Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Lemon Coaster Pattern [UPDATED]

Hello!!

I've mentioned in my previous post that I've been making coasters these past weeks. I've finished a handful of them already, and I hope to post them in the coming days (sweet!). I made most of them using free patterns I found online, some I adjusted to fit the size I want, and some I improvised. I will be posting the coasters I made using my own pattern first, and hopefully you guys find it useful. :)

First one on the list of my improvised patterns is the lemon coaster - not a lemon slice, but the whole lemon with the pointy ends. I was making these citrus slices coaster one time - green for lime, and orange for, well, orange - and when I was about to start yellow for lemon, I thought, why not make the "un-sliced" version of these coasters too? So I tried looking for patterns for a whole lemon coaster, but all I found were hot pads (which I had difficulty adjusting to make it smaller) and lemon slices. Eventually, I decided to make my own lemon coaster pattern, which turned out to be pretty easy (I already got the right measurement and pattern by the second try!).


Refreshing!


Materials
Hook: 4mm crochet hook
Yarns:
Gantsilyo Guru Milk Cotton (light) Sunshine
Some green yarn


Lemon Coaster

Using yellow yarn, make a magic ring.

Row 1: ch2, 12 dc in the ring. Join with a sl st to the first dc. (12 sts)

Row 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each st around. Join with a sl st to first dc. (24 sts)

Row 3: ch 2, *1 dc in the next st, 2 dc in the next* repeat 12 times. Join with a sl st to first dc (36 sts).

Row 4: ch 1,
*
sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next,
hdc in next 2 sts, 1 hdc 1 dc in next st,
dc in next 2 sts, trc, ch 2, sl st to 2nd ch from hook, trc in same st as first trc,
dc in next 2 sts, 1 dc 1 hdc in next st
hdc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next,
sc in next 2 sts
*
This is the first pointy end of the lemon. Now make 2 sc in next st, and repeat * to form other end. To finish, sc in the last st, and sl st to first sc. Fasten off.


Leaves (make two, or how many you like!)

I used the leaves pattern I found here. As you can see in the picture below, I deliberately made the leaves different in size - I still used the leaves pattern, but used hdc and dc for the smaller one, and htr and trc for the slightly bigger one. You can opt for this too, or you can have uniformly-sized leaves, it's up to you ;)

On the other hand, if you want you can also leave out the leaves and just stick with a plain lemon coaster, and I think that will also look and do just fine.

So after making the leaves, sew them to the lemon coaster, preferably to one of the pointy ends (I actually searched for images of lemons just to see where to put the leaves; silly me, right?). And then you're done!

Lemon coaster

The coaster measures 4 inches in diameter from one pointy end to the other, and 3 inches from the "flat" sides. If you want to make your coasters bigger, you can use trc instead of dc for the first row up to the third row, depending on how big you want it. If you use trc for all rows, I think it can size up to 4.5 to 5 inches measuring from the pointy ends. Additionally, you can also use a paler shade of yellow for a more lemony look.


[UPDATE] Sizing up the coaster

Thanks to AMJ for pointing out that using trc in the first row makes the stitches dense. :) So I came up with an alternative way to make your coaster bigger!

Instead of using trc in some/all of the rows in the coaster, you can also increase the initial stitches by 2 in your magic ring, and then cascade the increase to the succeeding rows. For example,

Row 1:   14  [16 | 18 | 20 | ...] sts
Row 2:   28  [32 | 36 | 40 | ...] sts
Row 3:   42  [48 | 54 | 60 | ...] sts

(The numbers in [] mean you can also start with 16 sts, then row 2 has 32 sts, row 3 has 48 sts. The same goes for 18 and 20. I also color-coded them for easier reading.)

And then for the 4th row, add one [2 | 3 | 4 | ...] *sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* at the beginning of the round, and one [2 | 3 | 4 | ...] *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts* at the end. This is to make sure the number of stitches needed for the last row will be met (so the coaster will not curl), and also to keep the pointy ends opposite of each other.

I haven't tried this for much larger sizes, I have a feeling that the pointed ends might become less prominent as the coaster gets bigger. If you want to try it, let me know of your final results in the comments below!


[end of update]


If you guys have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below, and I'd also love to see your finished products so you can also leave them in the comments section. That's it for this post, so stay tuned for the next episode of this coaster series, and I hope you enjoy crocheting AF! \m/


This pattern is free and not for sale. Please credit and link back to this site when sharing, using for business, etc. Thanks! :)

3 comments:

  1. I stumbled across this pattern yesterday when searching for coaster patterns -- apparently just a few hours after Raine posted it. A note: YARN MATTERS, EVERYONE. Choice of yarn will affect how tightly this groups together in the middle.

    I used a 4mm hook with Sugar 'N Cream solid worsted weight, solid yellow for the lemon and hot green for the leaves. Surprisingly my gauge came out pretty well spot-on (usually I crochet tighter than intended and my stuff comes out small), though my points did extend a little longer than stated above.

    The coaster does look good, but I wanted to try making a bigger one for larger cups. However working with the Sugar 'N Cream worsted weight cotton and switching to round 1 being triple crochet didn't work -- the yarns were already too densely packed at the base of the stitches to compress enough for me to close the round at the top of the stitches. I was working with orange yarn for the second coaster so I simply ripped out the unsuccessful triple crochet round 1 and returned to the pattern as specified for rounds 1-3, then I simply added an additional round of all double crochet (2 in a stitch, 1 in next stitch, 1 in next stitch, repeat all the way around) to get a larger orange circle (to make an orange instead of a lemon). I then added a 5th row of double crochet (2 dc in a stitch, 1 dc in each stitch for the next 3 stitches, keep repeating all the way around) to make it even bigger. I'm not positive the math was quite right for my rounds 4 & 5 on the orange circle, because it was getting slightly warpy as I continued -- might need to readjust these, perhaps removing a few of my doubled up double crochets.

    I would like to make larger lemon coasters, too, though this might take extra work to figure out.

    I picked up some different yellow yarn, mercerized cotton (Cotton Classic, from Greece, according to the label). This yarn appears to actually be size 3, sport weight, though the LYS gal said it was size 4, worsted. The label doesn't specify which it is, but comparing it to my daughter's size 3 yarn stash this is just as thin. I'm currently following the pattern as specified with a 4mm hook with this new yarn and the rounds are coming out the same size as my worsted weight yarn coaster. I'll start another soon to see if switching to the triple crochet instead of double crochet helps make a bigger coaster.

    To make a bigger lemon from my worsted weight cotton I will probably need to add an additional round of dc, then adjust the final round accordingly to accommodate the increase in number of stitches I'm going around.

    Raine, thanks for a great pattern! Nice idea for the lemon tips, well executed, clearly described, and a good suggestion for adapting to make it larger. Big thumbs up from me!

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    1. AMJ,

      Thanks for you response! I'm glad you were happy with my pattern. :)

      About using trc in the rows, maybe it does make the stitches dense.. I will try to look for another way to increase the size, without making the last row (for the pointy tips) more complicated. Probably need to add some sc's in the middle, I will let you know once I have it. :)

      Thanks again!

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    2. Hi AMJ,

      I've updated the post for instructions on how to make the coasters bigger. Instead of adding an additional row, I added base stitches (in row 1) and applied the increase in the next rows. And then for the last row, I simply added some sc's, depending on how many stitches were added in row 1. Hope you find this useful, and thanks again for your feedback!

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