch into the 1st chain to create a loop and work the dc's into the middle - it will just mean that you will have a hole in the centre of your coaster, which actually some people prefer anyway


 We now need to increase our stitches from 6 to 12 for this round so

work a 3 chain, this will count as the 1st treble of the round and we always do this when working with trebles to create the height for the round



Then work a treble into the base of the 3chain


There will be 5 stitches remaining in this round so work 2 trebles into each of the 5 stitches and join with a slip stitch into the 3rd chain of the chain worked at the beginning (12sts)


Work a slip stitch to the left so that your hook and wool now sit in between the trebles from the previous row. This makes your work look really neat and disguises the transition between the rounds


For this round we need to increase from 12 to 24 sts

work a 3 chain (counts as the 1st treble of the row) and work a treble into the same space


You will have 11 spaces left on this round, so work 2 trebles into each of the spaces and complete the round as usual by slip stitching into the 3rd chain of the chain worked at the beginning (24sts)


In this round we will still have 24 trebles but we get our increase from working 1 chain in between as below

Slip stitch to the left so you start this round in the middle of two trebles




Work a 4 chain this time (counts as 1st treble and a 1ch), work a treble into the same space and you have now created a v stitch


 * 1ch (and missing a space, work the v stitch into the next space (1tr, 1ch, 1tr into the same space = v stitch)* you will now have worked two v stitches as below


 Work from * to * as above until you have completed a total of 12 v stitches, then 1 chain and slip stitch into the 3rd chain of the 4 chain worked at the beginning

For the next round, work a slip stitch to the left into the space in the middle of the v stitch and work a 4 chain (counts as a treble and 1 chain), then   **tr, 1ch, tr into next space, 1ch then treble into next space then 1chain ** and continue the sequence ** to ** ten more times, then tr, 1ch, tr into next space, 1 chain and join with a slip stitch into the 3rd chain of the 4 chain worked at the beginning

In this round you should have a v stitch a treble, a v stitch, a treble and so on



Slip stitch to the left and it should look like pic below



Work a 4 chain (counts as the 1st treble and a 1 chain) ***work a v stitch into the centre of the v stitch in previous round (1tr, 1ch, 1tr in the same space = V stitch), next 1 chain then treble into the next space, 1 chain then treble into the next space, 1 chain *** work from *** to *** ten times, then
(1tr, 1ch, 1tr) in to space, 1ch, then 1tr into next space, 1ch and join with a slip stitch to the 3rd chain of the 4 chain at the beginning of the round


In the next round we are going to create the scalloped edge.  The scallops are only worked in the v stitches from the previous round


 In between each v stitch from the previous round you will see that there are three spaces, we will work a slip stitch into the centre space as indicated by the white arrow in the picture below

In this round we don't work a slip stitch as we are more or less in the centre between the v's and if we work a sl st it will take us too close to the v stitch and make the round look uneven

In the pic above the hook has been placed in the first v stitch, so work the following sequence in that V (1dc,1htr,1tr,1tr,1tr,1htr,1dc) you will be working these 7 stitches into each of the v stitches on this round


In the pic below, I have worked two sequences and worked a slip stitch in the middle space as per the pic above so to recap sequence is (1dc,1htr,1tr,1tr,1tr,1htr,1dc) then a slip stitch in the middle space between the V's


Continue all the way round and complete the round with a slip stitch into the space as indicated below




 Your round once completed should look like this



 To finish your coaster work dc stitches around the edge - in the scallop you will see 7 stitches as indicated below, if you work 1dc into stitches 1, 2 & 3 then 2 dc's into stitch 4 and then 1dc into stitches 5, 6 & 7 your work should lay nice and flat - if you find that it is curling up, you could always do more stitches, perhaps 2dc in stitches 3, 4 & 5 and 1 in all the rest, it really does depend what your tension is like, but just have a play to see what works best for you. Once you have done your dc's into the scallop work a slip stitch in the space in between the scallop as indicated below



 You should finish the round on a slip stitch, so break off yarn, leaving enough to sew in end and pull through to secure, then sew in ends making sure that the centre strand has secured tightly



And that's all there is to it

I hope you  enjoy making these coasters and I would love to see your finished creations, you will find me over on Instragram, there is a link at the top of this page

As ever if you ever need any help or want to ask me any crafty questions, please feel free to do so

Happy crocheting and catch you soon
Wendy
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