Pattern: Made in K-Town by Barbara
Note: this is a free pattern for your personal use. If you’d like to share this pattern, please link back to made in k-town, thank you!
Again, I used small amounts of Catania by Schachenmayer (cotton yarn) and a 2.5mm hook. My coasters measure 8.5cm in diameter (3.3") but the size will vary depending on the yarn you use.
Some general notes:
This pattern is written in US crochet terms. We’ll need the following stitches: chain stitch (ch), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), and surface stitches (these will be explained below).
The most important thing: remember this is a spiral coaster, so do not join rounds, but work in a spiral! Use a stitch-marker, a contrasting thread or a paper clip to mark the first stitch of the round, and move the marker after each round.
2nd Round: Work 2dc in each stitch of the previous round (28 dc’s)
3rd Round: Repeat *dc in the next dc, 2dc in the next dc* around (42 dc's)
5th Round: 1hdc in the next dc, (sc, ch6, sc) in the next dc (this will be the hanger), then repeat *skip one dc, work (sc, ch3, sc) in the next dc* around. If your stitch-count is right, your last sc-ch3-sc-group should be worked into the last dc of round 4.
Finishing the spiral: skip the hdc, sc in the next sc, work 8 sc’s into the ch6-space of the previous round, and finish with a slip-stitch to the next sc. Finish off.
Adding the surface stitches: hold your contrasting yarn at the back of your work, insert hook in between the hdc and the first dc in the middle of your spiral, yo, pull loop through the gap. Now you’ve got a loose loop on your hook (hold the end of your yarn tight for the first stitch!). *Insert hook in between the next two dc’s, yo, pull loop through the gap and through the loop on your hook*. It’s like working slip stitches. Work this way around, the spiral will form all by itself. Work your last stitch between the hdc and the sc at the end of the spiral, cut thread, yo, pull thread through the gap and through your loop and finish off (use your hook or a needle to pull the lose end through to the back again)
Weave in the lose ends and your first spiral coaster is finished - quick and easy, right? :)
This basic pattern offers some possibilities to be creative: e.g. you could use variegated yarn for a more interesting effect, and/or use a different color for the last round of the spiral, and/or work a larger spiral to make a potholder. I've combined those ideas to make this quick potholder:
Here's how I did it:
With variegated yarn (same quality as Catania) I worked the first 4 rounds as described above and continued in this style for 4 more rounds: *3 dc's, 1 increase* in the next round (70 dc's), then *4 dc's, 1 increase* in the next round (84 dc's), then *5 dc's, 1 increase* in the next round (98 dc's), then *6 dc's, 1 increase* in the next round (112 dc's).
Then I switched to another yarn for the last round, which is the 5th round of the coaster pattern above: the only difference is, that I made ch-8 for the hanger (instead of ch-6), and worked 10 sc's inside the hanger (instead of 8 sc's).
I've added the contrasting surface spiral exactly as described above, using the same color as I used for the border (off-white).
I hope you like this pattern! If you've got any questions, or find errors, please let me know! And if you've been here before, you know that I always love to see your finished coasters and potholders, too - so please feel free to leave a comment with a link to your blog or flickr picture :)