Crocheted coasters

These crocheted coasters are simple to make and will jazz up your coffee table. Make matching sets in a range of shades to suit your home decor or make them as a gift to dear friend. These colourful coasters are an ideal present for any occasion – birthday, Christmas, happy retirement… It is small, unique and house-warming gift. Pretty and practical, these coasters take less than an hour to make and even include a useful crochet holder to keep them tidy.

Material you need

– cotton yarn in four colours (eg Rowan Handknit Cotton)

– 3.75 mm (UK 9) crochet hook

– 50 cm length of ribbon (colour should match with one of yarn colours)

– daming needle

If you are new to crochet, this is the perfect project to take on if you want to have a go at working in the round.

Abbreviations:

ch = chain

dc = double crochet

dcblo = double crochet  back loop only

htr = half treble

tr = treble

sl st = slip stich

st = stitch

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How to make the coasters

The pattern is worked in rounds – the yarn is fastened off after each round.

Foundation round: Using 3.75 mm hook and chosen colour, make an adjustable ring. 2 ch, work 12 htr into a ring and join with a slip stitch into top of 2 ch, fasten off yarn, 12 htr.

Round 1: Join second colour into any st from foundation round with a sl st, 2 htr into same st, *2 htr into each st; repeat from * to end, fasten off yarn. 24 htr.

Round 2: Join a new colour to any st from round 1 with a sl st, 1 htr into same st, *1 htr into next st, repeat from * to end, fasten off yarn. 24 htr.

Round 3: Join a new colour to any st from round 2 with a sl st, 2 htr into same st, 1 htr into next st, *2 htr, 1 htr, repeat from * to end, fasten off yarn. 36 htr.

Round 4: Join a new colour to any st from round 3 with a sl st, 1 htr into same st, 1 htr into each st to the end, fasten off yarn. 36 htr.

Using this pattern, make three more coasters with different colour orders. When finished, press each coaster on the reverse, using a warm iron and a damp cloth.

Holder

Work as the coaster to the end of round 4, do not fasten off yarn. Join with a sl st into first htr. Place marker to indicate last st of round.

Next round: Do not turn work, dcblo into each stitch to marker. 36 st.Remove marker, dcblo into marked stitch. Replace marker to indicate end of round and work in dc until work measures 3 cm. Remove marker.

Next round: Work 1 tr into each st to end, do not join, do not turn.

Next round: Sl st into each st to end. Fasten off yarn. Weave in ends. Thread ribbon through the treble stitches and tie it in a bow.

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