Crochet Tutorial #1: Cute Watermelon Coasters Pattern!

Hey my lovelies! The weather might not feel like summer, but I’ve been creating some bright and summery crochet creations to get us all in the mood when the weather does finally catch up. I’ve always loved watermelon designs so just had to make these little cuties! I have only been crocheting around a month, and this is my first tutorial, so please be kind! I hope you enjoy this pattern.
You will need: 

Red Yarn
Cream Yarn
Green Yarn
Black Yarn
Crochet Hook 
Scissors
Yarn Needle
My coasters were made using DK wool and a 4mm crochet hook. 
Stitches:

I would love to post a tutorial on stitches, however I can assure you no amount of words is going to help compared to watching a YouTube video, and there are hundreds of amazing tutorials on there. That is how I taught myself by looking at a similar pattern and watching videos on each stitch until I had mastered it, I still look up any stitches I am not sure of, a really great way to learn. πŸ™‚  
chain stitch (ch), 
double crochet (dc), 
half double crochet (hdc), 
single crochet (sc), 
slip stitch (sl)
*please note I have used US stitch terminology, yes I know I am British but most YouTubers and patterns are using US terms so this is how I have learned. It’s easier to be honest as most things are in US. 
The Pattern: 

1. With the red yarn, make a slip knot and chain 4 stitches. 
2. Slip stitch into the first stitch to make a little circle. 
3. Chain stitch 3, this will act as your first double crochet. 
4. Double crochet a further 11 stitches into the circle you have created. 
5. Slip stitch into the first double crochet stitch to form your first complete circle. 

6. Continue with the red yarn, chain stitch 3, this will act as your first double crochet in this round.

7. Double crochet into the same stitch, so there are now 2 stitches in the same space.

8. Continue this pattern, two double crochet stitches (dc) into each of the spaces from the previous round to form 24 stitches in total.

9. Slip stitch into the first stitch in the round to create a full circle. Tie off your yarn and cut.

10. Add the cream yarn in any space from the previous round. Chain stitch 2. This will act as your first half double crochet (hdc).

11. Continue with this stitch, forming 2 half double crochets (hdc) in each space, until you have 48 stitches in total.

12. Slip stitch into first cream stitch, creating a full circle. Tie off your yarn and cut leaving a small tail.

13. Add green yarn through any of the spaces from the previous round. Chain stitch 1, this will become your first single crochet in this round.

14. Continue to single crochet stitch in each space, creating 48 in total.

15. Slip stitch into the first green stitch to create a full circle. Tie yarn off and cut.

Final stage! Take a black yarn and stitch in some little ‘seeds’. 
Finishing touches: Use your yarn needle to tidy up and loose ends and tails. 
There we have it! Lovely summer Watermelon Coasters. 

Enjoy! Let me know if you try this pattern.
What is your current crochet project? 
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