This week started with a fail and ended in success. Well, it started with a couple of fails actually. This speech bubble idea came in the form of a pillow, but after several hours of frustration (I couldn’t get the shape exactly right), I switched gears to these coasters. After a funny venture with paint and stencils, I finally completed these adorable crochet speech bubble coasters, and I’m glad at how they (eventually) turned out.
To begin with, I had the wonderfully brilliant idea to stencil onto the finished coasters in awesome block letters. It would be super easy, requiring only a stencil and a bit of paint, and I could put any text I wanted!
Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out quite the way I had hoped or envisioned.
Well, now I know. This method of paint/stenciling on crochet is not something that works. I decided to stitch the letters, and it turned out much better.
Although my “ciao” looks like I did it with my toes, OR handed my needle to my 4-year-old and had him give it a go. Maybe I DID. I guess you will never know ;)
The stitching was done purely freehand, but if I would do it again, I wouldn’t choose cursive lettering. Or I would have drawn the letters on first as a guide.
I like to fly by the seat of my pants, clearly.
Crochet Speech Bubble Coasters
Begin with magic ring (worked in continuous rounds)
1. Hdc 10 in ring. (be sure to use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round)
2. 2 hdc in each st around (20 sts)
3. *Hdc, 2 hdc in next st* repeat all around the circle. (30 sts)
4. *Hdc 2, 2 hdc in next st* repeat all around the circle. (40 sts
5. *Hdc 3, 2 had in next st* repeat all around the circle. (50 sts)
6. *Sc 4, 2 sc in next st* work 9 times. Sc 5. Turn. (59 sts)
1. Working from the back of the coaster, sc 3. Turn.
2. Ch 1. Sc2tog. Sc in last st. Turn. (2 sts)
3. Ch 1. Sc2tog. Turn. (1 st)
4. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Tie off. (1 st)
To make the outline, join black yarn anywhere (it’s easiest to join somewhere on the circle, not on the tail) and slip stitch all around the coaster (with right side facing you).
Finish by stitching any word you prefer onto the coaster with a length of black yarn and your darning needle. Like I said, I freehanded mine, but you are welcome to print the word and use it as a guide for your stitching. It takes a bit of practice, but I love how my coasters turned out! The cotton yarn is perfect for coasters; it absorbs the water and dries nicely.
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