This weekend I worked feverishly on several sewing projects as Christmas gifts for family and friends. It was a good weekend for it since the weather in South Jersey took a turn for the colder and we had our first snowfall of the winter. I captured a picture from out back to share. It wasn’t a lot of snow and it’s mostly melted now, but I used it as an excuse to hunker down for the weekend and get holiday stuff completed.
Even though I was not working on Christmas coasters this weekend, I did put a few sets together between the start of fall and today….mostly on our 5,000 mile road trip in October. I love making coasters because they work up quickly and they don’t require a lot of space to work in so car rides are a perfect time to whip some up. These three are basic patterns, work up quick and put pretty little pops of holiday cheer all around the house (they store easy too)!
I’m still trying to find the pattern I used for the snowflakes. I know it was designed for a pattern that worked with thread instead of yarn and it was designed to be stiffened with starch and hung on the tree. I used worsted weight yarn and an H hook so the piece would work up larger than original and they are a perfect coaster size. As soon as I can track down the pattern, I will post it. In the meantime, there are some amazing free patterns for snowflakes out there….many are intermediate designs, but some can be done with minimal stitch knowledge.
These adorable Christmas tree coasters were so fun to make. I had to remind myself they would be having things set on top of them because all I wanted to do was add some beading as ornaments on them after I placed the little stars. I found this free pattern here. You will need a Ravelry account to access her pdf file, but it’s a great pattern for a basic tree form. They are really cute. I stashed mine under some candles around the living room.
Lastly, I made a set of mittens that are adorable. The pattern is free and you can find it here. The pattern includes instructions to add a snowflake pattern in the middle of the mittens, but I didn’t have time to add them when I made them and they are pretty cute plain. I used them for wine glass coasters, but they would work for anything.
If you are looking for a cute project that will work up quickly, coasters are the project for you….with the holidays upon us, it’s a last minute great gift idea. Enjoy the free patterns and as always….Happy Hooking!