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Project 3: Coaster

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Overview

For our 3rd Project for Crocheting 101, we’ll be playing around with increases and working in the Round to make these coasters.

In this project, we’ll also be dipping our toes into how to read patterns, which are basically the blue prints to a project. In patterns we often use abbreviations for stitches to make it easier to write and read.

What you'll learn

01

Main Section

03

Hidden End

What you'll need

Cotton Yarn

Any color

Crochet Hook

Size G6 / 4.00mm

Darning Needle

Abbreviations

ch

Chain Stitch

st

Stitch

yo

Yarn Over

sc

Single Crochet

inc

Increase

sl.st

Slip Stitch

The Lesson

Note:

The ‘Steps’ for this project are called ‘Rows’. We’ll explain this in a future project, but just know for now that Row 1 = Step 1.

Note:

These boxes are checkboxes

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These time codes correlate to the video for this lesson

01

Main Section

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Ch (Chain) 2

Rnd 1

Sc 6 times into the 2nd chain from the hook (6)

Note: This (6) is the number of stitches that you’ll have by the end of the Rnd.

Because we’re working in the Round for this project, you will never turn your work. Be sure to use a stitch marker to keep track of the beginning of each round.

Rnd 2

Inc (increase) in each st around (12)

Rnd 3

[sc 1, inc 1] repeat 6 times total (18)

Notice how it’s written in brackets, with “repeat 6 times total” after it. This is how I write repetitions. It means keep doing what’s in the brackets 6 times.

Rnd 4

[sc 2, inc] repeat 6 times total (24)

Let’s look closer at our stitches. The single crochet you can see is just one V going in that hole. And the increase is two V’s going into one hole. This pattern is awesome because all the increases in each Rnd all the way around for the entire project are going where that second stitch from the Increase before is. So it will look like our increases are continuing on in the same spot all the way up.

This pattern is awesome for another reason too. Like I said before, we’re adding one single crochet for each Rnd in between increases; in Rnd 3 it was just one single crochet, and now there are two single crochets. This is how I crochet without using stitch markers at all. If you add the stitches from one increase to the next you’ll have 4 stitches (two single crochets, and one increase which is two single crochets together), and we’re on Rnd 4. So if you count the number of single crochet’s between increases and add two (to account for the increase) you’ll get the number of the Rnd that you’re on for this pattern.

Rnd 4 in Blue Rnd 3 in Pink
Look for the increases and single crochets.

Rnd 5

[sc 3, inc] repeat 6 times total (30)

I’m not moving the stitch marker so I can show you how you can tell where the end of a Rnd is, but you might want to move it up.

Our stitch marker is right here marking the end of our Rnd 5, but let’s pretend that we didn’t have that stitch marker there and continue on to Rnd 6 without knowing that it was the end of the Rnd.

As we continue on, if we still thought we were on Rnd 5, we would make 3 single crochets and then the increase, but if we did that, our increase wouldn’t go into the right spot, and look disjointed from the rest of the pattern. This is where noticing the difference between increases and single crochets can really come in handy. Now I know that I must be on Rnd 6 because there should be 4 single crochets between increases.

Rnd 6

[sc 4, inc] repeat 6 times total (36)

Rnd 6 finished. Look for the scs and incs.

Rnd 7

[sc 5, inc] repeat 6 times total (42)

You could stop here and skip to the invisible end, but I’m going to go back a few stitches to make a simple handle so we can hang our coaster up on a hook.

02

Handle

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Go back 3 stitches.
Pull out our final increase and a single crochet.

Ch 10

Three parts to a chain stitch:
Top Loop, Bottom Loop and Back Loop

Sl.st (Slip stitch) into the back loop of the first ch made.

For a slip stitch, once you’re in the stitch, yarn over.

And pull through all the loops on the hook

Now re-do the three stitches you pulled out of Rnd 7. Sc 1, inc 1

Finally we’ll make an “Invisible End” to hide the end of the Rnd

Sl.st into the next st

03

Hidden End

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Now we’ll make something called a hidden (or invisible) end to hide the tail.

Cut the yarn and pull all the way through

Thread it on a needle, go around back of the next stitch, and into the center of the slip stitch we made.

Hide the ends in, and cut the tails close to the piece so it’s totally hidden.

And now we have a little coaster, so I don’t want to hear any excuses for why you didn’t use one!!

Continue to Chapter 5...

Decreasing is going to be a bit more difficult than increasing. The first thing to know about decreasing is that you will end with less stitches than you started with, rather than more stitches like increasing. For example, you’ll want to go from 18 stitches, down to 12, meaning you decrease 6 times throughout the round.

Comments

  1. Wes

    In what round should you start seeing the straight edges? Mine are just turning out round, and bowed in. First couple I’m sure my count was off. But I’m doing one now and I’m positive I’ve got them right but it still isnt turning out with the obvious spiral or the straight edges.

  2. Sachi

    Ummm… so not sure if I’m posting this in the right place but I’m confused after round 4. Am I supposed to supposed to sc(3,4,5) into each stitching or is that part of the increase?