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I was chatting to my mom yesterday and she reminded me that Fathers Day was on the 15th of June. Living in the UK, with parents living in South Africa I always have to plan far ahead to get presents and cards to them in time. (Mothers Days is even more of a planning mission because Mothers Day in South Africa is on a different day than Mothers Day in the UK. Very confusing and easy to forget about!) Thank goodness for Moms who remind us about Fathers Day, making it possible to crochet a gift for Dad in time.

I whipped up this easy striped coaster with DAD embroidered in cross stitch in an afternoon.

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striped crochet coaster for dad

With this quick pattern and two weeks to go to Fathers Day you won’t have any excuse not to make him a crocheted gift. And if, like me, you need to post the gift, the coaster is ideal to pop inside a greeting card.

Here is the pattern:

Yarn: Rowan Handknit Cotton in three shades. Ecru (colour A), Ice Water (colour B) and Linen (colour C). The cross stitch is done in Rico Creative Cotton Dark Blue

Crochet hook: 3.5 mm

The pattern is written in UK crochet terms. For US readers, the DC is SC.

Using colour A, chain 20.

Row 1: DC in 2nd chain from the hook, DC to end (19 DC).

Continue working in DC as follows:

Row 2 – 4: colour B

Row 5: colour A

Row 6: colour C

Row 7: colour B

Row 8 – 9: colour C

Row 10: colour A

Row 11 – 12: colour B

Row 13: colour A

Row 14: colour B

Row 15 – 17: colour C

Row 18 – 19: colour A

Row 20: colour B

Block the square using the wet block technique. Use dark blue to cross stitch DAD down the left side of the coaster. Leave two rows unworked at the top and bottom, and one DC stitch unworked on the side.

cross stitch pattern for DAD

If you want to know more about cross stitching onto crochet, I explain it more fully in this post.

I hope you enjoy making this striped coaster for Dad. The pattern is listed on Ravelry, so please link your projects so that I can see your coasters!