My Granny was a talented crocheter, and one of my mother’s prized possessions is a set of crocheted coasters that Granny had made. They were always on our coffee table (though we knew better than to actually put anything on them!)
Granny lived literally half a world away, so I only met her a few times. I always felt close to her though, thanks to the stories my parents told. In the last few years, we had even started communicating by letters (yes, real snail mail!)
When I was getting married, relatives started asking what I would like as a wedding gift. I mentioned that I would really have loved a set of those coasters, but that I didn’t want to ask Granny. I knew her eyes had gotten pretty bad, and thread work would be a struggle. I was told she would be thrilled to know that I wanted a set, and so the request was passed on and I now have my very own set!
As far as I know, these were her original design. Using her coasters as a guide, I’ve made a copy and written up this pattern for you.
In the picture below, the coaster on the right is one that Granny made, and the coaster on the left is my copy, made with this pattern. My tension is a little looser but I think they turned out pretty close! I think she may also have used a lighter weight thread than I did.
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Materials (see Size/Gauge for more info):
- 50 yds size 20 crochet thread
- Size 10 (1.3 mm) hook
- 4” diameter glass circle
(or coaster base of your choice)
- Piece of cardboard (same size as coaster base)
- Plastic wrap
- Liquid starch or fabric stiffener
Intermediate – worked in the round with fine thread. Getting the sizing right can also be a bit difficult.
Size / Gauge:
Unless you are able to get a base custom made to your fabric, the base you are using will determine your sizing. This means it may take some trial and error to find the right gauge for your materials. As a starting point, the materials listed above are the ones I used.
- ch = chain
- sc = single crochet
- dc = double crochet
- tr = treble crochet
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- sl st = slip stitch
- sp = space
- ch sp = chain space
Ch8, join with sl st to 1st ch to make a ring
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in ring, ch 8, (sc in ring, ch 8) 7 times, join with sl st to first sc. (8 sc, 8 ch sps)
Rnd 2: Sl st in first 4 chs of first ch sp, sc in same ch sp, ch 3, sc in same sp, (ch 1, sc in next sp, ch 3, sc in same sp) 7 times, ch 1, join with sl st in first sc. (16 sc, 16 ch sps)
Rnd 3: 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 with sl st in top of starting ch 3 (the one that counts as a dc). (16 dc, 8 sc, 24 ch sps)
Rnd 4: Sl st in next dc and in first ch-3 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), (dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in same sp, [ch 2, sc in next sc, ch 2, (2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) in next ch 3 sp] 7 times, ch 2, sc in next sc, ch 2, join with sl st in top of starting ch 3 (the one that counts as a dc). (16 dc, 24 ch sps)
Rnd 5: Sl st in next dc and in first ch-3 sp, ch 4 (counts as tr), (tr, ch 3, 2 tr) in same sp, [ch 7, (2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr) in next ch 3 sp] 7 times, ch 7, join with sl st in top of starting ch 3 (the one that counts as a dc.) (16 tr, 16 ch sps)
Rnd 6: Sl st in next tr and in first ch-3 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same sp, [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 with sl st in top of starting ch 3 (the one that counts as a dc). (120 dc, 8 ch sps)
Rnd 7: Sl st in 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 next 9 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp] 7 times, sk next 2 dc, dc in next 9 dc, join with sl st in top of starting ch 3 (the one that counts as a dc). (104 dc, 8 ch 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 next 9 dc, sk next 2 dc, dc in next ch-1 sp) 7 times, sk next 2 dc, dc in next 9 dc, join with sl st in starting ch 3. (80 dc)
Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with sl st in first sc, fasten off.
- Place coaster base on top of cardboard and trace around it. Cut the cardboard just inside the line you traced, to make a cardboard circle just slightly smaller than the actual coaster base. Wrap cardboard circle in plastic wrap. This will be your blocking template
- Mix small amount of fabric stiffener or liquid starch solution according to guidelines on bottle. Wet coaster fabric thoroughly in this solution. Insert blocking template into coaster fabric and let dry.
- When thoroughly dry, remove blocking template and replace with coaster base. Fabric should fit tightly so it stays in place. If necessary, sew a thread through the stitches on the last round and pull it tight (like a drawstring) until fabric fits snugly. Tie in a knot and sew in ends.
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