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Sara M

About Sara M

Hi there, I’m Sara of Sunflower Cottage Crochet. Designer, blogger, and mother of one amazing little girl whom inspires me each day! Crocheting helps my anxiety by keeping my mind busy and is very satisfying to do. We have a saying in the crochet world: “I turned a string into a thing!” My goals with my business are to have a thriving blog, Etsy shop, and YouTube channel. My expertise is used to provide tutorials and new patterns to crocheters of all levels. Join me at www.sunflowercottagecrochet.com.

Jorja Collection: Placemat Crochet Pattern

By Crochet Contributor Sara. Follow Sara on her blog, Sunflower Crochet Cottage.

I’ve been wanting to make myself some new placemats for what seems like forever. We had the covered corkboard ones that you can get in any homewares shop, and they bare the scars of a well-used life. There is paint that will not come off, patches where the top has rubbed away when I have cleaned them, some are sunlight faded because our kitchen table is next to our French doors. You know the drill – old and tired but perfect for the kids doing arts and crafts or slopping food all over them while being daft at dinner. My daughter is almost 8 and so I am getting to the point where I would like my home to look less like a creche and have nice things again.

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Jorja Collection: Coaster Crochet Pattern

By Crochet Contributor Sara. Follow Sara on her blog, Sunflower Crochet Cottage.

We are excited to share with a piece of our new Jorja Table Set Collection. The Jorja Collection is simple (both to make and in design) but stylish, a collection that could be easily worked up to suit any taste and décor around the home just by the choice of colors.

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Stitch of the Week: Paired Single Crochet

By Crochet Contributor Sara. Follow Sara on her blog, Sunflower Crochet Cottage.

Welcome to Stitch of the Week! This week’s tutorial is the paired single crochet stitch.

Also known as the interlocking single crochet stitch, this is a quick and easy stitch to do. It is worked by single crocheting two-together across the row. To keep the stitch count, each stitch will be worked twice, as well as starting each row with a single crochet in the first stitch.

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4th Of July Crochet Bunting Pattern

By Crochet Contributor Sara. Follow Sara on her blog, Sunflower Crochet Cottage.

With the 4th of July coming up on us quick, I wanted one more good crochet pattern to add to the list.

This garland works up quick and is easy to do. Plus it requires very little yarn to make!

For this crochet pattern, we used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in white, cherry red, and royal blue. About half of a skein of each color (maybe a little more of the white).

 

GRAB YOUR HOOK AND LET’S GET GOING!

MATERIALS:

GAUGE:

8 DC rows and 18 DCs = 6”x 6” Square

PATTERN NOTES:

Chain 3 at the beginning does count as a dc.
Be sure to check the special stitches section for video tutorials.
I recommend blocking each of your pieces so that they are the correct shapes and therefore aren’t curling on you.

You can make as many or as few of each part of the bunting as you wish, to customize the length. Pattern is written for a fairly long bunting.

ABBREVIATIONS

Ch—Chain
St(s)—Stitch(es)
Dc—Double crochet
XS—Cross Stitch
Sp(s)—Space(s)
Rep—Repeat
to–Repeat the instructions written between the two *
Tc—Turning chain
HDC—Half-double crochet
YO—yarn over
FO—fasten off

SPECIAL STITCHES

Cross Stitch—Skip next stitch, work a DC in next, work another DC in the skipped stitch going behind the DC just made. Video here.

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS: SWAG

(make 2) Starting with Red:

Row 1: Ch4, 7dc in 4th ch from hook. (8 dc)

Row 2: Ch3, turn, dc in same as turning ch, 2dc in each st being sure to put 2dc in turning chain.

For Row 3: Ch3, turn, dc in same as tc, dc in next st, *2dc in next st, dc in next st*, rep from *to*to end, placing 1dc in tc from previous row.

Row 4: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in next 2 sts, *2dc, dc in next 2 sts*, rep *to*, ending with 1dc in tc from previous row. Change to white.

Row 5: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts rep to, ending with 1dc in tc.

Row 6: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in next 4 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts rep to ending with 1dc in tc.

YOU’RE DOING GREAT!

Row 7: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in next 5 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts rep to, ending with 1dc in tc.

Row 8: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in next 6 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 6 sts rep to, ending with 1dc in tc. Change to Blue.

For Row 9: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in next 7 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 7 sts rep to, ending with 1dc in tc.

Row 10: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in next 8 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 8 sts rep to, ending with 1dc in tc.

Next, Row 11: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in next 9 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 9 sts rep to, ending with 1dc in tc.

And Row 12: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in next 10 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 10 sts rep to, ending with 1dc in tc.

FO, weave in ends.

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS: PENNANT

Make 1 of each red, white, and blue.
Row 1: Ch4, dc in 4th ch from hook.

Row 2: Ch3, turn, dc in same, 2dc in tc.

For Row 3: Ch3, turn, dc in same, X st over next 2 sts (see special sts), 2dc in tc.

Row 4: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in across to last st, 2dc in tc.

Row 5: Ch3, turn, dc in same, X st across to last st, 2dc in tc.

Next, Row 6: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc across to last st, 2dc in tc.

Row 7: Ch3, turn, dc in same, X st across to last st, 2dc in tc.

KEEP GOING…

Row 8: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in ea st across to last st, 2dc in tc.

For Row 9: Ch3, turn, dc in same, X st across to last st, 2dc in tc.

Row 10: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc across to last st, 2dc in tc.

Row 11: Ch3, turn, dc in same, X st across to last st, 2dc in tc.

For Row 12: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc across to last st, 2dc in tc.

Row 13: Ch3, turn, dc in same, X st across to last st, 2dc in tc.

Row 14: Ch3, turn, dc in same, dc in across to last st, 2dc in tc.

And Row 15: Ch3, turn, dc in same, X st across to last st, 2dc in tc.

BORDER:

Ch1, turn your work so that you are working down the side, next, evenly sc around entire triangle, then ss to first sc. FO, weave in ends.

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS: STAR

With white, make 2
Rnd 1: MR, ch3, 2dc, ch2, [3dc, ch2] until you have 5 3dc, ch2 sections, ss to top of ch3.

**FROM HERE, YOU’RE MAKING THE POINTS OF THE STAR IN STEPS, THEREFORE, EACH POINT IS THEN JOINED TO THE PREVIOUS ROUND AS FOLLOWS: 

Step 1: Ch6, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, tr in next 2 chs, ss to next ch2 sp.

Steps 2-5: repeat step 1. SS to final ch2 sp and ch 21. FO, weave in ends

ASSEMBLY:

Here we will create a long chain, thus connecting the swags, pennants, and stars to the chain, finally, being sure to leave a long enough chain on both ends for fastening to where you plan to hang your finished piece.

WITH WHITE: 

  1. Ch25, pick up the blue pennant and sc along the top of that (this connects it to the chain).
  2. Ch10, grab a star and sc into the top of the chain from the star.
  3. Ch10, grab a swag, sc evenly along the top of the swag.
  4. Ch10, grab the white pennant, sc along the top.

ALMOST THERE….

  1. Ch10, grab a swag and sc evenly across the top.
  2. Ch10, grab a star and sc into the top of the chain from the star.
  3. Ch10, grab the red pennant and sc across the top.
  4. Ch26, FO, weave in ends. (the extra ch at the end is for fastening off thus ending up with 25 chains still).
    Weave in ends.

YOU’RE ALL DONE! NOW HANG IT UP FOR ALL TO SEE!

We hope that you enjoy this crochet pattern as much as we do! 4th of July will now be extra festive at your house!

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