Sunday, 8 December 2013

A Pattern For a Tiny Coaster and a Colour Experiment

These little mats are adapted from the lovely bauble  pattern that I bought from Greta Tulner .
As I was making them I noticed that each additional colour changed the character and feel of the circle, so I decided to experiment. It is a proper scientifiv experiment where I have only changed one variable at a time to make it a 'fair' experiment. The trouble is I am not sure the results will be visible after I have photographed them in the kitchen and then reproduced them here. What do you think? The colours are not quite as they appear in normal light so I will try photographing them in day light tomorrow as it looks as if it will be a nice day.



So that you can join in with the experiments or invent your own or just make some pretty drinks coasters for Christmas, here is the pattern

To make them I have used double knitting thickness cotton and a 3.00mm hook. The cotton because of the amazing colours that are available and the hook to give a nice firm fabric. I am sure any scraps of DK will do and just choose a hook that works for you.
 Make a 5ch and join it into a circle using a ss.
Row 1: Ch 3 to act as the first treble then work 15 further trebles into the circle. Join to top of 3 ch with a ss and fasten off.
Row 2:. Join a new colour between two of the trebles of the previous row, (ch1 1dc between the next two trebles) repeat this all the way round then 1ch and join with a ss to where you started this colour. Fasten off
Row 3: Join another colour into one of the ch spaces from the previous round. work a dc in the same ch space. (1ch 2 dc in next ch space) repeat all the way round then 1ch and join with a ss to where you started this colour. Fasten off.
Rows 4,5 and 6 are the same as row 2 joining a new colour each time.
Row 7: 3: Join another colour into one of the ch spaces from the previous round. work a dc in the same ch space. (2ch 2 dc in next ch space) repeat all the way round then 1ch and join with a ss to where you started this colour. Fasten off
Row 8: join a new colour in a 2ch space, work a dc in the same space (dc in each of the next two dc then 2dc in next 2ch space) repeat all the way round 2ch cut the yarn and needle join to the where you started this colour.

 
Experiment 1 These are identical except for the outside colour and although I think it changes them completely. (I so wanted to share these that I have not properly blocked them ) 




 Experiment 2


Same mats but different background.

Experiment 3

Identical except for the middle.
Experiment 4

You can't win them all. Here I tried changing rows 3 to 6 so that I did 1dc and two chains instead of 2dc and 1ch but it quickly turned into a bowl so I had to make further adjustments and I made a mistake which I am sure you can spot.
When I was a science teacher we used to be very old fashioned and write method, results and then conclusion. I have given you the method, and shown you the results (of my experiments) but I will leave you to draw your own conclusions about how the changes have changed the appearance of these mandallas (if at all)?