Minty Al Fresco Dining Set

The Al Fresco Dining Set is the perfect accessory to decorate your table for your outdoor dining during summer months and beyond. The vibrant colours are reminiscent of turquoise blue seashores with golden sand; they bring back cherished memories of joyous, carefree holidays, that were once lived but remembered forever.

The set is worked using Tunisian crochet technique and consists of four coasters and four placemats.    

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Skills required

Chain, Tunisian crochet technique (alternating forward and backward passes), Tunisian simple stitch (tss), changing colours, decreasing in Tunisian crochet on return pass, blocking.

Skill level

Finished measurements

Final measurements (blocked):

Coaster: 14 cm (5.5 in) in diameter

Table mat: 29 cm (11.5 in) in diameter

Materials and tools

Yarn and Colors Epic (100% Cotton | worsted | 50 g (1.75 oz) = 75 m (82 yds)), Opaline Glass (MC) #074 5 skeins, Golden Glow (CC) #011 2 skeins

Tunisian crochet hook size 5 mm (H-8) with cable (at least 10 cm (4 in)) or size to obtain the gauge

Tapestry needle

Scissors

Gauge

Blocked Gauge:

14 sts x 14 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 in)

Stitch guide

Tunisian crochet stitches are worked in forward and return pass from right to left, with the number of stitches (loops) increasing on the hook during the forward pass and decreasing during the return pass.

Return pass is worked in the same way for all stitches (rows of stitches) as follows:  1 ch, *yrh, draw through 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop on hook.

Decreasing on return pass: yrh, draw through 2 loops (decrease made), *yrh, draw through 2 loops; rep from * until 1 loop on hook.

Edge stitches:

Right edge stitch- This is the first stitch and is not usually worked into because there is one loop on the hook left after completing the return pass of the previous row. This one loop corresponds to the first stitch of the new row.

Left edge stitch- This stitch is referred to in the pattern as the End Stitch and is crocheted as follows: Rotate the end of the fabric towards yourself, insert the hook under both bars (left and right) of the last st, yrh and pul.

  • First row of Tunisian crochet: Insert the hook in the back bump of second ch from hook, yrh and pul across. Standard return pass.
  • Tunisian simple stitch: Insert the hook from right to left under front vertical bar of the next st, yrh and pul. Standard return pass.

Changing colours: In this project, the new colour is added when starting the return pass and all loops are on the hook. Yrh with the new colour and draw through 2 loops ensuring that the new colour is placed over the strand of old colour locking it in place.

Notes

The Set is worked flat, RS facing from right to left, and assembled using the whip stitch along the first row of the first triangular segment and ESs of the last triangular segment.

Both coasters and placemats consist of 6 identical segments worked in a round. Individual segments are created by decreasing by one stitch each row from the starting number of stitches (loops) to 3 stitches (loops). Stitches are then picked up along the edge of the previous segment to the starting number of stitches (loops).  Adding segments in this manner eventually creates a circular pattern with a small hole in the middle that can be closed off when seaming the circles at the end.

Complimentary colour is added on return pass of row 4 in coasters and row 7 in placemats and alternated with the main colour for 4 and 6 rows, respectively.

The number of loops is recorded at the end of forward pass of a particular row.

Instructions

Coaster

First segment

With MC chain 10.

Row 1 FP: Insert the hook in the back bump of second ch from hook, yrh and pul across. 10 loops on hook

Row 1 RP: Standard RP.

Row 2 FP: Tss across to the last st, ES. 10 loops on hook

Row 2 RP: Yrh, draw through 2 loops (decrease made), *yrh, draw through 2 loops; rep from * until 1 loop rem on hook.

Row 3: Rep Row 2. 9 loops on hook

Row 4 FP: Rep Row 2 FP.8 loops on hook

Row 4 RP: With CC yrh, draw through 2 loops (decrease made), *yrh, draw through 2 loops; rep from * until 1 loop on hook.

Row 5 FP: Rep Row 2 FP. 7 loops on hook

Row 5 RP: With MC, yrh, draw through 2 loops (decrease made), *yrh, draw through 2 loops; rep from * until 1 loop on hook.

Row 6 FP: Rep Row 2 FP. 6 loops on hook

Row 6 RP: Rep Row 4.

Row 7: Rep Row 5. 5 loops on hook

Row 8-9: Rep Row 2. 3 loops on hook

Second segment

Row 1 FP: Insert hook under both loops of ES of the Row below, yrh and pul across. 10 loops on hook.

Row 1 RP: Standard RP.

Rows 2-9: Rep rows 2-9 of first segment.

Third- sixth segments

Rep second segment four more times.

Fasten off leaving a long tail (approx. 25 cm (10 in)) for seaming.

Placemat

First segment

With MC chain 20.

Row 1 FP: Insert the hook in the back bump of second ch from hook, yrh and pul across. 20 loops on hook

Row 1 RP: Standard RP.

Row 2 FP: Tss across to the last st, ES. 20 loops on hook

Row 2 RP: Yrh, draw through 2 loops (decrease made), *yrh, draw through 2 loops; rep from * until 1 loop rem on hook.

Rows 3-6: Rep Row 2. 16 loops on hook

Row 7 FP: Rep Row 2 FP. 15 loops on hook

Row 7 RP: With CC yrh, draw through 2 loops (decrease made), *yrh, draw through 2 loops; rep from * until 1 loop on hook.

Row 8 FP: Rep Row 2 FP. 14 loops on hook

Row 8 RP: With MC, yrh, draw through 2 loops (decrease made), *yrh, draw through 2 loops; rep from * until 1 loop on hook.

Rows 9-12: Rep rows 7-8 twice. 10 loops on hook

Rows 13-19: Rep Row 2. 3 loops on hook

Second segment

Row 1 FP: Insert hook under both loops of ES of the Row below, yrh and pul across. 20 loops on hook

Row 1 RP: Standard RP.

Rows 2-19: Rep rows 2-19 of first segment.

Third- sixth segments

Rep second segment four more times.

Fasten off leaving a long tail (approx. 40 cm (15.75 in)) for seaming.

Finishing

Join chain sts of first segment to ESs of last segment to form circle using the Whip stitch (See special techniques). Weave in ends and block to final measurements.

Special techniques

Whip Stitch

  1. Hold both edges with RS together and insert the needle from front to back through inside loops on both edges.
  2. Continue working through all loops along the edges (10 when seaming coasters and 20 when seaming placemats).

Abbreviations: 
Ch- chainRS- right side
st(s)- stitch(es)FP- forward pass
ES- end stitchRP- return pass
tss- Tunisian simple stitchapprox.- approximately
yrh- yarn round the hookrep- repeat
rem- remainingdec- decrease
pul- pull up a loop 

Appendix

Step by Step photographs:

Coaster

First segment

Picture 1: Row 1 FP: Picking up loops in back bumps of chain stitches

Picture 2: Row 1 FP: All 10 loops on hook

Picture 3: Row 1 RP: Drawing through two loops on hook

Picture 4: Row 1 RP: one loop remaining on the hook at the end of return pass

Picture 5: Row 2 FP: Placement of hook during Tunisian simple stitch

Picture 6: Row 4 RP: Picking up CC yarn

Picture 7: Row 5 RP: Picking up MC yarn

Second segment

Picture 8: Row 1 FP: Picking up loops in ESs of previous segment

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