Recently, I received in the mail a lovely package from Red Heart Yarn with some yarn I’ve never worked with before, Cordial Yarn. Needless to say I was happy.
I put the yarns aside and would look at it wondering what to make. I knew I wanted to work with their Cordial yarn first, as it was new to me and interesting. I decided to bring you a review of Cordial yarn and share with you a free crochet pattern called Raspberry Burst Coaster.
*DISCLAIMER* – I received the yarn for free from Red Heart but was not compensated to write up this review. Any thoughts on this yarn are purely my own.
Here are my thoughts on Red Heart’s Cordial yarn…
Cordial yarn is not your typical yarn where you immediately think of soft materials that you can create gorgeous wearables. It’s a sturdy, bulky weight (#5) yarn that retains its shape pretty well and made of 100% polyester. You can launder and dry it easy enough with no worries. There’s no need to block this yarn as it is a synthetic fiber.
It is a great yarn for making items for your home. I can tell you that it is great for macrame, if you make those. Here is a free macrame pattern. If you love crocheting items for your home that will be used constantly, Cordial is a great yarn for that. There are colors available that are vibrant, and when your stitches come together, it has a great effect.
When you use a smaller than suggested crochet hook, it creates beautiful, consistent and tight stitches, that I really love. Which is why when I started playing around with it, I knew instantly what I was going to make. I enjoy coasters and Cordial yarn is a great yarn to make coasters for your patio or outdoor furniture. It’s sturdy enough that it will hold up against the elements.
You can add this pattern to your Ravelry queue and favorite it here.
Free Raspberry Burst Coaster Crochet Pattern
Yarn Used and Suggested: Red Heart Cordial 100% polyester, 3.5 oz, #5, in the color Cheerful, 62 yards/57m
Hook size: I/5.5mm
Other Materials Used: Needle for weaving in ends
Gauge: Not important
Skill Level: Easy/Beginner
Abbreviation of Stitch(es) used, US terms:
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch
sk – skip
sp – space
rep – repeat
Special Stitches Used:
Magic circle – Here is a great video tutorial on how the magic circle is done from Cre8tion Crochet.
Ch1 does not count as a stitch.
You will join after each round with a sl st.
Round 1: Do a magic circle, ch1, 6sc, join, ch1
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around, join, ch1- 12sc
Round 3: 1sc in same st, 2sc in next st, *1sc in next st, 2sc in next* rep from * to * around, join, ch1 – 18sc
Round 4: 1sc in same st and in next st, 2 sc in next st, *1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next* rep from * to * around, join, ch1 – 24sc
Round 5: 1 sc in same st and in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st, *1sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next* rep from * to * around, join, ch1 – 30sc
Round 6: 1sc in same st, *ch3, sk one st, 1sc in next* rep from * to * around, join, ch1 – 15 ch3 sp, 15sc
Round 7: 1sc in same st, *ch5, sk ch3 sp, 1sc in next sc* rep from * to * around, join – 15 ch5 sp, 15sc
Fasten off and weave in ends.
One skein of Red Heart Cordial should yield 5 coasters.