Crochet Pattern: Lady Edith Coasters

With our baby son, Squirm, now able to pull himself up on furniture, we soon realised what things in our house were not baby friendly. Among them were our lovely wooden coasters, which unfortunately had bark on the side – bark which Squirm was soon trying to consume. So obviously we needed some new coasters for our cups of tea, so where better to look than the tea consuming inhabitants of Downton Abbey!

Those of you who are Downton Abbey fans will know of poor, sometimes neglected Edith. The middle sister, without her older sister’s talent for ruthlessness (she can be ruthless, she’s just not as good at it) or her younger sister’s good naturedness. So a granny-square coaster seemed perfect. Slightly unfashionable, prim and a little dour, with just the occasional splash of colour.

For an extra special bonus, I’ve written this pattern in both US and UK terms!

Lady Edith Coasters: Crochet of a Subversive Reader

Downloadable Pattern: Lady Edith Coasters

WHAT DO YOU NEED?

Yarns – 8 ply/DK Weight, small amounts of grey (colour 1), cream (colour 2) and colour of choice (colour 3) (I used pinks and brown)
Hooks -4mm
Other stuff – scissors

Lady Edith Coasters: Crochet of a Subversive Reader

Notes

  • If you are a more experienced crocheter, this works up as a basic granny square, with slight changes for the third and sixth row.
  • I have included pictures for each row, though in a different colour combination. Although Lady Edith’s colours are quite tame, the coasters work out beautifully in a range of colours

Lady Edith Coasters: Crochet of a Subversive Reader

CROCHET (US terminology)

Use grey yarn (colour 1)
Chain 4, ss to close the loop

Row 1 – ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc 11 into loop, ss into the third ch, change to cream yarn (colour 2)

Row 2 – ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc 2 between stitches, ch 1, *skip 3, (dc 3, ch 1, dc 3) between stitches, ch 1. Repeat from * two more times, skip 3, dc 3, ch 1 in original space, ss to close, change to coloured yarn (colour 3)

Row 3 – ch 1, sc around the whole square with 2 sc in each corner, ss to close, change to grey yarn (colour 1)

Row 4 – ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc 2 in the corner made in row 2 (over row 3), *ch 1, dc 3 into next space made in row 2, ch 1, (dc 3, ch 1, dc 3) into next corner made in row 2,  repeat from * two more times, ch 1, dc 3 in next space, ch 1, dc 3 in original corner, ch 1, ss to close, change to cream yarn (colour 2)

Row 5 – repeat Row 4, but crochet 3 dcs into both spaces on each side (so corner, side, side, corner), change to colour yarn (colour 3)

Row 6 – ch 1, (sc, dc, sc) on top of each group of 3 dc, ss in spaces (2 ss in corners), ss to close, fasten off

 

CROCHET (UK terminology)

Use grey yarn (colour 1)
Chain 4, ss to close the loop

Row 1 – ch 3 (counts as 1st tr), tr 11 into loop, ss into the third ch, change to cream yarn (colour 2)

Row 2 – ch 3 (counts as 1st tr), tr 2 between stitches, ch 1, *miss 3, (tr 3, ch 1, tr 3) between stitches, ch 1. Repeat from * two more times, miss 3, tr 3, ch 1 in original space, ss to close, change to coloured yarn (colour 3)

Row 3 – ch 1, dc around the whole square with 2 dc in each corner, ss to close, change to grey yarn (colour 1)

Row 4 – ch 3 (counts as 1st tr), tr 2 in the corner made in row 2 (over row 3), *ch 1, tr 3 into next space made in row 2, ch 1, (tr 3, ch 1, tr 3) into next corner made in row 2,  repeat from * two more times, ch 1, tr 3 in next space, ch 1, tr 3 in original corner, ch 1, ss to close, change to cream yarn (colour 2)

Row 5 – repeat Row 4, but crochet 3 trs into both spaces on each side (so corner, side, side, corner), change to colour yarn (colour 3)

Row 6 – ch 1, (dc, tr, dc) on top of each group of 3 dc, ss in spaces (2 ss in corners), ss to close, fasten off

 

Weave in ends, pour yourself a cup of tea and enjoy!
Lady Edith Coasters: Crochet of a Subversive Reader

 

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