Instructions

GAUGE: When working in dc, 4 sts = 1 inch.

SPECIAL NOTES: Refer to knitting/crocheting abbreviations below.

Changing colors: Colors are changed while completing last st of first color as follows: Work the last st of first color as a normal st until 2 lps remain on the hk, yo with second color and draw second color through; drop first color and leave it at back of work.

DIRECTIONS:

PLACE MATS: Work place mats using the following yarn combinations: light purple (A) and purple (B) for grape, black (A) and melon (B) for melon, light orange (A) and orange (B) for orange and black (A) and red (B) for strawberry.

  1. With A, ch 62.
  2. Row 1: Sc in second ch from hk, * ch 2, sk 2 ch sts, sc in next ch, repeat from * across row, sc in last ch, joining B in last st.
  3. Row 2: With B, ch 3, turn, 3 dc in each ch-2 sp across, dc in last sc. Bring ball of yarn through last lp without cutting. (Yarns are carried loosely to next repeat of row.)
  4. Row 3: Return to A at beg of row and join with a sl st in top of turning ch of previous row, ch 1, sc in base of ch-1, * ch 2, sc in space between next 3-dc groups, repeat from * across row, working last sc in top of last dc and changing to B in last st.
  5. Rows 4-25: Repeat Rows 2-3. Fasten off both A and B at end of Row 25. Weave in all yarn ends.
  6. Fringe Tassels: Wrap green yarn eight times around the 2-1/2-inch square cardboard piece. Cut yarn along one edge for eight strands. Pull seven of these strands through last st at end of a dc row on place mat, centering strands over st. Bring all 14 ends together and use the remaining strand to tie knot around the rest of the strands close to row. Repeat in end of each dc row on both sides of each mat: 12 tassels on each side.

GRAPE COASTER: Make three grapes each with light purple and purple.

  1. Grapes Round 1: Ch 4, 18 tr in fourth ch from hk, sl st in top of beg ch-4. Fasten off. Weave in yarn ends.
  2. Finishing: Use yarn needle and matching yarn to tack edges of grapes together in triangle shape.
  3. Add four green fringe tassels to edge of center top grape, as directed for place mats.

MELON COASTER: With melon, ch 4.

  1. Row 1: 4 dc in fourth ch from hk.
  2. Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), turn, 2 dc in each st to last st, dc in last st: 8 dc.
  3. Row 3: Ch 3, turn, dc in base of ch-3, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) across: 11 dc.
  4. Row 4: Ch 3, turn, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) four times, dc in last st: 14 dc.
  5. Row 5: Ch 3, turn, (dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st) three times, dc in last st: 17 dc.
  6. Melon Outer Round: Ch 3, turn, (dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st) three times, dc in each of last 4 dc; continuing down the side, 2 sc in side of each dc row around, working 3 sc in corner, sl st in top of beg ch-3. Fasten off melon. Weave in yarn ends.
  7. Rind Row: Attach green with sl st in top of first st of previous round, ch 3, dc in base of ch-3 (dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st) across. Fasten off green. Weave in all yarn ends.
  8. Finishing: Add seeds to melon as shown in photo on opposite page with black yarn, making two straight stitches for each seed on Rows 2 and 4.

ORANGE COASTER: Work in rounds without turning. Work sts over unused color throughout.

  1. With light orange, ch 3.
  2. Round 1: 14 hdc in third ch from hk; with orange, sl st into top of beg ch-3.
  3. Round 2: Ch 3, * with orange, 2 dc in first st; with light orange, dc in next st, repeat from * around; with orange, sl st in top of beg ch-3.
  4. Round 3: Ch 3, work (2 orange dc in each orange st, light orange dc in each light orange st) around; with orange, sl st in top of beg ch-3.
  5. Round 4: With orange, ch 3, dc in base of ch-3, dc in each of next 2 sts, 2 dc in next dc; with light orange, dc in next st; * with orange, 2 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 2 sts; 2 dc in next dc; with light orange, dc in next st, repeat from * around; with orange, sl st in top of beg ch-3.
  6. Round 5: With light orange, loosely sc in each st around, sl st in top of beg sc. Fasten off light orange.
  7. Round 6: With orange, ch 3, dc in base of ch-3, dc in each of next 2 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts) around, sl st in top of beg ch-3. Fasten off. Weave in yarn ends.
  8. Finishing: Add two green fringe tassels to one edge of orange as directed for place mats.

STRAWBERRY COASTER: With red, ch 4.

  1. Round 1: 11 dc in fourth ch from hk, sl st in top of beg ch-4: 12 dc, including first ch 3.
  2. Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in each of next 5 sts, (dc, tr, dc) in next st, 2 dc in each of next 5 sts, sl st in top of beg ch-3: 24 sts.
  3. Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), dc in base of ch-2, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) five times, dc in next st, (dc, 3 tr, dc) in next st, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) five times, dc in last st, sl st in top of beg ch-2: 39 sts.
  4. Round 4: Ch 2, dc in base of ch-2, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) nine times, dc in next st, (dc, 3 tr, dc) in next st, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) eight times, dc in each of last 2 sts, sl st in top of beg ch-2: 61 sts. Fasten off. Weave in yarn ends.
  5. Finishing: Referring to photo on opposite page, randomly add seeds, making two straight stitches with black yarn for each seed. Add leaves, using four straight stitches with green yarn for each one.

FINISHED SIZE: Place mats are 9- x 19 inches and coasters are about 4 x 4 inches.

Abbreviations

  • ch(s) chain(s)
  • dc(s) double crochet(s)
  • hdc(s) half double crochet(s)
  • hk hook
  • sc(s) single crochet(s)
  • sk skip or skipped
  • sp space
  • sl st slip stitch
  • tr(s) triple crochet(s)
  • beg beginning
  • lp(s) loop(s)
  • rep repeat
  • rnd(s) round(s)
  • RS right side
  • sl slip
  • st(s) stitch(es)
  • tog together
  • WS wrong side
  • yo yarn over
  • * or [ ] Instructions after * or ­between brackets are ­repeated a ­given number of times.
  • ( ) Instructions in ­parentheses are all worked in one stitch or space as ­indicated.

Fruit Coasters and Place Mats from Susann Halverson of Burkburnett, Texas