A few days ago, my sister hinted that she wanted me to make her some coasters to match her living room decor. At the risk of setting a precedent, I told her she just needed to ask, and I'd be happy to design and crochet some. She asked, I said sure, and these sweet little quatrefoil coasters were born. I chose the shape to match the pattern on her throw pillows.
Thank you to my lovely Instagram followers who expressed interest in trying out the pattern. This one is a little fussier than some of the other patterns I've written, and I've included some notes along with the pattern below.
2dc cluster: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and draw through 2 loops. Yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch, and draw up a loop (4 loops on hook). Yarn over and draw through 2 loops. Yarn over and draw through remaining 3 loops.
Spike dc (sp dc): Yarn over, insert hook into indicated stitch in row below, and draw up a loop to the height of the current row. Yarn over and draw through 2 loops twice.
Picot: Ch3, sl st to 1st ch.
Round 1: Into magic ring, ch2, 8 hdc. Join with sl st to 1st hdc. Do not fasten off. (8 hdc)
Round 2: Ch2, 2 hdc in each st around. Join with sl st to 1st hdc. Fasten off. (16 hdc)
Round 3: Join new yarn into same st as join. Ch3, dc into same st (counts as 1st 2dc cluster), ch 1. *2dc cluster, ch1* Repeat from * to * around. Join with sl st to 1st dc. Fasten off. (16 2dc clusters, 16 ch1 sp)
Round 4: Join new yarn into any ch1 sp from Round 3. Ch 5 (counts as 1st dc, ch2). *Dc in next ch1 sp, ch2* Repeat from * to * around. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of initial ch5. Fasten off. (16 dc, 16 ch2 sp)
Your dc stitches on this round may slant, depending on your tension. You can either ch3 between dc, or just pull the stitches into position. Either way, you will be working over this round, and the dc do not need to be perfectly straight.
Round 5: Join new yarn in any 2dc cluster from Round 3. Working over the 2ch sp of Round 4, ch3 (counts as 1st spike dc), 2 spike dc in same st, ch1. *3 spike dc in next 2dc cluster, ch1* Repeat from * to * around. Join with sl st to top of initial ch3. Fasten off. (48 spike dc, 16 ch1 sp)
Your coaster may begin to "ruffle" after this round. I just smoothed it out with my hands and went to the next round, but you may omit the chain stitches to help it lie flat if you like.
Round 6: Join new yarn in any ch1 space from Round 5. Ch6 (counts as 1st dc, ch3). *Dc in next ch1 sp, ch3* Repeat from * to * around. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of initial ch6. Fasten off. (16 dc, 16 ch3 sp)
Round 7 Join new yarn in the 1st of any 3dc grouped together from Round 5. Working over the ch3 sp of Round 6, ch 3 (counts as 1st spike dc), 2 spike dc, spike dc. *Spike dc, 2 spike dc, spike dc* Repeat from * to * around. Join with sl st to top of initial ch3. Fasten off. (64 spike dc)
Round 8: Join new yarn in the space between any two groups of 4dc close together from Round 7. *Ch10, skip 8 dc, sl st between next 2 dc* Repeat from * to * around. Sl st in same space as the inital sl st. Do not fasten off. (8 sl st, 8 ch10 sp)
Round 9: *Into ch10 sp, 12 sc, into next ch10 sp, 6sc, picot, 6sc* Repeat from * to * around. Fasten off. (96sc, 4 picot)
You may need to experiment with the number of sc you put in each ch10 sp to get the shape right. I also needed to pull at the edges of the coaster after this round to stretch it into shape. Blocking the coasters would of course also allow more control over the shape.
And there you have it! Thanks for reading. Tag photos with #quatrefoilcoasters if you're interested in sharing your work on Instagram!