Monday, February 09, 2009

Spokes Coaster

Well, the Ruffled Flower has been a hit on Ravelry - so far it has been favourited 27 times and queued 7 times! OK, so it's no Clapotis, but that's a lot for one of my patterns :)

Comic Relief launched the 2009 Red Nose Day a few days ago, and a UK-based crafting forum called Crafteroo has opened a shop on Folksy to raise money for it. All items have been donated by the crafters, and Folksy has agreed to waive the fees so that all proceeds will go straight to Comic Relief.

I have given permission for all of my patterns to be used to make fundraising items, and I thought it would be useful to reprint here one that originally appeared in SlipKnot, the journal of the Knitting and Crochet Guild.

Spokes Coaster

Spokes Coaster


MATERIALS

To make a coaster 4" (10cm) diameter, I used a small amount of Aunt Lydia's Denim and a 4mm (G) hook. Thicker thread or yarn will make bigger coasters, thinner thread smaller ones. Two thin threads of contrasting colour held together makes a very pretty effect.

ABBREVIATIONS

beg - beginning
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc - single crochet
dc – double crochet
tr – treble crochet


INSTRUCTIONS - British terminology

Foundation: Ch6, ss into first ch to form ring.

Row 1: 3ch to act as first tr, 11 tr into ring, ss into 3rd of beg ch (12 tr)

Row 2: Ch 4 to act as first (tr, ch1), then (tr, ch1) in each tr around. Join with ss to 3rd of beg ch (12 tr, 12 ch1 spaces)

Row 3: Ss into first ch1 space, 3ch as first tr, 2 more tr in same space, (3tr in each ch1 space) around, ss to 3rd of beg ch (36 tr)

Row 4: Repeat row 2 (36 tr, 36 ch1 spaces).

Row 5: Either reverse dc (crab stitch) or plain dc into each ch1 space. (36 dc). Crab stitch gives a neat rolled edge.

Alternative row 5: Ss into first ch1 space, ch1, dc in same space, 3ch, (dc into next ch1 space, 3ch) all the way around to last space, ss into first dc.

Finish off. Weave in ends.


INSTRUCTIONS - US terminology

Foundation: Ch6, ss into first ch to form ring.

Row 1: 3ch to act as first dc, 11 dc into ring, ss into 3rd of beg ch (12 dc)

Row 2: Ch 4 to act as first (dc, ch1), then (dc, ch1) in each dc around. Join with ss to 3rd of beg ch (12 dc, 12 ch1 spaces)

Row 3: Ss into first ch1 space, 3ch as first dc, 2 more dc in same space, (3dc in each ch1 space) around, ss to 3rd of beg ch (36 dc)

Row 4: Repeat row 2 (36 dc, 36 ch1 spaces).

Row 5: Either reverse sc (crab stitch) or plain sc into each ch1 space. (36 sc). Crab stitch gives a neat rolled edge.

Alternative row 5: Ss into first ch1 space, ch1, sc in same space, 3ch, (sc into next ch1 space, 3ch) all the way around to last space, ss into first sc.

Finish off. Weave in ends.

UPDATE: AUGUST 2012

A fellow Raveler asked me if I could work out how to expand the coaster into a doily and, after a certain amount of messing about and swearing, I am delighted to say that I can.

Spokes Doily

I worked this with thread - unfortunately the thickness was not given on the wrapper, but it was equivalent to a fingering weight, or between 3 and 4 ply. I used a 3mm hook. The final measurement was just over 12" diameter, or approximately 30cm. This used 45g/225m of thread (1.6 oz/246 yds).

The instructions are the same for both UK and US terminology, as all you have to do is work round 2 and round 3 from the coaster pattern.

DOILY INSTRUCTIONS

Rounds 1-3: Work the coaster pattern to the end of Round 3.

Rounds 4-7: Work Coaster Round 2 four times.

Round 8: Work Coaster Round 3 once.

Rounds 9-10: Work Coaster Round 2 twice.

Round 11: Work Coaster Round 3 once.

Round 12: Work Coaster Round 2 once.

Round 13: Work Coaster Round 5, or the alternative Coaster Round 5 (which is the version I used).







2 comments:

Kathleen said...

I like the coaster. I am going to make some for the coaster exchange I am in for one of my Yahoo crochet groups. Thanks for sharing.

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