Friday, January 31, 2014

Small Petal Flower


Hi Rockers!

I bet you are wondering what I've got for you today! Turns out, I had one more flower pattern in me. (Well, I probably have more, but for now I'm going to give you this one and move on to other projects.)

This flower pattern is very similar to my last flower pattern - The Double Crochet Flower, but with smaller petals. It is also constructed in the same manner as the Triple Crochet Flower. If you haven't seen these two free patterns yet, do try them when you get time.

I love the flexibility of these flower patterns. You can make them as small or as large as you like. And they become such lovely accents for hats, scarves, cowls and all kinds of other garments and projects.

Add this pattern to your Ravelry Queue.

Size: varies

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials:
Caron SS or Red Heart With Love
Yarn/tapestry needle

Hook size: H/5.00mm

Key:
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
HDC = half double crochet
DC = double crochet

Gauge: none required


Instructions:

Chain 40+1 (small flower), 60+1 (medium flower) or 80+1 (large flower)
Pattern Note: for an even larger flower, add chains in multiples of 10+1 and follow pattern.
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc across, turn.
Row 2: chain 5, skip 4 spaces, sc, [ch 4, skip 4 spaces, sc] repeat across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, [1 sc, 1 hdc, 4 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, sl st to sc from previous row] repeat in each ch 4 space from Row 2 across.
Break yarn, leaving 12 inch tail for sewing flower together.



You should now have a long strand of petals that are starting to curl/twist a bit. Now for the fun! Use the long tail to thread your needle.

Begin to roll the petals around, using the yarn needle and tail to secure the petals together as you roll. Be sure to reinforce the shape with a few extra whip stitches as you go.

Finish by securing the last petal. Use the rest of the tail to sew your flower to a hat or other object, or simply finish and weave ends for a detachable flower accent or brooch.

Pattern Note: For a taller flower, roll petals more tightly. For a wider, more flat flower, roll petals more loosely. See the images for clarification.




You are all done! I hope you enjoy crocheting and using this simple flower. Don’t forget to check out my other free flower patterns – the Triple Crochet Flower and the Double Crochet Flower. If you have any questions, please do leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Rock the petal,

xx

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Double Crochet Flower



Hey Rockers!

I had so much fun with my flower pattern last week that I decided to add another one! This Double Crochet flower is very similar to my previous free flower pattern, the Triple Crochet Flower. The petals are slightly smaller and less full. 

Sewing the flower petals together to form your flower is a little tricky at first. Good news: if you hate the way the petals are laying or how tall [or short] the flower is, you can always take out the whip stitches, unravel your petals and start again.

I still take my flower apart if it doesn’t come together just so. Play with this pattern and experiment until you get your flower to look the way you want. I love this flower for that very reason – it’s so flexible and quick, once you get the hang of it.


Size: varies

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials:
Caron SS or Red Heart With Love
Yarn/tapestry needle

Hook size: H/5.00mm

Key:
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
HDC = half double crochet
DC = double crochet

Gauge: none required







Instructions:

Chain 40+1 (small flower), 60+1 (medium flower) or 80+1 (large flower)
Pattern Note: for an even larger flower, add chains in multiples of 10+1 and follow pattern.
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc across, turn.
Row 2: chain 6, skip 4 spaces, hdc, [ch 4, skip 4 spaces, hdc] repeat across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, [1 sc, 1 hdc, 6 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, sl st to hdc from previous row] repeat in each ch 4 space from Row 2 across.
Break yarn, leaving 12 inch tail for sewing flower together.




You should now have a long strand of petals that are starting to curl/twist a bit. Now for the fun! Use the long tail to thread your needle.

Begin to roll the petals around, using the yarn needle and tail to secure the petals together as you roll. Be sure to reinforce the shape with a few extra whip stitches as you go.

Finish by securing the last petal. Use the rest of the tail to sew your flower to a hat or other object, or simply finish and weave ends for a detachable flower accent or brooch.

Pattern Note: For a taller flower, roll petals more tightly. For a wider, more flat flower, roll petals more loosely. See the images for clarification.




You are all done! I hope you enjoy crocheting and using this simple flower. Don’t forget to check out my other free flower pattern – the Triple Crochet Flower. If you have any questions, please do leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Rock the flower,

xx

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Triple Crochet Flower


Hey Rockers!

I’ve had many requests on my Facebook page for a flower tutorial, based on an image that was floating around the internet that didn’t have a url address and/or instructions in English. (I kind of forgot which was the case.) I immediately set to creating one, wrote up the pattern, took some pictures and then…the holidays happened.

I totally meant to have this posted months ago, before the New Year, but that’s how my life goes sometimes. Good intentions and zero follow through. Oh well. Back to the flower. This is similar to the one I used in the images of my Pretty Girl Beanie and Pretty Baby Beanie posts, but the petals have a slightly different shape to them. It took me several tries to get just the right shape, but I think I finally figured it out. I hope you like this flower and and find it useful.

Add this pattern to your Ravelry Queue.

Size: varies

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials:
Caron SS or Red Heart With Love
Yarn/tapestry needle

Hook size: H/5.00mm

Key:
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
HDC = half double crochet
DC = double crochet
TC = triple crochet

Gauge: none required




Instructions:

Chain 40+1 (small flower), 60+1 (medium flower) or 80+1 (large flower)
Pattern Note: for an even larger flower, add chains in multiples of 10+1 and follow pattern.

Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc across, turn.
Row 2: chain 7, skip 4 spaces, dc, [ch 4, skip 4 spaces, dc] repeat across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 2, [1 hdc, 2 dc, 6 tc, 2 dc, 1 hdc, sl st to dc from previous row] repeat in each ch 4 space from Row 2 across.
Break yarn, leaving 12 inch tail for sewing flower together.



You should now have a long strand of petals that are starting to curl/twist a bit. Now for the fun! Use the long tail to thread your needle.

Begin to roll the petals around, using the yarn needle and tail to secure the petals together as you roll. Be sure to reinforce the shape with a few extra whip stitches as you go.

Finish by securing the last petal. Use the rest of the tail to sew your flower to a hat or other object, or simply finish and weave ends for a detachable flower accent or brooch.

Pattern Note: For a taller flower, roll petals more tightly. For a wider, more flat flower, roll petals more loosely. See the images for clarification.





You are all done! I hope you enjoy crocheting and using this simple flower. If you have any questions, please do leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Rock the flower,


xx

Don't forget to rock with me over at Facebook, Pinterest and on Ravelry.

Monday, January 6, 2014

My First Giveaway!

The Prize: Crochet Garden

Hey Rockers! 

I am hosting my first giveaway in honor of reaching 1000+ fans on Facebook. I passed the 1000 mark on January 2nd, a good omen for 2014. Then I took a little impromptu survey on Friday to see what you all wanted me to give away. A fun crochet book won out! 

I chose Crochet Garden by Suzann Thompson. It's a sweet book with lots of fun patterns for flowers, leaves and other fun floral pieces. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do. I wanted to be sure I offered a prize that I knew was tested and found to be delightful! 

Enter my giveaway here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Or purchase a copy of the book here: Crochet Garden 
(I don't get any kickbacks from recommending this book. I just really like it.)

Rock the hook. And the book!

xx

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