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.
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.
First, create a slip knot and then ch2.
Then Sc 8 times into the ch closest to hook and join with a Ss, creating a loop (8 stitches).
This is your first round of creating the popcorn stitch. Begin with Ch3.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
You have now completed the 2nd round and have something that resembles the below picture.
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.
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.
Now the 2nd has been added.
Continue in the round until you have 15Pc (15 petals).
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.
Bind off, leaving a long tail, which can be used to sew the pin for the brooch onto the back.
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.
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