Here is a very easy Crochet Coaster to make and it would make a great decoration to any summer party. They are very absorbent using the Lion Cotton yarn. I have been crocheting for over 14 years and this took me 30 minutes to make one Apple Coaster so this pattern can be longer or shorter depending on you level of experience of crocheting. You can go to Lion Brand for help with crochet stitches. http://cache.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/faq-search.cgi?store=/stores/eyarn&dictionaryOfAbbreviations=1
Step 1: What you will need:
Lion Cotton yarn in the colors of Paprika,Sunflower,Avocado, Espresso and White,
Crochet Hook G/6-4.25mm,
Large-Eyed Blunt Needle,
Step 2: Crocheting the Apple
To Crochet the solid color Apple and Apple Slice beginning by making the Magic Circle it will make the center nice and tight. Just go to this You tube link and watch the video on how to begin the Magic Circle:http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=crochet+magic+circle&aq=0
if you do not know how to crochet using this method.
When you begin the magic circle make sure when you join the circle that there are 6 chain spaces.
Using yarn color Paprika
Rnd 1: Begin by making a magic circle that has 6 ch spaces. Place marker in first stitch for beginning of round; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around - 12 sc.
Rnd 3: * sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, rep from * around - 18 sc.
Rnd 4: * sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, rep from * around - 24 sts.
Rnd 5: * sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, rep from * around - 30 sts.
Rnd 6: * sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, rep from * around - 36 sts.
Rnd 7: * sc in each of next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st, rep from * around - 42 sts.
Rnd 8: * sc in each of next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st, rep from * around - 48 sts.
Rnd 9: sc in each sc around - 48 sts
Sl st in the next ch sp fasten off weave in ends
To make the Apple Slices Crochet Rnds 1 thru 7 using White. Then switch to Paprika (fasten off White yarn) and continue pattern by crocheting Rnds 8 and 9. Fasten off weave in ends. Use the Espresso yarn to stitch the two dashes in the center of the apple slice which will be the seeds.
You can make it a Golden Delicious Apple by changing the color of the Paprika yarn to the Sunflower yarn.
Step 3: Crocheting the Leaf and Stem
Ch 8 turn
sl st in the second ch from hook,
sc in the next ch sp, yarn over and work the next st.
hdc in the next ch sp, yarn over and work the next st.
dc in the next ch sp and in the last 3 ch sp.
Ch 2 time this will count as the 5th dc insert your hook back into the first ch sp, yarn over pull through. Ch 2 times this will count as the first dc working on opposite side of foundation.
You will be working the last 7 sts backwards on the opposite side of the foundation.
Dc in the same ch sp of the last dc.
Then work 3 more dc across the next 4 ch spaces.
Yarn over and work the next st, hdc in the next ch sp,
sc in the next ch sp,
Sl st then fasten off leaving enough yarn to weave back into center of leaf and use tail end of yarn to sew leaf to apple. Use the pictures as a guide.
To crochet the stem use the Espresso Lion Cotton.
Hdc in second ch from hook,
sc in the next ch sp,
sl st in the last remaining 5 ch sp(s) fasten off leaving enough yarn to sew Stem to the apple.