I don't know what it is about Spring, but every year without fail I get the urge to start crocheting coasters and dishcloths. This is quite funny considering that I don't that often USE coasters. Often I pour myself a cuppa, set it down on a coaster and then once I pick it up to drink it, the coaster is completely forgotten.
Several weeks ago, I was visiting a friend (we were using coasters) when she mentioned that she didn't really care for the ones she had. Since then I've been on the lookout for a good DIY tutorial or pattern for a set of coasters she'd like. In the end I couldn't find anything, so I decided to just wing it and make my own. I thought I'd share what I did with you guys, in case anyone is like me and gets that urge to make coasters in the Spring.
It's super simple, you really just need a basic knowledge of a few crochet stitches and you're good to go. I'm calling them sunburst coasters because I love that little burst of color around the edges. Here's how to make your own: (please note, these are US crochet terms)
cotton yarn in white and 4 Spring colors
corresponding sized crochet hook
tapestry needle and small scissors for weaving in ends
(I used Catania yarn and a 5mm hook)
Start by crocheting a chain of 6 and slip stitching into the first chain to join into a loop. (using your white thread)
Next, chain 2 and work 12 double crochet stitches into your loop. Slip stitch into the top of the chain 2.
Chain 2 and work two double crochet stitches into each stitch below. Slip stitch into the top of the chain 2.
Work this last round one more time, cutting the yarn and weaving in the tail.
Now, switch to your contrast color, chain one to attach yarn and work one half double crochet stitch into each stitch from the row below. Slip stitch into your chain one space.
Cut yarn and weave in tail.
Now make 3 more in contrasting colors and you've got a lovely set to use or to give away. Enjoy!