Fall has been long in coming this year. Very long. It wasn’t until the last week of September that summer finally decided to give up. Mid-90’s in mid to late September is not fun. Aside from a few fall like days early in the month summer just kept on coming.
But I didn’t let those high temperatures spoil my love for the colors of the season. So what if I needed to keep the air conditioning running 24/7. So what if the hoodies had to stay in the closet, and the windows needed to stay closed.
Since the weather wasn’t very fall like I decided to create my own sense of my most favorite season. And how did I do that? With crochet, naturally. And what did I crochet?
Coasters. Lots of coasters.
I used worsted weight cotton, mostly Sugar ‘n Cream, but also other brands, and experimented with both G (4.0 mm) and H (5.0 mm) hooks. I worked coasters of five and six rounds and played around with various stitch patterns.
Crocheting the coasters gave me an opportunity to practice some crochet techniques that I wanted to master. I’m happy to say that I have finally nailed the standing double crochet stitch. Tamara of Moogly has a helpful video tutorial which I watched a number of times. In fact her blog is a wealth of crochet information. She has numerous instructional videos for both the beginner and for those who want to take their crochet knowledge further.
I also made use of the invisible join instead of the normal slip stitch to the first stitch of the round. I have used the method off and on in the past, but after playing around with these coasters I’m absolutely hooked (no pun intended!) on the technique. Sarah London has a great picture tutorial of the method.
After crocheting more than a dozen coasters I decided on the pattern that I liked the best and thought I’d share it here for anyone who might be interested.
Finished size: approximately 5 1/2 inches
Yarn: 5 colors of worsted weight cotton like Lily Sugar ‘n Cream
Hook: H (5.0 mm)
Stitches used are sc and dc, American terminology.
At the end of each round work a sl st into the beginning stitch OR work an invisible join
Instead of beginning rounds 2, 4 and 5 with a chain 3 you can do a standing double crochet
Instead of beginning round 3 with a sl st and chain 1 you can do a standing single crochet
Rnd 1. With color 1 work a Magic Ring, then ch 4, (counts as first dc, ch 1), (dc, ch 1) eleven more times. sl st to 3rd chain of beginning chain 4 OR work an invisible join. (12 dc, ch 1 spaces)
Rnd 2. With color 2: 2 dc in each ch 1 space around. sl st into first st OR work an invisible join. (24 dc)
Rnd 3. With color 3: (sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st ) x 6 between each st rather than into each st of the previous round. sl st into first st OR work an invisible join. (30 sc)
Rnd 4. With color 4: (3 dc in a st, skip 1 st) x 15. sl st into first st OR work an invisible join. (15 groups of 3 dc)
Rnd 5. With color 5: (dc, ch 3, dc) in the spaces between the groups of 3 dc. sl st into first st OR work an invisible join.
Sew in all yarn tails and your coaster is finished.
Now go make yourself a warm cup of something, and use your new coaster!