Tuesday, 7 February 2017

BEAUTIFUL LIGHT CATCHER OR A SNOWFLAKE COASTER - 1

crochet light catcher, crochet doily

BEAUTIFUL LIGHT CATCHER OR A SNOWFLAKE COASTER - 1


crochet light catcher, crochet doily

One look at this cute little snowflake like pattern, and I knew I had to make it.  This will be a lovely addition to a side table as a tiny coaster, or it can be used as a beautiful light catcher / window hanging ornament as well.  Throw in a few crystals or beads and watch it catch the light as you hang this off your window.  Add in a few bells of the bottom and it will make a cute tingling sound as it catches the breeze too. 

So many ideas… One small ornament… don’t you agree that you just must make this too?

Materials usedToday I have used our lovely Indian Red Rose metallic cotton yarn with a 1.3 mm crochet hook.
You can use any knitting cotton (Indian Red rose, Indian Shilpa, Indian Red heart, Indian Anchor knitting cotton or Indian White rose knitting cotton) for this creation with similarly stupendous results.

Optional : Information has been given in case you would like to add beads.  Please read through and decide on the number required before you start your work.

Difficulty level : Intermediate Skill level

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual dc row start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row. Do take a look at this self explanatory video at http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/ .  In case you are unhappy with this start, do continue with the usual ch 2 or ch 3 start.  However, all instructions are given assuming that you’re using this chainless dc start. 

How to do a picot stitch :A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8


Abbreviations used :  Using U.S Terminology

fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 ch : Chain
dc : Double crochet                                               sp(s) : Space(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                        hk : Hook
lp : Loop(s)                                                                 yo : Yarn Over
sk : Skip                                                                      sc : Single crochet


Instructions : (Using U.S Terminology)




If you decide to use beads, here’s what you would like to calculate before you start.
1.       Where would you like your beads?  If you decide to have your beads along the last round, then you could add 30 beads, with a calculation of 5 beads per snowflake corner.
2.     If you decide to use a bead in the middle instead of the picot, then there are a total of 12 picot, so you could add in 12 beads and where it reads (sc + picot + sc) in the pattern, you could work a (sc + bead + sc).

Start with a magic circle and 12 sc in that circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.
You may want to keep a small opening along the centre, especially if you are going to use this as a window ornament, in which case you can hang a small shiny bead off this centre.



Round 1 : sc in the 1st 2 sc ;
*ch 11, sc in the next 2 sc* ;
rep *to* all around ; ch 11 and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

In the following round, we will be working off the 1st ch-11 sp made.  You will need to sl-st till the centre of this sp, so you will either sl-st or you can cut off your yarn at the end of Round 1, and re-attach in the centre of the 1st ch-11 sp.

Round 2 : sl-st into the 1st ch-11 sp , 4 dc in the same ch-11 sp ; ch 5, 4 dc in the same ch-11 sp ;
*ch 2, 4 dc in the next ch-11 sp ; ch 9, 4 dc in the same ch-11 sp* ;
rep *to* all around ; ch 2, and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

We will be working a large set of stitches all in the ch-9 sps all around, and it will all be in one (to) parenthesis / brackets, so please be patient and try to follow along with the chart as well. 

Round 3 : sl-st into the 1st ch-9 sp ,
(5 dc ; ch 2, 3 dc ; ch 9, 3 dc ; ch 2, 5 dc) all in the same ch-9 sp ;
*sc in the next ch-2 sp ; rep (to) once* ;
rep *to* all around ; and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

In the following round, we’ll work in a ch-3 picot ; which is (ch 3, sl-st in the 3rd ch from hk). 

Once again we will be working a large set of stitches, this time in the ch-9 sp between the two 3-dc sets. 

As mentioned at the start, this is the round that you could add those 30 beads, if you have decided you want them at the end of each snowflake.

As all of us may not want the bead, I am going to add in this part of the instruction in red as Round 4A.  Please skip Round 4 in this case, and read your instructions below.



Round 4 : sc in the 1st 5 dc ;
*[sc + picot + sc all in the next ch-2 sp] ; sc in the next 3 dc ;
(ch 3, 2 trc ; ch 3, sc ; all in the next ch-9 sp) ;
rep (to) 4 times all in the same ch-9 sp ;
sc in the next 3 dc ;
rep [to] once ; sc in the next 5 dc ; sl-st on the next sc ; sc in the next 5 dc* ;
rep *to* all around ; and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Optional Bead addition Round 4A : sc in the 1st 5 dc ;
*[sc + picot + sc all in the next ch-2 sp] ; sc in the next 3 dc ;
(ch 3, trc + bead + trc ; ch 3, sc ; all in the next ch-9 sp) ;
rep (to) 4 times all in the same ch-9 sp ;
sc in the next 3 dc ;
rep [to] once ; sc in the next 5 dc ; sl-st on the next sc ; sc in the next 5 dc* ;
rep *to* all around ; and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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