Easy Flowers

I have a doctor’s appointment in the morning and a great new blouse I want to wear – but no shoes that will match the outfit in any way.  No time to shop, but I do have a lovely yarn just the same color.  My favorite shoes happen to have 4 holes in the toes, so they are perfect to run a piece of yarn through a crochet flower and tie on.

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They couldn’t be easier to make.

For the center, wrap yarn around your finger 15 times.  Carefully slip it off, and sc into the center 24 times.  Join with ss to beginning sc.  Turn it over, so the back is now the front.

Round 1: ch 4 [this is one sc and 3 chs], (sc, ch3, sk 2 stitches) 7 times, join to 1st ch

Round 2: In ch 3 sp: hdc, dc, hdc, ss into sc) 7 times, in last ch 3 sp: hdc, dc, hdc, join with ss to beginning ss.

Round 3: Working in the back, around the sc posts of round 1, sc into back post, ch 5, (sc around back post, ch5,) 7 times, join to 1st sc.

Round 4: [I changed color here) In ch 5 sp: hdc, 3 dc, hdc, ss into sc) 7 times, in last ch 5 sp: hdc, 3dc, hdc, join with ss to beginning sc.

Round 5: Working in the back, around the sc posts of round 1, sc into back post, ch 7, (sc around back post, ch7) 7 times, join to 1st sc.

Round 6: [I changed back to 1st color here] In ch 7 sp: sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc,sc, ss into sc) 7 times, in last ch 7 sp: sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc,sc, join with ss to beginning sc.  Finish off.

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Rings, Rings, Rings

I am addicted to crocheting jewelry.  When I’m in the middle of a large yarn project, or intricate doily, taking a break to whip up a frilly cuff or beaded necklace really refreshes me.  Lately, rings have been my obsession.  I chain 4 and single crochet in each, turn, repeat until the ring fits me, then join.  Over the join, I add a flower(s), beads, gemstones from broken jewelry, buttons – anything that looks good.  (those grapes, on my ring finger?  drops of hot glue, dabbed with purple fingernail polish.

Rings 2016 2     Rings 2016

9 Petal Flower

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These simple little flowers can be used as a brooch, an adornment on a top, part of a bouquet, or as I have done, clipped on a pair of shoes!  Add some beading or sequins for a more elegant look.

Center:  Wrap thread loosely but evenly around a G Hook, one layer on top of the other (not spread out).  Gently ease the ring of thread off the hook, y/o and through the ring to pick up a loop.  18 sc in the ring.

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Round 1:  (hdc, ch 3, skip 1 sc) 9 times (9 hdc, 27 ch)

Round 2: Working in the chain 3 space (1 sc, 2 hdc, 1 dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc, ss into hdc of previous round) 9 times (18 sc, 36 hdc, 9 dc, 9 ss)

Round 3:  ch 1, ss to back of hdc of previous round, ch 1, (dc around the back post of the hdc of the previous round, ch 5) 9 times (9 dc, 45 ch)

Round 4: Working in the chain 5 space (2 hdc, 2 dc, 1 trc, 2 dc, 2 hdc, ss into dc of previous round) 9 times (36 hdc, 36 dc, 9 trc, 9 ss)

Round 5: ch 1, ss to back of hdc of previous round, ch 1, (dc around the back post of the hdc of the previous round, ch 7) 9 times (9 dc, 63 ch)

Round 6: Working in the chain 7 space (2 hdc, 2 dc, 2 trc, ch 2, 2 trc, 2 dc, 2 hdc, ss into dc of previous round) 9 times (36 hdc, 36 dc, 36 trc, 18 ch, 9 ss) Finish off