It's been a while since I shared a pattern with you lovely readers, so I thought it was about time to post a tutorial, there is still time to make a few of these before Christmas. I thought you might like to make a Puffy Flower decoration, I have been making these recently and they are fun and not too difficult, I think they look pretty dangling around the place, or they make nice little gifts.
I think it is nice to make a decoration or two each year to add to the collection, and I try and come up with a new idea each year, this is what I have been making this year!
So I have made a little tutorial for you if you would like to have a go. This is a little thank you to all the people who visit here and my shop and leave lovely comments, thank you for your support and kind words, I really appreciate them!
Puffy Flower Decoration
Ok, so you will need small amounts of cotton yarn in different colours, I used 8ply and a 3.5mm hook for this example, but you could use what ever you have, just use a hook that is one size smaller than recommended. This tutorial uses US terminology.
( Throughout this pattern the initial chains made at the start of each round to get to the stitch height do not count as a stitch unless otherwise stated)
To begin chain 4 and join with a slst to form circle.
Round 1: Ch3, make 12 dc into circle, join with slst to 1st dc (not top of 3ch) (12 st) Fasten off.
Round 2 : Join second colour, Ch3, create puffy petal - make 4 tr into same st as chains, leaving the last loop of each stitch on the hook.....
......so it looks like this, with 5 loops on hook...... ( sorry about the sideways photo, it refused to be edited!)
.....then make the last yarn over through all 5 loops, creating a puffy cluster........
.....into the next st make 1dc and a puffy petal in the same way......
Continue making a dc and a petal into each stitch until you have 12 petals made. In this round only, join with slst to third ch of starting chain. Fasten off. (24st)
It should look like this.
Round 3: Join 3rd colour to stitch at top of any puffy petal, chain1, make 2sc into same stitch, then 1sc into next st (top of dc of previous round).
Continue making 2sc in top of petal, and 1sc in top of dc, 12 times in total till you are back to the start, join with slst to 1st sc. (36 st)
Round 4 : Chain 1, make 2sc in same stitch, then 1sc in next 5 stitches, *then 2sc in next stitch, then 1sc in next 5 stitches* , repeat from * to * all around , join with a slst to 1st sc. ( 42st) Fasten off.
This makes one puffy flower circle.
Make a second puffy flower circle the same way.
Take both circles and place wrong sides together.
Working through the back loops only of each circle, join yarn and chain 1, make 1sc in each pair of back loops, with a 4 chain picot every 6th stitch if you wish, or you could just leave the join a plain circle of sc..........
......continue around the circle until you get back to the start, join with a slst to 1st sc. Chain 45 and join with slst to 1st chain to create a hanging loop. Fasten off.
Use a needle to weave in your end securely.
And there you have it, one finished decoration! Yay!
I hope these instructions make sense, if you have a problem, I'll try and help.
Now you can go and play with colour combinations and make lots of dangling goodness for your holidays! I hope these little things help make your Christmas very merry!
Have a lovely crafty day!