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Crochet Flower Brooch

This is the last pattern from the three that I used at the WI meeting. (You can find the others here and here.)It is suitable for those new to crochet as much of it involves chain stitches.

This last flower can be built up into layers in whatever way you like. By making different flowers and then layering them together you create something with depth. You can use different yarn thickness, different hook sizes, different colours or a mixture. The length of the petals can also be adjusted. Buttons and beads can be added to the centre. Have a play and come up with something completely unique.

First Flower

All instructions in UK terms (for us conversion see here)

ss: slip stitch

ch: chain

dc: double crochet

Foundation ring: Ch 6 and join with a sl st to make a ring.

Round 1 (RS): Ch 1, 14 dc into centre of ring, sl st into 2nd ch of ch 2.

Round 2: Ch 15, sl st into first dc (this makes one petal), *1 dc into next dc, ch 15, sl st into the same dc just worked, repeat from * until 15 petal loops worked, sl st into first dc.

Fasten off yarn.

Second Flower

Repeat the above pattern using a different sized hook and different colour yarn.

Third Flower

This can be made using the same size hook as one of the above as the pattern is slightly altered.

Foundation Ring: ch 6 and join with a sl st.

Round 1 (RS): Ch 1, 11dc into the centre of ring, sl st into the 2nd ch of ch 2.

Round 2: Ch 10, sl st into first dc, * 1 dc into next dc, ch 10, sl st into dc just worked, repeat from * until 12 petal loops worked, sl st into first dc.

Finishing:

Weave in loose ends. Layer the flowers together with the largest at the bottom (or however you wish). Sew together at their centres. Add beads and buttons as you wish.

Have fun with this and do share your makes with me – I love to see how patterns are interpreted by different people.

Wire

Since the meeting I have had a go with various different wires and I am pleased to say that the pattern works just as well in wire as in yarn.

In purple wire. (Needs a bit of ‘arranging’)

In pink…..

…in green…

….. and in gold. There is a silver one too.

The only decision left was which to put with which…..

Green and silver?

Gold and purple?

Pink and green?

Which do you like or what would you do?

As is often the case, I got this far and then got sidetracked onto another project. They need more work! What can I say?

The other project (in case you are wondering) is an up-cycled bangle. You can see a picture of it on my Facebook page. There will a post and pattern coming soon.

For the lovely people reading this from Handmade Harbour I did take the knitting where I had made a mistake back, and it only took an evening to recover that which I lost (I went back to row 24 from row 54!!) I am currently doing the final sleeve…..why do we have such long arms?

Oh well… as a break from the monotony of knitting sleeves I shall, as always, be heading over to Handmade Monday to see what everyone else has been up to this week. Do come and join me. I am hoping that Wendy (the wonderful host) has managed to catch up a bit…..

Hope you all have a lovely week 🙂

Flower Brooches and the WI

I recently have joined the WI!

This is a statement that is usually met with raised eyebrows and a high pitched ‘really?’However, when I then go on to explain that it is not your stereotypical WI and has an average age several decades below many groups around the country people begin to understand. I like crafting, as you know, and that is what many WI’s do. I am a member of Cam City WI.

Some of you may also know that I have a bit of a record getting involved in the running of such groups. I was really proud of myself and managed not to volunteer for the committee. 🙂 I then had an e-mail asking me if I would be happy to run a craft table based around knitting and crocheting brooches. My immediate reaction was Noooooooo. It sat in my inbox for a fair while and I then managed to get myself into action and plan some bits.

Naive

This is the knitted one.

I quite happily came up with two flowers – one knitted and one crocheted before deciding that I really ought to include a wire option too. All fine and all organised (wool found, wire sorted, beads and buttons sourced etc) I turned up and set out my table. It all went well until I realised that there were several blank faces around the table. They didn’t crochet. Ummmm Why hadn’t I thought of this as a possibility? It was a large table with about 5 non-crocheters spread about the table. The room was noisy. Not an ideal situation to teach people how to crochet. Especially when they are wanting to use very, very fine wire to start with!

I am happy to say that most people went home with something that they had made although it was certainly not all down to me! I simply did not have enough time to give everyone the attention that they deserved. 😦 (Oh well you do learn.)

Pattern

The pattern that I used for the knitted flower was one by Sue Thompson on Ravelry. What I really liked about this pattern was that each petal is knitted and left on the needle. You then knit all along every petal, effectively joining them together. Less sewing up required and I will never complain about that!

Wire Flowers

When I got back from the WI I had one of those brainwaves – why don’t I try to knit some of these flowers in wire? So I did:

This is my first go.

I really like the way you can see all the intricate stitches.

For my next one I used smaller needles.

I thought that some beads would make a great addition to this:

They don’t show up that well unfortunately.

Not sure if this is any better?

(Christmas needs to come quickly so I can get my hands on the photography book I have asked for!!)

My final go with this pattern was an attempt to make a bowl:

It does not work as a bowl but is a great statement brooch. I just need to decide what embellishment to add to the middle – any ideas?

Knit or Crochet?

So there you go, I have been thoroughly side tracked again, although in a good way. I will be writing  more posts based around the other two flowers we worked on soon. I do just want to draw your attention to an observation that I made on the night:  out of the whole table only one person chose to knit over crochet. Not sure what that says but thought that it is an interesting observation.

To undo or not?

As always I want to say a huge thank you to all who commented and gave me their advice about what to do with the knitting that went wrong. The general consensus was that if it was not noticeable to leave it but many of you realised that many people cannot live with knowing that there is a mistake. As yet I have managed to be ‘too busy’ to make a decision ;). I have tried to take it back down using only the stitches involved although I am not sure how successful this is. I shall let you all know of my decision once I have made my mind up!!

Finally do grab a cup of tea and follow me over to see what everyone else has been up to this week at Handmade Harbour.

Hope you all have a productive week. 🙂

Mary, Mary…..

I have titled this post Mary, Mary after this nursery rhyme because I have been doing lots of flowers.

 Despite it being the holidays last week when I felt that I had no time to get anything done, this weekend has been the Masters golf tournament. This involves my husband watching copious amounts of golf on the telly. I have no interest at all which has freed me up to crochet all evening. Bliss!

I had been wanting to do flowers for some time now, ever since I saw these rosebud rings. Anyway, I finally have got around to it! To start with I followed some patterns that I found. I initially used crochet cotton in order to get an idea of how they turn out, what the size is etc.             

                              

I then had a go at some of them using wire:                        

                                                  

 

I am a bit restricted by the colour of the wires that I have at each particular thickness. As I was really looking at making rings I wanted to use the thinnest wire that I had.  I know that I am biased but I don’t think that the photos that I have taken really do the wire flowers justice.

The next step for me was to have a go at making the band to fit onto the finger. I do have some ready-made ring findings but really wanted to have a go at making my own.

As you can see (if indeed you can with this very poor photo) I had a go in cotton first before I transposed it into wire:

I would wear this as it is but I also like it with the simple purple flower on the front:

As well as this thick band, I also made a thinner band as seen here:

Both work equally as well but obviously have different effects.

At the end of this weekend I have 3 flower rings, one silver band ring and just for good measure a beaded ring too:

As you can see I have had a very productive few evenings! I am now working on developing my own flower design as well as incorporating beads into them.

Thanks for sticking with me through this and I will hopefully be back soon with more!