Black Eyed Susan

 

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?

CENTER

  1. With black into a magic circle, sc 12, join with ss to beg sc

    [12 sc]

  2. 2 Sc into ea st around, join with ss to beg sc

    [24 sc]

  3. sc in each st around, finish off with ss to beg st

    [24 sc]

  4. With yellow, sc in each st around, join with ss to beg st (do not finish off)

    [24 sc]

PETALS (Make 12)

  1. 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]

  2. 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]

  3. sc in each sc back down the petal, ss into the same sc of the center that in which you started

    [7 sc, ss]

  4. 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.

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Cone Flower

 

I used a #10 crochet thread in russet and lavender with a #5 steel hook

dec hdc: hdc decrease over two stitches

CONE (Russet)

  1. Into a magic circle, 10 sc, join with ss to beg sc

    [10 sc]

  2. 2 hdc in each stitch around, join with ss to beg sc

    [20 hdc form the base of the cone]

  3. bphdc in each stitch around, join with ss to beg hdc

    [20 bphdc form the wall of the cone]

  4. 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]

  5. 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]

  6. (dec over two st) X 5, do not join

    [5 dec hdc]

  7. dec over two st around until you can close cone

PETALS (lavender)

Flip the cone over and work in the last round of the base

  1. 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]

  2. Do this in ea of the 20 stitches for 20 petals
  3. Turn the flower over and ss around the base

Daisy

 

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.

Abbreviations:

Beg – Beginning

Ch – Chain

Sc – Single crochet

Sl st – Slip stitch

Sk – Skip

The center:

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.

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Note, my yellow is much brighter, but is a very gray day.  The center of a daisy should be bright!

The Petals

  • 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

 

 

 

Granny’s Heart

    

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.

  1.  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]
  2. 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]
  3. [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]
  4. [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]
  5. [Working on next side]: repeat round 3 and 4, turn after final ss.
  6. 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.
  7. Add embellishment to center

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.

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