A step-by-step guide to crocheting the Isla Placemat and Coaster Set
Ever gotten halfway through a project and thought “Hang on, am I even doing this right?” We have 🙋♀️
That’s why we’ve created these step-by-step guides to walk you through the crocheting process.
Even if you've never crocheted before, we'll take you from zero to crochet hero in no time 🦸♀️
When it comes to learning to crochet, practice makes perfect.
Before we get started on the pattern we suggest you spend a bit of time learning the basic stitches you’ll need to complete your tableware.
The champagne won't be the only thing poppin' at your next dinner party! The Isla coasters and placemats are a great beginner crochet project. Made using single crochets and a magic ring technique we'll crochet in rounds and increase stitches as we go.
🧶 Before we start, you'll want to be confident with doing single crochets, slip stitches and identifying your stitches. The best way to do this is to create a foundation chain and do some rows (back and forth) of single crochet.
You can use the yarn that came in your kit to practice these stitches. Once you've got these mastered you'll find the pattern a cinch!
Total beginner? 👩🏫
For a more comprehensive lesson on the basics of crochet visit our Learn How To Crochet page.
Onto the Isla Set!
This blog covers the techniques you'll follow for both the placemats and the coasters. So if you've bought the set or just the coasters, you'll follow the same process.
💪 Remember learning a new skill can be a little challenging at first, and you’re bound to find yourself making some mistakes along the way. But as with learning anything, your brain and your hands slowly start to get the hang of it, muscle memory is created, and soon the thing you found tricky/daunting/scary is like second nature!
⚡️What you'll need
Your kit comes with everything you'll need to make your masterpiece. In your kit you'll find;
- 6.5mm hook
- 2-4 balls of Cardigang Chunky Cotton in colour 1
- 1-2 balls of Cardigang Chunky Cotton in colour 2
- Stitch markets
- A darning needle
- Made by me tag
You also want to have a pair of scissors and a tape measure handy.
⚡️Test your tension
🧶 Happy hooker, let's crochet!
Time to switch off. Stitch on. And whip up your kaleidoscopic tableware
Because we make our pieces in a circle, we need to begin with a magic ring or magic circle (same thing, different name!). So let's learn how to do this!
LET'S CROCHET IN A CIRCLE
We make our coasters and placements in a circle, increasing stitches as the piece grows. Here's how we do that.
Once you've completed the allocated number of rounds, you'll need to change colour to complete the contrast colour edging.
Fasten off by cutting your yarn from the ball and pulling it through the stitch on your hook.
Well done! Your first piece is done 💥💃
Repeat until all your pieces are done.
The good news, you're basically finished! The less-good news, we need to weave in our tails! Grab your darning needle and sew all the loose tails of yarn back into the placemat/coaster. This gives your pieces a nice neat finish.
Blocking is an optional step in the crochet process but it's one we highly recommend for your coasters and placements. Blocking will help to ensure your pieces lay flat and keep their shape.
D.O.N.E! You've finished your bangin' tableware set, well done! Epic work 🤩 If this was your first-ever crochet project or one of many, we hope you had a blast making your sweet, sweet tableware 💥❤️