hand made gifts…a tutorial!

 

DSC_0942.JPGWith Christmas creeping closer every week, I have started compiling a list of all the hand made gifts I will be making this year.  I’ve never really done hand made gifts before, but this year I really want to give a few of my friends and family something extra special, sentimental even…and so I am making a few bits and pieces.

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The first gifts I will be ticking off the list are some crocheted coasters, these are fast to make and really inexpensive as well!  I have some on my coffee table and they look quite chic as well as being functional.  I’m making one set from cotton and another from jute twine, but you could make them from any kind of yarn you have lying around.

To make them you will need:

  • Cotton, jute or yarn
  • Scissors
  • Stitch counter (I just use a scrap of yarn)
  • 5mm crochet hook (or bigger!)
  • Yarn needle
  • Iron

To begin your coaster:

  • Make a magic circle

Round 1:

  • do 5 double crochet into the circle
  • close your circle to bring the stitches together
  • Use your stitch marker to mark the space after the last double crochet

Round 2

  • do 2 double crochet into each stitch (when you get to the end, remember to move your stitch marker to mark the space after the last double crochet)

Round 3

  • do 1 double crochet into 1 stitch, then 2 double crochet into the next stitch, continue this pattern until you come to your stitch marker
  • slip stitch into the top of the first double crochet
  • cut off your end, leaving a tail to weave in
  • weave in the tail to the back side of your work, using your yarn needle
  • use your hands to flatten and shape the coaster until you are happy with it (it should be quite round, but may need some attention here and there)
  • with your iron on the steam setting, hold it about 15cm away from your work and give it a few shots of steam (the steam helps set the shape of your work in place)

And there you have it, a very fast and easy gift you can make…I like to make these coasters in sets of 4, but of course you can make as many or as few as you like!

If you are new to crochet or would like to give it a try for the first time, check out WoolyWondersCrochet on youtube for some very easy to follow tutorials!

If you give these a go, please let me know!

xo Jess xo

 

 

 

 

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