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Coaster mania

Last week, I chose to write about the table mats I’d made for the living room, mainly because I was feeling lazy and didn’t want to have to take pictures.

Crocheted table toppers

What’s funny is that in writing that post, I moved the table toppers to the front of my brain, and I woke up Saturday morning thinking I could use one for my bedroom night stand. This was not a problem, since I have plenty of cheap stash cottons, and Saturday morning was made for quiet pursuits over coffee. It was an easy choice to crochet one up before I went about the business of my day.

Only before I could go about that business, I found something on Instagram that would shape the rest of my weekend. More on that in a minute. For now, let me just show you how my little nook turned out:

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I love it. It’s an oasis of pretty in an otherwise kinda cluttered space (there’s a reason I cropped this image in nice and close…). I even grabbed a hammer and a nail so that I could hang up that picture frame that’s been sitting on the table propped up against the wall for 8 years taking up precious tabletop area. And it took me all of 5 minutes to hang it properly. Duh.

Let me tell you about all of the crochet pieces here, in case you want to make any of them yourself. For all of them I used inexpensive worsted weight cottons from my stash, mostly Lily Sugar’n Cream, Peaches & Creme, and Dishie.

The Mandala

This one is actually just over a year old and the only one I didn’t whip up this weekend, but I searched through the blog archives and realized I only mentioned it in passing and I never shared the details. This thing has gotten a lot of comments and complements, so I really do need to share the details!

Crocheted table topper

When I first made this, I regretted one of my color choices. The blue stripe sticks out in a way that I don’t like. I don’t want to re-do it, though, and I’ve gotten used to it enough to let it stay. For now 😉

Diameter: 9 inches.

Pattern: Little Spring Mandala by Barbara Smith of Made in K-Town

Modifications: I added four additional rounds between pattern Round 8 and pattern Round 9 to make the mandala larger. I didn’t take notes, but looking at it now, it appears that the four rounds I added were repeats of Rounds 2-5, but in different colors.

The Table Mat

This one is just like the ones I showed you last week but in a more bedroom-friendly color.

Crocheted table topper

Diameter: 5.75 inches.

Pattern: Table Mat (Ice Crystal variation) by Erika Knight from the book Simple Crocheting

Modifications: I used only one strand of yarn (instead of doubling it) and an F hook.

The Coaster

Ok, here is where I fell down the Instagram rabbit hole. I came across this image, which inspired me to hunt down the pattern on Pinterest, which led me to this blog post, which was a dead end because the original pattern had been removed from the internet.

Off to Ravelry, where I found an entry for it, as well as a link to an image of the original pattern web page that was captured before the page went offline. Yay!

Vintage Floral Coaster.

This is an adaptation of a vintage pattern from 1893! It’s very well-designed in that it instantly lays flat when you’re done with it. No blocking necessary. Every other motif I have ever crocheted in cotton has been kind of a crumpled up mess when finished and has needed to be blocked before it would be suitable as a coaster.

Diameter: 5 inches.

Pattern: Crochet Coasters by Sandi Marshall, based on the Crocheted Wheel for Tidy pattern from The Ladies’ Model Fancy Work Manual.

Modifications: I found it hard to squeeze 20 dcs into the center ring, so I ch 8 at the beginning instead of 6.

Large Simple Flower

This last one was kind of an afterthought, and it’s not really big enough to do coaster duty, but I thought it filled a small empty spot on the table nicely. I learned to make flowers like this from the Craftsy class I took when I first picked up crochet.

Crocheted table topper

Diameter: 3 inches.

Pattern: Large Simple Flower by Linda Permann from Crafty Crochet Embellishments

Modifications: none

That’s the whole lot of them! The three I made on Saturday were finished by early afternoon, and somewhere in there I had time to have lunch and do a load of laundry.

After supper, I got the urge to whip up a bunch more of the vintage coasters, and so I put on some Netflix and cranked out about 5 of them in a couple of hours. I kept working on them in stolen moments all weekend until I had this:

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Aren’t they awesome? I do have plans for these, but I’m not sure I have plans for the three more I made this afternoon… I just can’t stop. Send help 😜

7 thoughts on “Coaster mania

  1. Personally, I love the blue round on the Spring Mandala!

    1. Thanks! I definitely like it more now than I did when I first made it. It’s had a year to grow on me 🙂

  2. These are so pretty! I actually have a little knit “doodle” around the size of your “large simple flower” that was, like yours, too small for a coaster. Instead of using it exclusively for decoration, though, I keep it on my bedside table to keep earrings from getting lost! I frequently forget that I still have earrings on when I get into bed, so when I take them off, I hook them through the doodle. That way, it’s harder to knock them off the little bedside table in the middle of the night when I don’t have my glasses on and am fumbling around for a drink or a tissue, and if I manage to hit them anyway, they’re much easier to find than two tiny earrings on opposite corners of the carpet. (Why don’t I just get up and put them away before I go to sleep? I developed severe arthritis in my early 20s, so that’s easier said than done…)

    I’m glad you were able to track down that antique adaptation pattern, it’s such a lovely one.

    1. What a great idea! I, too, often forget to take off my earrings before bed, and I, too, leave them on the night stand. Although, I have no excuse for not getting out of bed aside from laziness 😉 I’ll have to remember that tip next time. (BTW, I’m from New Jersey, too!)

  3. I worked off my caffeine addiction with crocheting to the point of having to wear my wrist brace to bed nowadays. I am decaffienated now. Love of crochet remains with me..The 1893 magenta could really make cute earrings on a wee hook I just happen to have.

    1. Hi, Mary 🙂 Ooh, yes, I hadn’t thought of earrings! I suspect the’d still be pretty big even with a tiny hook. Fun, though!

  4. […] recently. I made my first one over a year ago adapting a pattern I found free online (more on that here), and I’ve loved that little table topper. I still find myself featuring it in my Instagram […]

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