Hard Crochet Coasters:
Hard Crochet Lesson 1

Hard Crochet Coasters specifically go with the first Hard Crochet lesson, free, here on the website. If you haven't seen the lesson yet, please start there. There have been so many advancements with tools and materials that it's a pleasure to work with this technique now. No more band aides, and carpet yarn. Mr. Dittrick (the creator of Hard Crochet) would surely be pleased with the possibilities (38 years after his book).

The coasters help you see the 'change' in fabric, especially when you are crocheting in the round. You can see the changes (the end result doesn't droop), and hear the difference. The technique opens the doors for professional hats, purses, and even shoes. So practice here with coasters and have fun.

The first Hard Crochet Coasters I made (38 years ago) lasted for decades, and I expect these will last just as long.

Here's the big surprise; These are made with Red Heart Super Saver Yarn. This fiber changed 20+ years ago and with the change became VERY useable with the Hard Crochet technique. You can see the difference in the lesson.

Crochet Materials & Tools for Hard Crochet Coasters

Yarn: As I said above, this uses Red Heart Super Saver Yarn. However - and this is VERY IMPORTANT - your yarn can't be too old. See the Hard Crochet Lesson for a full understanding. The older yarn is thicker, just thick enough to make working with it very difficult. Check your gauge.

Hook: You MUST use a 2.75 mm crochet hook. Trying to use a bigger one and you will lose the 'hard crochet' properties. I prefer the Clover, C 2.75 mm. However, (with today's hook improvements) you can use any hook you love as long as it's 2.75 mm. I STRONGLY recommend that you use a padded hook. Your hands will get tired very quickly if you don't.

Other: Stitch Marker (I use a bobby pin), Scissors and a yarn needle (to hide the loose ends).

Gauge: You must achieve 6 - 6.5 stitches per inch. It is imperative that you crochet 4 inches and measure that (24 - 26 stitches per 4 inches). You need to practice with this combination until you achieve it. For most of you it will not be a problem. Don't pull on your yarn, relax your hands. For Hard Crochet Coasters (or any Hard Crochet pattern) your gauge is much more important than it ever has been.

Pattern For Hard Crochet Coasters.

Category: Hard Crochet Beginners

Chain (ch) 2

You will continue around and around. Do not chain before each row. Do not turn your work.

Round 1: 8 single crochet (sc) in the bottom of the 1st stitch, forming a tight center circle.

Round 2: 2 single crochet (sc) in each stitch around the disk, total 16 stitches.

Round 3: 2 single crochet (sc) in every other stitch, total 24 stitches.

Round 4: Single crochet (sc) 1 to move your hook. This does not count in your total stitches. Place your stitch marker in the stitch. 2 single crochet (sc) in every 3rd stitch, total 32 stitches.

Round 5: Single crochet (sc) 2 to move your hook. This does not count in your total stitches. Place your stitch marker in the stitch. 2 single crochet (sc) in every 4th stitch, total 40 stitches.

I wanted to show you the two pictures of Hard Crochet Coasters in the making. I don't want you to panic when your work looks like the picture on the left. Hard Crochet holds it's shape, while you are crocheting your fingers are shaping the project. Just straighten it out (picture on the right) and it will hold that shape until you start crocheting again.

Also, at this point you'll start to feel the difference. Run your fingernail over it and you'll hear the difference in the fabric.

Round 6: Place your stitch marker in the first stitch after you make it. This DOES count in your total stitches. Single crochet (sc) around, 1 stitch in each, total 40 stitches.

Round 7: Single crochet (sc) 3 to move your hook. This does not count in your total stitches. Place your stitch marker in the stitch. 2 single crochet (sc) in every 5th stitch, total 48 stitches.

Round 8: Place your stitch marker in the first stitch after you make it. This DOES count in your total stitches. Single crochet (sc) around, 1 stitch in each, total 48 stitches.

Round 9: Single crochet (sc) 1 to move your hook. This does not count in your total stitches. Place your stitch marker in the stitch. 2 single crochet (sc) in every 5th stitch, total 54 stitches.

Round 10: Single crochet (sc) 2 to move your hook. This does not count in your total stitches. Place your stitch marker in the stitch. 2 single crochet (sc) in every 3rd stitch, total 72 stitches.

Round 11: Place your stitch marker in the first stitch after you make it. This DOES count in your total stitches. Single crochet (sc) around, 1 stitch in each, total 72 stitches.

If you are going to use the same color for your edging, slip stitch (sl st) 2 and skip down to the edging directions.

Changing Color

If you are going to change color for your edging, slip stitch (sl st) 1. Tie on the second color on the back side.

Do your second slip stitch (sl st) with the new color.

Edging

Chain (ch) 2, double crochet (dc) 2 into the same stitch.

** Chain (ch) 1, skip 2 disk stitches, 3 double crochet (dc) in the next stitch. *** Repeat from the stars (***) all the way around.

At the end chain (ch) 1, slip stitch (sl st) into the stitch (not around it) of the beginning chain.

A note about yarning over: When doing double crochet stitches and working with a small hook, it can be helpful to yarn over before you pull a loop through. This will help to control the yarn a little better. It is not necessary when working with single crochet. Try it both ways and see what works best for you.


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