WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVER COTTON: COLORFUL COASTERS

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Ever throw your yarn scraps in a drawer after finishing a project because you don’t know what to do with them? Or maybe you’ve accumulated a basket full of hundreds of different color threads? Why not use them up with something original?

We are going to make some nice crochet coasters that you can use at home and, at the same time, make a dent in that drawer stuffed with scraps.

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For this project, we’ve used:

You should know:

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Start with a magic circle and 12 double crochet, as in the photo. When you’ve worked the 12 stitches, close the circle with a slip stitch.

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Round 1. Work 3 turning chains, 1 double crochet in the first stitch. 2 double crochet in each stitch until you reach the end of the round.  Close the circle with a slip stitch.

Round 2. Work 3 turning chains. * 2 double crochet in the first stitch, 1 double crochet in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the round.  Close the round with a slip stitch.                                                                           

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Round 3. Work 3 turning chains.  * 2 double crochet in the first, 1 double crochet in the next 2 stitches *.  Repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the round.  Close the round with a slip stitch, and we’ve finished the base.

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To make the circles concentric, insert the hook into one of the stitches from the first round, take a different colored strand on the back side of the work, and use the hook to pull the strand through to the front.

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Again, insert the hook into the next stitch, pull the yarn from the back, and now pull it through the first stitch, maintaining the circular shape of the round.

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Cut the yarn and begin the next circle in the round above, using another color. It’s easy, and you’ll see that there’s a gap on top of each stitch of the base that you can use to guide you along. Repeat the steps descriped in the first circle.

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Continue making the same concentric circles until you’ve got all four, and that’s how it’s done. Easy, right?

Now it’s your turn! Try to make these coasters or customize them and tell us how you did it using #WeAreKnitters on social media.