As I have mentioned previously, this year is quickly becoming the year of the coasters and I have just put together yet another set for a gift (think we’re up to at least set 7 by now!). I saw a motif pattern for a flower I really liked – again from Simply Crochet Issue 22. In the magazine they used different shades of green to create a really nice flower within a shaped surround.
I had some leftover flecked wool which I really liked and I matched two of the colours out of the fleck to use and off I went. I made all 6 of the middle parts of the coasters (the flower part) first with the flecked wool. However, it was only once I had made these that I realised I may haven been a bit too keen with cracking on with them, and clearly hadn’t read the first part of the pattern properly – the flower was meant to have 6 petals, mine all had only 5! I have no idea how I managed to miss a petal off from all of them, but I still liked the look of the flower so decided to carry on with them with just the 5 petals and hoped they would still look good at the end!
Once I had completed the final few rounds I was really happy that I had carried on, as although different to the original pattern, I still think they look really good. I’m really pleased with how the colours have gone together and I hope the recipient is as happy with them as I was!
P.S. If completed using the six petals, they can be joined together to make a larger mat.
After the success of the crochet leaf and heart coasters, and after seeing so many motif patterns in Simply Crochet magazine which would make nice coasters, I decided to make some more sets which I could use as part of some Christmas gifts.
The first set I made was this lovely peony pattern from Simply Crochet (Issue 16). I used three shades of purple for these as the recipient is currently looking for some purple accessories for their newly decorated lounge.
Very quick and easy to make and I think they look really pretty.
I have now got my eye on making some Christmassy coasters for myself, as I have just come across a pattern for a nice lacy snowflake motif! (Simply Crochet, Issue 13). I will have to add these to the ever-increasing list of coasters to make! I think this year will definitely be the year of the coaster!
I was having some difficulty in thinking of something to make for a relatives upcoming wedding anniversary until I stumbled across a pattern in Simply Crochet magazine (Issue 14) for a heart square motif. I knew these would make great little coasters and also provide a small personal gift that could be utilised, rather than another ornament or cross-stitch sampler.
These were really easy to make and came together very quickly. I choose to do them in three different colours, with the same pale background, which I knew the person receiving them would like. I think they look really good and the recipient was very pleased with them too.
I was racking my brain for a crafty gift idea for a relative that might be relevant to their love of trees, plants and all things nature when I came upon this perfect pattern for some crochet leaf coasters. I was flicking through a bunch of old magazines I had amassed when I saw this pattern in Inside Crochet (Issue 50). The fact I had some left over 4ply cotton in varying shades of green and brown made it even better…
This project was rated as 3 out of 5 stars for difficulty. I was a bit nervous to start with as it was a relatively complex pattern for me and I was still quite a beginner. It had varying stitch placements, number of stitches and quick variations in the type of stitches. This pattern also introduced me to the DC picot stitch. However, despite this, after only a few starts and re-starts I got the hang of the pattern relatively quickly. I had to focus on following the pattern closely when completing the first one but I eventually did it, although I doubt it was in record time! Once I had completed the first one, it was much easier to work through the remaining 5 needed to compete the set! Now that they are all completed, I am very happy with how they turned out… so happy in fact I made some extra ones for myself!
The moral of this make – never throw away an old magazine or left over wool… It will always come in handy!