rainbow pinwheel coaster: free crochet pattern

rainbow pinwheel coaster | crochet pattern by jakigu.com

I have a quick yet unique rainbow pinwheel coaster pattern for you today. It’s an ideal stash-buster that works up quite fast. But what I love about these pinwheel coasters the most is how versatile they are. The color combinations in which they can be worked are virtually endless! Can you imagine them worked in red, white, and blue for Independence day? Orange and charcoal grey – or purple! – for Halloween? In the colors of fall foliage for Thanksgiving? Red, green, and gold for Christmas? Or, why not go ahead and plan for next Easter right now? Think lovely spring pastels, mixed-and-matched to make them look like spring flowers. Aw! Wouldn’t it be cute?

You be the designer: let the pattern inspire you and then run wild with it! Make something truly yours; to fit your mood, home decor, or current season. One can never have enough coasters – and if they do, crochet coasters always make thoughtful, handmade gifts.

This rainbow pinwheel coaster pattern was originally published on my blog back in 2015. It is written in standard American terms and uses only basic crochet stitches. However, it calls for working in an unusual direction; and depending on how many colors you use, it might require several color changes and weaving in a few more ends. As this is a written pattern and not a visual guide, I wouldn’t recommend it to a novice crocheter as their first crochet project.

Rainbow Pinwheel Coaster: Materials and Techniques Overview

Materials:

*Medium-weight yarn (such as worsted) in the base color, and in 8 contrast colors
*4 mm hook
*Tapestry needle
*Scissors 

Finished Size:

Approximately 5 in (12.5 cm) in diameter.

Stitches and abbreviations :

ch         chain stitch
sl st     slip stitch
sc         single crochet
hdc      half-double crochet
dc         double crochet
sk skip
st(s) stitch (es)
sp space

How to read the pattern

All stitches separated by commas are meant to be worked into the same stitch of the previous round (or into the space specified).

Stitches following a dash are to be worked into the next stitch of the previous round (or the space specified).

How to work the stitches

Chain Stitch

Draw yarn though the loop on the hook.

Slip Stitch

Insert hook into a stitch – draw yarn through both the stitch and the loop on the hook.

Single Crochet

Insert hook into a stitch – yarn over and draw yarn through the stitch (=2 loops on the hook) – yarn over and draw yarn through both loops on the hook.

Half-Double Crochet

Yarn over – insert hook into a stitch – yarn over and draw yarn through the stitch (=3 loops on the hook) – yarn over and draw yarn through all three loops on the hook.

Double Crochet

Yarn over – insert hook into a stitch – yarn over and draw yarn through the stitch (=3 loops on the hook) – yarn over and draw yarn through 2 loops on the hook (=2 loops on the hook) – yarn over and draw yarn through remaining two loops on the hook.

Rainbow Pinwheel Coaster: Crochet Pattern

Round 1 (base color center):

ch 3 (count as a dc), 15 dc into adjustable ring – sl st into the third stitch of the starting ch 3 to join.

Round 2A (base color spikes):

ch 10 – [work into ch sts: sk 4, dc into 5th ch from the hook – dc into each of the next 3 sts – – hdc – sc] – sl st into the same dc of Round 1 from which ch 10 started – *sl st into each of the next 2 dcs – ch 10 – [work into ch sts: sk 4, dc into 5th ch from the hook – dc into each of the next 3 sts – hdc – sc] – sl st into the same dc of Round 1 from which ch 10 started]* repeat from * to * 7 times – sl st into the next st – break yarn, fasten off and weave ends in.

Round 2B (contrast color spikes):

*Join a new color by working a sl st into a Round 1 dc between the two base-color spikes – ch 10 – [work into ch sts: sk 4,dc into 5th ch from the hook -dc into each of the next 3 sts – hdc – sc] – sl st into the same dc of Round 1 from which ch 10 started – break yarn, fasten off and weave ends in.* Repeat from * to * 7 times once with each of the rainbow colors.

Round 3 (base color scalloped edge):

*work into ch 4 spaces at the outer tip of each spike: sl st, ch 3, sl st – ch 2* 16 times – sl st into the starting ch 3 to join.

Round 4: (base color scalloped edge, continued):

ch 2 (counts as a hdc), 3 hdc into the same ch-3 sp – *sc into the next ch 2 sp – 4 hdc into the next ch-3 sp* 15 times – sc into the next ch 2 sp – sl st to join – fasten off and weave ends in.


I’ll be adding new color combinations to this post’s gallery as I complete them. Would you like to share yours? Tag @instajakigu in your Instagram pictures so I can see them. Or, share pictures of your rainbow pinwheel coasters on my Facebook page.


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crochet pattern: pinwheel coaster

This pattern is now available for free.

Crochet Coaster Pattern by JaKiGu

Pinwheel coaster with scalloped edges.

Crochet Coaster Pattern by JaKiGu

It’s so easy to get carried away and make it in all the colour combinations imaginable.

Crochet Coaster Pattern by JaKiGu

I usually don’t crochet in vibrant colours (with the exception for my circles necklace and yellow nursing necklace), so this project has been especially joyful.

Crochet Coaster Pattern by JaKiGu

It’s an easy-to-follow pattern which requires the ability to work basic stitches, join in new colours, and work rounds in non-traditional ways.

Crochet Coaster Pattern by JaKiGu

I am especially excited about the format of the PDF itself. I gave the layout of the pattern document a thorough makeover, and the document is now 3 pages long, with pictures, written pattern, and many bonus sections, such as finishing tips and explanations of how to work each of the stitches required to make the coaster. Judge for yourself – doesn’t it look fresh, and exciting?