Free! Daffodil Coaster Crochet Pattern

This pattern was originally published in Take A Break Makes Magazine March 2019.

Perfect some basic crochet stitches, colour changes and the Invisible Fasten Off method and add a splash of cheery sunshine and colour to your kitchen table by making these simple coasters. Made using Aran weight cotton yarn these coasters work up quickly and are a great beginners project. The yarn recommended will be enough to make a set of four for you, and a friend!

NOTE: Aran weight yarn often recommends a 5mm hook or bigger to work with. By using a 4.5mm hook the coaster will be a firmer and sturdier piece of fabric when finished.

You will need:
4.5mm crochet hook
Rico Creative Cotton Yarn, Aran weight in
49 Green, 40 Light Green, 68 Banana, 63 Light Yellow, 72 Smoky Orange,
Scissors
Tapestry Needle
Coaster size when finished: 4” / 10cm diameter
Stitches used: (UK terms)
Chain – ch
Treble crochet – tr
Treble 2/3 together – tr2tog / tr3tog
Double crochet – dc
Slip Stitch – slst

How to make an invisible fasten off:
The invisible fasten off is a useful method for the last round of work, and as the name suggests makes the fastening off invisible! After the last stitch is worked, cut the yarn about 15cm from the crochet and pull it through the last stitch. Thread the yarn tail onto the needle and sew it through the first stitch worked. Then take the needle over the last stitch worked and pull the yarn through the middle. Pull the yarn through carefully so that it looks exactly like the top of the crochet stitches. Weave the ends in.

Method:

  1. Using Smoky Orange, ch 4. Slst into 1st ch to make a loop. Ch 3 (counts as the 1st treble in this round and throughout the pattern). 11 tr into loop. (12 stitches) Slst into the 3rd ch and fasten off.
  1. Join Banana into any stitch, ch 3. Work one tr into the same stitch. Do 2 tr into every stitch, (24 stitches) slip stitch into the 3rd chain and fasten off.
  1. Join Pale Yellow into any stitch and ch 2. Treble 2 together by pulling yarn over hook, inserting the hook into the next stitch, yarn round the hook and pull through.(3 loops on hook) Now put yarn round the hook and insert into the next stitch, yarn
    round the hook and pull through, (4loops on hook). Yarn round the hook again and pull through all 4 loops on the hook. Ch 5, then tr 3 together using the next three stitches. Repeat ch5 and tr3tog 6 more times. Chain 5 and slst into 1st ch of 1st ch5 and fasten off. (1 tr2tog cluster, 7 tr3tog clusters, 8 chain 5 spaces).
  1. Join Light Green into any ch5 space. Ch 3. 4 tr into ch5 space, ch 1. Work 5 tr into the next chain space and ch 1, 6 more times. Join with a sl st into 3rd chain and fasten off. (8 5 treble groups, 8 1ch spaces)
  1. Join green into any treble stitch. Ch 1 and dc into the same stitch. Double crochet
    into every st around, working around the chain. When you come to the last stitch
    use the invisible join method to fasten off. Sew in all ends.

If your coaster is a little curled up at the edges you can wet block it to make it lie flat. Gently wet the coaster in cool water and lay on a folded towel to dry. Shape the coaster when it’s wet and use pins if necessary to hold it into shape. Allow to dry naturally and then your coaster is ready to use, time to pop the kettle on!

Washing Instructions
Pop your coasters in a small laundry bag when you need to wash them, wash at 30°C and reshape them afterwards as with the wet clocking method. You could change the daffodil yarn colours for other spring bulb colours too!

I hope you enjoy this free pattern! If you make any coasters I’d love to see them, please tag me on social media @shirleyrainbow_tb or send me an email! Any problems or queries, please get in touch.

You are welcome to sell items made from this pattern, however please credit Teresa Bettelley at Shirley Rainbow as the designer, thank you.

FREE! Valentine’s Hoop Art Tutorial

Last year I created a tutorial for Take a Break Magazine with instructions on how to make an embroidered Valentine’s Decoration and I can now share that with you here on the blog! It’s very simple, combining stitch details and a handy bit of glue to keep everything in place.

You will need:

7” Embroidery Hoop, available in craft shops

Fabric measuring 11” x 11” (If your fabric is thin you might need 2 layers.)

Felt

Buttons, ribbon, lace and decorative trims in colours that match your background fabric.

Needle, sewing or embroidery thread in contrasting shades to the felt and buttons.

Glue

Scissors

Piece of card at least 18cm /7” square

Pencil

Instructions:

1. Start by drawing round the outside of the inner ring of the embroidery hoop onto the card and cut the card circle out.

2. Secure the back ground fabric in the hoop by laying it over the inner hoop and pushing the outer hoop down over the fabric. Tighten the screw and check the fabric feels taut.

3. Cut 2 lengths of lace and ribbon 20cm/ 8” long. Cut 7 triangles of felt that measure 4cm/ 1.5” long on each side (or as many triangles as you need). Lay the lace and felt triangles onto the hoop and adjust the position until you are happy. Secure the lace with a tiny bit of glue, letting the ends hang over the edge of the hoop. Add a dab of glue to the felt triangles to secure them in place.

4. Thread the needle and use running stitch to stitch around the lower edge of each triangle. Fasten the thread off by weaving it through the back of the stitches.

5. Lay the ribbon over the lace and top edges of the triangles. Secure each end with a tiny dab of glue. Stitch buttons onto the ribbon.

6. Using another shade of thread stitch your message on to the bunting triangles. You could do initials and a heart, or a cheeky Valentines message!

7. Push the fabric out of the hoop. Tuck the ends of the ribbon and lace under the outer hoop and push the outer hoop back into place again.

8. Cut two little hearts out of felt and a length of lace and ribbon each 15cm long. Fold the ribbon and lace in half and stitch into place on the bunting. Stitch the felt heart on top of the folded lace and ribbon and add a button to decorate.

9. To finish the back of the hoop cut the background fabric to an inch away from the hoop all the way round. Put a thin layer of glue around the inner hoop and press the fabric into pace. Doing this in small sections makes it easier.

10.Finally, put a line of glue around the edge of your card circle and press into place.

And you’re done! If you make one I’d love to see it, either tag me on Instagram or send me an email, shirleyrainbow@outlook.com. You are welcome to sell products made to this design, please credit Teresa Bettelley at Shirley Rainbow as the designer and if possible link back to the blog post.

Teresa x

Crochet Star Bauble- Free Pattern! 


I’ve been very impressed over on Instagram by beautiful crocheted baubles. I obviously wanted to have a go at them myself, but to my absolute frustration none of the patterns I used seemed to work for me! They just didn’t fit the baubles I have. It’s either a tension thing, or something, I couldn’t work it out. So, undaunted (actually I was really irritated with myself) I made up my own pattern. And here it is… I hope you enjoy it!

To fit a bauble sized 6cm diameter. 

I used Stylecraft DK and a 4mm hook. I changed colour on each round.

Pattern in UK terms. 

Make 2. 

Chain 5, join with slst into first chain to make a ring.
Round 1: ch3, 11tr into ring and join with a slst into ch3. 12 st. Fasten off yarn.
Round 2: join in new colour between any two stitches- not into the top of the st. Ch3, 2tr into same space. Miss two st, 3tr into space 5 times, join with a slst into ch3. Fasten off. (18 st.)
Round 3: join new colour into any st. ch2, then work a 2tr bobble st into same st. Next st, work a 3tr bobble st, and repeat in every st round, join into ch2 and fasten off. (18st).
Round 4: join new colour in between any stitch. Ch 3, 1 tr into same st. Skip a st, 2 tr in next st, all around, join with a slst into ch3 and fasten off.
Round 5: join new colour in between 2 tr st, ch2, 1htr into same st. Skip a st, 2htr into next st, work all the way round and join with a slst into ch2, fasten off. 
To fasten the ends off I just knotted both ends together of each round tightly and cut off the excess. As the inside of the bauble is not going to be seen again or moved around I’m sure this will be sufficient! 
Sew the two halves together using a couple of whip stitches, then pop a bauble or polystyrene ball into one half and continue to whip st round joining the two halves together. Fasten yarn off and add a hanging loop. Hang on your Christmas tree and admire! 

To make a larger bauble 9cm diameter add the following 2 rounds after round 4:

Round 5: join new colour between two tr in the same st, work between st not into the top, ch 2, 2tr bobble st into the same space, ch1, then work a 3tr bobble st in between the next two tr from round 4. Work all the way round and join using a slst into ch2. Fasten off.

Round 6: join new colour into any st, ch1, dc into every st round, fasten with a slst.
Continue with Round 5 as Round 7.

I couldn’t resist making a mustard and grey bauble! 

Note: I hope you enjoy making your bauble. If you have any questions about the pattern please ask and I will help! If you make one and want to share it, tag me @shirleyrainbow_tb on Instagram, I’d love to see! Or pop a picture on my Facebook page, link in the sidebar. 

Please credit Shirley Rainbow if you make these baubles to sell, thank you 😊 

Happy Scrappy Crochet Garland- free pattern

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Hello!

I hope you’ve had a good weekend!

I’ve made a little garland for my daughters bedroom, and as it was really quick and easy to make I thought I’d share how to make it here! The style of this garland is not my own idea, I’ve seen several like this on Pinterest but this is my own version.

I used DK yarn and a 3mm hook for a dense, firm texture to my Granny Stars, but use any thicker yarn and a slightly smaller than recommended hook for the same result, but just a bit bigger than mine! My daughter, who is 2, chose the ribbons and I think she did pretty well!

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You will need:
Small amount of yarn for Granny Stars, I used an acrylic yarn, no idea what brand though!
Small amount on contrast yarn for hanging cord, I used some Rico Essentials Cotton
Scraps of ribbon in matching or contrast colours

Granny Stars- make 5, UK terms

( I’m calling them Granny Stars because they are made using clusters of trebles, like a Granny Square!)

Chain 5, use a slip st to join and make a ring.
Chain 3, 2 trebles into ring, chain 3, *3 trebles into ring, chain 3* 4 times (5 clusters and 5 ch spaces) join using slip st to join round.

Chain 6, 3 trebles into first chain space, *chain 3, 3 trebles * until final chain space, do 2 trebles and join using a slip stitch to 3rd chain in first ch6 made. Fasten off.

Using a contrasting yarn chain approx 20 stitches. Using a scrap of ribbon or lace, crochet over the middle of the ribbon to catch it firmly between the stitches. I didn’t count stitches between pieces of ribbon or stars, but there is approx 20-30 stitches between each piece. Continue like this adding a star and piece of ribbon alternately. (The order I used was 2 pieces of ribbon, star, ribbon, star, ribbon, star, ribbon, star, ribbon, star, ribbon, 2 pieces of ribbon) Finish with 20 chains and fasten off.

Weave in ends and ta-dah!! You’ve made a cute little garland!

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This is the first time I’ve written a crochet pattern so if there is anything you don’t understand please get in touch and I’ll do my best to help! If you do make a garland I’d LOVE to see it- email, or tag me on Twitter or Instagram (links to my accounts are on the right).

I’ve hung my garland on the window frame, using a bit of tape, so it’s a really quick way to decorate a space.

Teresa xx