If you have been on my blog before you might have seen our wonderful round solid oak table. (For example in this post)
The smooth surface of the table is just left natural and besides a light oil finish there is no protection especially against liquids.
But not only wood can react to spills - many other natural materials like marble for example are sensitiv too.
So I came up with some modern and stylish 3D cube-style crochet coasters which work perfect for hot cups of tea or what ever your favourite drink - warm or cold - might be.
They also make great little gifts to bring at the next dinner party invitation
Plus you can work on them everywhere - don't you love those little handwork projects you can work on while waiting somewhere?
You will make a set of 6 coasters in no time...
I have chosen two different grey tones - one lighter and the other one darker - and a beige and added splashes of colour in light peach, vanilla and orange.
Of course you can choose any colour combination you like.
I would just make sure to have a lighter and a darker shade and a contrasting third colour so the 3D effect will show.
I used a 4mm mercerised cotton yarn for crocheting because I liked the festive touch of the shimmer and the sturdiness oft the finished coaster. The technique I am using is tapestry crochet and I will walk you through step by step. Material list: I used "DROPS Muskat Mercerized" 100% Cotton but any other cotton yarn will do
A finished coaster has a hexagonal shape with the sides being about 5-6cm long and the diagonal about 10cm.
Row 1: position your second colour - orange in my case - to travel inside each grey Sc
Now and in every row...
Click on "continue reading 3D Cube-Style Crochet Coasters" below for the full text and picture tutorial
Now and in every row:
Check on the travelling yarn and pull gently if necessary to make it less visible. See picture 5&6.
Change to orange and have light grey travelling in each of the orange Sc; always have the travelling yarn in front.
Row 2 to 8 are about increasing the cube.
- Yarn orange Ch1, make sure to incorporate the other colour into the Ch1 for keeping a nice and clean border at every beginning of each row.
- Yarn orange (2Sc) in next St,
- Sc1Yarn light grey Sc9, (2Sc) in next St , turn.
Cut light grey leaving a tail.
Row 10 to 16 are now about decreasing the cube.
Cut orange leaving a tail.
Pull yarn trough, cut middle grey leaving a tail.
Sew in all tails and cut endings.
You could now block your coaster. Blocking is a method of stretching and shaping a crocheted piece onto a blocking board with the help of water and pins to make your stitches look nicer and more even. But I thought mine look good enough and I didn't do the blocking.
Some more tips:
- Make a large coaster or table runner by sewing 7 coasters together to a large Hexagon
- Tapestry Crochet creates a nice, thick and sturdy stitch structure
- Great for using left over yarn
- If you like tapestry crochet you might want to check out my tapestry crochet dish cloth tutorial.
P.S. Today is Creadienstag!