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Flower Pins, Just in Time for Spring

Feb 24, 2010

Crocheted flower bouquetAs I write this, it's 43 degrees and sunny here in Spokane. It's unseasonably warm—we're used to snow in February.

I know many of you are seeing more than enough snow though, so I'm pleased to give you a wee bouquet of crocheted flowers!

I found these little cuties when I was reorganizing my crochet projects, and they were in a bag with pinbacks just waiting to be sewn on. I was motivated by a wedding bag in a recent issue of Interweave Crochet, which had a few pretty flowers attached to it. They really made the project.

Since I had the makings of my own flower pins, I decided to finish them and give them as little treats to a couple of girlfriends. I made the two violet blossoms a couple of years ago, and the orange flower is one that was leftover after I did a scarf out of about twenty of these motifs (so beautiful, but I didn't take a photo of it before I gave it away!).

These flowers don't deserve to spend one more second in a plastic bag!

Unfortunately, I can't find the the patterns for the violets or the orange flower, whatever that is, so I whipped up the pink daisy this afternoon—I just sewed on a pinback, pinned it on my bag, and viola: instant spring cheer. I put one on my black knitting bag to brighten things up a bit! It's so cute.

Have an extra hour? Here's the pattern for you if you want to crochet your own pin.

Crocheted Daisy Pin

Materials: Any weight yarn and a crochet hook to match (I used Filatura di Crosa Brilla from my stash—it has a great shine to it—and a D hook)

Base ring: 6 ch, join with sl st.
1st round: 1ch, 15 sc into ring, sl st to first sc.
2nd round: 1ch, 1 sc into same place as last sl st, *[2dc, 1tr, 2dc] into next sc, 1 sc into each of next 2 sc; rep from * 4 more times skipping 1 sc at end of rep, sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

Attach a pin back using the tail and end of your yarn (or sew in the ends and attach the pin back using a needle and thread).

Clear as mud for those of you who don't crochet, right? Well, let me take you through it (with links to our technique glossary, too!).

You're going to work in rounds, so you need to start by creating a ring, called the "base ring." For this pattern, you make a slip knot and then chain (ch) 6. You then join the 6 stitches into a ring by making a slip stitch (sl st). Base ring? Done!

Knitting bag with pinIn your first round, you're going to make one chain stitch and then single crochet (sc) 15 times into the base ring. If you think you can't fit all 15 single crochets into the ring, you can—just use your fingers to scootch the existing single crochets along the base ring to free up some space to crochet into. Finish your first round by working another sl st into the first single crochet in your set of 15 (which is where you'll end up after you sc all around around the base ring).

Round two is where it gets interesting! You're going to do a combination of double crochets and treble crochets to make the petals of the flower. The petals are made up of two double crochets on either side of one treble crochet; trebles are taller than doubles, to the trebles are what give each petal it's slight point. So, our instructions tell us to work on chain, and then 1 dingle crochet into the same place as the last slip stitch, which is the next place you can place a stitch after you do your slip stitch. No problem. Then you're supposed to work work 2 double crochets, 1 treble crochet, and 2 double crochets into the next single crochet. (By "the next single crochet," the pattern is instructing you to work all of those stitches into single crochets on the base ring.) Seem impossible? It's not—they really will fit. Thank goodness for the stretchiness of yarn, right? Even my cotton blend had enough give to make this work fairly easily.

After your double-treble combo is done, you do one single crochet into each of the next two single crochets on the base ring. And that's your pattern. You do that until you get to the last single crochet on the base ring, which you pass over, and then you finish by working a single crochet in the first single crochet you did in the second round. Cut the yarn and draw it through that last single crochet, and you're done. Congratulations!

Now find a bag or jacket that needs a little pick-me-up, and pin on some springtime. And while you're waiting for actual spring to come, try out Interweave Crochet—you'll find lots of fun embellishments to welcome the sun.

Cheers,


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lanabr wrote
on Mar 3, 2010 7:34 AM

Thank you very much for the lovely very good informations. Could I have the same for the other flowers you showed in your bouquet?

Sending you a hug from Brazil

Lana

keliloi wrote
on Feb 26, 2010 10:34 AM

Thank you Artful Soul for the knitted flower.  I will try this.  I knit and crochet and enjoy both of them.

I am very happy Kathleen puts in a few articles about crochet.  Both knitting & crochet are very useful skills.  

ArtfulSoul wrote
on Feb 25, 2010 7:23 PM

Pretty flowers!  Also, great to use to close up cardigans.

I knit a lacy cardigan, and as I do not crochet, I KNIT a flower pin of the same yarn. Probably lots of ways to do this, but I:

CO 36 (#9 needle, more st for tighter gauge).

K next RS row.

Purl all WS rows.

Next RS row, K in front and in back of same stitch, do for all stitches=72 stitches.

Repeat increases on next RS row=144 st.

P final row, then BO loosely, even using a larger needle.

Curl into flower shape like a spiral, sew in place. At center, I added a crystal bead. Sew on pinback.

pluto wrote
on Feb 25, 2010 2:33 PM

i'd rather a crochet post than a managine ad, they're getting frequent.

on Feb 25, 2010 1:38 PM

Another article on crocheting.  I thought this was "Knitting Daily."   I am beginning to think it should be "Crocheting Daily."    Please, please, please stick to knitting.

keliloi wrote
on Feb 24, 2010 8:52 PM

Hi Kathleen, I just want to tell you how much I enjoy your newsletter.  This post is one of my favorites.  I made the flower in your instructions from a Universal yarn called Star Light in a light blue color.  It is so pretty!  Thank you for the instructions.

on Feb 24, 2010 5:32 PM

Thanks for noticing the "viola," Deanna3! Those little beauties are some of my favorite flowers.

Someone asked about my "back-up" knitting bag. It's a mesh bag from Walkerbags.com.

Judyvandy: What sort of photo do you want? A closeup or something?

Deanna3 wrote
on Feb 24, 2010 4:09 PM

These little flowers are cute!

This bit of the message cracked me up: "VIOLA: instant spring cheer."  Don't know if Kathleen did it on purpose, but she was talking about flowers!

judyvandy wrote
on Feb 24, 2010 8:39 AM

Crochet is so easy to copy if you have a good picture.  Any possibility of having them posted?

TommyS wrote
on Feb 24, 2010 8:37 AM

Another Crochet article... : (

Can we stick to knitting? Or rename the thing to Knitting/Crochet daily.

I really enjoy the knitting articles and that is what I'd like to see.

Rhondavous wrote
on Feb 24, 2010 7:59 AM

BACK UP KNITTING BAG????  You're as bad as I am!  Quick...get intervention!