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A Roller Coaster of Beauty

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

Do you ever have something pop in your mind and you just can’t seem to get it out? That has been me this past weekend. I mentioned last week that I wanted to make a set of coasters for my sister-in-law. I followed a pattern and decided that I liked that pattern better for a trivet. While I will be making her a set of trivets, the idea of making coasters has not left me.

So, I went on to my favorite form of searching for new patterns…Google. I came across, lillabjorncrochet.com and found her pattern for a coaster in her blog called, Surface Crochet Makes a Difference. I love this coaster!

This pattern is a little bit difficult to understand if you are like me and take each row or round as it is written. With her pattern, I would strongly suggest that you read each round as a whole, before beginning the round. I tend to break rounds down into individual stitches. For instance, if the pattern reads, ch3, dc in next three st, sl st in two st, 2dc in next three stitches, I am going to follow that exactly as written. I am going to start at the very beginning of the instructions and I am going to do them in the exact order they are written. In her pattern, she keeps mentioning the very first step to each round toward the end of the round instructions. I am by no means bad mouthing this pattern. I absolutely love this pattern, I just wanted to let you know beforehand that this pattern is written quite a bit different. In her post, she was talking about how much of a difference that even just a single row of surface crochet makes to a pattern. I agree with her a hundred percent.

If you have never tried surface crochet, it is the thin line of stitches, forming that inner ring to this coaster. Pretty much that variegated color you see in the coaster. I had only worked a surface crochet on a couple of projects and I referred to YouTube for a refresher. On the website with the pattern, she gives instructions, as well as, step by step photos, explaining this technique. I would definitely suggest that if you have the extra couple of minutes at the end of making this coaster, use that time to work up that surface crochet, it really does make the coaster pop!

Once you figure out her way of writing up this pattern, it becomes very easy to follow. The stitches used to make this coaster are very simple. It is not until the very last round of the coaster base that you have to do anything out of the ordinary for beginners. It is in round six that you will be working in the back loops only. I did run a little while working on this coaster, that I worked in both loops to see if that would still look alright, I found that working in the back loops does look way better.

The pattern calls for a sized 3.25mm hook and fine weight yarn. For the purpose of better showing the stitches, I went with a worsted weight yarn and I went smaller on the hook, a 3.0mm. I wanted to be able to show the stitches with the heavier weight yarn and still have the daintiness of the smaller hook. Not to mention the fact that I have in fact lost my 3.25mm hook. Shh…don’t tell my husband. 🙂

I chose to use bright white, Caron Simply Soft (of course) because it was bright and it would showcase the contrasting color. Now, that color is also Caron Simply Soft I know for sure. However, I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the color, this is scrap yarn that I had and thought would look pretty with the white. I do apologize for that.

As you can see, this pattern can be done in any color range and it will look beautiful. I loved the look that the smaller hook provided. I would like to warn anyone who tries to do the same, that a little bit of patience is definitely required. When you use a yarn that is much bigger than the hook you are working with, the hook tends to only grab part of the yarn, causing it to split. This doesn’t happen with every loop you bring up, but it can happen often if you aren’t careful. This can be quite frustrating when you are also trying to learn a pattern and learn this person’s way of communicating that pattern.

I will be making a bunch of these coasters for my Christmas baskets for my family. I love giving baskets for Christmas and these coasters will make a great addition to that. I will also be making up a bunch of trivets to accompany those coasters. I know it is only March and I am already talking about Christmas, but when you are hand making gifts, you have to start as early as possible. Am I right? Not to mention, throughout the year you are making gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions that come up.

What are some of your go to patterns for coasters? What are some of the gifts you are working on for others? Let me know in the comments, I would love to read about them.

This week is full of lots of gifts and cards. I have been pouring over the internet for inspiration, I have been on JoAnn’s app, Michaels app, and all of my favorite crafting sites. I am still looking at and downloading a ton of patterns for purses for my sweet niece. All of these things, I will be sharing with each of you as they are completed. I also have a few products coming in soon that I will be working with and giving my reviews on. Please take my reviews for as they are intended, just me sharing what I think of them. I am no way trying to be disrespectful or hateful toward the companies that make these products. I love trying new things and seeing what works for me and what might work for someone else.

Thank you so much stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, or share. I would greatly appreciate it. Until next time,

Thank you and God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

KraftaholicMommy

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