HOW TO MAKE… CRO­CHET COAST­ERS

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MA­TE­RI­ALS

DROPS Muskat, 100% mer­cerised cot­ton, 50g/100m per ball, one ball each in Light Grey (19), Medium Grey (24), Peach (10), Light Or­ange (51), Vanilla Yel­low (30) and Beige (23) 4.5mm (UK 7, US 7) cro­chet hook Ta­pes­try nee­dle to sew in the ends Scis­sors

TEN­SION

Ten­sion isn’t too im­por­tant for this project, you just need to en­sure the stitches are close and firm enough to make a solid base for mugs and glasses.

ABBREVIATI­ONS (UK)

St(s) stitch(es) Ch chain Ss slip stitch Dc dou­ble cro­chet

FIN­ISHED SIZE

A fin­ished coaster has a hexag­o­nal shape with the sides be­ing ap­prox. 5 to 6cm (2-23/ 8") long and the di­ag­o­nal ap­prox. 10cm (4") We’ve been spot­ting 3D cube for­ma­tions all over the place re­cently, and this is a great way to sub­tly bring the trend into your home. And, as a bonus, it’ll also pro­tect your sur­faces from all those mugs of tea (or glasses of wine – heck, it’s the week­end!)

Two shades of grey plus one con­trast colour cre­ate the 3D cube ef­fect, and mer­cerised cot­ton yarn gives a thick, sturdy struc­ture. To cre­ate a larger coaster or a ta­ble run­ner, try sewing seven coast­ers to­gether to make a large hexagon, or ex­per­i­ment with gath­er­ing them in dif­fer­ent for­ma­tions.

Ta­pes­try cro­chet

The coast­ers use the ta­pes­try cro­chet tech­nique, which is a method for us­ing two or more colours in a pat­tern to cre­ate a multi-coloured fab­ric – much like fair isle in knit­ting. It’s nor­mally used with dou­ble cro­chet. You’ll be us­ing two or more colours of yarn on each row, and you need to ‘carry’ the yarn not in use at any one time. This can be done by leav­ing the un­used yarn at the back of the work (wrong side) or, more neatly, by en­cas­ing the yarn as you work by work­ing over the un­used thread. This pat­tern uses two colours only per row and uses the en­cas­ing method. Each coaster uses the two shades of grey yarn plus one other shade.

Foun­da­tion Us­ing Light Grey yarn,

ch13

Row 1 Po­si­tion your sec­ond yarn colour (Light Or­ange in this case) along the foun­da­tion chain so it trav­els along and is en­cased by the dc sts as you work. Us­ing the Light Grey yarn, 1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in each of next 9sts. Now and in ev­ery row: Check on the trav­el­ling yarn and pull gen­tly if nec­es­sary to make it less vis­i­ble. Now have the Light Grey trav­el­ling along the row and, us­ing the Light Or­ange yarn, work 1dc in each of the next 2sts, turn. (12sts)

Row 2 Con­tin­u­ing in Light Or­ange yarn, ch1, but also en­sure you in­cor­po­rate the other colour into the ch1 (which helps give a nice clean edge at the be­gin­ning of each row) and, en­cas­ing this yarn as you work, 2dc in next st, 1dc in next st, change to light grey yarn, 1dc in each of next 9sts, 2dc in last st, turn. (14sts)

Row 3 Con­tin­u­ing in Light Grey yarn, ch1, 1dc in each of next 10sts, change to Light Or­ange yarn, 1dc in each of next 4sts, turn. (14sts)

Row 4 Con­tin­u­ing in Light Or­ange yarn, ch1, 2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 3sts, change to Light Grey yarn, 1dc in each of next 9sts, 2dc in last st, turn. (16sts)

Row 5 Con­tin­u­ing in Light Grey yarn, ch1, 1dc in each of next 10sts, change to Light Or­ange yarn, 1dc in each of next 6sts, turn. (16sts)

Row 6 Con­tin­u­ing in Light Or­ange yarn, ch1, 2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 5sts, change to Light Grey yarn, 1dc in each of next 9sts, 2dc in last st, turn. (18sts)

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