Hello guys! Are you getting into a festive mood?
I am slowly starting to decorate for the holidays, and every year I want to have something new. For my first "new" this year (there will be other "news" too :) ) I explored what a granny stripe stitch would look like in a coaster. My first idea was to make them green (white) red (yeah, yeah, I know) but I didn't have the green yarn I imagined for my coasters, so instead I opted for these two colors. Aaaand... I am quite satisfied how these turned out. Here's the pattern if you are tickled to try it on.
Supplies: sport cotton yarn and colors of your choice in (I used Phil Cotton 3) and a 3mm hook (UK11) (US 10/3).
Other: tapestry needle to weave in ends and sewing needle and thread for sewing on the holly. Polyfill for the berries.
Stitches in US terminology: chain (ch), chain space (ch-sp), stitch (st.), skip (sk), single crochet (sc), single crochet 2 together (sc2tog), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), treble (tr), 3-ch picot.
Measurements of sample coasters: 15 cm/ 5.9" in width and 12 cm/4.72" in length.
Foundation and row 1 (in color A): ch28 and dc1 in 4th st. from hook. Sk2 and dc3 in next st. Repeat this pattern 6 more times, sk2 and dc2 in the last st.
Row 2: Ch3 (counts as the 1st dc hereinafter) turn work and dc3 between the 1st and 2nd cluster (of the row below). Next, dc3 in-between next two clusters. Repeat this pattern to the end where you dc1 in the last st.
Row 3: Ch3, turn work and dc1 in 1st st. Next, dc3 in-between next two clusters. Repeat this pattern to the end where you dc2 in the last st.
Rows 4-11: Alternate row 2 and 3 pattern. Work the tail when done.
Border pattern round 1 (in color B): with work facing you, insert color B in upper right corner, ch1 and sc2 in that corner. Next, sc1 in all stitches across (25), sc2 in the left upper corner. Working the side: Ch2 and sc1 in next row. (Here on the side we have the 3-chains and dc-stitches that make up the start of the rows, so you sc1 in each such chain/ dc stitch). Repeat this pattern to the other corner where you sc2. From there sc1 in all stitches across. Sc2 in the bottom right corner and work the side pattern. Sl st in the 1st of the round to end it.
Border pattern round 2: Ch2 and sl st again in that corner. Ch2, sk1 and sc1 in next st. From here ch2, sk2 and sc1 in next st. Repeat this pattern to the corner where you sk1 and sc1 in corner, ch2 and sc1 in corner again. Now the side: ch2 and sc1 in next ch-sp. Repeat this pattern to the corner. In corner ch2 and sc1 in corner. Next, repeat the upper and the side patterns. End round with a sl st into the upper right corner. Work tails. And you are done. Let's decorate.
Holly leaf pattern: with same yarn weight and hook ch12 and sc1 in 2nd st. from hook, next hdc1, dc1, ch3 and sl st in 1st st of that chain to make a picot (I will refer to it as just "picot" hereinafter), dc1, picot, tr1, picot, dc1, picot, dc1, picot, hdc1 in next 2 sts, sl st 1 in last 2 sts. Ch1 and work the other side of the leaf by working the pattern in reverse (sl st in first two sts, hdc1 in next 2, and so on).
Foundation and round 1: Ch4 and join to make a ring. Sc6 in ring.
Round 2: sc2 in all sts. (12)
Round 3: sc1 in all (12)
Round 4: sc 1 in one stitch, sc2tog in next (8) Insert filling in the crochet bead / berry.
Round 4: sc2tog (4)
Pull yarn, tie a knot and weave tail. That’s it. Make as many leaves and berries as you like to decorate the coasters and sew them on.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.