The Sand Dollar Coasters were first published in Happily Hooked Magazine in 2018.
It took a lot of trial and error and many ugly sand dollars to finally arrive at these. The sand dollars on the beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico were so awesome and inspiring, I knew I had to make one. And not just one, enough of them to decorate my patio table in the summer months.
I love that nautical things are so popular right now, because there is really nothing quite as inspiring as the beach. I adore the sound of the waves, the smell of the air — it’s all so full of texture and color and rolling white noise.
*Sigh* I’m more relaxed just thinking about it.
So why not make yourself some coasters that take you to that place? Along with a glass of lemonade (or a margarita?) on a hot day, perhaps?
I had to get really creative with stitches to make the sand dollars come out just right. The textured “petals” are done with front-post dc clusters, followed by a round of treble crochets and a crab stitch border to give it a distinct, finished edge.
It may seem intimidating, but with the video tutorial, this pattern can be a one-stop-shop to learn lots of new stitches to add to your crochet tool belt.
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Sand Dollar Coasters
All patterns are written in US terms using Craft Yarn Council abbreviations.
Easy pattern. Need to have knowledge of chains (ch)s, double crochet (dc), front post single crochet (fpdc), and increases.
- Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton, worsted weight, 100% mercerized cotton, 100 g/ 3.5 oz / 186 yds, in Jade, Mint, Ecru, and Aqua, 1 ball each.
- Furls Odyssey G (4.00 mm) hook
- Tapestry needle
Finished coasters are 4.5” in diameter.
Ch-2 or Ch-3 at beginning of rounds count as first st.
Front Post Cluster (fp-cluster): [YO, insert hook around post of next stitch, YO, pull through two loops on hook, YO, insert hook around same post, YO, pull through two loops on hook, YO, insert hook around same post, YO, pull through all four loops on hook.
Crab Stitch (crab-st): Insert hook front to back in previous stitch, YO, pull through stitch, YO, pull through two loops on hook. Continue working left to right.
Make 4, one in each color.
Rnd 1: 9 dc in 4th ch from hook. Sl st into top of ch to join. (10 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, dc in same st, fpdc, dc in same st, [2 dc in next st, fpdc, dc in same st] 4 times, sl st in top of ch-2 to join. (15 dc, 5 fpdc)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc, fp-cluster around next st (see Special Stitches), dc in same st, dc, [2 dc in next st, dc, fp-cluster around next st, dc in same st, dc, repeat from] 4 times, sl st in top of ch-2 to join. (25 dc, 5 fp-clusters)
Rnd 4: Ch 3, tr, 2 tr in next st, [ch 1, sk 1, tr, 2 tr in next st, 2 tr, 2 tr in next st] 4 times, 2 tr, 2 tr in next st, sl st in top of ch-3 to join. (36 tr, 4 ch-1 sps)
Rnd 5: Ch 1, 2 sc in 1st st, 2 sc, [2 sc in ch-1 sp, 3 sc, 2 sc in next st, 3 sc] 4 times, 2 sc in next st, 3 sc, sc in base of ch-1, sl st in 1st st to join. (50 sc)
Rnd 6: Crab-st
around. (see Special Stitches) (50
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Kati is the designer behind Hooked by Kati. With thousands of patterns sold around the world, Kati prides herself in creating innovative, easy-to-follow amigurumi patterns. She has designed for several publications, including Crochet!, Crochet World, Simply Crochet, and I Like Crochet. Kati finds her inspiration in science fiction, video games, and numerous visits to the zoo — all passions she shares with her husband and two boys.