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Crochet Fruit Coasters – Knitting Club Fundraising Project #4 – Free Pattern

Spring has been procrastinating and seems nowhere nearby, but I guess I could speed it up a little bit by making some fruit coasters to feel the summer earlier.  I’ve  made a set of 6 for the Knitting Club Fundraising.  All of them are using the same pattern pretty much, except changing yarn colors.   I innovated my pattern from Christine Longe’s Green Apple Coaster pattern as well as Tessa Shearer’s Summer Watermelon Coaster pattern.

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I used Caron Simply Soft that I got from Michael’s.  For crochet hook, I used the 4.5 mm hook

Here’s the basic pattern:

R1: Chain 2 (counted as 1 double crochet) in magic ring, and then make 11 double crochet. Join with slip stitch to top of chain 2, then chain 2 (as the next round’s first double crochet) – 12 stitches.

R2: Work 1 double crochet in the same stitch where you chain 2, then work 2 double crochet into each double crochet gap. Join with slip stitch to top of chain 2, then chain 2 (as the next round’s first double crochet) – 24 stitches.

R3: Work 2 double crochet in next stitch. *Work 1 double crochet in next stitch, 2 double crochet in next stitch.* Repeat * 11 times.  Join with slip stitch to top of chain 2, then chain 1 (as the next round’s first half double crochet) – 36 stitches.

R4: Work 1 half double crochet in next stitch, work 2 half double crochet in next stitch.   *Work 1 half double crochet in next 2 stitches, work 2 half double crochet in next stitch.* Repeat * 11 times.  Join with slip stitch to top of chain 2, then chain 2 (as the next round’s first  double crochet) – 48 stitches.

R5: Work 1 double crochet in each stitch around. – 48 stitches.

Fasten off and weave in all loose ends.

Apples:  Use white yarn for R1-R4, and green/red yarn for R5.

Lime/Lemon/Orange: Use green/yellow/orange yarn for R1-R3 & R5, white yarn for R4.

Watermelon: Use red yarn for R1-R3, white for R4, and green for R5.

Seeds for apples/watermelon (optional):  Use Black Yarn to sew accordingly.  (See photo for placement.) Fasten off and weave in ends.

Leaf for apples:  Use green yarn, Chain 9, work 3 dc in 4th chain from hook,  1 double crochet in next 2 chains, 1 half double crochet in next chain, 1 single crochet in next chain, 1 slip stitch in last chain.  Go on the other side of the chain and repeat in a reverse order: slip stitch in first chain, 1 single crochet in next chain, 1 half double crochet in next chain, 1 double crochet in next 2 chains, 3 double crochet in last chain (where the first 3 double crochet were made).  Fasten off, sew in apple coaster and weave in ends.

Stem for apples:  Use brown yarn, chain 10, from 2nd chain from hook, work 1 single crochet in each chain.  Fasten off, sew in apple coaster and weave in ends.

Section Lines for Lime/Lemon/Orange: Use white yarn, chain enough length measured from magic ring hole to R4 (white).  I chained 8 for mine.  Fasten off and sew into coaster.  Weave in ends.

Thank you for reading and comments are welcomed.   I would love to see your finished items too.  Show me in comments or on my Facebook page or twitter.

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Crochet Piano Bench Cover – Free Pattern

I have been trying to redo the piano chair cover (here’s my previous one done a few years ago) using Granny Rectangle, and finally I found out how to do so from Crochet Again’s post: A Better Granny Rectangle.

I used Caron Cakes Yarn that I got from Michael’s and 4.5 mm crochet hook.

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In the 6th chain from the hook, make 3 double crochet.  Skip 2 chains, and then make 3 double crochet in the next chain.  Continue across, when you reach the last chain, make 1 double crochet, and then chain 3 (count as 1 double crochet).

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Insert your hook (see picture below) into the gap between the last 3 double crochet clusters and the last double crochet you made the 3 chains on top of, and make (in this gap): 2 double crochet, chain 3, 3 double, chain 3, 3 double crochet.

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You have just made 2 corners:

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Then make 3 double crochet in each gap in between the 3 double crochet clusters

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When you reach the end (see picture below), insert your hook in where the arrow pointed,

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and make 2 corners there: 3 double crochet, chain 3, 3 double crochet, chain 3, 3 double crochet.  And then you again make 3 double crochet in each gap in between the 3 double crochet clusters.

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Until you reach the end, slip stitch into the top of the beginning chain 3.

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I want to have the clusters tighter together, so I modified the pattern a little bit.  Instead of making 3 chains for the corners, I only make 1 chain in between the 3 double crochets.

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So once you reach the length & width of desire, you can stop making corners and just make 3 double crochet across in between the clusters.  Once you reach the height of desire, you can just fasten off.  Here’s the finished project (20″ x 14″ x 3″):

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Thank you for reading and comments are welcome!

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Crochet Cabled Wrist Warmers

Today is BFF’s birthday, and I’ve been trying to figure out what to make her.  It has been quite cold lately, and I remember seeing a post about wrist warmers from one of my favorite blogs (All About Ami) a month ago .  So I finally decided (last minute as usual) what to make – a pair of cabled wrist warmers will be chic and useful for someone who cannot stand this icy cold weather.  It took me two nights to finish since it’s my first time cabling in crochet.  I love the pattern a lot, and so does my BFF (I gave them to her this morning and she put them on right away EmojiEmoji).  Click here to see the blog post and get a FREE pattern (the link is at the very end of the post) if you are interested in making any for yourself and your loved ones.  Happy crocheting!

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