Sweet, textured coasters that are the perfect combination of kitsch and a little boho. Make one or a set – for personal home or office use, for gifting, or for market stall stock.

This is an original pattern by Farrah Jane Tate. You are welcome to sell products you have made using my patterns; however, I ask that you refer to the exact name of my pattern somewhere in the text of your listing. You may not copy, re-publish, sell, distribute, translate without permission, or claim my photos or patterns as your own in any way.  Please note: If you have downloaded this pattern from a site other than Ravelry, Love Crafts, Etsy, or my personal blog, you may not have the most current version. Please visit one of these sites to download an official, version-controlled copy.

Pattern Details

  • Recommended Yarn: DK/8 ply/Cat. 3 weight or Worsted/Aran/10 ply/ Cat. 4 weight (or multiple strands of thinner yarns). Any fibre/ yarn that is easy to wash and does not readily pill. DK acrylic and Worsted acrylic/cotton blend has been used for the Project Examples.
  • Hook Size: Use yarn label instructions as a guide for selecting hook size. Swatch to determine the optimal hook size for your tension. You may need to select a hook that is one or two sizes down from your regular hook size (for example, I used 3.5mm instead of my usual 4mm for DK, and 5.5mm instead of my usual 6mm for Worsted).
  • Coaster Size: Varies with weight of chosen yarn. Refer to Project Examples for approximate size of coasters made in DK and Worsted yarns. Refer also to Project Examples in Ravelry.
  • Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Stitch Terminology: US. Refer to Abbreviations and Special Stitch Instructions.
  • Gauge: Specific gauge not required/ not important for this item.
  • Pattern Synopsis: Constructed in the round, commencing with a circle. Swirl Rounds are made using the first colour and Petal Rounds are made using the second colour. Three coaster design options are provided. Texture results from 3L/4L, Puff and Post stitches.
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Project Examples

Above: Yarn: Carnival Acrylic in Natural (Circle and Swirl Rounds) and Brown (Petal Rounds). Yarn Weight: 8 ply/DK/Cat. 3, worked single stranded. Yarn Amount (total per coaster): ~7g/0.25Oz – ~9g/0.3Oz. Hook: 3.5mm/ E-4. Design Variation 3 (Ravelry)

  • Top L coaster: Round 1 HDC count is 10 and Round 7 is HDC stitches. Size:14cm/5.5“ in diameter from petal peak to opposite petal peak.
  • Bottom R coaster: Round 1 HDC count is 8 and Round 7 is SC stitches. Size: 12cm/4.75“ in diameter from petal peak to opposite petal peak.

Above: Yarn: Fiddlesticks Wren in Banana (Circle and Swirl Rounds) and Musk (Petal Rounds). Yarn Weight: 8ply/ DK/ Cat. 3, worked single stranded. Yarn Amount (total per coaster): ~9g/0.3Oz. Hook: 3.5mm/ E-4. Design Variation 2 (Ravelry). Round 1 HDC count is 10 and Round 7 is SC stitches. Size: 12cm/ 4.6“ in diameter from petal peak to opposite petal peak.

Above: Yarn: Scheepjes Stone Wash XL in Axonite (Circle and Swirl Rounds) and Boulder Opal (Petal Rounds). Yarn Weight: 10 ply/Worsted/Cat. 4, worked single stranded. Yarn Amount (total per coaster): ~16g/0.6Oz – 20g/0.7Oz. Hook: 5.5mm/ I-9. Design Variation 1 (this blog and Ravelry).

  • Top R coaster: Round 1 HDC count is 10. Size: ~15.25cm/6” in diameter from petal peak to opposite petal peak.
  • Bottom L coaster: Round 1 HDC count is 8. Size: ~14cm/5.6” in diameter from petal peak to opposite petal peak.

Abbreviations

  • 3L = 3rd Loop. To access this loop, fold work forwards so that the reverse side/ back of the stitches is exposed, as per Image and Appendix 1. The 3L is located beneath the BL. (Note that in Image 3L appears above BL because the stitches are folded forwards and are therefore upside down.)
  • 3LO = 3rd Loop Only. (Omit both FL and BL and use 3rd loop only.)
  • 3L/4L = 3rd Loop and 4th Loop together. (Omit both FL and BL and use 3rd and 4th loop together).
  • 4L = 4th Loop. To access this loop, fold work forwards slightly so that the reverse side/ back of the stitches is exposed as per Image and Appendix 1. The 4L is located beneath the 3L. (Note that in Image 4L appears above 3L because the stitches are folded forwards and are therefore upside down.))
  • Beg = Beginning
  • BL = Back Loop
  • BLO = Back Loop Only
  • Ch = Chain
  • DC = Double Crochet
  • Fin = Finishing
  • FL = Front Loop
  • FL/BL = First Loop and Back Loop together.
  • FpHDC = Front Post Half Double Crochet (constructed around the front of the stitch post (instead of in the top two loops of the stitch, as for standard HDC)).
  • FpSC = Single Crochet (constructed around the front of the stitch post (instead of in the top two loops of the stitch, as for standard SC)).
  • HDC = Half Double Crochet
  • SC = Single Crochet
  • Sk = Skip
  • Sl St = Slip Stitch
  • St = Stitch

Tips

  • Swatch with a couple of different hook sizes until satisfied with the density of the crochet fabric.
  • If a different petal number is preferred over the standard pattern eight petals, then change the number of HDC stitches Round 1. The number of stitch sequence repeats for Round 3 onwards will need to be adjusted. I.e., if commencing with nine HDC stitches (for nine petals), then the round repeat will need to be made one less time; or if commencing with eight HDC stitches (for eight petals), then the round repeat will need to be made two less times.
  • If using Worsted/10 ply/Cat. 4 yarn, or thicker yarn, then rounds 2 to 5 can optionally be worked in the 3LO, instead of 3L/4L.
  • If your tension is tight, then rounds 2 to 5 can optionally be worked in the 3LO, instead of 3L/4L. Otherwise, loosen your tension slightly for these rounds.
  • For a different effect, different yarn colours can be used for one or more petal rounds.

Pattern Instructions

Note:

  • Beg Ch 1 (all rounds) and fin Sl St (Rounds 5 onwards) do not count as a St for stitch count purposes.
  • The first four rounds are made as continuous spiral (i.e. a joining Sl St is not made at the end of each round).

Design Variation 1

Beg Circle

Make a circle, either using a magic circle, or Ch 3-4 and then Sl St into first Ch to close circle.

Swirl Rounds

Round 1 – HDC

Ch 1 and then SC over circle. HDC ten times over circle. If using a magic circle, pull circle taut. Place a stitch marker through FL/BL of the first HDC made in this round. (Stitch Count: SC and ten HDC)

Round 2 – HDC  in 3L/4L, increase in every St

Sk beg SC from previous round, then 2 HDC in 3L/4L of first HDC (that is marked with the stitch marker from Round 1). Place a stitch marker through FL/BL of the first HDC made in this round. 2 HDC in 3L/4L of each of the next nine HDCs from the previous round. (Stitch Count: 20 HDC)

Round 3 – HDC  in 3L/4L, increase in every second St

HDC in 3L/4L of next HDC from previous round (that is marked by the stitch marker from Round 2). Place a stitch marker through FL/BL of the first HDC made in this round. 2 HDC in 3L/4L of next HDC from previous round. *HDC in 3L/4L of next HDC from previous round, and then 2 HDC in 3L/4L of next HDC from previous round.* Repeat Stitches between * * another eight times. (Stitch Count: 30 HDC)

Round 4 – HDC  in 3L/4L, increase in every third St

HDC in 3L/4L of next HDC from previous round (that is marked by the stitch marker from Round 3). Place a stitch marker through FL/BL of the first HDC made in this round. HDC in 3L/4L of next HDC from previous round, and then 2 HDC in 3L/4L of next HDC from previous round.*HDC in 3L/4L of each of next two HDCs from previous round, and then 2 HDC in 3L/4L of the next HDC from previous round.* Repeat Stitches between * * another eight times. SC in 3L/4L of next HDC (first HDC made in this round, in which stitch marker was placed). SC in next HDC. Place a stitch marker through 3L/4L of the next HDC and then Sl St in 3L/4L of this HDC. If changing colour (as per example projects) fasten off yarn and sew in end (on reverse side). (Stitch Count (counting from HDC immediately counter-clockwise to Sl St/ second stitch marker around to Sl St): 37 HDC, two SC, and one Sl St)

Petal Rounds

Round 5 – 5 DC Shell Petals

If changing colour for petals, join second colour yarn in HDC immediately counter-clockwise to the last HDC that was worked into in Round 4 (i.e. next HDC from the HDC that Sl St was made in Round 4 and second Round 4 stitch marker was placed through). Ch 1 and then SC in 3L/4L of HDC that is immediately counter-clockwise to HDC in which second Round 4 stitch marker was placed through. *Sk next HDC, and then 5 DC in 3L/4L of next HDC. Sk next HDC, and then SC in 3L/4L of next HDC.* Repeat Stitches between * * another eight times. Sk next SC, and then 5 DC in 3LO of next SC. Sk next Sl St, and then Sl St into beg SC. (Stitch Count: Ten lots of 5 DC shell petals and 10 SC)

Round 6 – 6 DC Shell Petals

Ch 1 and then FpHDC around beg SC from previous round. *Sk the next two DCs, and then 6 DC in next DC (middle DC of 5 DC shell). Sk the next two DCs, and then FpHDC around next SC.* Repeat Stitches between * * another eight times. Sk the next two DCs, and then 6 DC in next DC (middle DC of last 5 DC shell). Sk last two DCs, and then Sl St into first FpHDC. (Stitch Count: Ten lots of 6 DC shell petals and 10 FpHDC)

Round 7 – SC Petal Border

Note: Ensure that the SC stitches are made with a tight tension. Ch 1 and then FpSC around first FpHDC from previous round. *Sk next DC, and then 2 SC in next DC. 3 SC in each of the next two DCs. 2 SC in next DC. Sk next DC, and then FpSC around next FpHDC.* Repeat Stitches between * * another eight times. Sk next DC, and then 2 SC in next DC. 3 SC in each of the next two DCs. 2 SC in next DC. Sk next DC, and then Sl St into beg FpSC. Fasten off yarn and sew in ends on reverse side. (Stitch Count: Ten lots of 10 SC petal border and 10 FpSC)

Pattern Support

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Pattern Versioning

Version Date Comments
0.1 19/05/2021 Initial draft.
0.2 03/06/2021 Modify standard pattern petal number and SC border for designs 1 and 2.
0.3 27/06/2021 Corrections and enhancements from testing.

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to the following fabulous testers for your efforts in testing this coaster design – your help is most appreciated:

Appendix 1 – Additional Images: 3L and 4L Location

Image 1: Round 1 has been completed. This is a front view of the open circle. The 3L and 4L are not visible. To access the 3L and 4L, the HDC stitches need to be folded over, forwards.

Image 2: Round 1 has been completed. This is a top view of the open circle, showing the same stitches as for Image 1 but just from the different angle. The 3L will be visible. The 4L is visible in this photo because the crochet hook has been used to loosen this loop. However, the previous round HDC stitches will usually need to be folded over, forwards slightly, to locate the 4L. The 4L lies just below the 3L. You may find it easier to locate and loosen all 3L/4L from the previous round before working stitches in these for the current round.

 Image 3: Round 2 first HDC has been commenced (yarn over and hook inserted through 3L/4L of first HDC from previous round (from front to back)). This is being constructed in the same previous round HDC as the loops are marked for in Image 1 and Image 2.

Image 4: Round 2 first HDC has been completed (in the same HDC from previous round as marked/ shown in Images 1 to 3). Next HDC 3L/4L is shown (loosened by hook).