Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Solstice Sun

As you must know, Summer Solstice is almost upon us (at least, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, that is)! As I was digging through the blogosphere this morning, looking for some inspiration for our solstice festivities I stumbled upon a couple of posts here, sharing some really great ideas. I particularly dug the little crocheted sun necklace she had made. As she didn't know how to write up a pattern for it I just kind of fooled around with the shape, giving it some pretty groovy rays. I so love how it turned out! I've made two already and plan to make a few more for me and River and some to give away. Let's all get sunny!
I've written out the pattern if you'd like to make a few, too, just to look festive. Please note, I've never written a crochet pattern, only knit, so if anything seems wonky, sorry.

Any worsted weight, sunny yellow yarn. I used Cascade 220.
Size E/4 (3.50mm) crochet hook

Ch 3 st. and join them together with a sl st. Ch 1 and sc 6x into circle. (6 st)
Rnd 1: *sc 1, sc 2x in next st.* repeat ** to end (9st)
Rnd 2: *sc 2st, sc 2x in next st.* repeat ** to end (12 st)
Rnd 3: *sc 3 st, sc 2x in next st.* repeat ** to end (15 st)
sl st into next st
Now we're going to make the sun's rays and the neck cord.

*Ch 3, sl st into 2nd st and chain 2. Skip a st and sl st into the next st.* repeat ** all the way around making 8 rays.
For a child's necklace chain between 110-120 st, for an adult's I used 130-140. Reattached with a sl st down by the other end. Weave in all ends. To get it to lay nice and flat I spritzed it lightly with water and weighted it with a heavy book. However you decide to do it, I do recommend blocking.

Oh, and I do have a winner for the Monday Meltdown giveaway and it is...

Colle, I will be emailing you shortly.
If anyone is interested in participating in a Monday Meltdown giveaway, here on my blog, contact me here. Whether an item from your Etsy shop or just a little something you would like to give away to brighten someone's Monday, it's all good!