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Coasters

by Linda

I made a few of these in coordinating colours - light purple, white and vareigated light blue.

I used mostly hdc since I like the appearance of it, and it's thick enough to absorb any drips. If you change from hdc to another stitch without adjusting the number of increases per round, you won't likely get a flat coaster - you'll get a cup or a ruffled doily. :)

Lining up the increases with those in the previous round is an easy way to keep track of them and eliminates the need to count stitches, at least til you get near the end.

Note - Substitute an appropriate number of chains for the first st in each round.
Coaster 1 - Small Round

This one has a solid centre with open scallops around the edge and is worked in two colours.

  1. With M, chain 6 and join.
  2. 10 hdc around, sl st to join. - 10 sts
  3. 2 hdc in each hdc around, sl st to join. - 20 sts
  4. *Hdc in hdc, 2hdc in next hdc*, repeat around, sl st to join. - 30 sts.
  5. With C, *hdc in hdc, hdc in next hdc, 2hdc in next hdc*, repeat around, sl st to join. - 40 sts.
  6. Again with M, *dc in hdc, ch 5, skp 3 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join. - 10 loops.
  7. 7 hdc in each loop, sl st to join, fasten off.

Coaster 2 - Large Round

This one is completely solid and generously sized, designed to soak up all the condensation from a large stein or small pitcher on a hot summery day.

You can change it slightly by working into front or back loops only and / or a using number of colours other than two. I suppose you could make two of these, but a big larger, sew them together, and call it a pot holder. ;)

  1. With M, chain 6 and join.
  2. 10 hdc around, sl st to join. - 10 sts
  3. 2 hdc in each hdc around, sl st to join. - 20 sts
  4. *Hdc in hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc*, repeat around, sl st to join. - 30 sts.
  5. With C, *1 hdc in each of next 2 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc*, repeat around, sl st to join. - 40 sts.
  6. *1 hdc in each of next 3 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc*, repeat around, sl st to join. - 50 sts.
  7. Again with M, *1 hdc in each of next 4 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc*, repeat around, sl st to join, fasten off. - 60 sts.

Coaster 3 - Small Square

This is a small, more open square, worked in a stitch I like to use for cotton dishcloths. It's a great way to use up odds and ends of cotton yarn.

If the edges look too tight after you've worked a few rows, try using ch 3 with the new colour at the end of each row instead of ch 2.

  1. With M, chain 19, turn.
  2. Sc in 3rd ch from hook, *skip 1 sc, ch 2, sc in next sc*, repeat across, ending sc in next sc, pick up C and ch 2, turn.
  3. Sc in first ch 2 space, *ch2, sc in ch2 space,* repeat across, ending sc in next sc, pick up W and ch 2, turn.
  4. Sc in first ch 2 space, *ch2, sc in ch2 space,* repeat across, ending sc in next sc, pick up M and ch 2, turn.
  5. Repeat these 3 rows, changing colours as established. The new colour will be in place for you when it's time to pick it up. Bring it up to the front (or back, but consistently each time), and you'll have an attractive edge when finished. Work til you get a square shape. Fasten off.
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