Fruity coasters go perfectly with fruity drinks on the patio!

If you want to work on a quick, easy and fun project, this is ideal, and it’s also great for beginners. I found a lovely site with free patterns for Green Apple coasters, Watermelon coasters and Lemon coasters. All so cute!

You’ll find the patterns here, compliments of Christine Longe, at her Lakeview Cottage Kids website:

http://www.lakeviewcottagekids.com/2014/05/another-free-crochet-coaster-pattern.html

 

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Easy crochet projects to whip up during your “me” time

While I was on vacation in February, I completed a couple of fast and easy bag_drawstring lavender & lilac1crochet projects perfect for working on when you don’t have a ton of time and would like to see quick results.

I had some leftover lavender and lilac worsted weight yarn from the hat I made (in an earlier post), so I did some crocheting in the round with the intention of making a little pouch for carrying change or sunglasses or car keys or whatever.

bag_drawstring lavender & lilac3I just made it up as I went along and never did write down the pattern. But if you can crochet in the round, then you won’t have any trouble figuring it out on your own. Here’s a basic description:

R1: chain 3; 5 dc in third chain from hook; slip stitch to close ring.

R2: 2 dc in each dc around; slip stitch to close.bag_drawstring lavender & lilac2

R3: alternate 2 dc and 1 dc in each stitch around; slip stitch to close.

R4+: either increase one more round if you would like it wider, or continue by repeating 1 dc in each stitch around until it’s the length you want. If you want to change colours, you can do so after about three rounds. Once the pouch was long enough to hold a pair of sunglasses, I finished off the top edge with 1 sc in each stitch around then fastened off.

Next I used sc to crochet a narrow carrying strap, about the length of a lanyard strap, then weaved it around the top of the pouch for pulling closed or loosening to open. I wore it around my neck and never once lost my sunglasses! A miracle! 🙂

I also had some very soft, pale pink baby yard that I thought would look nice worked in a delicate, lacy pattern. So I made an infinity cowl by following a pattern that I found in a back issue of Interweave Crochet. If you like the scarf_cowl pink lacepattern, you can still buy it at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/alpine-frost-scarf

The cowl turned out as expected—very soft and delicate looking. A lovely accessory to go with a spring coat/jacket.

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