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Crocheted Daffodils for Mothering Sunday & St David's Day

I've been practising different crocheted flowers recently and with Mother's Day fast approaching, I thought I'd focus on perfecting the daffodil. I tried a few different patterns, but as with quite a few projects of late, I've found the Happy Berry Crochet's version on youtube to be fab. Her instructions are clear and easy to follow and I love the little details, like the picot edge along the trumpet of the flower and the detailed guide for adding the stem, which I think gives it a great finishing touch.

Crocheted Daffodils

I decided to make a few of these as I thought they'd look really cute in a vase and could brighten up a room at any time of the year! You could also wrap a ribbon round them and give them as a gift. Or just make the flower (without the stem) and add a brooch pin. I also think the flower head would look amazing stuck to the front of a card for a striking 3D effect Mother's Day card. Also, don't forget that St.David's Day is on the 1st of March, so there's still a little bit of time (if you're quick) to make one of these fab crocheted Daffodil's to wear with pride on Tuesday!

Anyway, here's a few pictures of my finished articles, what do you think?

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Happy Sunday's everyone and happy crocheting 🙂

Katrina x

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Popcorn Stitch Flower Brooch - Here's how.....

FLOWER-BROOCH

When I taught myself to crochet some time last year, I wanted to start with small projects that were quick to learn, but with cute end results that I could easily turn into something decorative.

For me, flowers were great starting point. There are so many patterns and variations available, they are often quite small and therefore you can finish one off in no time and easily repeat the process to practise the techniques involved.

The popcorn stitch flower was one of the first that I learnt. I loved how it looked and how quickly I was able to produce a cute looking flower which I knew would make the perfect brooch.

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I have had lots of compliments about them and have since given them as little gifts to friends and family too. So I thought these might also be the perfect starting point for some of you as well, perhaps for someone who is learning to crochet or coming back to it after years. Anyway, I thought I'd pop a couple of pictures and the pattern that you will need to use to create these cute little popcorn flower brooches. Unfortunately, being left-handed some of the pictures might cause more confusion for the right handed person learning, but hopefully they can still provide some kind of guidance! I'll try and find a solution for this next time!

Please feel free to comment below or email should you have any questions or feedback.

Abbreviations (US Terminology):

Ss - Slip stitch

Sc - Single crochet (Double in UK)

Ch - Chain Dc - Double crochet (Treble in UK)

Pc - Popcorn stitch

How to create the stitches used in this pattern:

Slip Stitch: Ss - insert hook, yarn over, then pull the loop back through the stitch and then through the loop on your hook.

Single Crochet: Sc - insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (2 loops now on hook). Yarn over and pull through the two loops on your hook (this is equivalent to a Double in UK terminology).

Chain Stitch: Ch - yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch on your hook.

Double Crochet: Dc - yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch. There will now be three loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through two of the loops on your hook. Then yarn over and pull through remaining two loops (this is equivalent to a Treble in UK terminology).

Popcorn Stitch: Pc - the popcorn stitch is made by the removing your hook from the 5th dc that you've made, you then place your hook back into the 1st Dc stitch, then reaching towards the 5th Dc stitch you need to grab the loop from the 5th Dc and pull the yarn through the middle of the 1st Dc stitch. Pull the yarn tight and secure with one ch.
You will have joined the edges of the row of 5 Dc forcing the crocheted yarn to form a loop or curve - each one of these will become a petal.

I used Stylecraft DK Special for these brooches. However, you can use any type of wool you have to get you started with such a project.

Hook size: 4mm (G)

So lets begin creating the flower brooch.

Round 1
First, create a slip knot and then ch2.

Chain 2Then Sc 8 times into the ch closest to hook and join with a Ss, creating a loop (8 stitches).

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Round 2
This is your first round of creating the popcorn stitch. Begin with Ch3.

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Then DC 4 times into the same stitch at the base of your ch3. On the picture below I have got the ch3 (acting like a Dc), then 1 Dc. The darning needle shows where you should be crocheting all 4 of the Dc.

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Once you've created the 4 DC you have all the stitches for the first popcorn petal and can create the Pc.

Start by pulling the yarn loose and removing your hook as per the below picture.

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Then find the 3rd chain from the ch3 - (I've put a darning needle in below, just to show you where you need to put your hook).

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Put your hook through the 3rd chain of the ch3 and put your hook through the loose yarn, grab the loop and pull the yarn through the middle of the ch3. Pull the yarn tight and secure with one ch.

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Don't forget to ch1 to secure the popcorn stitch each time.

Continue round creating a Pc for every Sc in the round - 8 stitches = 8 petals. For each of the remaining 7 rather than starting with a ch3, you simply Dc5 into the next Sc stitch. Then when creating the Popcorn Stitch you simply insert your hook into the 1st Dc stitch and then pull through the yarn. Pull tight and ch1 to secure the popcorn stitch.

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Once you have 8 Pc (8 petals), turn your work to the backside and locate the first chain 3 (darning needle illustrates this below). Place your hook under the first ch3 and Ss.

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You have now completed the 2nd round and have something that resembles the below picture.

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Round 3
In this next round, you will be crocheting 2 Pc (2 x petals) in between each of the petals created in round 2. So you will end up with 16 petals in this round.

If you slightly pull apart the first and last 2 petals you created in the first round, you'll see that the gap is dissected by the Ss into the ch3 that you did to join the 2nd round.

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As a result for this first petal of round 3, you'll begin with ch3 into half closest to your first petal (I've put the darning needle in to show where, above). Ch3, then 4DC into that same gap. Create your popcorn stitch as per round 2.

After the first petal, you simply make 2 popcorn stitches into the gaps between each of the petals from round 2.

It does feel quite tight when adding all of the Dc stitches for these 2 petals each time, but that is necessary to give it the correct finished look. In the picture below, I have made 1 popcorn stitch in between the two petals that I'm pulling apart. The next thing is to add the 2nd.

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Now the 2nd has been added.

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Continue in the round until you have 15Pc (15 petals).

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Now add one more Popcorn Stitch in the gap where the first petal in this round was made. This time, use the other side of the Ss that was created to close off round 2 (hope that makes sense!).

Ss into the first Ch3 to join the round.

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Bind off, leaving a long tail, which can be used to sew the pin for the brooch onto the back.

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Using a darning needle, weave in the tail from the beginning of your crochet.
Then using the remaining yarn tail, you can see below that I simply sewed on the brooch pin to the back of the crocheted flower. You may prefer to attach some felt to the back and add your pin to the felt. However, this way worked for me and kept it pretty simple.

You'll then see from the front images that I simply used up some of my old spare buttons that I found in my button tin, to add a little decoration to the front of the flower.

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As you now know, these brooches use just 3 rounds, but using the same principle you can make the flower as big as you wish!

Hope you have found this tutorial helpful and for now, Happy Crocheting! x

 

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C2C Crochet Pattern - Cushion Cover

C2C Cushion Cover - 1

I recently posted a picture of my latest corner to corner (C2C) crochet project on social media and was then asked by a few people whether I had the pattern for it.

I have to be honest at this stage and say that I'm relatively new to crochet. I've always knitted but only really taught myself to crochet a year or so ago. However in that time, I've become a complete addict. I love how quickly a project can come together and the wealth of patterns and YouTube videos that are available to help you along the way. There are endless possibilities, so many yummy projects and I have really grown to love it!

Given this confession, you are more likely to believe me, when I say that the C2C pattern in crochet is very easy indeed. I found the rhythm of the pattern to be   incredibly therapeutic as well. Little thought is required and to be honest the most difficult thing about this latest project for me, was deciding which colour of yarn to use next!

The C2C pattern is perfect for a baby blanket, afghan blanket or shawl for example, but in this instance I decided I wanted to make a cushion cover, suitable for a 16in square cushion.

So as I mentioned at the outset, this isn't a tutorial as such - just a few pictures and the pattern for creating the C2C design. If you do need any further instruction, I would definitely recommend checking out one of the various tutorials available on YouTube. One easy to follow (which is available for both right and left handed crocheters), is by Bella Coco there's a link here, which can guide you through the stitches one by one.

For those of you familiar with the crochet stitches and used to following a crochet pattern, then here is a version of the one I first followed to get me started with C2C:

C2C Pattern (US terminology)
Abbreviations:
Ss - Slip Stitch
Ch - Chain
Dc - Double crochet (treple in UK)

Chain 6
Row 1:
Dc in 4th ch from hook and in the next 2 ch.
Turn {1 block made}.

Row 2:
(If changing colours like I did in my version - work in the next colour at the beginning of your ch6).
Ch6, dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 ch. Ss, ch 3 3 dc (all in the next ch-3 space of previous row).
Turn {2 blocks made}.

Row 3: 
(Change colour if applicable)
Ch6, dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 ch. Ss, ch 3 3 dc (all in the next ch-3 space of previous row) twice.
Turn {3 blocks made}.

Row 4:
(Change colour if applicable)
Ch6, dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 ch. Ss, ch 3 3 dc (all in the next ch-3 space of previous row) three times.
Turn {4 blocks made}.
Continue working like this, 5 blocks, 6 blocks, 7 blocks etc. Keep increasing by 1 block on each row.
For the 16in square cushion, the half way point was at row 28, however, just keep going until it is as wide as you'd like your version to be).
At this stage, you will then need to start decreasing the size - in my case it was going to turn the piece from a triangle into a square. To reduce each row, follow this pattern:

Row 29: 
(change colour if applicable)
Ss across first 3 dc. *Ss, ch 3, 3 dc (all in next ch-3 space of previous row): repeat from *to last ch-3 space on row; Ss in last space.
Turn.

The item is now reducing in width on the diagonal by 1 block with each row.
Continue to repeat the Row 29 instructions until you have 1 block remaining and if making a cushion cover, your work should now be square.

Fasten off.
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I decided to opt for a wool backing for this cushion. However, I think it would also look fab with a nice linen blend material. In case you're interested, I used an old jumper that I found in a charity shop, I cut 2 pieces out of the body of the jumper and sewed them onto the crochet square, just as you would when making an envelope style cushion cover. I used the bottom cuff of the jumper as the envelope opening and added a crocheted edge along with 6 button holes in a contrasting coloured yarn. I think I love the back almost as much as the front!

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If anyone wants any more details about this specific cushion cover, then let me know. If not, enjoy creating your own designs and happy crocheting!

Katrina x

p.s. I used Stylecraft Special DK for this project. The following colours feature and all can be found here

Aspen - 1422, Aster - 1003, Bright Pink - 1435, Citron - 1263, Cloud Blue - 1019, Cream - 1005, Fondant - 1241, Gold - 1709, Green - 1116, Grey - 1099, Lime - 1712, Magenta - 1084,  Mocha - 1064, Plum - 1061, Sage - 1725, Spice - 1711, Wisteria - 1432