Whether it's a conversation with a friend, a word that is penned, or a craft that is made, everything we do leaves a stitch in the fabric of time. Join us as we investigate the stitches of the past and present...
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
I bought some really cute round gift boxes a couple of years
ago and planned to make some quilted coasters (which I still might do), but the
yarn and needles sitting beside my comfy chair kept calling to me. So, I
designed a simple crochet coaster instead to fill the gift boxes. I crafted the
coaster pictured above while watching my evening television shows. The pattern
doesn’t take much yarn, is quick, and is an easy craft for a beginner.
Here’s the pattern I came up with to make the coaster. If
you wanted to get fancy you could add a picot edge instead of a plain one. I
used a sports weight yarn and a size G needle. A medium weight cotton yarn
would be good, too, as it absorbs liquid better than acrylics.
Round 1: Chain 5 stitches. Connect chain with slip stitch
(ss) to form circle.
Round 2. Chain 3, then double crochet (dch) in center
opening of chained circle. Crochet a total of 14 dch in center of circle. Join
round with a ss in top stitch of the chain three stitch.
Round 3: Chain1 dch in same opening as chain 3. 2 dch in each
stitch of round 2. SS round 2 together attop of first chain 3 in the round.
Round 4: Chain 3, *2 dch in next stitch of round 3. 1 dch in
next stitch. Repeat from * around ending with 2 dch. Join round with ss in top
stitch of chain 3 of round 4. Tie off yarn. Weave ends into coaster.
Round 5: Edging—Tie on a contrasting color yarn in any stitch
of round 4. Single crochet in each stitch around, join with ss. Tie off
contrasting yarn and weave any ends into the last round.
Round 6: Pour yourself an iced tea and enjoy your handiwork.