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A lovely bunch…

July 12, 2009

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I initially came up with these little flowers to use up scrap yarn and thread and since then, I’ve quite literally been hooked! They’re very quick and easy to make and are incredibly versatile. You can use whatever yarn you have to hand plus the flowers have many uses – as brooches, affixing to hairbands and hairslides, sticking on greetings cards or sewing on clothes. Different size yarns and hooks will give surprisingly different effects. I like to use embroidery thread with a 1.75mm hook as it gives pretty, delicate results and, as the thread comes in relatively small amounts, it means I can play around with colours.

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Anyhow, enough waffle – here’s the pattern

U.K Pattern (U.S Pattern below)

Flower

Make a loop. 12 dc into loop. Slip stitch into first dc. If you want a different colour for the petals, fasten off and join in new yarn. In first dc (1 htr, 2 tr, 1 htr). Slip stitch into next dc. *In next dc (1 htr, 2 tr, 1htr). Slip stitch into next stitch. Repeat from * until end. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Leaf

Chain 11. Dc in 2nd chain from hook. Dc in next chain, 5 tr, 1 htr, dc to end. When you reach last chain, turn the leaf 90 degrees and dc into end chain, then turn by another 90 degrees and dc into back of same chain. Work into back of chains down the other side of the leaf as follows: dc in next chain, 1 htr, 5 tr, dc to end. Fasten off.

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U.S Pattern

Flower

Make a loop. 12 sc into loop. Slip stitch into first sc If you want a different colour for the petals, fasten off and join in new yarn. In first sc (1 hdc, 2 dc, 1 hdc). Slip stitch into next sc. *In next sc (1 hdc, 2 dc, 1hdc). Slip stitch into next stitch. Repeat from * until end. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Leaf

Chain 11. Sc in 2nd chain from hook. Sc in next chain, 5 dc, 1 hdc, sc to end. When you reach last chain, turn the leaf 90 degrees and sc into end chain, then turn by another 90 degrees and sc into back of same chain. Work into back of chains down the other side of the leaf as follows: sc in next chain, 1 hdc, 5 dc, sc to end. Fasten off.

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2009 9:03 pm

    Funnily enough, I am at this exact moment printing off a number of flower patterns form the lion brand website, but I love these little flowers! They look so cheerful, and really would brighten a project up.

  2. July 12, 2009 9:14 pm

    They’re gorgeous! Fantastic photos too. I really need to get my head around crochet, I’ve seen so many things I’d like to try and here’s another one! 🙂 x

    • July 13, 2009 7:22 am

      You should try – it’s really easy – much easier than knitting in my opinion – although it does guzzle yarn more than knitting. Still, once you’ve spun all those fleeces I’m guessing you’ll have no shortage of yarn! 🙂 If you ever fancy giving it a go, give me a shout and I’ll point you in the direction of some good online resources.

  3. July 12, 2009 11:36 pm

    They are very lovely

  4. July 13, 2009 5:49 am

    These are beautiful. I’ve been making zillions of crochet slides and clips for my summer fetes and they have flown off the stall (I sold over 20 pairs on Saturday!).
    What a wonderful idea to use embroidery thread – I’ve never thought of that but it ‘s perfect for more delicate flowers for little girls accessories (and I’ve a stash of several hundred colours too!!)

    • July 13, 2009 7:18 am

      Thanks Louise – I’m hoping to sell some at a craft fair in the autumn so it’s good to hear that yours are selling well! I think it’s always a good idea to have a selection of smaller, cheaper items on stalls as these seem to sell best. I think people are more likely to make an ‘impulse’ buy if it means only parting with a pound or two 🙂

  5. July 13, 2009 12:23 pm

    Beautiful flowers! Thank your for the tutorial there are so many versatile ways of using these.

    Nina x

  6. July 13, 2009 1:51 pm

    Those are so pretty and well made!

  7. July 13, 2009 8:28 pm

    Very cute. I especially like the ones with buttons.

  8. July 14, 2009 1:34 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing a lovely pattern. I intend to try them in embroidery threads too
    Lynn

  9. July 14, 2009 3:52 pm

    Oh how pretty! I recently ordered a book about crochet simply because I wanted to learn how to make pretty flowers like this!

  10. July 16, 2009 1:51 pm

    Lovely!Thanks!!

  11. July 17, 2009 12:46 pm

    These are beautiful! I like the idea of putting them onto greetings cards, such a lovely and personal idea.

    I’ve just stumbled across your blog from Ravelry and have enjoyed looking through the bright photos and interesting crafts and recipes – thanks!

  12. Lee permalink
    July 27, 2009 9:18 pm

    thanks for sharing this lovely pattern.

  13. August 4, 2009 4:26 pm

    Love this. Iam going to make some soon .Thanks a lot!!!

  14. August 11, 2009 1:25 am

    Very cute and pretty flowers. Thank you for sharing!

  15. September 12, 2009 3:17 pm

    This might be the silliest question ever but I am new to crocheting and I seem to overthink EVERYTHING. When you say “make a loop” do you mean crochet a few chain stitches to make a loop or do you mean make a slip knot and crochet the dc’s into that loop?
    Thank you!!

  16. September 13, 2009 4:42 pm

    Thank you so much for your help (and the great tutorials). I got the hang of it (after a few failed attempts) and spent the day and evening making LOADS of these. It was so much fun I could not stop.

  17. January 1, 2010 5:27 am

    These are simply lovely and soooo cheerful! They make up very quickly and could be used in so many different ways! Thank you so much for sharing your creation!
    (Oh and, by the way, this was my first visit to your blog and I found you by searching “stash busting crochet patterns”. I will book mark and definitely be back.) Thanks again.

  18. Onetruelady permalink
    March 16, 2010 7:04 pm

    I just love your little flower thanks so much for sharing

  19. Megan permalink
    September 10, 2010 5:52 pm

    These are beautiful! I am relatively new to crochet and do have a potentially silly question – how do you attach the flowers to each other and to the leaves? Do you just sew them with a needle and thread? And if that is the case, does that hold up well when you wash a garment (e.g. a hat),

    Thanks so much!

    • September 15, 2010 7:18 am

      Hi Megan, Yes you just sew them together – I leave a long tail when I fasten off then use a tapestry needle to sew the leaves and flowers together. I guess how well they hold together depends on how well you sew them! I;m not much of a seamstress though and mine seem to do fine! 🙂

  20. Melanie Pizzini permalink
    November 12, 2010 7:37 pm

    How do you attach the flower to the hair tie? Did you just use the tail and wrap around it tightly??

    melanie

  21. August 17, 2011 9:33 pm

    Beautiful flowers! Thanks for sharing your pattern. 🙂

  22. limegreenespeon permalink
    April 12, 2012 3:34 am

    Haha. I love this. Amazingly simple, and just what I’m looking for. If they turn out nice, I will be making three for a corsage for my prom this Saturday. Thanks!

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