Last week I finally bought a crochet book that I’ve had my eye for a while. I’ve been working on some bigger projects and was really in need of an instant gratification project, so I turned to my new book for some inspiration. A short while later, after tweaking the pattern for one of the squares, I had some really cute coasters!
After the book review below, I’ll show you my mods to the pattern so you can make your own Daisy Chain Coasters.
I can’t seem to put down Jan Eaton’s book, 200 Crochet Blocks. I wanted this book after seeing some really beautiful crochet projects done with the squares, such as Cherry Heart’s Sampler Blanket and Coco Rose Diaries’ Lazy Daisy Scarf. The book did not disappoint, the squares are lovely and there is something for any crochet taste.
Also, I love that each square has a “mix-and-match” section at the end of the instructions which tells you other squares in the book that it would mix well with. With 200 squares, it’s helpful to see some suggestions at a glance for selecting a mix of squares that will work nicely together in a blanket. There is also a section about color that outlines how you can easily create your own color palettes. Some of the blocks are shown in multiple color schemes to give you an idea how much color can change the look of the same block.
Daisy Chain Coaster Tutorial
I used worsted weight yarn and an F (3.75mm) hook. My coaster with the picot edge is 5.5″ in diameter and the scallop edged one is 5″ in diameter.
You can find the Daisy Chain square on page 99 of Jan Eaton’s 200 Crochet Blocks.
Complete Rounds 1-4 in one color per the pattern instructions.
Round 5: Chain 6, then skip the next two stitches (don’t count the joining stitch) and then slip stitch in the the next two stitches where you see the arrows in the photo above. Repeat around until you get to the end. You will then have 12 loops of chain 6 spaces around.
To end Round 5, we will do one slip stitch in the last single crochet of Round 4 and then use the seamless finish method with the first slip stitch of Round 5. You can watch the video here to learn this method if the above photos aren’t clear enough. Here is what you do: Picture 1 shows that you pull the yarn through after the last slip stitch as if to fasten off and then thread it through a yarn needle. Picture 2 shows that you insert the needle under the first slip stitch of Round 5 and pull it through. Picture 3 shows that you then insert the needle in the middle of the last slip stitch of Round 5 and picture 4 shows that you pull it under the back loop through to the back side of the work. Then weave in the end as normal.
Round 6: Attach the same color with a slip stitch in any chain 6 space. Chain 5, then make one single crochet in the next chain 6 space. Continue around to the end, where we will end the round again with the seamless finish method. This time, you’ll weave in the end from the beginning of the round first to make sure that the first slip stitch of the round is secure enough to use it for the seamless finish at the end. Then complete seamless finish as instructed in Round 5.
Round 7 has two variations: Scallop Edge and Picot Edge
Scallop Edge: Attach the edging color in any single crochet of Round 6 with a slip stitch. Chain one, then single crochet in same stitch as join. Then, make 5 double crochets in the next chain 5 space. Make one single crochet in the next single crochet. Repeat this around until you get to the end of the round and join with the seamless finish method to the first single crochet of Round 7, not to the slip stitch. Weave in the ends and you’re done!
Picot Edge: Attach the edging color in any chain 5 space from Round 6 with a slip stitch. Next, chain 1, then make 4 single crochets, chain 1, 4 single crochets, all in the same chain 5 space. Repeat in each chain 5 space from Round 6 to the end. Attach with seamless finish method to the first single crochet of Round 7, not to the slip stitch. Weave in the ends and you’re done!
Note: All stitches for this edging variation will be made in the chain 5 spaces of Round 6; none will be made in the single crochets of Round 6.
Please let me know if you have any questions at all about this tutorial. I try to make it as clear as possible, but if something doesn’t make sense, I am more than happy to help you out!
Go………..create something beautiful today!