Introduction: Crochet Ring Coasters

As a daughter of an ex-upholsterer, I have upholstery stuff all over the house. Some are still in pretty big quantities, like curtain rings. 
I believe that there are many things that can be done with rings, one of the things that came to my mind right away was coasters!
My problem was: how can I keep all the rings together?
The answer that came to my mind was simple...crochet!

I am going to show you how to make a flower shaped coaster simply joining together a few rings.
You can play with rings and create any shape you like! You can see all the ones I made above.

Happy crocheting! 

Step 1: What You Need

  • 7 curtain rings (or any other kind of pretty large rings) 
  • cotton thread n° 3
  • crochet hook n° 4 - 1.75
  • white glue
  • scissors
The sizes of the rings, thread and hook are all up to you, you don't necessarely have to use the ones I wrote here.

List of stitches:
  • chain stitch
  • slip stitch
  • single crochet - sc

Step 2: First Row of Single Crochets

Let's start taking the thread and crochet hook and make a slipknot.
Now take a ring and make as many sc as you need to cover the whole ring with thread - you must work all around the ring. There is not a a definite number of sc because it very much depends on the size of the ring you are using.

When you finally finish to cover the whole ring, make a slip stitch in the first sc.

Step 3: Last Row of Single Crochets

Chain 1 and make another row of sc, all around the ring, on the sc you made previously.
When you end the circle, make a slip stitch in the first chain and close everything, cutting the thread.

Cover all the 7 rings this way.

Step 4: Join the Rings Together

Take 2 of the rings you've just covered.
You need to join them together now.
You will have to work on the back of the rings so that all the threads will be hidden behind the coaster.

Make a slipknot.
Now, keeping the 2 rings against each other, make 3 sc passing the thread through both rings. With rings, I mean the last crocheted row you made for the "frame" around the ring. It's much easier to do than to explain. You just have to "saw" the 2 rings together making 3 sc.
When you are done, close and cut the thread.

Step 5: Compose the Flower!

Keep joining all the rings together just like the first 2 ones, composing a flower shape.

Remember to always "saw" the rings on the back.

When you are done, cut the exceeding threads on the back of the coaster, trying to stay close to the knots, but not too close otherwise they may loosen.

Step 6: A Little Bit of Glue...and You Are Done!

To make sure that all the knots stay firm, I decided to put a little bit of white glue on each one of them.

When the glue is finally dry and transparent, the parts with the knots will be harder so you don't have to worry about them anymore!

Your coaster is done! All you need to do now is cook something you love and try your new coaster! :)

Comments

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sdbigguy (author)2013-11-17

This is really interesting. I was wondering if you could do it as a room divider or would it be to heavy. Love the look, keep up the great work!

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lindarose92 (author)sdbigguy2013-11-17

Thank you so much! I love your idea! The weight all depends on the rings, maybe you can find rings in lighter materials too. I think the plastic ones weight less. Let me know if you do that, I would be so curious to see your project! :)

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antoniraj (author)2013-11-01

cool...

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lindarose92 (author)antoniraj2013-11-01

Thanks!

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ravenking (author)2013-10-30

Wow. This is so beautiful!

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lindarose92 (author)ravenking2013-10-30

Thank you very much! :)

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haboo sosi (author)2013-10-30

wow... what a lovely and super easy progect.thanks for sharing it with us

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lindarose92 (author)haboo sosi2013-10-30

Thank you so much!

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psycophonic (author)2013-10-24

This is so cool. I will definitely show this to my Mom who likes doing needlework. Might sugg3st she try bigger ones for fancy place settings.

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lindarose92 (author)psycophonic2013-10-24

Oh yes, you can make any shape and size you want :) Thank you!

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2013-10-23

I was waiting for the fiber arts contest just to see yours and emily's entry, knew you 2 would come up with something awesome. great work, my grandma loved your coasters :)

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Aw thank you (again!!) :D I made these coasters some time ago and I read that the fiber arts contest was coming up so I decided to wait for it to publish them. I am so glad that your grandma liked them! :)

ps: have you noticed that the Make it Glow contest has just begun too? We should start having fun with lamps again! :D

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You're most welcome! fingers crossed for you and emily!

ps: yes, I've seen the make it glow contest, the prizes are great and I'm sure the entries will be too! I haven't come up with anything yet!

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I was just checking out this amazing project when I read that :) Thank you so much!

Oh, and I should say, someone is working on an entry for the make it glow contest :)

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lol I made something a few weeks ago that I haven't published yet and I think it would be good for that contest :D but I think that we will all have plenty of time to play with lights from now on! :)
And yes, the prizes are really great!!

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yeah, we have plenty of time for the contest. Playing with lights is amazing, just love the art of shadow and light :)

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You're welcome emily! I'd love to participate in the make it glow contest, have to come up with something very soon :)

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zurichko (author)2013-10-22

This is way cute! Great job! You got my vote.

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lindarose92 (author)zurichko2013-10-22

Thank you so much, it means a lot! :)

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andrea biffi (author)2013-10-22

Good done Linda!

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lindarose92 (author)andrea biffi2013-10-22

Thank you!!

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