spring coasters...

OK  ... before we start... there is a question about how many chains between the cluster stitches...
I think I've figured it out
it depends on how you make your clusters  ....  I make the required number of stitches and after I've pulled through all the stitches on the hook, I make a chain to close the stitch
I've found out not everyone does this,  so,    therein lies the mix up
in plain English then
 if you close with a chain, one chain between clusters
if you DON'T make the chain
it's 2 chains between.....
does this help at all?????
please let me know either way
OH AND
thank you all so much for coming here
 so often and  in such big numbers
(31,907 as of today)
to get these little beauties for your own
and I hope the problems have all been ironed out now
see you round the
 interwebs!!!!!
 
M     :)

 
 
US terms
stitches used are
sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet
made into cluster stitches
and
crab stitch or reverse single crochet

I used Patons Grace cotton and for the tut
a B hook
which is also a size 1 or 2.25 mm
but use whatever size is called for with the yarn you use
I have a ton of hooks and by now all sizes probably,
but somewhere like Michaels or Joanne's or any craft store will have them...
 
I used an
for the middle
it makes for a neater circle
but if you don't know how to do it
make a normal loop



row 1
in a magic loop
make
12 single crochets
join with a slip stitch
you will have 12 single crochets


row2
ch 3
this ch counts as the first stitch
in the same place make a cluster stich with two more stitches
 
ch 2
in the next sc make a 3 stitch cluster stitch
ch 2
repeat this around making 3 stitch clusters, ch 2,  in each sc
you will have 12 clusters and 12 ch 2



(a cluster stitch is made with unfinished double crochets and you are left with many loops on the hook...
make as many stitches as needed and then pull yarn through all loops on hook to finish)

the above is a 3 stitch cluster



the finished cluster


row 3
ch 3 (counts as first stitch) and make a 4 stitch cluster
ch 2
and in between  each cluster in the previous row make a 4 stitch cluster, ch 2
 
join


 
 
row 4/5
for the next two rows
 make sc in each stitch around


the last row of the coaster is done in
or
reverse single crochet
which is to say the sc done in reverse
backwards
 
:)
 
 
 at the beginning of a row
ch 1
put the hook in the stitch to the right of the hook
from the bottom front  up
yo and pull through
hook into the stitch to the right of the hook
bottom front up
yo and pull through
it will feel very clumsy at first,  but if you do it slowly and deliberately
it will become second nature to you by the time you reach the end!!!!
promise
:) :) :)

the stitch looks like a rope and finishes off the edge beautifully
if you have trouble understanding how to hook bacwards there are instructions online
it's called the
crab stitch



as always 
if there is a mistake 
or a problem
let me know
and we'll fix it
enjoy

:)