Colored Hearts Coaster
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Size 10 crochet thread (1 main color, small amount of accent color for hearts works well with a dark color and a bright or pastel one)
Size 1 steel hook
dtc double treble (triple) crochet yo 3x, insert hook where indicated, draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) 4x
tr treble (triple) crochet yo 2x, insert hook where indicated, draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) 3x
to work shell 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc where indicated
to join w/ dc tie starting knot (slip knot) around hook, yo, insert hook where indicated and draw up a loop, complete as with regular dc
With main color,
Ch 8, join w/ sl st to form ring
Rnd 1: sl st in ring, ch 3, dc in ring, ch 1, (2 dc in ring, ch 1) eight times, join w/ sl st to 3rd beg ch; 9 ch-sps
Rnd 2: sl st in 1st dc and in 1st ch-sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 2, (3 dc in next ch sp, ch 2) around, join w/ sl st to 3rd beg ch; 9 ch-sps
Rnd 3: sl st in next 2 dc, and in 1st ch-sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in same ch-sp, ch 1, (work shell in next ch-sp, ch 1) around, join w/ sl st to 3rd beg ch; 9 shells
Rnd 4: using contrasting color, join w/ dc in ch-sp of any shell, tr, dtc, ch 2, dtc, tr, dc, ch 4, (dc, tr, dtc, ch 2, dtc, tr, dc, ch 4) in ea shell around; 9 peaks these will be the hearts
Rnd 5: using main color, working in front of ch-4 sps from Rnd 4, join w/ dc in any unused ch-sp from Rnd 3, * dc in next st, tr in next st, ch 4, bringing the ch behind the peaks, sk 1st st after peak, tr in next st, dc, dc in ch-sp, rep from * around, join with sl st to starting dc
NOTE: all ch-4 sps should be on wrong side of work, they should not be visible from front of finished piece
Rnd 6: ch 3, 2 dc in same st, * work shell in ch 2 of Rnd 4, sk tr and next dc on Rnd 5, 3 dc in next dc, rep from * around, work last shell as prev, join with sl st to 3rd beg ch
Weave in ends
Block as necessary to keep shape.
The row done in contrasting color should look like a heart near the top of each point around coaster, 9 in all.
Variation the hearts may be worked separately as well. Omit ch 4 in between hearts, and start each heart individual by join with a double crochet. In a single color or an ombre (variegated color), this would leave unnecessary ends, but it is the best way if you want several different colors.
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