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Crochet coaster pattern 
24th-Oct-2005 09:36 am
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The problem with sleeping in really late is that I can't get to sleep when I'm supposed to later. So I was supposed to be in bed around 9 or 10 so I could wake up at 5 this morning. Since I couldn't sleep I worked on knitting and crocheting. I played with the pattern I came up with for this coaster and decided that it would look much better without the initial single crochet row. I'll post a picture of the new version later tonight.

Pattern for my coaster (new version):
Ch 10 stitches.
* Ch 3 (to count as first dc), dc in next 9 ch stitches.
Ch 1 (to count as first sc), sc in next 9 dc.
Repeat from * 3 more times.
Ch 3 (to count as first dc), dc in next 8 sc.
In next stitch (2 dc, ch, 2dc)
You should now be working down the left side of the coaster and the next stitch is the last dc of row 7.
Work 2 dc around the last dc in row 7, 1 dc around the last sc of row 6.
Continue in this fashion until you have completed 2 dc around the last dc in row 1.
Finish off. Feed both the starting and ending end through the final loop.

I'm still learning to knit and created a swatch to figure out how to increase and decrease and have come to the conclusion that decreasing is much easier. I was able to memorize how to decrease after a couple of rows. After more than a dozen rows of increases, I'm still looking at the diagrams for every single increase stitch.
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