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Large Pastel Snowflake Coaster

Designed by Sandi Marshall

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Snowflake Coaster designed by Sandi Marshall
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This snowflake design coaster is large enough to be used with a big mug of hot chocolate. I crocheted examples in pastel colors but you might have other favorite colors in mind to use.

Abbreviations: ch = chain, ea = each, dc = double crochet, rnd = round, sc = single crochet, sl st = slip stitch, sp = space, st = stitch, sts = stitches

Materials: about 1/8 oz. any worsted weight yarn for the main color, small amount of white for outside round, US size H hook

Finished Size: About 6 1/2 inches when made through round 6. When round 7 is added, coaster is about 8 inches wide at widest point (from tip of one 3-picot group to tip of the 3-picot group on opposite edge). You can vary the finished size by using a different weight of yarn and different size of hook.

Special Techniques:
Crochet in a Chain Space - Instructions link, with photos: how-to
3-picot group - Instruction links, with step-by-step photos: steps 1 - 4 . steps 5 - 7

Pattern Note: When making any picot in rounds 6 and 7, where the pattern says to "sl st in first ch" of a ch-3 or ch-4, the slip stitch is made in the first chain that was made for that ch-3 or ch-4 (not in the chain closest to the hook).

Starting Chain: ch 6, join with a slip stitch in the first ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ring, (ch 2, 2 dc in ring) 5 times, then ch 2, sl st in top ch of beginning ch-3 of this round.

Rnd 2: ch 1, sc in same place as sl st just made, sc in next dc, * (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sc in ea of next 2 dc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 4 more times, then (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sl st in first sc of this round.

Rnd 3: sl st in ea of next 2 sc, ch 1, sc in same place as last sl st just made, * (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sc in next sc, ch 2, skip next 2 sc, sc in next sc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 4 more times, then (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sc in next sc, ch 2, skip next 2 sc, sl st in first sc of this round.

Rnd 4: sl st in next sc, ch 3 (counts as first dc), * (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, 2 dc in ch-2 sp, ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 4 more times, then (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, 2 dc in ch-2 sp, ch 1, skip next sc, sl st in top ch of beginning ch-3 of this round.

Rnd 5: ch 1, sc in same place as sl st just made, sc in next dc, * (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sc in ea of next 2 dc, sc in ch-1 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in ea of next 2 dc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 4 more times, then (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sc in ea of next 2 dc, sc in ch-1 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, sc in next ch-1 sp, sl st in first sc of this round.

Rnd 6: ch 1, sc in same place as sl st just made, sc in ea of next 2 sc, * (sc, ch 3, sl st in first ch of ch-3 to make a picot, sc) all in ch-2 sp, sc in ea of next 4 sc, (sc, ch 3, sl st in first ch of ch-3 to make a picot, ch 4, sl st in first ch of ch-4 to make another picot, ch 3, sl st in first ch at base of ch-3 just made to make a third picot, sc) all in next ch-2 sp, sc in ea of next 4 sc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 4 more times, then (sc, ch 3, sl st in first ch of ch-3 to make a picot, sc) all in ch-2 sp, sc in ea of next 4 sc, (sc, ch 3, sl st in first ch of ch-3 to make a picot, ch 4, sl st in first ch of ch-4 to make another picot, ch 3, sl st in first ch at base of ch-3 just made to make a third picot, sc) all in next ch-2 sp, sc in next sc, sl st in first sc of this round.

Rnd 7: Join white yarn in the center of one of the single picots, ch 1, sc in same place where yarn was attached, * ch 3, skip 2 sc, sc in next sc, ch 4, skip next 3 sc, (sc, ch 3, sl st in first ch of ch-3 to make a picot, ch 4, sl st in first ch of ch-4 to make another picot, ch 3, sl st in first ch at base of ch-3 just made to make a third picot, sc) all in 2nd picot of next 3-picot group, ch 4, skip next 3 sc, sc in next sc, ch 3, skip next 2 sc, sc in center of next single picot **, repeat the directions between * and ** 4 more times, then ch 3, skip 2 sc, sc in next sc, ch 4, skip next 3 sc, (sc, ch 3, sl st in first ch of ch-3 to make a picot, ch 4, sl st in first ch of ch-4 to make another picot, ch 3, sl st in first ch at base of ch-3 just made to make a third picot, sc) all in 2nd picot of next 3-picot group, ch 4, skip next 3 sc, sc in next sc, ch 3, skip next 2 sc, sl st in first sc of this round.
End off, leaving a strand for weaving in. Weave in the ends, to secure.

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