Sunday, 1 January 2017

POINSETTIA TABLE COASTERS

POINSETTIA TABLE COASTER

table coaster, doily
( #Blogaday 01/365 )

Christmas is around the corner .. and I thought I’d add a few Christmassy cheery ideas to my blog.. so welcome back and let’s have fun. 

Yes, I am aware that by the time I've written out this blog, Christmas is behind us.. but then we're going to have one in 300+ days, so why not start well in advance and not panic this year? ;) .. AND these table coasters are an "all the year kinda gift" too..

Inspired by this photo with its attached graph / chart , here are my pattern notes.


Materials usedToday I have used ~ about a little bit of our lovely Indian Red Rose cotton yarn and Metallic cotton yarn with a 1.3 mm crochet hook
One quick note : I found that my Indian Red Rose bled a bit, so if you too are using two colors, one of which is light, please ensure that the darker color does not bleed.  Lesson well learned L

Size :  6.5" across

Stitches used :  (Using U.S terminology)
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual dc row start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row. Do take a look at this self explanatory video at http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/ . In case you are unhappy with this start, do continue with the usual ch 2 or ch 3 start.  However, all instructions are given assuming that you’re using this chainless dc start. 

How to do a double treble crochet (dtr) :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Byc31njfIHc

How to crochet the treble / triple 2-together (trc 2-tog) : If you’ve worked a dc 2-tog, then this is a lot like that, just that you work it with a trc.
*yo two times, insert hk into st ; yo and pull up a lp ; [yo, draw through 2 lps] ; rep [to] once ; rep *to* once more ; yo and draw through all 3 lps on hk.  One trc 2-tog complete.

How to do a picot stitch :A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8

dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 3 times (4 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 3-tog made.



Abbreviations used :  Using U.S Terminology

fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 ch : Chain
dc : Double crochet                                              sp(s) : Space(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                        hk : Hook
lp : Loop(s)                                                                yo : Yarn Over
sk : Skip                                                                      sc : Single crochet
trc : Treble / Triple crochet
dtr : Double treble crochet



Instructions : (Using U.S Terminology)
Difficulty level : Advanced Skill level



Start (with Color 1) with a magic circle and 12 hdc in that circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Fasten off Color 1.  Attach red.

In the following round, we’re going to make the base for our poinsettia petal.  For that we will work a long chain, and this forms the base.

doily


Round 1 : (with red) : hdc in the 1st hdc ; (ch 18, sk next 16 ch, sl-st in the next ch ; ch 2, sk next hdc, hdc in the next hdc) ; rep (to) all around ; ch 4, join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 2 : (with red) : sc in the 1st hdc *2 sc in the next ch-2 sp ; (1 hdc ; 5 dc ; 5 trc ; ch 5, 5 trc ; 5 dc ; 1 hdc) all in the ch-16 sp ; 2 sc in the next ch-2 sp ; sc in the next hdc* ; rep *to* all around ; 2 sc in the last ch-2 sp ; join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

doily


Fasten off red.  Attach Color 1 (or another color).
So before you attach your new  yarn, let’s look at your poinsettia flower petals, and see where we re-attach.  Place down the motif and look at the chart.  So we will attach your new yarn in the 5th dc (of the ch-16 sp).  We will be working in between two petals, so you will re-attach your yarn in the right hand side petal between two petals in the dc mentioned above.

doily, table coaster


Right now that we’ve worked out where we’re attaching our yarn, let’s figure out which are the two sts that we will work a dc 2-tog with.  So your yarn is attached at the last dc on that set, correct?  You will now mark the last dc on the petal to it’s left, and the dc 2-tog will be worked in these two marked dc.

Check a “how to” work a trc 2-tog in the “stitches used” on top of this blog.

We will also work in a ch-3 picot in the following round.  Our ch-3 picot is (ch 3 ; sl-st in the 3rd ch from hk)

Finally we’re working our next set of {to} sts in a really unusual way.  Now usually you work your stitch in the st of the round below, right? But here, as we want this little Xmas tree-like shape, we will be working our st in the vertical bar of the earlier st. So what does this mean? You will work your first dtr + picot, and then work the next trc in the vertical bar of the dtr you just made ; then you will work the next dc in the vertical bar of this trc you’ve just made, so on and so forth.
There are a total of  five dc at the top of this little creation… the 1st dc is worked in the vertical bar of the trc ; the next three will be worked in the same point on the vertical bar of the dc ; the last dc will be once again worked on the earlier trc vertical bar. 
As you continue to complete the mirror image of the for the second part of this little creation, we will work in the same spaces for the same stitch.  This means that where ever you worked your dtr for the right side, you will work the dtr in the same point / st / sp for the left side of this little creation.
Sounds terribly confusing?  It isn’t.  Look at the chart .. look at the instructions.. and slowly follow.  Once you’ve done one, you’ll know why this sounds a lot more confusing than it is!

Round 3 : (with new color) : trc 2-tog over the two marked dc ;  (ch 2, as turning ch to facilitate working the dtr) ; *{dtr + picot ; ch 1, trc + picot ; [ch 1, dc + picot] ; rep [to] 4 times ; ch 1, trc + picot ; dtr} all on top of the trc 2-tog ; ch 2, < 3 sc + picot + 3 sc> all in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 2, sk next 10 trc , trc 2-tog over the next 2 dc* ; rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st dtr.

Fasten off and weave in ends.  We’ve completed one beautiful poinsettia table coaster ready to go.

I have an idea (which I have not actually done), but I thought that if one used a thicker yarn, one could actually get a fantastic centre piece that would neatly match these tinier coasters... but that's for another day.. OR if you try it out, do add your comments to this blog, so that we can help someone else along.  

Finishing :  I'd suggest you block your finished product.  I would suggest you lightly iron it out on completion, and then use either a light start, stretch all the outer points out so that it stands out like the star flower it is meant to be and then allow it to shade dry flat.
The other blocking method is using a white glue (or Mod Podge) in the proportion of 1 portion glue : 2 portions water ; and then applying this paste on the back of your product with a brush.  Once again ensure that you have all the peaks and ridges of your work neatly accented (pinning it down on a blocking board if need be) and allow it to flat shade dry.

Happy holidays, and wish you a wonderful New Year too.

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