Sewn Circles – Coaster Pattern – Crochet

Sewn Circles Coaster

Sewn Circles Coaster Pattern by Ann Reillet

_MG_2220I don’t know about you, but colder seasons always pull me toward yarn. Not that it gets cold in California, but we are running the furnace at night now. This year, I’ve started off with some sewn circle coaster sets, pairing a modern beanie-type starter circle with a vintage flower pattern, all edged in shells. I think these would make a lovely gift for a favorite aunt or bff. Just remember to keep a set for yourself. ūüėČ

  • ¬†Materials:
  • 1 sk Patons Sock Yarn, variegated (makes 6)
  • 1 sk 5/2 Perle Cotton, solid (or a lace weight yarn)
  • Size 00/3.50mm Steel Crochet Hook (yields 4.5 in. circle)
  • Dull or Chenille Wide Eye Needle for Weaving in Tails
  • Sewing thread, needle for stitching circles together
  • Scissors

Base (with variegated) (make 6):
Rnd1: ch 4, dc in 4th ch from hook and over tail (11 times), snip tail, join with sl st to 3rd ch of 1st dc (=12dc)
Rnd2: ch 3, dc in same, 2 dc in each dc, join with sl st to 3rd ch of 1st dc (=24dc)
Beginning with Rnd 3, check to see that coaster lies flat. If it is curling more than ever so slightly add more stitches. If it is waffling, pull out and decrease stitches, until each round lies relatively flat.
Rnd3: ch 3, dc in same, 2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc, *2 dc in next two dcs, 1 dc in next, join
Rnd4: ch 3, dc in same, dc in next two dc, 2 dc in next, *1 dc in next three dcs, 2 dc in next, join
Rnd5: ch 3, dc in same, dc in next three dc, 2 dc in next, join
Rnd6 (shell border): ch 1, sc in same sp, sk 1, 5 dc in next, sk 1 (or 2), sc in next. Continue around making the shell border, checking to see if piece lies flat. If it’s curling sk 1, if it’s waffling sk 2 or 3 as needed, until piece lies relatively flat.

Variation of a Vintage Flower Motif (with solid) (make 6):

ch 10, sl st in 1st ch to form ring.
Rnd 1: ch 3, 20 dc in ring, join to 1st dc (not ch-3)
Rnd 2: ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next dc, ch 2, *dc in each of the next two (2) dc, ch 2, *repeat around join to first dc
Rnd 3: sl st to 1st ch-2 sp, in each ch-2 sp work: 2-dc cluster, ch 3, 2-dc cluster. Join.
Rnd 4: ch 1, sc in current sp betw posts from rnd 3, *7 dc in next ch 2 sp, sc in sp betw next posts, *repeat around. End.

Weave in tails and hand sew the flower to the top (centered), hiding or sandwiching the thread between the top of the variegated and the bottom of the flower so that thread is not visible from the top or bottom of the coaster.
Optional: Add a button or bead the edging.


  • Pattern: ¬† ¬† “Crocheted Wheel for Tidy”
  • Book: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†People’s Handbook Series, The Ladies’ Model Fancy Work Manual ¬†(64 pgs)
  • Publisher: ¬†I&M Ottenheimer Publishers, Baltimore
  • Copyright: ¬†1894
  • Pattern Available online, free of charge at The Antique Pattern Library

Other: Sandi Marshall reworked this pattern in 2009, but as of 2014, the link is broken. So I went back to the original and created a couple variations, including a padded center. My interpretation (above) was always different ¬†in round 4, but either version works. ¬†A square pattern appears in Crochet Lace by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss [ISBN-13: 978-1-4027-3350-5], pg. 70 as a tablecloth square. I haven’t tried that pattern, ¬†so I’m not sure if there are any differences in interpretation; I believe most of the patterns in that book are worked from original vintage pieces rather than patterns and they included many joining shapes.
Coaster Set

Vintage 1894 Crochet Pattern; Variation with padded center:

  • Rnd 1: Ch 6, sl st in 6th ch from hook to form ring, ch 1
  • Rnd 2: 14 sc in ring, join to 1st sc, ch 2
  • Rnd 3: 20 dc in ring, join to 1st dc
  • Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in next dc, *ch 2, dc in next dc, dc in next dc, *repeat around. Join with hdc in 3rd ch of 1st dc
  • Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc, ch 3, 2-dc-tog, *2-dc-tog, ch 3, 2-dc-tog, *repeat around. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3
  • Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in the sp betw. posts (behind), *7 dc in next ch-3 sp, sc in sp betw posts, *repeat around. Join.
  • For Flower only, Break thread here. For rosace, continue as follows:
  • Rnd 7: Ch 4 (counts as tc), ch 5, *tc in sc betw petals, ch 5, *repeat around, join the sl st to 4th ch of ch-4
  • Rnd 8: Sl st to 1st ch-5 sp, sc 8 times in each ch-5 sp around, join to 1st sc
  • Rnd 9: Ch 3, dc in next sc, ch 2, dc-tog-in next 2-scs, ch 2, *dc-tog in next two scs, ch 2, dc-tog in next two scs, *repeat around.
  • Rnd 10: Repeat rows 5
  • Rnd 11: *2-sc-tog decrease in 1st two ch-3 sps, 10 dc in next ch-3 sp, *repeat around. Join with sl st.
  • Break thread.
  • Note: Oddly, the vintage photograph has an error or dropped stitch (see line drawn across vintage photo) The flower has only 9 petals, but instructions call for 10.

The pattern is extremely versatile and could be made in yarn or thread or turned into an Etui / Needle Case.

Etui Clamshell Needle Case

Etui Clamshell Needle Case











It can be made into an insertion strip.

Because there are ten (10) petals, it’s slightly rectangle, but to make square:

Beginning from center / 4th dc of any petal, ch3, dc in same, ch7, 2dctog-ch5-2dctog (=corner), ch7, 2dctog, ch7, 2dctog, ch7, 2dctog-ch5-2dc-tog, ch7, 2dctog, corner, and continue so that there are 4 corners with opposite sides having 1 tog betw corners and the other sides have 2 togs betw corners.

2nd round:  there will be 3 loops on one side betw corners and 4 loops on the longer side, each is a ch7, there is 1 added 2dctog in each corner.

3rd/joining round: there are 3sc in each loop followed by ch4-scin4thchfromhook-ch1 then 3sc in next loop. The corners are 7 dc, picot, 7 dc there is no space betw the corner and the 3scloop. Join at any picot with ch2-sc-ch2.

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