My mum described this thing she had seen on someone else, part necklace, part scarf, like a bunch of flowers for your neck and I was really taken with this idea of floral jewels. So after a bit of experimentation I came up with this design. It is simple to make with basic crochet stitches, and could have endless variations both in terms of the yarns and flower styles used to make it but also in the way it is worn.
* Yarn – I used Rowan Glace cotton in six different colours, a total of 33 gms. I chose the cotton yarn so it could be worn in summer as well as winter and I looked for something that was fine because I wanted the flowers to be small so they wouldn’t curl up too much. I can imagine a woolly winter version, a monochrome colour scheme or a string of flowers of varying sizes.
* Crochet hook suitable for your yarn – I wanted the flowers to be very dense and small so I used a 2mm hook for the flowers and 2.5mm for the stem.
* Wool needle
As I am an aussie I will use Australian/European stitch terminology, but since I learnt to crochet using American patterns, I’ll explain equivalents. We all use the same name for slip knots, chains and slip stitches, but the stitch I call double crochet below is what Americans would call single crochet, and the stitch I call treble crochet is what Americans would call double crochet. If you look at the pictures and read the descriptions it should all make sense. I could never learn crochet from pictures, so if you can you have my admiration! But I have included stitch descriptions here in case they help beginner crocheters or people learning to read patterns.
Make the flowers first.
Round 1 - 10 double crochet into the ring: insert the hook through the middle of the ring, put the yarn over the hook and pull the yarn through the ring, leaving two loops on the hook. Put the yarn over the hook again and pull yarn through both loops, leaving one loop. This is one double crochet.
Do 9 more double crochet.
Join the last loop to the first double crochet to form a circle: Insert the hook into the V at the top of the first double crochet of the roundput the yarn over the hook then pull the yarn through both loops. This is a slip stitch and forms the base circle that will be the centre of your flower.
1 treble crochet into the next double crochet on the circle to form the centre of the petal:
place the yarn over the hook. Insert the hook through the little V that marks the top of the double crochet from the previous round. Place the yarn over the hook and pull through to leave 3 loops on the hook. Place the yarn over the hook again and pull through the first 2 loops, leaving two loops on the hook. Put the yarn over the hook and pull through remaining 2 loops, leaving one loop on the hook. This is one treble crochet completed.
Repeat the chain 2, treble crochet, chain 2, slip stitch 4 more time to complete a total of five petals around the base circle.
I made a total of 48 flowers, but the final number will depend on how long you want your chain, how big your flowers are etc.
To join the flowers together on the stem pick up a loop towards the edge of the back of one flower. Slip stitch your stem yarn through this loop. Chain 3 or 4 stitches and then pick up another loop on the opposite edge of your flower back. Slip stitch through this second loop. This anchors the flower to the stem in two places and helps it sit flat.
Join the next flower in the same way as the first, picking up a loop on one side, slip stitch through it, chain 3 or 4 and then pick up a loop on the other side and slip stitch through it. Chain 10.
Repeat the flower then chain pattern until all your flowers are attached and you have 10 chain dangling. Turn this last chain back on itself and slip stitch into the first of the 10 chain to form a loop about 5 chain long. This loop should be big enough to slip over the first flower at the beginning of the stem and small enough to stay on securely. Adjust the number of chain stitches if the loop is too big or small.
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