Saturday, December 8, 2018

Rainbow Petal Flowers - A Pattern For You!

Well, it's been quite a while since I've posted on here, so much for good intentions, it's been a busy time and the weeks have just been flying by!!  I'd love to think I can blog here on a more regular basis, but it seems I'm just not organised enough!  Also I used to take photos each day and then write about them at night, I don't seem to get the photos taken anymore, so everything grinds to a halt.
Must get the camera out more often! 

Anyway, I have a pattern for a cute little decoration today, it is perfect for using up your favourite scraps of DK/8ply wool.  
I have been meaning to share it for ages, and am finally getting around to it today!!
It is a flower ( I am still kind of obsessed with crochet flowers) that has different coloured petals, you make a circle for the centre then make 5 different coloured petals around the centre.  Make 2 of these flowers and sew them together using the tails of yarn and stuffing any other tails into the centre.   This makes quite a sturdy, thick, flat flower, I like to hang mine on the Christmas tree. It is very simple and you will soon be whipping up a heap of them!  

I used some different scraps of hand dyed speckled 8ply, leftovers from my polka dot blanket, but you can really have a play with colour in this project, use whatever colours you like.

 Here's the pattern if you'd like to have a go yourself. 

Rainbow Petal Flowers

UK terminology.
Materials:  8ply yarn scraps in different colours

Hook: 3.5mm

(starting chains do not count as stitches)

In centre colour:
Round 1: Ch3,  join with slip stitch to 1st chain to form a ring, ch1, make 5dc into the ring,  join with slip stitch to 1st dc to complete round.  (5 stitches)

Round 2: Ch1, make 2dc in each stitch of previous round, join with slip stitch to 1st dc to complete round.  (10 stitches)

Round 3: Ch1, make 2dc in 1st stitch, 1dc in next stitch, *then 2dc in next stitch, then 1dc in next stitch* continue repeating from * to * to end of round,  join with slip stitch to 1st dc and bind off.  
(15 stitches) 

Make Petals.

For each petal:  (Leave a long tail when you join the new colour so you can use it to sew up later)

Working in the back loops of the stitches in the last round of the centre:
Row 1:  Join new colour to any stitch, ch1, 1dc in same stitch, 1dc in next stitch, 1dc in next stitch. 
(3 stitches) Turn work. 
Row 2: Ch1, 1dc in same stitch, 2dc in next stitch, 1 dc in next stitch. (4 stitches)
Row 3 and 4: ch1, 1 stitch in each stitch (4 stitches)
Row 5: Ch1, 1dc in same stitch, in next stitch (1htr,1tr, 1dtr), in next stitch (1dtr, 1tr, 1htr), 1dc in next stitch, bind off.

Make 5 petals around the centre, 1 in every 3 stitches.

Make 2 flowers like this, reversing the colour order of your petals so they match when wrong sides are put together, and use the tails of each petal to sew the 2 sides together.

Tadah!  You have made a Rainbow Petal Flower!

It should look some thing like this:

They look cute hanging from the Christmas tree, or you could hang them from presents, or make a garland or whatever you like really! 

Have a great weekend everyone, I hope you get some fun hooky time, it's not looking likely in my house, the silly season is well and truly here! 


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