Create coasters for outdoor summer living
These coasters are quick to make once you've learnt the stitch pattern. It's easy to make piles of them for use outside in the summer. Because they are made out of cotton they are very resilient to summer dining. I throw them in the washing machine and as long as I dry them flat, I can get away with not blocking them. Anything for an easy life! I've recommended blue variegated cotton yarn of some sort because the crossed stitches look like waves, but there really is no reason why you couldn't make them using a different colour palette.
Chain 16 (+2) 18 chains
1 dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc in each remaining ch, turn.
3ch (counts as first tr), miss first dc (the one at the bottom of the chain 3)
1tr in each of next 3dc, yrh and insert hook from front to back in first dc (the one at bottom of ch3), yrh and draw long loop through. You need to pull this through quite far so that it doesn’t crush the first 3tr you made! [Yrh and draw through first 2 loops] twice. This is basically a long treble crochet stitch.
*miss next dc, 1tr in each of next 3dc, 1 long tr in last missed dc
Rep from * to last dc, 1 tr in last dc, turn.
1ch (turning chain)
1dc in each tr to end (though DO NOT dc into the top of the ch3)
Rep rows 2 and 3 FOUR times to form coaster
Double crochet evenly around remaining three sides
I have found that an extra stitch in each corner gives a smooth edge. I also stick to the principle of 2dc along a tr stitch/ch3 and 1 dc in between on the dc rows when trying to get a tight, straight edge.
Weave in the loose end with a tapestry needle. Running it straight along a dc row works best.