Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Crochet Flowers


Photo from Free Craft Unlimited.com
Crochet flowers are really big in free form crochet (a favorite thing of mine) plus they make dice decorations for a number of projects. I've found myself thinking about doing an entire afghan out of a bunch of flowers made from scrap yarn and just stitching them all together. I don't think my living areas or my bedroom are really feminine enough for this. Here are some instructions for some flowers though.

A
Chain 4. In the first stitch of the chain (4th stitch from hook) work a 2-dc cluster (see How To below), chain 3, and sl st (first petal created). Still working in the SAME space, work *chain 3, 2-dc cluster, chain 3, sl st (second petal created). Repeat from * 2 more times (4 petals created).

B. Chain 3. Join to form a ring.

Round 1: Chain 6. In ring, dc, ch 3, 4 times. Join in 3rd chain of ch 6.

Round 2: Sl st in next ch 3 space, ch 1. Sc, hdc, 3 tc, hdc, sc, in same ch 3 space. *Sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc in next ch 3 space. Repeat from * 3 times. End with sc in starting ch 1.

Round 3: Chain 5, sc in back row, 5 times.

Round 4: Sl st in chain 5 space, ch 1. *Sc, hdc, 5 tr, hdc, sc, in ch 5 space. Repeat from * 4 times. End with sl st in back row in sc 2 rounds below.

Round 5: Chain 7, sc in back row, 5 times.

Round 6: Sl st in chain 7 space, ch 1. *Sc, hdc, 7 tr, hdc, sc, in ch 7 space. Repeat from * 4 times. End with sl st in back row in sc 2 rounds below.

Round 7: Chain 9, sc in back row, 5 times.

Round 8: Sl st in chain 9 space, ch 1. *Sc, hdc, 9 tr, hdc, sc, in ch 9 space. Repeat from * 4 times. End with sl st in back row in sc 2 rounds below.

C.hain 5. Join to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 1, 5 sc in ring. Join.

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around. Join.

Round 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around. (20 sc) Join.

Round 4: Working in front loops of sc's only (back look will be used for second row of petals), *ch 3, 1 tr in same st, 2 tr in each of next 2 sts, 1 tr in next st, ch 3, sl st in same st (1st petal of first row). Sl st in next st. Repeat from * 4 times.

Round 5: Sl st over to back sc loop in center of first petal. *Ch 4, 1 dtr in same st, 2 dtr in each of next 2 sts, 1 dtr in next st, ch 4, sl st in same st (1st petal of second row). Sl st in next st. Repeat from * 4 times. Join and fasten off.