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

 

 

 

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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

January Snowflakes

 

01/01/18 1 Pretty Picot Snowflake https://www.petalstopicots.com/2013/01/pretty-picot-snowflake-pattern/
01/07/18 2 Snowcatcher Aspen Snowflake http://www.snowcatcher.net/2016/08/snowflake-monday_15.html
01/07/18 3 Crochet Crowd Easy Snowflake http://thecrochetcrowd.com/crochet-snowflake/
01/14/18 4 Maggie Weldon Snowflake http://www.bestfreecrochet.com/2010/11/18/snowflake-christmas-ornament-free-crochet-pattern/
01/14/18 5 Snowcatcher Gray’s Peak Snowflake http://www.snowcatcher.net/2012/01/snowflake-monday_16.html
01/21/18 Auvergnasse_small Lion Brand Auvergnasse Snowflake http://www.lionbrand.com/stitchfinder/crochet-snowlafe-auvergnasse/
01/21/18 7 Knitshop Let It Snow Snowflake http://www.knitshop.co.uk/knitshop-pattern/1972-free-pattern-let-it-snow-snowflake.html
01/28/18  Attic 24  http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/crochet-snowflake.html
01/28/18  Sally V. George  http://botherthebirds.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/snowflakes.pdf

Light Bulb Christmas Ornament

      

The blue/green ornament is done in Alize Miss Batik (#3713) with a size 5 hook.  The red/green/white is done in Aunt Lydia’s #10, Shaded Christmas, with a size 5 hook.  I find both of these threads to be just a tiny shade thicker than a plain white #10 from Aunt Lydia, but not enough to warrant calling it an 8.

I would like to give a huge thanks to Beth Press Rossobillo who tested this for me and found a bunch of typos and errors!  Any remaining errors are down to me 🙂 (and I’d appreciate hearing about them!)

NOTES

BEGINNING:  You can begin with a chain stitch (1 ch for sc, 2 ch for hdc, 3 ch for dc, 4 ch for trc, 5 ch for dtrc) or use a starting stitch if you don’t like the ‘skinniness’ of a chain start.

BODY:  If you find your work being stretched too tightly, you can add a round of sc, hdc or dc.  If it is too loose, you can remove one of rounds of sc, hdc or dc.

ABBREVIATIONS (click on the definition to take you to a tutorial)

sc:  single crochet 
hdc:  half double crochet
dc:  double crochet
dtrc:  double treble crochet
fp:  front post
bp:  back postsc dec:  single crochet decrease
hdc dec:  half double crochet decrease 

PATTERN

  1. In a magic circle, 10dc, join to top of beginning dc
  2. 2dc in each dc, join to top of beginning dc (20 dc)
  3. 2hdc in 1st dc, 1 hdc in next stitch . . . (around), join to top of beginning dc (30 hdc)
  4. bpdc in each hdc . . . (around), join to beginning bpdc (30 bphdc)
  5. sc in each hdc, join to top of beginning hdc (30 sc)
  6. hdc in each sc, join to top of beginning sc (30 hdc)
  7. sc in 1st hdc, fpdc in sc below the next hdc . . . (around), join to top of beginning sc (15 sc, 15 fpdc)
  8. sc in each stitch . . . (around), join to top of beginning sc (30 sc)
  9. dc in each sc . . . (around), join to top of beginning sc (30 dc)
  10. bphdc in each dc . . . (around), join to top of beginning dc (30 bphdc)
  11. dc in each bphdc . . . (around), join to top of beginning bphdc (30 dc)
  12. sc in each dc . . . (around), join to top of beginning dc (30 sc)
  13. 2 hdc in 1st sc, 1 hdc in next 2 sc . . . (around), join to top of beginning hdc(40 hdc)
  14. dc in 1st dc, 4dc popcorn in next, dc in next (mark stitch) , 4 dc popcorn in next. . . (around), join to top of beginning dc (20 dc, 20 4dc popcorn)
  15. hdc in each dc . . . (around), join to top of beginning hdc (40 hdc)
  16. dc in each hdc . . . (around), join to top of beginning dc (40 dc)
  17. sc in each dc . . . (around), join to top of beginning sc (40 sc)
  18. 7 dc in 1st hdc, skip 3 hdc, 7dc in 4th hdc . . . around, join to top of beginning dc (10 groups of 7dc)
  19. (In this round you are putting the fpdtrc into the dc of round 16 between every other popcorn ): sc in each of next 7 dc, fpdtrc in the hdc above the marked popcorn, sc in next 7 dc, fpdtrc in sc above popcorn) . . . (around) , join to top of beginning dc (70 sc, 10 fpdtrc)
  20. sc in 1st fptc, ch 5, sc in next fptc . . . (around) join to top of beginning fptc. (10 sc, 50 ch)
  21. sc in sc, 5 sc in ch5 loop . . . (around) (60 sc)
  22. sc in 1st sc, 5 sc in ch5 loop . . . (around) (60 sc)
  23. dc in each sc . . . (around) join to top of beginning sc (60dc)
  24. bphdc in each dc . . . (around) join to top of beginning bhdc (60 bphdc)
  25. dc in 1st two hdc, 4dc popcorn in next . . . (around) join to top of beginning hdc (20 popcorn, 40 dc)
  26. hdc in 1st two dc, skip popcorn . . . (around) join to top of beginning dc (40 hdc)
  27. dc in each hdc . . . (around) join to top of beginning hdc (40 dc)
  28. hdc in 1st dc . . . (around) join to top of beginning dc (40 dc)
  29. bpdc in 1st hdc . . . (around) join to top of beginning hdc (40 bpdc)
  30. At this point you need to insert the light bulb and crochet around it: hdc in 1st dc, decrease over next 2 hdc . . . (around) join to top of beginning dc (30 hdc)
  31. hdc in 1st dc . . . (around) join to top of beginning dc (30 dc) (Repeat this round if you find your cover is being stretched too tightly)
  32. hdc in 1st dc, decrease over next 2 hdc . . . (around) join to top of beginning hdc (20 hdc)
  33. sc decrease over next 2 hdc . . . (around) join to top of beginning hdc (10 hdc)
  34. sc decrease over next 2 hdc . . . do not join (5 hdc)
  35. Continue to decrease each stitch until the hole is close. Finish off and weave in ends.

Mini Frosty Snowflake

I used the light parts of Alize Miss Batik 3722 with a #5 hook and the snowflake is approximately 3″ across.  Using a #10 thread with a smaller hook will result in a smaller snowflake.
I am a sloppy pinner; I don’t pin each picot, though that will give you a more professional looking snowflake.   For stiffening, I purchased some bottles of sparkly nail polish at our local store.  It adds glitter while stiffening.

  ( ) is repeating pattern
  [ ] is a note
  ss Slip Stich
  sp Space
  ch Chain
  dc Double Crochet
  tp Triple Picot (ch 5, ss in 4th ch from hook, ch 5, ss in 4th ch from hook, ch 5, ss in 4th ch from hook, bring together by ss in 1st ch in picot)
 
Make a magic circle
1 Ch 9 [this is your magic circle, a dc, ch 5], (dc, ch 5) X 5, join in 3rd ch from hook, pull magic ring [or beginning chain] tight
  6 dc, 6 ch 5 spaces made
 
2 Ss to 1st ch 5 sp, ch 3, 2dc, ch 5, 3dc [beg shell made], (in next sp: 3dc, ch 5, 3dc) X 5, join to 3rd ch
  6 shells made
 
3 SS to 1st ch 5 sp, ch 3, 2dc, tp, 3dc, (between next 2 shells: 2 dc, ch 5, ss in 1st ch made, 2dc; in shell: 3dc, tp, 3dc) X 5, join to top of 1st ch 3 made
  6 shells with tp made, ch5 picot between each shell

Zendoodles

After my last post, I reckon everyone knows what I think of the term ‘Zentangle’, so when my mate Donna came up with Zendoodle, I appropriated it.  This is my first finished attempt at it.  Design and colors are all out of my head, but my OCD prohibits total freehand.  I use ruler for straight edges, and when the design is the same on both sides, I draw it on flimsy paper, fold it in half and cut it out, so that both sides are even.

The Internet is the devil (Or Where did that 3 hours go?)

Three hours ago I started this post.  I searched google for an appropriate meme, and then had to read a few (dozen) others.  I saved the best one to use at the top of the post.  Then I happened to glance to the left of my computer, and I noticed in my move packing, I’d slid one of my bead boxes, and my container of embellishments into a basket of WIPs (works in progress).  I removed them and put them in the appropriate spot, and had a quick glance through the projects in the basket.  That reminded me – was I up to date on downloading the CALs (Crochet Along) I’m interested in?  You have to keep on top of those, because many become paid patterns after the CAL.  I went to facebook, and then to my groups to find my CAL group.  I noticed I have a lot of groups that I’m really not following any more.  Spent a few minutes deleting those.  But I did chance on my CQ group (Crazy Quilt) which gave me a nudge to find the materials for my 2020 quilt.

Out to the garage to search for them, ended up sitting and staring at all the boxes.  Very little of my stuff will fit in the house, so I need to take out the very most essential items, repack the rest, and stack it neatly in the corner.  ‘Course, to do that, I need to clear a corner (it’s not just my stuff out here!)  After 20-30 minutes of despondency, I found the materials, ooh, and my art paper too, and the modelling clay!  Brought it all in and sat to rest for a moment.

Oh crap.  I was checking CAL patterns.  Downloaded a few I had missed, and started sorting out the CAL section of my patterns on a memory stick.  Looking at them, I remembered there was a new shawl I NEED the pattern for.  Off to Ravelry and a pleasant few (dozen) minutes looking over the new stuff.  Looked up and noticed I had about 10 notifications on facebook.  Have to check those out.  Oh, the coverage of the protests and counter protests in Mass. is up now.  Watch a couple (or few) – I like to watch one with a left bias, one with a right and one that is more neutral to get the best idea of what – oh, that would make a good blog post – oh, crap.  I was writing one, wasn’t I?

And 3 hours disappeared in a flash.  Not one thing got accomplished.  And I didn’t even go near Pinterest!