Add a touch of lace to your table with a set of lovely, crochet coasters. They’re just like my Granny used to make!
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My Granny’s coasters
My Granny was a talented crocheter and loved to work with fine threads. One of my mother’s prized possessions was a set of crochet coasters that Granny had made. They were always on our coffee table, though we knew better than to actually use them!
Granny lived half a world away, in India, so I only met her a few times. I always felt close to her though, thanks to the stories my parents told. In her last few years, we had started communicating by letters (yes, real snail mail.)
A set of my own
When I was getting married, relatives asked what I would like as a wedding gift. I told one relative that I would have loved a set of those coasters, but that I didn’t want to ask Granny. Her eyes had gotten pretty bad, and I knew that thread work would be a struggle.
They told me she would be thrilled just to know that I wanted them. So the request was passed on, despite my hesitation, and I now have my very own set! As far as I know, these were her original design.
Crochet coasters pattern
Using her coasters as a guide, I made a copy and wrote this pattern. In the picture below, the coaster on the right is Granny’s, and the coaster on the left is my copy.
My tension is a little looser and she may have used a different weight thread, but overall, I think it’s a pretty close replica!
Crochet coaster base
Granny used 3.5-inch diameter glass circles as the base for her crochet coasters. Her gauge was impossibly tiny and 4-inch circles are easier to find. So I designed mine for 4-inch circles.
Granny’s bases were 1/16 inch thick, but anything up to 1/8 inch will work. Clear acrylic, mirrored, or solid-colored circles of other materials work well too.
Granny’s Crochet Coasters
- Thread: 50 yds size 20 crochet thread
- Hook: Size 10 (1.3 mm) crochet hook or size needed to match gauge
- Tapestry needle
- 4″ diameter glass or acrylic circle; 1/16 – 1/8 inch thick
Intermediate: Lace pattern worked in the round with fine thread.
4 inches diameter
Use pattern as gauge swatch.
After round 4, work should measure 2.25 inches in diameter, from point to point.
This pattern uses US terms.
- ch = chain
- dc = double crochet
- dtr = double treble crochet
- sc = single crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
- sp = space
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- tr = treble crochet
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Join rnds where indicated with sl st in first st, unless otherwise specified.
Ch 6, join with sl st in 1st ch to make a circle.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, [sc, ch 7] 7 times in circle, sc in circle, ch 4, dc in first sc (ch 4 and dc counts as ch-7 sp). (8 sc, 8 ch-7 sps)
Rnd 2: ch 1, (sc, ch 3, sc) in same ch-7 sp, [ch 1, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next ch-7 sp] 7 times, ch 1, join. (16 sc, 8 ch-3 sps, 8 ch-1 sps)
Rnd 3: Skipping all sts, sl st in first ch-3 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), (dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in same sp, [ch 2, sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch 3 sp] 7 times, ch 2, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 2, join. (32 dc, 8 sc, 8 ch-3 sps, 16 ch-2 sps)
Rnd 4: Sl st in next dc and in first ch-3 sp, ch 4 (counts as tr), (2 tr, ch 3, 3 tr) in same sp, [ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp, sc in next sc, ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp, (3 tr, ch 3, 3 tr) in next ch 3 sp] 7 times, ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp, sc in next sc, ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp, join. (48 tr, 8 ch-3 sps, 16 ch-2 sps)
Rnd 5: Sl st in each of next 2 trs and in first ch-3 sp, ch 5 (counts as dtr), (dtr, ch 3, 2 dtr) in same sp, working only in ch-3 sps and sk all other sts and sps, [ch 7, (2 dtr, ch 3, 2 dtr) in next ch 3 sp] 7 times, ch 7, join. (16 dtr, 8 ch-1 sps, 8 ch-7 sps)
Rnd 6: Sl st in next dtr and in first ch-3 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same sp, skipping all sts, [9 dc in 4th ch of next ch 7 sp, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch- 3 sp] 7 times, 9 dc in 4th ch of next ch 7 sp, join. (120 dc, 8 ch-3 sps)
Some curling is expected on rnds 7-9.
Rnd 7: Sl st in each of next 2 dc and in first ch-3 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp, [sk next 3 dc, dc in each of next 9 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp] 7 times, sk next 3 dc, dc in each of next 9 dc, join. (104 dc, 8 ch-1 sps)
Rnd 8: Sl st in next dc and in first ch-1 sp, ch 3 (counts as a dc), (sk next 2 dc, dc in each of next 9 dc, sk next 2 dc, dc in next ch-1 sp) 7 times, sk next 2 dc, dc in each of next 9 dc, join. (80 dc)
Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with sl st in first sc, fasten off.
Weave in all ends.
Wash and block.
Insert base into crochet.
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