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
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
M     :)

US terms
stitches used are
sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet
made into cluster stitches
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
12 single crochets
join with a slip stitch
you will have 12 single crochets

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

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

the last row of the coaster is done in
reverse single crochet
which is to say the sc done in reverse
 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!!!!
:) :) :)

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



  1. Thank you, finally I found someone that explains how to make a round. I always see the beautiful crochet and wanted to learn how to make things but didn't have a lead to follow. Thank you so much!

    1. you are most welcome...I'm glad it was of help...

  2. I tried this twice and think there's a problem. It looks like you're doing at least one chain in between the cluster stitches, but that's not in the pattern. Without a chain or two in between the clusters, though, the coaster kind of bows into more of a bowl shape. I haven't tried adding the chain stitches in yet, but hopefully that will solve the problem. Am I right?

    1. thank you so much for pointing that out... I have added the chain 1!! or however many you need to make it sit flat!!! :)

    2. Thanks! I'm about to try this again (I just LOVE how they look! I must replicate them!), I will let you know how it goes!

  3. These are gorgeous! I really want to try these out for Christmas gifts this year! I'm having trouble finding the size B crochet hook, is is super tiny? Is the Patons Grace Cotton a lot thinner than the regular cotton yarn? Thanks for your help and sharing your talents! Blessings! Kathy

  4. Marilyn, thank you for the extra info on the yarn and hook! Can't wait to try these out, yours are so gorgeous! Blessings! Kathy

  5. Oh please help. Not first hand for me, so sorry, but the second row, you said ch3 then 3 stitches in each sc, but what stitch is 3x each sc? is it a dbl? also, is it after each set of 3 here that a 1 ch may be needed to make it lay flat? Do you leave the magic circle loose until the end then tighten it? Trying desperately to learn this. Apologies if this is too elementary to ask. TYIA

  6. WhatsAppening Now...
    I'm so sorry you're having trouble understanding. I have tried to make it simpler but I don't know if I succeeded ... does this help... You can tighten the magic circle after the first row is finished or leave it till you finish...so you can adjust how tight it needs to be. NOthing is too elementary if you are learning something new. I wish I could help more... let me know please.... :) M

  7. I wanted to make the coaster mug size so I added a row of hdc ch 1 after the cluster rows before the 2 sc and crab stitch finishing rows.

  8. If you don't use the magic circle how many chains do you do?

  9. I'm guessing here, but, I think 4/5 would do it. With 12 stitches in the circle it sounds about right!

  10. I made this coaster today using sport weight yarn and a 3.5mm hook. I adjusted it from row 4 onwards by increasing the stitches from 36 to 48. It greatly helped decrease curling. Rather than 2 rows of SC, I did 1 row of DC and then ended it off with crab stitch. Laid flat and looks great. Thank you for the pattern!

  11. How many single chains (sc) for rows 4/5?