Hi guys! In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make these Texture Swirl crochet coasters using the half double crochet in the third loop only stitch. This simple stitch creates a knit-like texture that adds visual interest and dimension to any project.
You can use any yarn to make these coasters, but I recommend a cotton yarn because it holds up better to wear and tear over time. If you love the design of these crochet coasters, but want to extend them to make larger coasters, pot holders, or placemats, there are instructions below to help you do this. You can find the free pattern below.
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- Approximately 55 yards of any medium 4 worsted weight cotton yarn
- 4.0 mm crochet hook
- Yarn Needle
- Stitch Marker or Safety Pin
- 1 Skein of Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Weight 4 Medium Worsted Yarn (100% Mercerized Cotton, 186 yd/ 170 m, 3.5 oz/ 100 g) – Charcoal or Ecru (approx. 55 yds used for one coaster)
- 1 Skein of Knit Picks Dishie Yarn, Weight 4 Medium Worsted Yarn (100% Cotton, 190 yd / 174 m, 3.5 oz/ 100 g) – Clarity, Blush, Conch, or Honeydew (approx. 55 yds used for one coaster)
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Yarn Choice #1 for Crochet Coasters:
I chose to use Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn for my coasters because I had it in my stash – I am trying to stick to my goal of using from my yarn stash first. However, I chose cotton yarn because it holds up well over time and is ideal for coasters, placemats, towels, dish clothes – basically any home decor item that gets a lot of wear. For these coasters, you can use any yarn weight, brand, and material you would like, including a cotton blend yarn.
Yarn Choice #2 for Crochet Coasters:
When I made these coasters for the second time, I used Knit Picks Dishie Yarn, and it was life changing. I am not a big fan of cotton yarn because it can be hard to crochet with (I am looking at you Lily Sugar n’ Cream), but I heard good things about Dishie, so I wanted to try it. I ordered 4 skeins of Dishie Yarn in the colour Clarity, Blush, Conch, and Honeydew, along with some bulky weight yarns to try from WeCrochet/KnitPicks.
My Thoughts on Dishie Yarn:
Dishie Yarn is soft and durable; the colours are beautiful; it has a tiny sheen to it without being shiny; and the stitch definition is incredible (see the pictures above). You cannot go wrong with this yarn, especially since it is affordable. At $3.49 USD for 1 skein of 190 yards, you get a big bang for your buck. Try it out for yourselves to see if you love it. It has quickly risen to the top of my favourite yarns list.
If you don’t have any Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn or Dishie Yarn on hand, you can use any weight 4 worsted 100% cotton or cotton blend yarn as a substitute. Here are a couple of alternatives to get you thinking:
- I Love this Cotton Yarn: This yarn can be found exclusively at Hobby Lobby and has 71 colours to choose from! It works great for garments, and home decor items.
- Bernat Handicrafter Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter is another great medium 4 cotton alternative. It comes in 26 solid colour options, and a few variegated colours too.
- Lily Sugar N’ Cream Yarn: This yarn can be found at Meijer, Joann’s, Michaels and online. There are 42 solid colours to choose from, and 42 ombre colours!
- Bernat Maker Home Dec Yarn: Bernat Maker is a bulky weight 5 t-shirt yarn that is durable, and holds up well over time. This yarn would work great for this project, but would require a 6.0mm crochet hook, instead of a 4.0mm.
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Pattern Measurements / Gauge
These crochet coasters measure 5 – 5.5″ in diameter (from one edge of the coaster to the other).
- If you find that there are noticeable gaps between your stitches, try going down a hook size until you find one that works for you and your yarn.
Customizing the Size of your Crochet Coasters
Customizing the size of your crochet coasters to make them smaller or larger is easier than you think! You can make them smaller to use as face pads, or extend the pattern to make potholders, or placemats.
The original pattern calls for crocheting 8 rounds, followed by a round of sl sts (Rnd 9). To make the coasters smaller, continue working the pattern until satisfied with the size of your coaster. Then end the pattern with a round of sl sts (Rnd 9).
To extend the pattern to make the coasters larger, Rnd 9 will be a round of hdc sts in the third loop only, instead of a round of sl sts like the original pattern states. Here are a couple of extra rounds to help you get the hang of extending the pattern:
- Rnd 9: In the third loop only, [hdc in first 7 sts, 2 hdc in next st] 8 times. (72 hdc)
- Rnd 10: In the third loop only, hdc in first 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st, [hdc in next 8 sts, 2 hdc in next st] 7 times; hdc in last 4 sts. (80 hdc)
*Note: Each round increases by 8 hdc sts; so if you continue the pattern after Rnd 10, Rnd 11 will have 88 hdc, Rnd 12 will have 96 hdc, and so on. Continue working this pattern until you are happy with the size of your coaster. Then finish the coasters with Rnd 9 – a round of sl sts.
The Third Loop Only Technique:
- Each crochet stitch has a front and back loop; these are the two loops that we normally work into when completing a stitch. However, each stitch also has a “third” loop.
- When working in the round, the third loop appears behind and below the back loop of a stitch.
- After Rnd 1, we will be crocheting in the third loop only of each hdc st around. This creates a knit-like texture.
- Here is a diagram of where the third loop appears in the half double crochet stitch:
Below you’ll find the complete video tutorial for making these Texture Swirl crochet coasters from start to finish! There are time stamps included for each section of the video, so you can skip through to the parts you need.
You can purchase an Ad-Free Printable PDF of this pattern on Ravelry HERE, that is ready to print and use! Scroll down for the free pattern of this coaster!
- St(s) – stitch(es)
- MR – magic ring
- Ch – chain
- Sl st – slip stitch
- Hdc – double crochet
- Rnd – round
-  – Repeat the instructions inside these brackets.
- The beginning ch of Rnd 1 does not count as a st.
- Do NOT turn at the end of rnd.
- After Rnd 1, crochet in the third loop only of each st around.
- Do not close the end of each rnd with a sl st. Instead, use a stitch marker to mark the first st of each rnd, to help you keep track of where each rnd starts and ends.
Make a MR.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, make 8 hdc in MR. Do NOT join with a sl st. (8 hdc)
Rnd 2: In third loop only, 2 hdc in first st of Rnd 1 (mark the first st with a stitch marker), and in each st around. Do NOT join with a sl st. (16 hdc)
Tip: Always mark the first st of each new rnd with a st marker.
Rnd 3: In third loop only, [hdc in first st, 2 hdc in next st] 8 times. (24 hdc)
Rnd 4: In third loop only, hdc in first st, 2 hdc in next st, [hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st] 7 times; hdc in last st. (32 hdc)
Rnd 5: In third loop only, [hdc in first 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st] 8 times. (40 hdc)
Rnd 6: In third loop only, hdc in first 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, [hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st] 7 times; hdc in last 2 sts. (48 hdc)
Rnd 7: In third loop only, [hdc in first 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st] 8 times. (56 hdc)
Rnd 8: In third loop only, hdc in first 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, [hdc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st] 7 times; hdc in last 3 sts. (64 hdc)
Rnd 9: In third loop only, sl st in each st around. Crochet the sl sts a little loosely, so that the coaster does not curl in on itself. (64 sl sts)
Fasten off, and weave in your ends.
Blocking your Crochet Coasters (Optional):
To make sure that your coaster lies completely flat, and doesn’t curl inwards, try blocking it.
- Using straight pins, pin the coaster to a piece of foam/carpet/mat, starting at the center and working out towards the edge.
- You can use a steamer (held at least 1 – 2 inches away from the coaster) or a spray bottle to wet the fabric.
- Gently press the water/steam into the coaster with your hands.
- This allows the stitches to relax and lie flat.
- Let the coaster dry and remove the pins. Your coaster is complete!
Repeat this process to make another coaster!
If you have any questions about the pattern, please send me an e-mail through my contact page. I am happy to help!
Congratulations! You just made your first Texture Swirl Crochet Coaster. I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did. Now you can gift a set to family and friends, or use some in your own home.
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