Summer Solstice Table Topper and Coasters ~
Free Crochet Pattern
Summer is here!! What better way to celebrate than to put out a nice spread on the back deck, complete with a pitcher of something cold and sweet – and what better way to present your sweet tea, Sangria, or fruit punch than with a bright and cheerful crocheted sun motif with matching coasters.
This Summer Solstice Table Topper and Coasters was stitched by Nicole Cormier of Tunisian Crochet Chick, exclusively for American Crochet.
This works up quickly and makes a nice addition to a BBQ hostess gift. This is a departure from my usual style, which is Tunisian crochet. I wanted to do something in good old fashioned regular crochet for a change. We hope you enjoy it!
One skein Herrschner’s Heritage Cotton, yellow
One skein Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, lemon swirl ombre
Stitch markers (optional)
Coasters (make 4)
Using the 5.0mm hook and Heritage Cotton, make a magic loop and work 24 dc into the loop before drawing it closed. To make the first dc: draw up a loop that is about ¾ the height of a dc stitch and proceed with making a regular dc. This eliminates the “Ch 3” that often counts as a stitch, but can leave a hole in your work. Join the round with a slip stitch into the top of the first dc.
Rnd 2: Work a dc, ch 3 in the first stitch, skipping the next one, work like this around, for a total of 12 dc, and 12 ch 3 spaces; join the last ch 3 to the first dc with a slip stitch.
Rnd 3: Slip stitch into the next chain space, work 4 dc, ch 1 in each chain space around; join round with a slip stitch. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Sunshine Motif: Using 6.0mm hook and Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, work center of sun as for coasters, but do not fasten off at the end of round three. Instead, proceed as follows:
Rnd 4: Slip stitch into next ch 1 space, work sc, ch 5 in this ch space and in each ch space around; join round with a slip stitch and cut yarn.
Rnd 5: Attach Heritage Cotton in any sc, working around, * sc in sc, ch 1, shell (3dc-ch1-3dc in ch 5 space), ch 1 * ; join round with slip stitch.
Rnd 6: As fifth round, but work ch 2 in between sc and shell instead of ch 1.
Rnd 7: Slip stitch into ch 1 sp of shell, work sc, ch 7 in each ch 1 sp of shell; join rounds with slip stitch.
Rnd 8: Working around, * sc in sc, ch 1, shell (4dc-ch1-4dc in ch 7 space), ch 1 * ; join round with slip stitch. Cut Heritage Cotton, attach Bernat Handicrafter.
Rnd 9: As eighth round, but work ch 2 between sc and shell instead of ch 1.
Rnd 10: As ninth round, but work ch 3 between sc and shell.
Fasten off, weave in ends. Pin and block to form points in the last round of shells.