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It seems like a lot of people either don't know how to crochet or don't know what to crochet so I created this crochet tutorial for beginner/intermediate crochet-ers. If you've ever just wanted to learn how to crochet or wanted to crochet something simple and very useful in less than a week, this is just the tutorial for you!
What you'll need
- 2 standard skeins of yarn (364 yds/333 m) (I used Red Heart Super Saver synthetic wool blends)
- Size J crochet hook
Crocheting the coasters
Connect the 5th chain to the 1st chain to create a ring.
Chain up 3.
Half double crochet 11 stitches around the ring (make 12 stitches total which includes the 3 you just chained up [3 chain stitches = 1 half double crochet]).
Connect your last stitch to the top of the 3rd chain.
Yay! Now you know how to create a circle or a button. This is the first step to any number of creations and embellishments. You can create bigger circles by adding more chains and/or half double crochet stitches around. Alternately, you can create smaller circles by using less.
Chain up 3.
Now you're going to begin creating the corners of your granny square. These edges created from double crochet stitches are also known as scallops. On the first corner, you will crochet 5 HDCs (HDC = half double crochet stitches) in the same loop/hole as your 3 chains. Then chain 1, crochet 6 HDCs in the next loop, continuing the pattern all the way around.
After you've created your last scallop, connect your last stitch to the top of the 3rd chain.
Once you've connected the stitches, you can tie off and cut your yarn, leaving enough excess to hide your loose end on the wrong side of the square. Hiding the loose end is a simple process of weaving the yarn back through the loops of the wrong side of the square. This is a technique which you will become very familiar with the longer you crochet!
This is similar to Step 7. The only thing different is that after you've created a scallop, you chain 1, crochet 3 HDCs in the next loop, chain 1 and create your next scallop. After you've created your last (fourth) scallop, connect your last stitch to the top of the 3rd chain. Repeat step 9 and now your granny square is growing!
This is the final row in your granny square. It starts just like Step 10. Create a scallop, chain 1, crochet 3 HDCs in the next loop, chain 1, crochet 3 HDCs in the next loop, chain 1 and create your next scallop. After you've created your last (fourth) scallop, connect your last stitch to the top of the 3rd chain. Repeat step 9 and now your granny square is finished. Now you know the basics of creating a granny square and the world is your scallop!
Now you're going to create a border around your granny square with the other yarn color. This is simply done by crocheting all around the square.
Make sure to crochet "inside" each loop.
Once you've crocheted all the way around the square, repeat step 9. Now you have a finished coaster. Now you just need to make a total of 15 more squares just like this. 4 will remain as coasters, the rest will be crocheted together to form the placemats.
Assembling the placemats
To begin assembling the placemats, you need 6 completed squares. To get an idea of how the placemat is going to be assembled, arrange all the squares in 2 rows of 3 with the wrong side up.
Crochet 2 of the squares together, wrong sides facing out (right sides facing inside). Start at right corner of the square facing you by inserting your hook through the top of the flush edges connecting the 2 squares.
Crochet all the way across to the left edge.
OK, this part is a little tricky but by the time you've finished your 4th placemat, you'll surely have it mastered. You're now going to connect your 2nd set of squares to the 1st set. Repeat step 2 and make sure that your first stitch is very taught. Repeat step 3.
Time to connect the 3rd set of squares. Repeat step 4.
Now that you've reached the end of the line, tie off and hide your loose end.
Now it's time to connect the rest of the squares inside of your placemat. You can start at either end of the placemat. Repeat step 2.
As you're crocheting along, when you get to the intersection of 4 square corners, simply continue crocheting over the already connected squares to connect all 4. Make sure the yarn is extra taught.
To connect the final squares, repeat steps 7-9.
Congratulations! Now you've finished your first placemat. Flip it over and admire the detail of your beautifully connected squares! Only 3 more placemats to go. By the time you finish the last one you'll be an expert!