Apple & Watermelon Coasters
Patterns From the Book Tea Time of Yarn by Tomoko Fujita 藤田智子 2006, 72 pages, ISBN: 4861912016. Read my review about the book here.
Yarn Plötulopi from Istex. For the apple coaster I used green, offwhite and white Plötulopi yarn worked with three strands. For the mustard colored ring in the apple coaster single stranded Alafoss Lopi also from Istex was used.
The watermelon coaster was worked with 3 strands of white, red, brown and dark green Plötulopi yarn.
Hook 9 mm crochet hook.
The original pattern in the book has different fruit pouches in it, but I decided to make some coasters from the patterns instead.
Since the Plötulopi breaks very easily because it is unspun, I decided to make the coasters with three strands of yarn. When I finished the crochet work the coasters were felted by putting them in alternating hot and cold water baths. I estimate this made the work shrink about 20%.
It was very easy to follow the instructions in the book even if I was not able to decipher a single Japanese sign: There are crochet charts for all projects were international crochet symbols are used.