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I crochet very tightly and use an H hook and cotton worsted weight yarn. You may want to use an F or G hook depending on the size you want your coaster to be. My finished coaster (the circle part) is 3 1/4″ in diameter. Stick with cotton yarn. Acrylic will get really yucky when wet.
slst = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
ea = each
st(s) = stitch(es)
ch = chain
Start by working 8 single crochet’s into a magic circle with the pink yarn, fasten off.
Round 1: Attach the color yarn you want to use for dog and work 2 sc’s in ea st around for 16 sts. Do Not Join. You are going to work rounds continuously without joins so it is smooth.
Round 2: *work 2 sc’s in first st, sc in next st* repeat from* to* around for 24 sts.
Round 3: *work 2 sc’s in first st, sc in next 2 sts* repeat from* to* around for 32 sts.
Round 4: *work 2 sc’s in first st, sc in next 3 sts* repeat from* to* around for 40 sts.
Round 5: *work 2 sc’s in first st, sc in next 4 sts* repeat from* to* around for 48 sts.
Slst in next 3 sts, ch 8, slst in 2nd ch from the hook, sc in ea of the next 2 chains, hdc in ea of the next 2 chains, dc in ea of the next 2 chains. Skip the next 2 unworked sts on the dog’s body, slst in the next.
Slst in the next 20 sts, ch 6, sc in 3rd ch from the hook, sc in next ch, hdc in ea of the next 2 chains. Skip the next st on the body, slst in the next, slst in the next 2 sts, ch 6, sc in 3rd ch from the hook, sc in next ch, hdc in ea of the next 2 chains. Skip the next st on the body, slst in the next st, slst in the next 18 sts. (the last 2 slst’s are going to be a little tougher because you are slip stitching over slst’s from before.
Now, remove your hook leaving the loop. Insert your hook into the next st from the BACK of the dog body (see Pic on left) and grab the loop with your hook and pull through, ch 1.
You will now be working on the back of the dog. We will be working on the original stitches from the sc’s from round 5 and NOT the slst stitches. (see Pic on right).
In the Back Loops Only, work the stitches in the () into each stitch across.
(sc), (hdc), (2 dc’s), (dc), (dc), (dc), (2 dc’s), (hdc), (sc), turn (11 sts)
Ch 1, now go back to working through both loops, sk first st, (sc), (hdc), (2 dc’s), (dc), (dc), (2 dc’s), (hdc), (sc), sk the next st, slst in the next st.turn (11 sts)
Ch 1, sk first st, sc in next st, 2 sc’s in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, 2sc’s in next 2 sts, sc in next st, sk next st, slst in next, (13 sts) Continuing along the same side, place 2 more slst’s in places show in Pic below.
Now, as before, take your hook out of the loop and put it through the space between your last slst and the body of the dog from the opposite side and grab the loop and pull it through. (Next Pic)
Slst loosely across the last row of sc’s to make a neat finished look, FO. The head may start to “cup” in, but I have found with the cotton yarn that after blocking/shaping it is perfectly fine.
Ears (make 2): ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next 2 chs, dc in next ch, 7 dc’s in next – turning so that you are working back up the other side of the ch, dc in next ch, hdc in next 2 chs, sc in next 2 chs, slst in first sc, FO leaving tail for sewing.
Sew the ears on wherever you think they look adorable! Add button eyes and you’re finished!
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