rainbow pinwheel coaster: free crochet pattern

rainbow pinwheel coaster | crochet pattern by jakigu.com

I have a quick yet unique rainbow pinwheel coaster pattern for you today. It’s an ideal stash-buster that works up quite fast. But what I love about these pinwheel coasters the most is how versatile they are. The color combinations in which they can be worked are virtually endless! Can you imagine them worked in red, white, and blue for Independence day? Orange and charcoal grey – or purple! – for Halloween? In the colors of fall foliage for Thanksgiving? Red, green, and gold for Christmas? Or, why not go ahead and plan for next Easter right now? Think lovely spring pastels, mixed-and-matched to make them look like spring flowers. Aw! Wouldn’t it be cute?

You be the designer: let the pattern inspire you and then run wild with it! Make something truly yours; to fit your mood, home decor, or current season. One can never have enough coasters – and if they do, crochet coasters always make thoughtful, handmade gifts.

This rainbow pinwheel coaster pattern was originally published on my blog back in 2015. It is written in standard American terms and uses only basic crochet stitches. However, it calls for working in an unusual direction; and depending on how many colors you use, it might require several color changes and weaving in a few more ends. As this is a written pattern and not a visual guide, I wouldn’t recommend it to a novice crocheter as their first crochet project.

Rainbow Pinwheel Coaster: Materials and Techniques Overview

Materials:

*Medium-weight yarn (such as worsted) in the base color, and in 8 contrast colors
*4 mm hook
*Tapestry needle
*Scissors 

Finished Size:

Approximately 5 in (12.5 cm) in diameter.

Stitches and abbreviations :

ch         chain stitch
sl st     slip stitch
sc         single crochet
hdc      half-double crochet
dc         double crochet
sk skip
st(s) stitch (es)
sp space

How to read the pattern

All stitches separated by commas are meant to be worked into the same stitch of the previous round (or into the space specified).

Stitches following a dash are to be worked into the next stitch of the previous round (or the space specified).

How to work the stitches

Chain Stitch

Draw yarn though the loop on the hook.

Slip Stitch

Insert hook into a stitch – draw yarn through both the stitch and the loop on the hook.

Single Crochet

Insert hook into a stitch – yarn over and draw yarn through the stitch (=2 loops on the hook) – yarn over and draw yarn through both loops on the hook.

Half-Double Crochet

Yarn over – insert hook into a stitch – yarn over and draw yarn through the stitch (=3 loops on the hook) – yarn over and draw yarn through all three loops on the hook.

Double Crochet

Yarn over – insert hook into a stitch – yarn over and draw yarn through the stitch (=3 loops on the hook) – yarn over and draw yarn through 2 loops on the hook (=2 loops on the hook) – yarn over and draw yarn through remaining two loops on the hook.

Rainbow Pinwheel Coaster: Crochet Pattern

Round 1 (base color center):

ch 3 (count as a dc), 15 dc into adjustable ring – sl st into the third stitch of the starting ch 3 to join.

Round 2A (base color spikes):

ch 10 – [work into ch sts: sk 4, dc into 5th ch from the hook – dc into each of the next 3 sts – – hdc – sc] – sl st into the same dc of Round 1 from which ch 10 started – *sl st into each of the next 2 dcs – ch 10 – [work into ch sts: sk 4, dc into 5th ch from the hook – dc into each of the next 3 sts – hdc – sc] – sl st into the same dc of Round 1 from which ch 10 started]* repeat from * to * 7 times – sl st into the next st – break yarn, fasten off and weave ends in.

Round 2B (contrast color spikes):

*Join a new color by working a sl st into a Round 1 dc between the two base-color spikes – ch 10 – [work into ch sts: sk 4,dc into 5th ch from the hook -dc into each of the next 3 sts – hdc – sc] – sl st into the same dc of Round 1 from which ch 10 started – break yarn, fasten off and weave ends in.* Repeat from * to * 7 times once with each of the rainbow colors.

Round 3 (base color scalloped edge):

*work into ch 4 spaces at the outer tip of each spike: sl st, ch 3, sl st – ch 2* 16 times – sl st into the starting ch 3 to join.

Round 4: (base color scalloped edge, continued):

ch 2 (counts as a hdc), 3 hdc into the same ch-3 sp – *sc into the next ch 2 sp – 4 hdc into the next ch-3 sp* 15 times – sc into the next ch 2 sp – sl st to join – fasten off and weave ends in.


I’ll be adding new color combinations to this post’s gallery as I complete them. Would you like to share yours? Tag @instajakigu in your Instagram pictures so I can see them. Or, share pictures of your rainbow pinwheel coasters on my Facebook page.


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boxing ball crochet pattern

boxing ball crochet pattern | jakigu.com

Tetherball; boxing ball; kicking ball; punching bag; kick-boxing ball; ball-in-a-sock: it matters not what your child calls it. Just know that you as a parent will refer to it in your mind as the “magic ball.” The magic ball that burns all the extra energy before bedtime, and then some. The added bonus for you? Making one is super easy and quite relaxing with my free boxing ball crochet pattern, and it gives you a unique opportunity to bring your crochet creation outside. I think we need more outdoor crochet projects, don’t you?

This was truly one of those “real life crochet” projects I never planned to share with anyone. My husband had a basket ball that had a barely-noticeable lump. Other than not being able to play basketball with it (duh!) it appeared perfectly fine to me and I refused to throw it away.

Despite my best intentions, though, I had no idea how to repurpose the basket ball. Not until I saw an old picture of a DIY sock ball. That was my light bulb moment. From that moment on, my mission was clear.

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crochet pattern: rainbow bag

jakigu.com | rainbow bag crochet pattern

How is it mid-June already? It’s almost time for another quarterly newsletter! But first, here is the first free pre-release crochet pattern: a rainbow bag. You can read more about why I am publishing my patterns temporarily for free in this blog post.

Rainbows make my soul smile. And since real rainbows are hard to catch, I like to surround myself with as many rainbow colored items as I can. After all, one’s soul can never smile too much. This particular rainbow bag is the perfect size to store my journal and pens, but I’m sure you’ll find countless other uses for it. I’d love if you shared them in the comments!

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crochet snowflake 2019: free crochet pattern

jakigu.com | snowflake 2019 | free crochet pattern

It’s December and that means it’s time for Crochet Snowflake 2019.

Like every year, I am eager to welcome winter. The start of every season brings a tingle of excitement and December is no different. The cool, shorter, darker days that replace the bright weeks of autumn mean only one thing: the nature is getting ready to rest, and so should we. Though it may seem hard to do, having wrapped up one holiday only to start getting ready for another, but December is the perfect month to slow down and enjoy the small things.

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one minute crochet heart – free crochet pattern

One minute crochet hearts | jakigu.com crochet pattern

When I say a “one minute crochet heart,” I mean it. You can literally crochet a whole heart in less than 60 seconds. So, if you are finding this post on February 13 (and your child just announced that they are doing Valentines exchange at school tomorrow after all), do not worry! You’ve got plenty of time to make two dozens of these before dinner time.

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free crochet pattern: crochet snowflake 2018

jakigu.com | free crochet snowflake 2018

Call me a purist, but in our house the magic of winter season doesn’t start until the first day of December. The good thing is, that’s today! And that made me want to go “Hooray!” more than once. ‘Tis the season.

My 5-year-old son was helping me decorate the house for the first time today. At one moment, he picked up a little jingle bell ornament, kissed it, and proclaimed, “Oh, jingle bell, how I’ve missed you!” My feelings, exactly. Continue reading “free crochet pattern: crochet snowflake 2018”

free crochet pattern: beaded karma pendant

Happy Halloween!

When I scheduled the release of this free pattern for Halloween, I had no reason to choose this date other than pure practicality. I love sharing – even fueling – my 5-year-old’s excitement about Halloween and all things spooky. Personally, though, October 31 is just an ordinary day.

But as I was editing tutorial photos earlier this week, something on my desk caught my eye. The pendant I had just photographed ended up atop what we call The Souls binder. And as it often is with memories, this fleeting glance was all that was needed to open up memory floodgates to my childhood. You see, this season holds a special place in my heart not because of costumes and candy, but because of a different tradition: All Souls Day.

Honestly, I had originally no intention of including a personal story about this time of year, but as memories popped up in my mind I found my fingers instinctively typing along. And when I was done, I realized it was something I wanted to share. So read on if you’d like after the pattern for some childhood recollections, a new family tradition, and why I am dedicating this newest addition to my free crochet patterns collection to the memory of my paternal grandmother.

But onto the pattern first.

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free crochet pattern: pinwheel coaster

I have a new crochet pattern for you to try! It’s a wonderful yarn stash buster, and if you aren’t bothered by clingy toddlers or demanding husbands, you could make more than a couple in an afternoon.
Pinwheel Coaster Free Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

These lovely pinwheel coasters are so versatile – the colour combinations in which they can be worked are virtually endless. You be the designer: let the pattern inspire you and then run wild with it! Make something truly yours; to fit your mood, home decor, or current season. One can never have enough coasters – and if she does, she can always give them away as thoughtful, handmade gifts. Continue reading “free crochet pattern: pinwheel coaster”

free crochet pattern: colorful necklace

colourful-circles-crochet-necklace-pdf-pattern-by-jakigu

A long time ago I made a lot of tiny crochet circles, using embroidery floss leftovers. Not sure what to do with them, I tucked them away until I rediscovered them one cold day last fall. After playfully arranging them for a while, they lined up and asked to be put together into a colorful necklace. I instantly liked the necklace – a cheerful, rainbow-colored piece of textile jewelry that’s not too bold for a conservative minimalist like myself. But when my son was about 4 months old, he started noticing the necklace, too; reaching out for it as he nursed. And just like that, this simple piece of jewelry became the first nursing necklace I made.  Continue reading “free crochet pattern: colorful necklace”