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« on: October 28, 2008 08:27:16 AM »

I was hoping to get some input on what you all think about coasters.  I want to make some as a Christmas present and I'm debating crocheting them.  What is a good material to use to make crochet coasters?

I was hoping that acrylic yarn might be good because I have a LOT of it, but I'm not sure how it would wear, or stain.

What about crochet cotton?

Then I thought plastic bag yarn might be better, but I'm not sure.

Thoughts anyone?

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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2008 10:45:53 AM »

Nylon cord would be best. You can get it at a craft store like michaels, or you can get black or white in the craft department of walmart, OR you can be crazy like me and get it at a hardware store in neon colors like orange yellow or pink. At the hardware store, it is basically cord that is used to mark off areas and tied around little poles and u can get it in varying thicknesses. It's pretty easy to crochet with as long as you don't buy any that are too thick and since it's nylon it's extremely durable. Then you could also grab some craft felt and cut out the shape to tack on to the bottom of ur coaster so that it won't slide around and the felt will also absorb condensation dripping from the cups.

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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2008 12:00:49 PM »

I definitely reccommend plarn (that plastic bag yarn you talked about).  It would work fantastic for this.  I would recommend making the strips smaller (1/4 inch maybe) and using a hook around the size of a G.  Not only will they be durable, but they will be almost water resistant if you crochet the coasters very tightly.

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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2008 05:58:41 PM »

I would go for the crochet cotton since it is nice and absorbent.  I like the idea of the nylon though too but I would go for cotton.

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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2008 02:00:51 AM »

You can also use raffia or package string (I used the latter for a Bicycle Bottle Holder).
And then there was a thread here on craftster on crocheting with curling ribbon which I think would be great, too.

I find that the material depends strongly on your tableware: I wouldn't like package string with fine gold-brimmed china plates Wink

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