free tutorial: crochet insert coasters

Today’s blog post is a guest post written by my good friend Nicollie (whom you all know from making me these super groovy bracelets a while ago)!

Hi! It’s me, Nicollie! One of Wink’s crochet friends (and proud of it!).

A few weeks ago, when we were having one of our crochet-and-chat get togethers, Wink asked me to write a guest blog for her. How awesome! I was very excited and thought it was a nice idea to make a tutorial for this occasion.

So here it is: the tutorial for a crochet coaster with a leather insert!

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You’ll need cotton yarn and a suitable hook. I used a 4mm hook.

I started with this solid granny square pattern that I found on Wink’s blog and worked 4 rounds.

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This is going to be the back of the coaster. Or, if you’re fed up with this tutorial already, this could be your coaster! ;)

The front is a bit different, as I wanted to insert a leather part. I had to create the front with a hole in it. This is what I came up with:
1. Chain 30, close with a ss;
2. Ch3, dc8, tr1, ch2, tr1, *dc9, tr1, ch2, tr1*, repeat ** 2 more times until you get a square, close with a ss;
3. Dc in each dc of the previous round, with a dc2, ch2, dc2 in each corner of ch2. Close with a ss.
This is what you’ll get:

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Now we’re going to attach the front and back to each other, both right side up. Slip stitch around on 3 sides; leave one side open. Close with a ss, finish off.

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We’re going to insert the leather coaster where we left one side open. You could also make a felt coaster, a cork coaster, or fabric – whatever you fancy.

I made a leather one, just a bit smaller than the crochet coaster (and got a little bit carried away with stamping the leather… I think you now know what I also like to do when I’m not crocheting).

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Next is to make yourself a lovely cup of coffee, or tea if you prefer!

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But wait, there’s more! Would you like some lovely cookies too? This is where the fun starts. Just take out the leather coaster and tadah! You have a coaster for your cookies, too!

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Yay! :) I hope you liked this tutorial as much as I had fun making it.

Thanks for reading it and a big thank you to Wink for allowing me to write something for your blog! :)

Thanks Nicollie! I for one like this tutorial – be honest here, who doesn’t need more crochet coasters? ;)

Stay tuned this week for the first installment of the Scheepjes CAL 2014. We’re starting this Friday, and you can still sign up! :) All the info is in this blog post and in our Facebook group.

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7 Comments

  1. Thanks a lot for this tuo ! It’s a really good idea ! Have a nice day !

  2. Bravo pour cette bonne idée…merci à vous et bonne journée

  3. Hi Nicollie, its great!! X

  4. I love this idea!!! will definitely give it a try ; ) thanks!!!

  5. Love it! These will make great little gifts, thanks for the tutorial. Yum, the speculaasjes zijn ook lekker….miss them…

  6. I was wondering if Nicollie will be offering the leather inserts in her Etsy shop? Thanks!

  7. Oh de speculaasjes. Ik ben acuute homesick nou ……..

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