I love the little cornucopias I see on trees, filled with tiny presents or bits of evergreen and berries, so I experimented with a few styles. Still, they are all based on a granny square with an extra round on two sides only with a join up the other two sides.
I’ve used several different materials, and you can use whatever you like, to get whatever size you want. My personal favorite is a size 8 crochet thread with a US size 4 steel hook (which Annie’s says is a 2mm). It is about 4” in length, from the bottom to the uppermost corner.
When crocheting the first round of a granny square, if you pick up the tail of the thread and crochet it into one of the dcs, it will prevent your center chain/circle from becoming too large.
Turning your granny square each round will help it to stay beautifully squared. It is not essential to do so though, if you are more comfortable working it in the conventional way.
Made with Alize Miss Batik 3724, steel hook size 4 (2mm)
Ch 4 [this is your beginning dc and a chain into which the rest of the round will be worked], 2 dc into beg ch, (ch 2, 3 dc into same beg ch) X 3, ch 2, join to top of ch 3 with sl st
[Four 3dc sets, separated by ch 2 spaces]
Turn square over, ch 3 [this is the 1st dc, now and throughout the pattern], 2 dc into the joining ch 2 space, (ch 1, 3dc, ch 2, 3 dc into next ch 2 space) X 3, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2 in beg ch 2 space, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3
[Four 3dc, ch 2, 3 dc sets, separated by ch 1 spaces]
Turn square over, ch 3, 2dc into joining ch 2 sp, (ch 1, 3 dc into ch 1 sp, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3dc into ch 2 corner space, ch 1) X 3, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2 in beg ch 2 space, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3
[Four 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc corner sets, eight ch 1 sp, four 3 dc sets]
Turn square over, ch 3, 2dc into joining ch 2 sp, (ch 1, 3 dc into ch 1 sp, ch 1, 3d into ch 1 sp, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3dc into ch 2 corner space, ch 1) X 3, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2 in beg ch 2 space, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3
[Four 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc corner sets, twelve ch 1 sp, eight 3 dc sets]
5. Ch 3, work 1 shell into each ch 1 sp across, in corner work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, 2dc], work 1 shell into each ch 1 sp across next side, 1 dc into corner.
Note: You have only worked 2 sides
[six shells, three 2 dc separated by 2 ch in middle corner, 1 dc in beg and end corners.]
6. Fold the square in half, and crochet or whip stitch the 2 plain sides together. Close off at the end with a sl st into the base corner. I didn’t have any little presents, but I did have some miniature bottles and clothespins to fill my cornucopia with!
I used a #5-ish crochet thread (Herrschnerr’s Brand Value packs, stated as #10, but they are really thick, much more like a 5 or 8) in yellow and black and a #5 steel hook.
Note to testers: I think the center may be too high, perhaps removing rnd 3?
With black into a magic circle, sc 12, join with ss to beg sc
2 Sc into ea st around, join with ss to beg sc
sc in each st around, finish off with ss to beg st
With yellow, sc in each st around, join with ss to beg st (do not finish off)
PETALS (Make 12)
bpsc around 1st sc in rnd 4 of center, ch 8, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each sc down, ch 1
[7 sc, 1 ch]
Working up the other side of the chain, sc in the back side of 6 ch, (sc, dc) in last ch
[7 sc, 1 dc]
sc in each sc back down the petal, ss into the same sc of the center that in which you started
[7 sc, ss]
skip 1 sc, ss into next and repeat 1-3 for next petal
Repeat 1-4 until you have 12 petals. Ss to 1st petal to finish.
I used a #10 crochet thread in russet and lavender with a #5 steel hook
dec hdc: hdc decrease over two stitches
- Into a magic circle, 10 sc, join with ss to beg sc
- 2 hdc in each stitch around, join with ss to beg sc
[20 hdc form the base of the cone]
- bphdc in each stitch around, join with ss to beg hdc
[20 bphdc form the wall of the cone]
- hdc in 1st two st, dec over two st, (hdc in 2 st, dec over two st) X 4, join with ss to beg hdc
[10 hdc. 5 dec hdc]
- hdc in 1st st, dc over two st, (hdc in st,dec over 2two st) X 5, join with ss to beg hdc
[5 hdc, 5 dec hdc]
- (dec over two st) X 5, do not join
[5 dec hdc]
- dec over two st around until you can close cone
Flip the cone over and work in the last round of the base
- ch 9, working back down the ch: ss in 1st ch, sc in 2 ch, hdc in 3 ch, sc in 3 ch, ss into beg sc
[2 ss, 5 sc, 3 hdc]
- Do this in ea of the 20 stitches for 20 petals
- Turn the flower over and ss around the base
I used a green, lavender and purple #10 crochet thread with a #5 steel hook
- Into a magic circle, hdc 10, finish off with ss in beg sc [10 hdc]
- 2 hdc in each hdc around [20 hdc]
- hdc in 1st sc of rnd 2; 2 hdc in next hdc; 1 hdc; fpdc into 2nd sc of rnd 1; hdc into next; [you have not skipped the hdc behind the fpdc], (hdc; 2 hdc in next; hdc, skipping 1 sc of rnd 1, fpdc into next; hdc) X 4; join with ss to beg[30 hdc, 5 fpdc]
- hdc into 1st hdc of rnd 3, hdc in next 3; (fpdc into fpdc of rnd 3, 4 hdc [you have not skipped the hdc behind the fpdc]) X 3; fpdc into fpdc of rnd 3; hdc; join to beg hdc and finish off. [35 hdc, 5 fpdc] Your work will begin to curl up, just as a real petunia would.
- With lavender, hdc into the hdc before the beg hdc of rnd 4; hdc into next 4 hdc, (fpdc into fpdc, hdc into next 4 hdc) X 4, fpdc into last fpdc; join to beg hdc [40 hdc, 5 hdc]
- ss to 3rd hdc of rnd 5, hdc, 3 dc, hdc in same st; (hdc, dc, fptrc, dc, hdc into fpdc; hdc, skip 2 hdc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc into next) X 4, hdc, dc, fptrc, dc, hdc into last fpdc, join to beg hdc, finish off [20 hdc, 25 dc, 5 trc]
There are many types of Daisies, including Asters, Ragweed, and Sunflowers. I have tried to replicate the simple white daisy with a yellow center. The flower represents innocence, purity, new beginnings, and secrets.
I used #10 crochet thread in yellow and white, with a #6 steel hook.
Written in US terms.
Beg – Beginning
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single crochet
Sl st – Slip stitch
Sk – Skip
I did not originate this center, and tried to find it to give the designer credit – but I don’t remember what it is called. This is how I make the center: wrap the yellow thread around a larger hook [J or K / 6 or 6.5 mm] 15-20 times. Then very carefully slide the wrapped thread off the hook, and holding it tightly together with your left hand, begin to sc into the center hole. [About every 5 sc, I slide them closer together, so there are no gaps.] You want to get at least 31 sc into that ring to give it that slightly puffy look. If you can fit in more, do so in increments of 4 + 3 so 31, 35, 39 etc. If you use a yarn, it may even fill in the center entirely, but it is more difficult to do with thread. Finish off with a sl st into the first sc.
Note, my yellow is much brighter, but is a very gray day. The center of a daisy should be bright!
- With white, into any sc in ring: ch 9, and working back down the chain: sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, hdc in next 3 ch, sc in last 2 ch, ss into beg ss. Skip three sc in ring, sl st into next sc in ring. The idea is to get petals evenly spaced around the ring, skipping 3 sc each time. Attach with sl st to the beginning sl st to finish this round. In this example, I have 39 sc in a ring, and 10 evenly spaced petals, but the number of petals in nature can differ, and so can yours!
Now you will be adding another row of petals, working into the front post of the middle sc of the set of 3 skipped sc in the previous row. Now that’s a mouthful!
- Skip the petal just made and the sc, sl st around the front post of the next sc from the previous round. (This is the middle sc of the set of 3 sc) and continue to create the petal just as previously. Make one petal in the middle sc of each of the skipped sets of 3 sc. You should have the same number of petals as in the previous round, but in between them and slightly in front. Finish off with a sl st into the beg sl st.
You can block your flower if you wish, or not. I dampened mine to straighten the petals slightly
EDIT: I just realized this is very similar (although not as nice looking) as one done on Bella Crochet. You can find her pattern here. (and I am quite sure her pattern is easier to follow!
Turning a simple granny square into a heart
The first picture is done in Aunt Lydia’s #10 crochet thread, the 2nd is done in a worsted weight yarn.
- Into a magic ring, ch 3 [for 1st dc], 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch2, 3dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, join to beg ch 3, turn [3 dc per side, 2 ch between each set]
- Into the 1st ch 2 sp: ch 3 [for 1st dc], dc, (dc in each of next 3 dc, in ch 2 sp: 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) X 3, dc in last 3 dc, 2 dc in 1st ch 2 sp, ch 2, join to beg ch 3 [5 dc per side, 2 ch between each set]
- [Working on one side only]: SS to 2nd dc, [ch 1, dc] X 5 into the 4th dc of side, ch 1, ss into 6th dc of side, ss into ch 2 sp of same side, turn [5 dc, 10 ch 1 spaces]
- [Still working on same side] (ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1) into each of next 5 ch 1 spaces, ss into ch 2 sp of round 2 [10 dc, 15 ch 1 spaces]
- [Working on next side]: repeat round 3 and 4, turn after final ss.
- sc in each stitch and chain around 1 side of heart, in bottom corner sc, ch 2, sc, sc in each stitch and chain around 2nd side of heart.
- Add embellishment to center