30 Free Coaster Crochet Patterns

A collection of thirty crochet coaster patterns compiled by Daisy Cottage Designs. You'll be sure to find something to suit your fancy in this gorgeous collection. Whether you're a flower lover or you prefer simplicity, there is something here to suit your fancy.

It's getting to be lemonade weather isn't it? And with that comes condensation. We know what that means, don't we? Time to whip up a few coasters. Until this week, I honestly had no idea how many free coaster crochet patterns were out there. There are flowers and fruit, grannies and stars, and everything between. I've tried to break them down into categories as best I can to make them easier to check out. Did I miss your favorite? Be sure to share it with me in the comments. 

Pictured Coasters: 
  1. Beautiful Crochet Coasters from Cynthia's Handiwork
  2. Crochet Watermelon Coasters from Make and Takes
  3. Japanese Flower Coasters from Daisy Cottage Designs
  4. Ombre Coasters from Tuts+
  5. Maisie Flower from Annie's Place
  6. Upcycled Coasters from Petals to Picots
  7. Daisy Coaster Pattern from Whiskers and Wool
Flower & Fruit Coasters
  1. Crazy Coasters from Le Monde de Sucrette
  2. Apple Coasters from Annie's Haakblog
  3. Daisy Granny Square Coasters from The Stitchin' Mommy
  4. Cool Coasters from the Crochet Spot
  5. Pretty Petals by Naoko Kimura
  6. Crochet Fruit Coasters from Repeat Crafter Me
  7. Flower Coasters from the Yvestown Blog
  8. Grapefruit Coasters by Lauren Brown for Make and Takes
  9. Large Flat Flower Coaster by Jessie at Home
Simple Coasters
Miscellaneous Coasters

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Etsy 101 - Tips and Tricks for Selling Online

When I put the idea of a post or series on selling on Etsy to my Facebook fans, I was shocked at the positive response. It seems that many crocheters are hoping to sell online - and I can't blame them. It's a great way to make a little bit of extra cash. 

But, have you ever wondered why some shops have hundreds or thousands of sales and some other shops sit there with no sales for several months (even years)? I remember noticing that when I first started, so I researched like a crazy woman. After putting in tons of effort and a good deal of time, I started to see the hard work pay off (no, I don't have the most successful shop on the web, but I have had as many sales as I could have kept up with). 

Since setting up a shop on Etsy is so easy and self-explanatory, I'm going to leave out the instructions for that and get right to the details of how to start making sales. Now, this might not work for everyone, but here's what helped me.
Today's tips are all about being "higher up" in Etsy searches. 
  1. Cut out the cutesy listing titles. I've seen so many adorable names on Etsy - "the Ethan shirt" or "the Ansley blanket." I know it's tempting to name items after your kiddo, but don't do it. How many times have you searched Etsy like that? Think of how you would search for your item. You'd probably enter something like "crocheted beanie" or "kids winter hat." When I'm coming up with item titles, I use several search terms separated by commas. For instance, my owl hat might be named something like this "kids owl hat, girls earflap hat, cotton childrens hat" since I know those are things people might be searching for. 
  2. Give your shop a descriptive title. If you click on the "Your Shop..." link at the top right of the page, a drop down menu will pop up. Click on "Info & Appearance." You'll see your shop name at the top. Under that, there's a shop title. Again, don't use cutesy names. Concisely describe what is in your shop. This will be better for SEO (search engine optimization) and will help you get traffic coming in from outside of Etsy.  
  3. Write concise item descriptions. People want to know exactly what they're getting and so would you. Be sure to include the colors, sizes, and any other pertinent information in your description. Before you get to that, though, try to use as many of the key words from your title in your description as you can. "This adorable kids owl hat is perfect for winter. Made from 100% cotton, this girls earflap hat is sure to keep your child's head cozy this fall..."
  4. Use the terms from your title as your first tags. We have 13 tags to describe our items. Don't use one word tags. Use what people will search, just like you did in your title. So, if the first part of my title is "kids owl hat," that will be my first tag. This is supposed to help you come up higher in search results. When I first made this change, I certainly noticed an improvement. 
  5. Fill up your shop. I know it's really not possible to start off with 50 listings, but slowly build up your shop. Unfortunately, shops with more listings tend to get more sales. I don't know that you will show up better in search by having more items, but there are more opportunities to get people in. My suggestion is fill up your shop, but still list items as "made to order." I have never had much luck with selling ready to ship items. People want to be able to order a different size or a different color combo. My suggestion is be willing to do this. Eventually, you will probably sell your sample item (the item you made so you could take photos). 

I hope these 5 simple tips help you get a start on getting more views and sales. Be sure to like my Facebook page or subscribe to my blog to be notified when the next tips are live on the blog. 

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Japanese Flower Motif Crochet Pattern

Beatiful Crochet Coaster Pattern

If you've followed my blog and seen my crochet patterns for any length of time, you're well aware with the fact that I love to crochet flowers. I've seen a few Japanese flower motifs recently and fell in love. I decided to whip up one of my own, and after a few trial and error attempts, I came up with one that I'm pleased with. I think it would be beautiful to make an entire afghan out of these flowers, but it's probably more likely that I'll use them as a stack of coasters on the coffee table. Either way, they're beautiful and I'm going to enjoy them.

Simple Crochet Coaster Pattern

This project just uses a small amount of yarn. Have lots of tiny skeins of yarn floating around your craft room? This project is just the one for you. I could probably make 16 rainbow afghans with all the yarn I have floating around my house. I think they'd even make fun blankets for a baby girl. 

- small amounts of 100% cotton, worsted weight yarn in three colors
- Tapestry needle for weaving ends

Japanese Flower Motif Crochet Pattern

Japanese Flower Motif: 
ch 5. Join with a sl st to form ring. 
Round 1: ch 2, 9 dc into ring. Sl st to the top of the first dc. Cut yarn and weave ends. (9)
Round 2: Join second color yarn with a sl st. Ch 2, dc2tog, ch 2 in the same stitch. *dc3tog, ch 2* in each stitch around. Sl st to the top of the first dc2tog. Cut yarn and weave ends. (9 dc clusters)
Round 3: Join third color yarn with a sl st in any of the ch 2 spaces between the clusters. ch 5 (counts as dc and ch 3), dc in the same ch 2 space. hdc in the next stitch (which would be the top of the dc2tog). *dc, ch 3, dc in the next ch space. hdc in the next stitch (top of the dc3tog)* around. Do not sl st at the end of this round.  (9 ch 3 spaces formed)
Round 4: work 1 sc, 5 dc, 1 sc in the first ch 3 space *sc, 5 dc, sc* in each ch 3 space around. Sl st to the first sc to join. Cut yarn and weave ends. (9 petals formed)

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how to crochet a japanese flower

If you're like me and you think these would make a beautiful afghan, check out this YouTube video. It will demonstrate how you can join your flowers (it's a join as you go method, so don' work up 50 flowers and then go watch the video). It's really simple, and the results would be stunning. 

Japanese Flower Motif
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