When you come to the beginning of the round – cut the thread leaving 5 cm (2 inches) tail. Now you should make a needle join so that your joining section is invisible and imitates the “normal” chain slip stitch. I use a hook instead of a needle as it saves lots of time!
To make a “needle join”, insert the hook under both loops of the first slip stitch of the decorative round, yo, pull yarn under the loops. Then insert the hook from back to front (through the crocheted piece) inside the last slip stitch of the round, yo, and pull a yarn tail to the wrong side. Fasten both yarn tails with a knot and weave them in. Please, also check how you can use a needle join technique to invisibly join rounds in crochet and weave yarn tails "as you go".
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Free coaster patternAnd now its time to share a present which I promised to give you in my previous post telling about the cotton line of Circulo yarns from Brazil. I designed a simple cotton coaster and here is its free pattern. It is very easy and I believe those of you who just begin their adventure in the exciting and wonderful world of crochet – will easily handle it!
What you will need
To make this coaster you will need a little bit of yarn. I prefer pure cotton yarns to crochet coasters and potholders as they don’t “melt” and are suitable for holding cups and glasses with very hot drinks. Additionally, cotton has a very high absorber quality and is perfect for such kitchen accessories.
I used Sport yarn Duna from Circulo to make my coasters. I chose natural color and decorated it with bright orange. But you can of course use any weight of yarn. Along with a chosen hook it will influence the size of your finished coaster. I used 3.25 mm (D) crochet hook and my coaster is approx. 12.5 cm (5 inches) large across. And it perfectly suits my cups.
The gauge is not very important for this pattern, but your coaster should stay flat!
American Standard Abbreviations are used in this pattern.
rnd - round
st(s) - stitch(es)
sl st - slip stitch
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
tr - treble crochet
sp(s) - space(s)
** - *crochet following directions* as many times as indicated
Rnd 1. Make a magic ring, ch3 (which will count as a 1st dc of the round) and 15 dc inside a ring. Finish with a sl st in a ch3-space in the beginning of the round. (= 16 dc)
Rnd 2. *1 dc, ch2* 16 times. The first dc of this round will be ch3 (so you will make ch5 in the beginning of the rnd). Finish the round with a sl st in 3rd ch in the beginning of the round. (= 16 dc + 16 ch2-sps)
Rnd 3. *1 dc in dc of the previous rnd, 2 dc in next ch2-sp* 16 times. The first dc of this round will be ch3. Finish the round with a sl st in 3rd ch in the beginning of the round. (= 48 dc)
Rnd 4. *1 dc, ch4* 16 times. Dc’s of this round should be made directly above dc’s of rnd 2. The first dc of this round will be ch3 (so you will make ch7 in the beginning of the rnd). Finish the round with a sl st in 3rd ch in the beginning of the round. (= 16 dc + 16 ch4-sps)
Rnd 5. *1 sl st in dc of rnd 4, (1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc) in next ch4-sp, 2 tr in next dc, (2 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc) in next ch4-sp* 8 times. The first sl st of this rnd will be ch1. Finish the round with a sl st in the 1st sl st of the rnd. (= six “petals”)
Rnd 6. Work this rnd in back loops only. *10 sl sts around the petal, (1 sl st, ch3, 1 sl st) in next sl st of rnd 5* 8 times. (= 80 sl sts + 8 “dots” made of ch3-sps) To add an accent you can choose another color for this rnd.
Congratulations! Your cotton coaster is finished now. Decorate it with surface crochet as described above. You can take the yarns of different colors to make decoration on each coaster from your set. Rainbow colors maybe?
I hope you enjoyed this pattern!
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