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Christmas Pinwheel Placemat and Coasters

This Christmas Pinwheel Placemat and Coaster set is a wonderful way to set your table on Christmas morning.  Sparkling with the colors of the season, this crocheted set also makes a lovely hostess gift if you're traveling over the holiday season.  You could even use this pattern to create placemats for any season!  Use orange and black yarn for a Halloween placemat, or create summer spirals by using bright yellows, blues, pinks, greens, and oranges. 

Christmas Pinwheel Placemat and Coaster Set

Materials:
Yarn amounts will make a complete set of 4 placemats and 4 coasters, two in each color combination

  • 1 ball Red Heart Holiday yarn in Red/Silver (A)
  • 1 ball Red Heart Holiday yarn in Green Silver (C)
  • 2 balls Red Heart Holiday yarn in White/Silver (B)
  • 5mm [US H-8] crochet hook
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle

 

Gauge:  14 sts = 4"; 7 rnds = 4" in dc.

 

Instructions:
Instructions are written using A + B for spiral with C border. Change colors for other color combinations.
Placemat measures 16" in diameter.
Coaster measures 4½" in diameter.

Placemat

  1. With A, ch 4; join with a slip st in first ch to forma ring; ch 1, (sc, hdc, 3 dc) all into ring, drop A, DO NOT FASTEN OFF; following the A sts, join B with an sc in the ring, work (hdc, 3 dc) all into same ring, drop B, DO NOT FASTEN OFF.
     
  2. Rnd 1: Pick up A, work 2 dc into each B st – 10 dc A; drop A, pick up B, work 2 dc in each A st around – 30 dc B, drop B.
     
  3. Rnd 2: Pick up A, * dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc; repeat from * around – 45 dc A; drop A, pick up B and repeat from * to last st; dc in last st – 67 dc B, drop B.
     
  4. Rnd 3: Pick up A, [dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 16 times, dc in last 3 dc – 83 dc A; drop A, pick up B, [dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 11 times, dc in last 6 dc – 94 dc B, drop B.
     
  5. Rnd 4: Pick up A, [dc in next 10 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 8 times, dc in next 6 dc – 102 dc A; drop A, pick up B, [dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 14 times, dc in last 4 dc – 116 dc B, drop B.
     
  6. Rnd 5: Pick up A, [dc in next 10 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 10 times, dc in next 6 dc – 126 dc A; drop A, pick up B, [dc in next 10 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 11 times, dc in last 5 dc – 137 dc, drop B.
     
  7. Rnd 6: Pick up A, [dc in next 14 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 9 times, dc in next 2 dc – 146 dc A; drop A, pick up B, [dc in next 18 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 7 times, dc in last 13 dc – 153 dc B. Mark 77th dc from hook.
     
  8. Rnd 7: Pick up A, * dc in next 18 dc, 2 dc in next dc; repeat from * to marker; ** hdc in next 2 dc, sc in next dc, slip st in next dc **; fasten off A; pick up B; repeat from ** to ** across next 4 dc. Fasten off B.

Coaster

  1. Work same as Placemat through Rnd 1.
     
  2. Rnd 2: Pick up A, 2 dc in next 10 dc, dc in next dc, * hdc in next dc, sc in next dc, slip st in next dc *; fasten off A, pick up B, dc in next dc; repeat from * to * across next 3 dc. Fasten off B.

Border

  1. With right side facing, join C, join in any st; ch 1, * (sc, ch 2, sc) all in same st, skip next st; repeat from * around; join with a slip st in first sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
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I love to crochet so this is right up my alley. And my theme is peppermint swirls.so this is going to be just right for my holiday decor. I may enlarge it and make it into a center piece on the table. Or use thick yarn and use it to make a small throw carpet. It has many possibilities.thank you for sharing this great pattern.

plz help cant find link for designer

Hi there, Mary Jane Protus is a designer with Red Heart Yarn. If you click on on byline below the project name at the top of this page, you will find the designer profile for Red Heart Yarn. Thanks! - Julia from FaveCrafts

I can not find the Red Heart Holiday yarn ?

I dont understand the directionsdo you have to turn after each time you change colors?

Hi, charmed357. If you have a specific question about the pattern, your best bet is to contact the pattern designer directly (specified in the byline). Good luck! --Editors of FaveCrafts

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