Wednesday, 8 February 2017

BEAUTIFUL LIGHT CATCHER OR A SNOWFLAKE COASTER - 2

crochet sun catcher, crochet doily

BEAUTIFUL LIGHT CATCHER OR A SNOWFLAKE COASTER - 2


One look at this cute little snowflake like pattern, and I knew I had to make it.  Yesterday I shared another pattern for a light catcher or a coaster .. and I think that this too will be a lovely addition to a side table as a tiny coaster, or it can be used as a 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.

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

fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

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 double treble crochet (dtr) :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Byc31njfIHc

How to crochet the treble / triple 2-together (trc 2-tog) : If you’ve worked a dc 2-tog, then this is a lot like that, just that you work it with a trc.
*yo two times, insert hk into st ; yo and pull up a lp ; [yo, draw through 2 lps] ; rep [to] once ; rep *to* once more ; yo and draw through all 3 lps on hk.  One trc 2-tog complete.

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

dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 3 times (4 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 3-tog made.


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
trc : Treble / Triple crochet 
dtr : Double treble crochet


Instructions : (Using U.S Terminology)

crochet doily, crochet sun catcher

crochet sun catcher, crochet doily

If you decide to make this a window ornament or a light catcher, you may need to attach on a few crystals or beads.

So you could attach them all around the edges, in which case you need to add 30 beads onto your thread before you start.

If you decide to throw in a few beads in the picots along the centre as well, you need to add 6 more beads.

So here’s what I suggest.. work one little motif and see how you like it with the suggestions given so far, and then you can spatter on more beads for the next and following creations. 

Right then, get your little beads on if you’re using them, and let’s get started.

I am using a metallic yarn, which has its own sparkle, so am not adding any beads for this creation.

Please remember that if you are making a coaster with this, then a rounded bead will not sit flat (or allow anything to sit flat) on the table.  It will serve a decorative purpose but you cannot use it as a base for anything else – i.e you cannot place a plate or cup on it, as the beads will not allow the object to sit flat.




Start with a magic circle and 6 sc in that circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 1 : dc in the 1st sc ;
*ch 3, dc in the next sc* ;
rep *to* all around ; ch 3 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)



Round 2 : dc in the 1st dc ;
*(dc ; dc + picot ; dc) all in the next ch-3 sp ; dc in the next dc* ;
rep *to* all around ;
join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

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

Round 4 : (4 dc ; ch 2, 4 dc) all in the 1st ch-2 sp ;
*ch 2, sc in the next ch-9 sp ; ch 2, (4 dc ; ch 2, 4 dc) all in the next ch-2 sp* ;
rep *to* all around ; and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 5 : sl-st into the 1st ch-2 sp ; (4 dc ; ch 2, 4 dc) all in the same ch-2 sp ;
*ch 3, sc in the next sc ; ch 3, (4 dc ; ch 2, 4 dc) all in the next ch-2 sp* ;
rep *to* all around ; and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.


In our final round, we’ll work in our ch-3 picot once again.

Round 6 : sl-st into the 1st ch-2 sp ;
([dc + picot ; dc ; dc + picot ; dc] ; ch 2, rep [to]) all in the same ch-2 sp ;
*ch 4, sc + picot in the next sc ; ch 4, rep (to) all in the next ch-2 sp* ;
rep *to* all around ; and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

crochet sun catcher, crochet doily


Fasten off and weave in ends.. And Ta-Da.. this is the beauty you've created!

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