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I have been itching to get outside in my garden. We had some beautiful days this week, but spring is a fickle creature; one day it will be 72º and the next will be 40º. Yikes! So this weekend I spent my time designing these simply adorable crochet cactus coasters, because I am hoping the beautiful spring weather is around the corner and will plan to stay awhile. Aren’t they darling? Ever since I starting dabbling in colorwork with my Neva Hat, I have been having the most wonderful crochet colorwork ideas. It’s fun how these little coasters work up quite fast. I made mine almost entirely in the car this weekend as we took a short trip out of town with our kids. The graph is fairly simple and after you make two you might be able to finished your cactus coaster set without the graph!
I always recommend using 100% cotton or a cotton blend yarn with any crochet project that might get wet. I used one of my favorite cotton yarns, Comfy, for this project. The colors were perfect and the yarn is so smooth. The small amount of acrylic gives it a soft feel, but it’s absorbent like 100% cotton, so I love it for coasters and washcloths.
CROCHET CACTUS COASTERS – FREE CROCHET PATTERN
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– G Hook
– 100% Cotton Worsted Weight Yarn – Knit Picks Comfy in Ivory, Carrot and Honeydew
(2 balls of main color, you can use scraps for other colors)
– Darning Needle
Gauge: Not super important, just make your stitches fairly tight
Front of Crochet Cactus Coasters
Graph Notes: You will carry the ivory through each row, but drop the other colors and pick them up when you come back to them on the next row. Because you are turning, the graph is numbered according to which side you should begin with. For instance, row 4 would be worked right to left as always, but you will read the graph from left to right, in order to complete the graph correctly.
For help changing colors, please watch this video.
1. Sc in 2nd ch from the hook. Sc in each ch across. Turn. (20 sts) (first row of the graph)
2. – 20. Complete the graph, treating each square as 1 sc. Turn after each row.
Back of Crochet Cactus Coasters
(using same color as the pot)
1. Sc in 2nd ch from the hook. Sc in each ch across. Turn. (20 sts)
2. – 21. Ch 1. Sc in each st across. Turn. (20 sts)
(do NOT tie off after row 21)
Note: Work an extra row on the back piece because changing colors causes the graph piece to be slightly taller than a back piece worked with 20 rows.
Crochet Cactus Graph
Using the loop from the last stitch of the back piece, slip stitch all around the coaster, sewing the two pieces together.
Tie off and weave in ends.
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