Surface Crochet Makes a Difference

The definition "surface crochet" tells much about itself. It involves the stitches which are made through ready crochet piece, on its surface. There are different stitches used in surface crochet and I should honestly admit I am not an expert in it. I use only surface slip stitches to decorate my projects and to add some special touch to them. It is very easy and if you have never tried it before – you definitely should. In this post I will show you how to decorate a coaster with surface slip stitches (with a free pattern of the coaster!!). The decoration will be made in round but you can of course use surface slip stitches to make colorful accents in stripes and rows. By the way surface crochet can be successfully used to color your blanket’s edges. Or even hide them (if they don’t look neat).

Free crochet pattern of a cotton coaster

To work surface slip stitches, insert your hook from front to back between two stitches (usually between their posts – vertical parts) on the round where you want to make a decoration, yo, draw up a loop. Then again insert hook from front to back in a spot where you want to make the next slip stitch (usually it is next stitch of the round), yo, draw yarn up. Now you have two loops on hook. Pull second loop through the first one. Repeat for every stitch till the end of the round. Don’t pull the stitches too tight, otherwise it will warp your work!

Surface slip stitch tutorial

Surface slip stitch tutorial

Surface slip stitch tutorial

Surface slip stitch tutorial

Surface slip stitch tutorial

Surface slip stitch tutorial

Finishing decorative round with a "needle join"

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".

Invisible join of the round made with surface slip stitches

Invisible join of the round made with surface slip stitches

Invisible join of the round made with surface slip stitches

Invisible join of the round made with surface slip stitches
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Free coaster pattern

And 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!

Free crochet pattern of coaster

Abbreviations

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

Instructions

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.


Free crochet pattern of coaster

Free crochet pattern of coaster

Free crochet pattern of coaster

Free crochet pattern of coaster

Free crochet pattern of coaster


Free crochet pattern of coaster



Surface crochet - free crochet pattern

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?
Crochet coaster - tutorial

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