A Year In Stitches Weeks 18-23

I’ve just about kept up over the last few weeks – its been close but somehow I have managed it!

Its really starting to fill up now – i’m hoping that my choice of using a smaller hoop doesn’t end up causing me problems of not having enough space!

Week 18: Thistles completed and two dahlias added.

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Week 19: Pine needles and winter pansies started.

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Week 20:  Winter pansies completed.

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Week 21:  Heather and red berries added.

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Week 22: Asters added.

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Weeks 23: Pumpkins and season names added.

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Sewing Tutorial: Flowery Reversible Tote Shopper Bag And Woven Fabric Cushion

Don’t think it’s possible to have too many flowers so this English Garden fabric by The Craft Cotton Company was perfect for me to get making with! I decided on two different makes which combined used 1 jelly roll and 1 fat quarter set.

Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.

I was a bit worried about problems I might encounter with the woven cushion but the only thing that went wrong was me forgetting to pin some of the strips before lifting it up for sewing so they all went all over – serves me right for not checking they all had pins!

I really wanted to add something to the reversible bag when I had got it finished so decided to add a bow to the handles, I really like how it adds a little bit of detail.

These tutorials are available on The Craft Cotton Company blog:

Woven cushion

Shopping bag

Crochet Flowers Pattern: Part 5 – Dahlias 

How could I do crochet flowers without doing dahlias, with their lovely colours and being such different shapes and sizes I just had to make some! However, I couldn’t quite decide on which dahlia types to make to start with – there are just so many to choose from!

Eventually after a long time looking at pictures of different dahlias (of which there are a ridiculous amount!) I managed to narrow it down to 4 different flower heads to attempt to make. The shape and size of some of these flower heads did pose me some problems when thinking about how to make a pattern for them, but I think I have managed to get them right in the end!

After the flurry of flower makes recently, I will be taking a break from any more crochet flowers for now – I have so many other makes I need to get on with – along with actually dealing with the real flowers in my garden outside! I do still have a few in mind I would like to make, and I know they will sneak their way in to be made at some point!

All using a 4mm hook

Crochet Dahlia Pattern:

Single colour dahlia:

In your selected colour:

ch76.

sc into second chain from hook, into next stitch: sc, tr(UK)/dc(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), ch2 slip stitch into second chain from hook, double treble(UK)/treble(US), tr(UK)/dc(US), sc. *sc into next stitch, into next stitch: sc, tr(UK)/dc(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), ch2 slip stitch into second chain from hook, double treble(UK)/treble(US), tr(UK)/dc(US), sc. Repeat from * along rest of row.
Fasten off.

Using a long piece of wool, attach to the start of the row, then sewing as you go roll the row around to give the flower shape, tighter at the start and getting looser as you go around. If you sew from the back it makes it easier as when you roll the row you can see where you need to go next as a spiral will form on the back as you go, and you won’t be fighting the petals as much if you sew from the back.

Dahlia with yellow middle, pointed petals, with different colour edging:

For the yellow middle:

In yellow:

Ch10.

sc into second chain from hook,* into next stitch : 2sc, sc into next stitch. Repeat from * along rest of row.

Fasten off.


In chosen petal colour:

Ch57.

Row 1: sc into second chain from hook, * into next stitch: sc, tr(UK)/dc(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), ch1. Into next stitch: double treble (UK)/treble(US), tr(UK)/dc(US), sc. sc into the next 2 stitches. Repeat from * along rest of row.

Fasten off.

Row 2: In different colour join onto first sc of the previous row, ch1, 5sc, in ch space: sc, ch2 slip stitch into second stitch from hook, sc. 3sc, sc2tog. *3sc, in ch space: sc, ch2, slip stitch into second stitch from hook, sc. 3sc, sc2tog. Repeat from * to end of row (ending on a sc2tog). Fasten off.


To assemble:
Stitching as you go roll around the yellow centre section, fasten off. Then again stitching as you go roll the petal section around the yellow middle and continue rolling to create the flower.

You could also do these in just one colour, completing both the main section and edging in the same colour. They look good with a speckled colour wool.



Dahlia with long skinny petals:

In chosen colour:

Ch76.

sc into second ch from hook, sc, *ch7, sc into second ch from hook and remaining 5ch, sc into foundation ch at the base (the same stitch you started the ch7 in) sc. Repeat from * to end of row. Fasten off

Stitching as you go, roll around to make the flower.

 
Dahlia with inner petals:


Starting in Orange:
Make a magic ring, ch1.

Round 1: 8sc into ring.

Round 2: 2sc into each stitch.

Change to yellow:

Round 3: *into next stitch: sc, ch3, sc into 2nd chain from hook and remaining 1sc, slip stitch into stitch at base of ch. repeat from *around.

Fasten off.


In red:

ch18.

sc into second ch from stitch, *into next stitch: sc, tr(UK)/dc(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), triple treble(UK)/double treble(US), ch2, slip stitch into 2nd ch from hook, in next stitch: triple treble(UK)/double treble(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), tr(UK)/dc(US), sc. Repeat from * along row. Fasten off.

Sew petals on around the outside of the orange centre, aligning up the red petals so the yellow inner petal is in the middle of each petal.



You could also add another colour along the edge of the petals. Join another colour in the first dc of the petal row, ch1 and dc into each dc along the rest of the row, putting 1dc, ch2, slip stitch into 2nd ch from hook, 1dc into the ch space at the top of the petals.

Crochet Flowers Pattern: Parts 4,5 And 6 Petal Flowers

Time to get back on to the crochet flower theme that has started to take over in my crochet makes these last few weeks – I think it’s seeing all the lovely flowers coming out in the garden with this nicer weather that has set me off making them all! This time I decided to have a go at some 5 and 6 petal flowers, I wasn’t too sure what type of flower these actually were while I was making them – I’m terrible at identifying flowers! it was only once I had finished them I realised how much some of them looked like different clematis flowers! The pointed petal ones look exactly like some clematis plants I have growing in my garden at the moment!

After making some pointed petal ones I also decided to do some round edged petal flowers too, inspired by a lovely little pink flower that has bloomed in my garden over the last few days, luckily these crochet flowers will last longer than this little pink flower which sadly only lasts for a couple of days!

Other crochet flower patterns available: dahlias, daffodils, roses, daisies.

Crochet Flowers Pattern:

All made with 4mm hook.

5 petal flower with separate middle piece – single flower:

Flower:

Make a magic ring, ch1.

Round 1: 5sc into ring.

Round 2: 2sc into each stitch around.

Round 3: *into same stitch: sc, tr(UK)/dc(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), triple treble(UK)/double treble(US), ch3 slip stitch into 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook, triple treble(UK)/double treble(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), tr(UK)/dc(US), sc. sc into next stitch. Repeat from *4 more times

Middle section:

In yellow:

ch10, fasten off leaving long thread to attach to flower.

Roll around the chain to make a circle and sew onto front of the flower.

Leaf:

In green:

ch4.

sc into second chain from hook, in the same stitch: sc, tr(UK)/dc(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), triple treble(UK)/double treble(US), ch 3 slip stitch into 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook, triple treble(UK)/double treble(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), tr(UK)/dc(US), sc. sc into next stitch.

Fasten off, leaving long thread to attach to back of the flower.

5 petal flower with separate middle section – double flower:

Make two 5 petal flowers in two different colours, then sew them together with the top flower offset so you can see the bottom petals though the gaps of the top one. Then make and attach the middle circle to the top petal.

6 Petal Flower:

Starting in yellow:

Make a magic ring, ch1.

Round 1: 6sc into ring.

Round 2: 2sc into each sc.

Change to flower petal colour:

Round 3: *into same stitch: sc, tr(UK)/dc(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), triple treble(UK)/doubel treble(US), ch3 slip stitch into 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook, triple treble(UK)/double treble(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), tr(UK)/dc(US), sc. sc into next stitch Repeat from *5 more times.

Leaf:

In green:

ch4.

Row 1: sc into second chain from hook, sc into remaining 2sc.

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc, in next stitch: sc, tr(UK)/dc(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), triple treble(UK)/double treble(US), ch2, slip stitch into 2nd ch from hook, triple treble(UK)/double trble(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), tr(UK)/dc(US). sc into last stitch.


6 petal flower with petal twist:

Starting in yellow:
Make a magic ring, ch1.

Round 1: 6sc into ring.

Round 2: 2sc into each sc.

Change to flower petal colour:

Round 3: *into same stitch: sc, tr(UK)/dc(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), triple treble(UK)/double treble(US), ch3 slip stitch into 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook, double treble(UK)/treble(US), tr(UK)/dc(US), sc. sc into next stitch. Repeat from *5 more times.

Leaf:

In green:

ch4.

Row 1: sc into second chain from hook, sc into remaining 2sc.

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc, in next stitch: sc, tr(UK)/dc(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), triple treble(UK)/double treble(US), ch2, slip stitch into 2nd ch from hook, triple treble(UK)/double trble(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), tr(UK)/dc(US). sc into last stitch.

  

5 petal flower with petal twist:

Starting in yellow:
Make a magic ring, ch1.

Round 1: 5sc into ring.

Round 2: 2sc into each sc.

Change to flower petal colour:

Round 3: *into same stitch: sc, tr(UK)/dc(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), triple treble(UK)/double treble(US), ch3 slip stitch into 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook, double treble(UK)/treble(US), tr(UK)/dc(US), sc. sc into next stitch Repeat from *4 more times.

Leaf:

In green:

ch4.

Row 1: sc into second chain from hook, sc into remaining 2sc.

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc, in next stitch: sc, tr(UK)/dc(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), triple treble(UK)/double treble(US), ch2, slip stitch into 2nd ch from hook, triple treble(UK)/double trble(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), tr(UK)/dc(US). sc into last stitch.

5 petal flower with rounded petals – small

In yellow:

Make a magic ring, ch1.

Round 1: 5sc into the ring.

Change to petal colour:

Round 2: 2sc into each sc.

Round 3: *6tr(UK)/dc(US) Into same stitch, sc into next stitch. Repeat from *4 more times.

Small rounded leaves:

In green:

ch4.

sc into 2nd chain from hook, in the same stitch: 6 tr(UK)/dc(US). sc into next stitch.

5 petal flower with rounded petals – large

In yellow:

Make a magic ring, ch1.

Round 1: 5sc into ring.

Round 2: 2sc into each sc.

Change to petal colour:

Round 3-4: sc around.

Round 5: *6 triple treble(UK)/double treble(US) into same stitch, sc into next stitch. Repeat from *4 more times

Large rounded leaves:

In green:

ch4.

sc into 2nd ch from hook, in the same stitch: 6 triple treble(UK)/double treble(US). sc into next stitch

6 petal flower with rounded petals – small

In yellow:
Make a magic ring, ch1.

Round 1: 6sc into the ring.

Change to petal colour:

Round 2: 2sc into each sc.

Round 3: *6tr(UK)/dc(US) Into same stitch, sc into next stitch. Repeat from *5 more times.

Small rounded leaves:

ch4.

sc into 2nd chain from hook, in the same stitch: 6 tr(UK)/dc(US). sc into next stitch

 

6 petal flower with rounded petals – large

In yellow:
Make a magic ring, ch1.

Round 1: 6sc into ring.

Round 2: 2sc into each sc.

Change to petal colour:

Round 3-4: sc around.

Round 5: *6 triple treble(UK)/double treble(US) into same stitch, sc into next stitch. Repeat from *5 more times.

Large rounded leaves:

In green:

ch4.

sc into 2nd ch from hook, in the same stitch: 6 triple treble(UK)/double treble(US). sc into next stitch.

Crochet Flowers Pattern: Part 3 – Roses  

Looking out into my garden a few weeks ago I noticed with excitement that the leaves were starting to grow on my roses and it wont be too long before they start to flower. I have been waiting for this all winter! I love their flowers, they are just such lovely colours and the flowers look so pretty in a garden.


I did patterns for the roses in two different sizes: small and large and a two toned colour.  As the flowers are quite small it didn’t take me long to get them all made, I had all these finished after one evening, so they are great little makes when you don’t have much time. I also love the versatility of these flowers, you can use them for so many different things. I am going to attach these roses to hair grips so then can be used as hair accessories. You could add some wool wrapped wire stems to these to put in a vase or make a bouquet using a few of them grouped together again with wire wrapped wool stems with a few of the leaves going down them.

The leaf detail on these roses can be completed in different shades of green, and they can also be positioned in different places with more or even fewer leaves.

Rose crochet pattern:

Materials:

  • 4mm hook.
  • DK wool in different colours.

The Rose:

ch 38.

tr(UK)/dc(US) into 4th chain from the hook, then:

5tr(UK)/dc(US) into same stitch, *Skip 1 stitch, then slip stitch into next stitch, skip a stitch then 6tr(UK)/dc(US) into the next stitch, repeat from * along rest of the row to the last two stitches: skip a stitch then slip stitch into the next stitch.

Fasten off.

Stitching as you go, starting from the starting end loosely coil the trebled row around to make the flower.

Fasten off.


 

Leaf – Make 2 (or as many as required)

Ch8.

sc into second chain from hook, tr(UK)/dc(US), double treble (UK)/treble(US), triple treble(UK)/double treble(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), tr(UK)/dc(US), sc.

Fasten off, leaving long end.

Using the long end left from fastening off, weave along the bottom chain row, then pull the thread tight to pull it in, then position and attach to the back of the flower. Fasten off

Different rose versions:

  • To make a large rose ch68 and repeat the pattern as for the smaller rose. You can make them bigger again if required by increasing the number of chain stitches.
  • To add a second colour detail, join new colour at the ch3 at the end of the foundation row slip which makes up the first treble of the first fan and then slip stitch in each dc along the whole row. Fasten off and roll into rose in the same way as the small rose.

  

Crochet Flowers Pattern: Part 2 – Daisies

It doesn’t matter if you forget to water these flowers, crochet flower making part 2: daisies

I have found memories of making daisy chains when I was younger, and whenever I see them outside it still makes me smile. I couldn’t quite decide on what type of crochet daisy to do so tried out a couple of different ones, and I’m still not too sure which I like the best! You could make bunting out of these, or use them to add some nice detail to a tablecloth on the corners or in the middle. Think I will make some more of all the different types and use them on a tablecloth I have been thinking about making – another project to add to the list!

Other crochet flower patterns available: 5/6 petal flowers, dahlias, daffodils, roses.

Crochet daisy pattern:

  • 4mm hook for all Daisy’s.
  • White and Yellow DK wool.

Daisy flower (thin petals):

Starting in yellow:

Make a magic ring, ch1.

Round 1: 5sc into ring.

Round 2: 2sc into each sc.

Change to white:

Round 3: (*sc, ch5 slip stitch into second chain from hook and then the remaining 3 chain stitches, slip stitch into the stitch at the base. Repeat from * into same stitch, so there are two petals in the same stitch). Repeat ( ) around.

Fasten off.

Daisy flower (wide petals):

Make 2.

In yellow:

Make a magic ring, ch1.

Round 1: 5sc into ring.

Round 2: 2sc into each sc.

Change to white:

Round 3: *sc, ch7, tr(UK)/dc(US) into 3rd chain from the hook and then the remaining 4 chain stitches, slip stitch into the stitch at the base, sc into next stitch. Repeat from *around 4 more times.

Fasten off.

  • Sew the two together with petals offset form each other.

 

Daisy flower (12 petal chain stitch):

In yellow:

Make a magic ring, ch1.

Round 1: 6sc into ring.

Round 2: 2sc into each stitch, repeat around.

Change to white:
Round 3: *sc, ch12, dc into same stitch, repeat from *around.

Fasten off.

Daisy flower (8 petal chain stitch):

In yellow:

Make magic ring, ch1.

Round 1: 4sc into ring.

Round 2: 2sc into each stitch, repeat around.

Round 3: *sc, ch10, sc into same stitch, repeat from * around