Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sunburst Coaster Pattern


Hey Blogland! Question: can you ever have too many coasters? I'll help you with the answer: NOPE ;)

Coasters are great for using under cups, teapots, plants and so on, and it's always practical to have a few different sizes lying around. So I thought I'd share a pattern I made up the other day, featuring the first few rounds of the Sunburst Granny Pattern. Hope you enjoy!!

Sizes & yarn
I used a 4mm crochet hook and Schachenmayr SMC Bravo. This yarn is 100% acrylic, machine washable and it comes in many, many great colors. The finished coaster is about 16 cm/6 inches across.

Stitches
Single crochet (sc): insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops on hook.

Half double crochet (hdc): yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull loop through stitch (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook.

Double crochet (dc): yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull loop through stitch (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through two loops on hook (2 loops remaining on hook). Yarn over and pull through two remaining loops on hook.

Double crochet two together in same space (dc2tog): yarn over, insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull loop through stitch (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook hook in same space, yarn over and pull loop through stitch (4 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through 3 loops.

Puff stitch: *yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch and draw yarn through stitch* three times (7 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook. Chain 1 to lock.

Cluster stitch: *yarn over, insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops* 4 times (5 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.

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Note: scroll down to the bottom of this post for a more compact version of the pattern!
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Round 1
Start with a magic circle.

Chain 3 (counts as first dc) and crochet 11 dc's into the magic circle. Join with slip stitch to the beginning chain 3 and fasten off. (12 dc's total)



Round 2
Attach next color, chain 1, puff stitch in same space between dc's of previous round. Continue with crocheting a puff stitch in each space from previous round and join with a slip stitch to the first puff stitch. Fasten off. (12 puff stitches in total) 



Round 3
Attach next color, chain 2, (cluster stitch, chain 2) in the same space and repeat *cluster stitch, chain 2* in each space between puff stitches of previous round. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning cluster stitch. Fasten off. (12 cluster stitches in total) 



Round 4
Attach next color, chain 3 (counts as first dc) and in same space between cluster stitches of previous round crochet 2 dc's, ch 1. Repeat *3 dc, ch1* in every space. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning ch3 and fasten off. (36 dc's in total)



Round 5
Attach next color, chain 3 and in same space between dc's of previous round crochet 1 dc (counts as first dc2tog). Now repeat dc2tog in every space between every dc of previous round. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning ch 3 and fasten off.  (36 stitches in total) 



Round 6
Attach next color in space between dc2tog's of previous round, chain 2 (counts as first hdc) and in same space crochet 1 hdc. Repeat *2 hdc's* in every space between dc2tog's of previous round. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning ch 2 and fasten off. (72 hdc's in total)


Round 7
Attach next color in space between hdc's of previous round and chain 1. In the same space crochet 1 sc and repeat *1sc* in every space between hdc's of previous round. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning ch 2 and fasten off. (72 sc's in total)



And that's it! Quick and easy, and you can combine colors endlessy to create different sets of coasters. Enjoy!!!


Sunburst Coaster Pattern (compact version)

Round 1: Start with a magic circle.Chain 3 (counts as first dc) and crochet 11 dc's into the magic circle. Join with slip stitch to the beginning chain 3 and fasten off. (12 dc's total)

Round 2: Attach next color, chain 1, puff stitch in same space between dc's of previous round. Continue with crocheting a puff stitch in each space from previous round and join with a slip stitch to the first puff stitch. Fasten off. (12 puff stitches in total) 

Round 3: Attach next color, chain 2, (cluster stitch, chain 2) in the same space and repeat *cluster stitch, chain 2* in each space between puff stitches of previous round. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning cluster stitch. Fasten off. (12 cluster stitches in total) 

Round 4: Attach next color, chain 3 (counts as first dc) and in same space between cluster stitches of previous round crochet 2 dc's, ch 1. Repeat *3 dc, ch1* in every space. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning ch3 and fasten off. (36 dc's in total)

Round 5: Attach next color, chain 3 and in same space between dc's of previous round crochet 1 dc (counts as first dc2tog). Now repeat dc2tog in every space between every dc of previous round. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning ch 3 and fasten off.  (36 stitches in total) 

Round 6: Attach next color in space between dc2tog's of previous round, chain 2 (counts as first hdc) and in same space crochet 1 hdc. Repeat *2 hdc's* in every space between dc2tog's of previous round. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning ch 2 and fasten off. (72 hdc's in total)

Round 7: Attach next color in space between hdc's of previous round and chain 1. In the same space crochet 1 sc and repeat *1sc* in every space between hdc's of previous round. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning ch 2 and fasten off. (72 sc's in total)



Sunday, August 2, 2015

Weekend Getaways



Spending the night in a castle? YES PLEASE! ;) This weekend my sister and I drove to Limburg - a southern province of the Netherlands - to soak up some sunshine, hike in style, have breakfast by the waterside and do some shopping. Apart from enjoying all the laughter and fun I was also once again very grateful for the way my life turned out this past year. A new city, a new home, a new job… and my driver's license and first car! After doing all my traveling - including holidays - by public transportation or hitching rides for decades, there is something so incredibly freeing and adventurous about throwing your stuff in a car and just GO. It was something I had been craving for years, so it feels really good to have finally provided this for myself. 

Can't wait for all the other roadtrips in my future!! :)

















Sunday, July 12, 2015

Summertime!


Summertime made me forget how to blog!!! ;) 

Seriously people, I can't even believe it's been TWO MONTHS since my last post!! This year is just flying by like crazy. Fortunately I filled my time with nothing but good stuff. I enjoyed a week off from work to further explore my new hometown, enjoying the sunshine, strolling around the city centre, riding my bike through the surrounding countryside, visiting the zoo and the local movie theatre. In short: I'm still settling in LIKE A BOSS ;) Then I started a new job in Amsterdam, meeting new people and enjoying the change of scenery. And in between there was lots of family and friends, a bluegrass festival, good food, (iced) coffee, visiting Hollands first cat-cafe Kopjes in Amsterdam, fancy sushi, barbecuing in the park, a heatwave and lots of ice cream. Oh, and to top it all off: I started volunteering at the local animal shelter! 

So here are some snapshots I took along the way. And here's for hoping the second half of summer will be as lovely as the first :)











Friday, May 8, 2015

#nofilter


Taking snapshots with my iPhone and editing them on Instagram is a lot of fun and incredibly convenient. I love how easy it has become to document everyday life and collect moments and memories! :) But it's also fun to grab my DSLR every once in a while to shoot some pictures not in need of a filter. To use the settings and natural lighting to create pictures that are ready to go, bursting with color. Of course, it also helps when you have some pretty flowers at your disposal ;)




Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello Spring :)


I feel like Spring is off to a late start this year… There are still too many rainy days with low temperatures for my taste! Fortunately there have also been a few very lovely warm days filled with sunshine, outdoor activities and admiring the blooming Wild, family-trips to the zoo, slow evening strolls, birthday celebrations, goodbye parties, presents, flowers and lots of coffee :)

Let's hope Spring has a lot more sunny days in store for us in the upcoming weeks :)














Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Goodbye Arnhem!


For the past six months I've been working in Arnhem and last week we got to visit a building project at Central Station - very interesting and a great opportunity for some snapshots :) The visit also came just in time for me, since it was my last week on the job. Going behind the scenes of such a large project was a fun send-off - I really grew fond of this city and all the people I met there. 

So goodbye Arnhem! I'm off to my next adventure :)