Add some zing to afternoon tea with Ayda Algin’s just-for-us neon and lace coasters
Light up your coffee table with this colourful set of coasters and doilies by our yarn crush du jour, Ayda Algin. The combination of neon shades with lace detailing results in a real vintage-meets-new mish-mash, but of course you can switch the shades to whatever you want. They’d make a great house warming gift. And mismatched crockery looks stylist-worthy atop them, don’t you think?
You will need:
• DMC Cotton Perle no 12, 100% fine cotton, 126m per ball,one ball each in Pink (225), Peach (758), Yellow (437), Bright Yellow (676), Blue (932), Green (503) and White (Blanc)
• 0.75mm (US steel 14) crochet hook
• Fine tapestry needle
Coasters are approx.
10 x 10cm (4 x 4″)
Larger decorative doily is approx. 18 x 18cm
(7 x 7″)
ch-sp chain space
ss slip stitch
dc double crochet
The coasters and doilies are made from two circular motifs made in the round and joined together. Each motif is made as follows:
Using green thread, start with a magic ring, ch4 (counts as 1tr and 1ch), [1tr, ch1] 11 times in ring, join into the top of the 3rd ch from start with a ss. Pull ring tight. (12tr and 12 1ch-sps)
Ch3 (counts as first tr), *2tr in 1ch-sp, 1tr in next st; repeat from * to last 1ch-sp, 2tr in last 1ch-sp, join into the top of the 3rd ch from start with a ss. Break yarn and fasten off. (36tr)
Using white thread, join to any stitch with a standing stitch (meaning you start with a slipknot on your hook and just start the round by doing the first stitch), 1dc in first st, *ch8, miss 2 sts, 1dc in next st; repeat from * to last 2 sts, miss 2 sts, ch8, ss to first dc to join. (12 8ch-sps).
3dc in first 8ch-sp (this positions the start of the round in the centre of the 8ch-sp), *ch8, 1dc in next 8ch-sp; repeat from * to end of round, join to first of starting ch8 with a ss. (12 8ch-sps).
*[3dc, ch5, 3dc] in 8ch-sp, 1dc in next dc; repeat from * to end of round, join to first dc with a ss. Break yarn and fasten off. Sew in all ends.
When you have completed the first motif, make a second using a centre colour of your choice for rounds 1 and 2 and white for rounds 3 onwards. You will join to the first motif on round 5 as follows:
*[3dc, ch5, 3dc] in 8ch-sp, 1dc in next dc; repeat from * another 9 times (you will have 10 5ch-sps on the edge of the motif), [3dc, ch2, ss into a 5ch-sp on first motif, ch2, 3dc] all in next 8ch-sp, 1dc in next dc, [3dc, ch2, ss into the next 5ch-sp along on first motif, ch2, 3dc] all in next 8ch-sp, 1dc in next dc, join to first dc with a ss. Break yarn and fasten off. Sew in all ends.
Make a third motif, using a centre colour of your choice for rounds 1 and 2 and white for rounds 3 onwards. You will join this to the first and second motif on round 5 in the same way you joined the second motif to the first. You must complete 8 5ch-sps on round 5 then join at the next 2 5ch-sps to the first motif followed by joining at the last 2 5ch-sps to the second.
Continue joining motifs in the same way until you have a coaster (7 motifs joined) or a doily (37 motifs joined).
About Ayda Algin
Ayda is an engineer living in Istanbul. Her dream is to own a little cafe, so in 2011 she opened ‘a virtual cafe’ in the form of her blog, cafenoHut, where she shares everything she loves, including interior design, DIYs and recipes. www.cafenohut.com