These DIY crocheted coasters are perfect for a beginning crochet project. The easy-to-follow, animated instructions will make you feel like a pro in no time.
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I was recently described as such (in a loving and joking way, of course!)
I didn’t even know that was a thing! It’s true, though: I love coasters! I love buying them and I love making them. I think they are an essential addition to any living room area. And, yes, if you come over to my house, I will offer you a nice cold beverage. I will also promptly offer you a coaster to set it on. And if you walk off without the coaster, I will gently remind you EVERY TIME you go to set your drink down…”Coaster!”
Because, really! Don’t even get me started on the rings that are left on furniture by glasses that are not on coasters!! Yikes!
Fun fact: I was told that my “coaster-craziness” increases after a few drinks!
Other fun fact: Apparently young people don’t use coasters?!? I started thinking about why coasters aren’t a thing for most people. I think it may be attributed to the newer materials used for coffee and end tables and the fact that they are less susceptible to water damage than real, hard wood furniture. Laminates and plastics are incredibly durable and come in so many amazing designs. What’s more, synthetic woods are often cheaper than solid wood furniture, allowing us to have designer décor without paying designer prices. With that, less and less people have a need for being coaster crazy, because a lot of furniture out there have surfaces that can be wiped clean with a damp cloth and a quick spritz from their favorite household cleaner.
Anyway, my husband needed coasters for his new crate table. Side note: My husband’s job requires him to be away from home periodically and the travel time requires him to maintain his own apartment away when he’s not at home. So, when I travel with him, I get to play house and make things like coasters 😉 So, as I was saying, my husband needed coasters. Or maybe I wanted him to NEED coasters but same thing, right? Oh, and check out the sweet crate table we made!
In my desperate search for coasters, we couldn’t really find any we liked. Why isn’t this a bigger market?! Why aren’t there coaster stores?! Someone do something about that!
I decided to “do something about it” myself and make him some. After all, what helps bring out the boho-country chic vibe than homemade accessories to complement handmade and up cycled furniture?!?! Besides, he needs them. Yup! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Full disclaimer…I am NOT an expert crochet-er by any stretch of the imagination. I don’t really read crochet patterns and I don’t do super fancy crochet bits. But I love to do it and I love to make things for other people. So, if you know what all of the crochet abbreviations are or can make anything that resembles a stuffed animal, then this post is probably not for you. But if you are a beginner to crocheting and want a quick and easy project to do on your weekend, then this is for you!
- Yarn: I suggest using a nice cotton yarn. For this project, I used Lily Sugar N’ Cream in Capri.
- Crochet Hook: I usually make sure to use the hook size that the packaging on the yarn calls for. For this project, I used a US H/8 or 5mm size hook. I also LOVE these Susan Bates ergonomic hooks…your hands will thank you!
- Finishing Needle: I prefer a metal finishing needle over plastic.
- Clear Nail Polish: Cheap is best…don’t use your good stuff like I did 😂
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Create a slip knot
Chain 15 + 1
I say like this because your rows are going to be 15 wide but you need one extra chain on your starting row so you can turn correctly.
Turn, putting your hook into chain 15, and single crochet 15. Continue this 6-7 times to give you the size you want.
Step 4: Border
Chain 1 before doing a single crochet in the first hole along the edge. Then single crochet along your first edge making sure that where you are putting your hook is consistent.
Once you reach the corner, you will want to do two single crochets in the same hole. This will keep the corner edges from curling up.
Repeat until you do all four side of the border. At the end, you will join your chain in the corner and your last single crochet with a slip stitch. Then tie it off.
Step 5: Hide your tails
Using your finishing needle, hide the two tails on both sides. The easiest way to do this is to slide the needle through the first row (not the border – the one under the border) the length of the needle. Snip off any excess yarn.
Dab some clear nail polish on the ends you just snipped. It will make sure it stays in place and you’ll never see it once it dries. Clear nail polish is magic in so many ways.
That’s it! You now have your coaster. Repeat as many times as you need to complete the set.
I hope this was easy to follow and you enjoy making your own set of coasters…because everyone needs to have a lovely set of coasters in their life. You’ll thank me later.
Ladies, help me out! Comment if you are under the age of 55 and you own and use coasters!
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