I designed this simple hexagonal coaster to reflect the look and feel of the Ubuntu CAL 2018. It is perfect for using small scraps of yarn, and I think it would make a wonderful motif for a blanket (if you don’t mind all the ends)! I have decided to call it ‘Six Degrees of Separation’, based on the scientific theory that we are all separated by six or fewer degrees (or ‘friend-of-friend’s).
“It’s no secret that the crochet community is incredibly important to me. In common with so many people, it’s where I’ve found my tribe. Part of the allure is being able to immerse myself in the creativity of the crochet world and witnessing the encouragement and kindness people show to one another, often leading to very real friendships.” – August 2018.
Six Degrees of Separation Coaster Pattern
© Dedri Uys 2018. All Rights Reserved.
First Published in Inside Crochet Issue 105, August 2018.
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- More Patterns from Inside Crochet Issue 105
- Dutch Translation by Esther Dijkstra from It’s All in a Nutshell
- Scheepjes Stonewashed* (78% cotton/22% acrylic), 10g/26m/28.5yds
- Yarn A: Moonstone 801 x 1 ball
- Yarn B: Canada Jade 806 x 1 ball
- Yarn C: Lilac Quartz 818 x 1 ball
- Yarn D: Corundum Ruby 808 x 1 ball
- Yarn E: Lemon Quartz 812 x 1 ball
- Yarn F: Deep Amethyst 811 x 1 ball
- Yarn G: Smokey Quartz 802 x 1 ball
- 3.25mm hook
- Yarn needle
*To give you a rough idea of yarn usage, I used less than 1g of each of Yarns A, B, C, D, and F, 2g of Yarn E, and 5g of Yarn G for a total of 11g per coaster.
- Beg – Beginning
- Ch – Chain
- Dc – Double crochet
- Hdc – Half double crochet
- Sc – Single crochet
- SM – Stitch marker
- Sp/sps – Space/spaces
- St/sts – Stitch/stitches
- Tr – Treble crochet
* An asterisk indicates pattern repeats. You will need to repeat all the instructions between asterisks the number of times specified. This is a hard-core repeat and will consist of multiple instructions.
Parentheses () are used to indicate multiple stitches made into the same stitch/space.
(BP) Back Post – Identify the post of the stitch you want to work around. Insert your hook from the back to the front and then from the front to the back around the post of the stitch so that the post lies behind your hook. Complete your stitch as normal. You might find it easier to twist your work forward so that you can see what you are doing.
Dc2tog – Yarn over and insert your hook into the indicated st/sp. Yarn over and draw up a loop (3 loops). Yarn over and pull through 2 loops (2 loops). Yarn over and insert your hook into the next st/sp. Yarn over and draw up a loop (4 loops). Yarn over and pull through 2 loops (3 loops). Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.
Each diamond measures 3cm/1.2” long and 2cm/0.8” wide.
Coaster measures 10cm/4” from edge to edge.
Make one in each of Yarn A to F.
Make an adjustable ring.
Into the ring, 3ch (counts as hdc + ch-1), 1hdc, *2dc, 1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 2dc*, 1hdc, 1ch, place SM, 1hdc. Repeat from * to * once, join to the second ch of the beg ch-3 with a sl st, fasten off, leaving a 15cm/6” end.
Stitch Count: 4 hdc, 8 dc, 4 tr, 2 ch-1 sps, 2 ch-2 sps.
Attaching Diamonds to Each Other
Work away initial yarn ends on all the diamonds and pull the final yarn ends through the ch-1 sp to the back of your work.
Place Diamond A down with final yarn end facing away from you. Place Diamond B so that the ch-1 sp containing the SM abuts the ch-1 sp from Diamond A containing the final yarn end. Using Yarn A end, whip stitch diamonds together, starting in the ch-1 sp and ending in the first ch of the pointy corner.
Place Diamond C so that the ch-1 sp containing the SM abuts the ch-1 sp from Diamond B containing the final yarn end. Using Yarn B end, whip stitch diamonds B and C together, starting in the ch-1 sp and ending in the first ch of the pointy corner. Continue sewing diamonds to each other in this fashion until all 6 are joined. The centre will be closed later.
See Chart below.
Join Yarn G by making a sl st in any ch-2 corner sp, 1ch (doesn’t count as st throughout), (2sc, 2ch, 2sc) in the ch-2 sp, 4BPsc, 4BPsc in next diamond. *(2sc, 2ch, 2sc) in the next ch-2 sp, 4BPsc, 4BPsc in next diamond.* Repeat from * to * 4 times, join to the first sc with a sl st.
Stitch Count: 24 sc, 48 BPsc, 6 ch-2 sps.
Sl st in the next st and in the ch-2 sp, 1ch, *1sc in the ch-2 sp, 2sc, 1hdc, 1dc, dc2tog twice, 1dc, 1hdc, 2sc*. Repeat from * to * 5 times, join to the first sc with a sl st.
Stitch Count: 30 sc, 12 hdc, 24 dc.
3ch (counts as dc), (1dc, 1ch, 2dc) in same st, 10dc. *(2dc, 1ch, 2dc) in next st, 10dc.* Repeat from * to * 4 times, join to top of the beg ch-3 with a sl st, fasten off and work away ends.
Stitch Count: 84 dc, 6 ch-1 sps.
Join Yarn E by making a sl st in any ch-1 sp, 1ch, (1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in the same ch-1 sp, 14BPhdc. *(1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in next ch-1 sp, 14 BPhdc.* Repeat from * to * 4 times, join to the first sc with a sl st, fasten off and work away ends.
Stitch Count: 12 sc, 84 BPhdc, 6 ch-1 sps.
To Close the Centre
With Yarn G and RS facing, sl st in the central ch-2 sp of any diamond, 1ch, 1hdc in the same ch-2 sp. 1hdc in each of the remaining 5 ch-2 sps, join to the first hdc with a sl st, fasten off and work away ends.
See the centre of the chart below if you need some help.
Stitch Count: 6 hdc.
Thank you for choosing to make this coaster. I hope that you have enjoyed it as much as I did.
If you share photos online, please consider using #sixdegreesofseparationcoaster so that we can all Ooh and Aah!
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Jenny Lowman says
So glad you love Dedri’s patterns! So many more to choose from, Sid :)
Debbie Marsh says
Love your work Dedri. Just wish I had more time to crochet more ….. definitely will try it and see how long it takes to make one and then see how many I can make in a day. That way I can envision how long it would take me to make a blanket. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us.
Jenny Lowman says
Thank you Debbie! :)
Thanks a lot for this pattern. This was the first new thing to test in the new year.
Dedri, you drive me crazy!
You taught me enough to follow your patterns and to be able to do some changes, but I’m not good enough to make up a new design.
I’ve made one of the coasters, love it but hated the sewing and the many ends. Doing a blanket that way would kill me.
Now I think of combining the colored coaster with a solid grey octagon, but with the texture of a star in the middle. Frame will be like the frame of the coaster, peaks of the stars will be similar to the upper parts of the diamonds. Something like fpdc or fptr to replace the structure where the lower parts of the diamonds are joined, but still have no idea how to do the lower triangles of the diamonds.
Maybe I’m tempting you to design something of that kind? ;-)
Greetings from Germany
Dedri Uys says
Haha. Let me have a little play x
Update: I did it! With a little bit of trail and error it really worked.
Before doing Sophie, I knew nothing about textured stitches, only normal stitches, decreases and increases.
Dedri Uys says
Well done! I did have a go and have managed a feasible alternative, which you now won’t need :) Maybe I will keep it for a future blanket x
Jeej, I have made one! It is a bit fiddly but the result is great!!! Thank you!
Dedri Uys says
Glad you like the result :)
C’est certain qu’un vidéo serait bien appréciés, j’aime le style des sous-verres, belles couleurs et simple à faire Merci !
Dedri Uys says
Unfortunately, there are no plans to make a video for the coaster at present.
Making this currently, except I’m making it to a surprise baby blanket for a friend. Didn’t think a coaster could look like a placemat so easily haha.
KAREN LUCAS says
thinking making many coasters,joining and making a great rug/blanket and changing end colour with all colours in circle xx
Making this currently, except I’m making it to a surprise baby blanket for a friend.
Wow Dedri, dis pragtig. So heeltemal anders as ander plekmatjies. Hierdie is beslis my volgende gasvrou-geskenk! Baie dankie vir die deel van die mooi patroon.
Dedri Uys says
Dankie Engela :) Dis so ‘n eenvoudige patroon :)
Ginger Lancaster says
Haven’t done it yet but I definitely like this pattern and plan to do it
Thank you for sharing, I love the coaster.
He Dedri coaster is beautiful is Ester making a video to go along with your pattern?
I she isn’t. Jenny :)
Hola Dedri queria saber si hay video. Gracias
Jo Ann Jones says
I bought the book during the Ubuntu Cal. I made Christmas Ornaments out of these. I made the 6 triangles, joined them. Weaved in all ends. Then starched them. Added a loop for hanging. They came out great and for fast to make
We would love to see pics! Jenny :)