Posts Tagged ‘rose’

European Rose Featured at Lion Brand

Friday, May 4th, 2012

European Rose from Crochet Garden

Lion Brand Yarn Company provides the pattern for our May 2012 Crochet Along! The European Rose from Crochet Garden is featured at Lion Brand’s website, with free instructions, step-by-step photos, and some hints for easier crocheting.

The white Yorkshire Rose was my original inspiration for this flower, but by changing the petal colors, you can also make a Lancashire Rose (all red petals) or a Tudor Rose (white petals inside, red petals outside). When my mom saw this design, she said, “Oh, it’s a Martin Luther’s Rose!”

Then I saw it in a book, under the name “Alchemical Rose.”

It’s a rose by many other names.

Valentine Project from New Book!

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Van Wyk Roses from Crochet Garden

For Valentine’s Day, Lark Crafts is offering a free crocheted Van Wyk Rose pattern from Crochet Garden. They’re hoping this pattern will make you fall in love with the book and buy it when it is released in May 2012. I think the book is pretty adorable, but I’m its mother, so of course I would think that.

The rose is the namesake of artist Helen Van Wyk. She made gorgeous flower paintings and taught her technique to others through books and workshops. She encouraged artists first to sketch the basic shapes in a flower, then add the petals and other details over this foundation.

Van Wyk’s sketch of the basic rose shape looked like a set of bowls nestled together. “That reminds me of a rose, even without the petals!” I said to myself, and set out to make a similar design in crochet.

I hope you enjoy this easy-to-make design.

Oval Center Rose Tutorial

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

(This was originally published at Suzann’s Textilefusion, back when Curious and Crafty Readers was having technical difficulties. It really belongs here, so here it is!)

Oval Center Rose from Crochet Bouquet

My cousin Phyllis was paging through Crochet Bouquet, when she saw the Oval Center Rose on pages 28-29. “Is this photographed at an angle, or does it really look like that?” she asked.

Yes, it does! It is photographed straight-on, and it really is oval, like so many of the stylized roses I see on china, tin boxes, and other decorative objects.

crocheted Oval Center Rose

The Oval Center Rose is our crochet along project for May. It starts with a round of single crochet (Photo 1). The lovely pink yarn is Universal Yarns Cotton Supreme.

crocheted Oval Center Rose

The Rose starts going oval in Round 2 (Photo2), with graduated stitch heights. To give the flower a lighter appearance, this round has ch-spaces between the stitches.

crocheted Oval Center Rose

Photo 3 shows the last round of the oval center. The graduated stitch heights make the oval even longer.

crocheted Oval Center Rose

Round 4 (Photo 4) sets up the petals of Round 5. The sc-sts between the ch-loops serve as anchor sts for Round 6.

 crocheted Oval Center Rose

In Photo 5, you see Round 5 finished, except for the final joining ch-st. It is worked around the first sc of Rnd 4 (an anchor st). To do this, take the hook behind your work, insert it under the petal you just finished. Now take the hook in front of the anchor sc, and back to the back under the next petal. Yarn over and draw the loop around the stitch and through the original loop on your hook.

Round 6 is where you add the final ruffly finish, worked in the back loops only. That’s what creates the subtle outline around the stitches of Rnd 5. The first petal is different than the others, so check the instructions.

 crocheted Oval Center Rose

To keep the petals from melding together on this last round, you ch 2, sl st around the anchor stitch, ch 2, between the petals. Sometimes it’s easier to fold the flower at the anchor stitch, and sl st around it from the back, as in Photo 6. The plum circle surrounds the 2nd petal, and the hook is under the anchor stitch, to which the yellow arrow points.

 crocheted Oval Center Rose

At the end of Rnd 6, turn the flower to the back. Find the very first anchor stitch with the sl st around it. Insert your hook under the loops of this sl st, yoh, and complete another sl st. In Photo 7, you’re looking at the back of the rose, and the hook is under the loops of the sl st around the first anchor st. All that’s left to do is finish the final sl st, end off, and weave in the ends.

Roses Crochet Along for February

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Roses Crochet-Along

February is the month for crocheting Roses. Crochet Bouquet offers several to
choose from:

The Traditional Rose (pp. 97-99) is like the rose you might see in vintage doilies or in Irish Crochet pieces. The pattern includes 5-, 6-, 7-, and 8-petal versions.

The Rolled Rose (pp. 69-70) reminds me of a crepe paper rose. It would look great on a hat brim. Later this month, I will post step-by-step photos for assembling this rose.

The Ribbon Rose (pp. 67-68) is made with a crocheted strip. One version has a picot-like edge (except quicker than picots) and the other has a shell edging. Here are step-by-step photos for assembling the ribbon rose.

The Sweetheart Rose (pp. 93-94) is like a wild rose. Variations on the pattern include a single and double round of petals, and an optional round of picots.

The Oval Center Rose (pp. 28-29) is flat, so it would make a good Valentine’s Day card decoration. This one was inspired by the stylized roses I saw on chinaware and decorated tins. I used this rose in my Roses Poncho, which you can read about in the previous post.

So choose your favorite and crochet away! If you hurry, you can use
some for Valentine’s Day gifts.

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Crocheted Ribbon Rose Tutorial

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Shelly Ribbon Rose from Crochet Bouquet

The Artful Ribbon by Candace Kling is gasp-worthily beautiful and full of good advice about making flowers and greenery with ribbons. I recommend it highly for the excellent instructions and diagrams as well as for the inspiration.

The Artful Ribbon inspired the crocheted Ribbon Roses on pages 67-68 of Crochet Bouquet. My thinking was that a ribbon rose is made from a long, skinny piece of fabric, so why not make a ribbon rose from a long, skinny piece of crochet?!

A member of our Crochet Bouquet Crochet Along group on Ravelry asked for help in constructing the rose, so here are some step-by-step photos:

Ribbon Rose from Crochet Bouquet

Follow the instructions on page 67 or 68 of Crochet Bouquet to make the long, thin crocheted ribbon. Fold one end down at a 45-degree angle and tack it at the base of the crocheted strip.

Weave a length of yarn in and out of the base of the crocheted strip. The pattern recommends using a long end of yarn from the crochet. In this example, I used a contrasting thread, so you could see it better. Notice how the weaving is widely-spaced, going in at the base of one hdc, and out at the next one.

Ribbon Rose from Crochet Bouquet

Ribbon Rose from Crochet Bouquet

Wind the strip around the folded end to make a tightly-rolled bud. Tack the layers in place at the bottom of the roll.

Ribbon Rose from Crochet Bouquet

Tighten the thread you wove through the base of the strip, to create gathers.

Ribbon Rose from Crochet Bouquet

Ribbon Rose from Crochet Bouquet

Arrange the gathers around the central roll. Tightening or loosening the gathers will give different effects. I like to loosen the gathers close to the center, and tighten them around the edges.

Ribbon Rose from Crochet Bouquet

Tack the gathers in place at the bottom of the flower. Bring the end of the crocheted strip under the edge of the gathers (see the white arrow in the picture), and tack in place.

Ribbon Rose from Crochet Bouquet

Even after you tack them, you can rearrange the gathers to some extent.

If desired, add a leaf. The one shown in the photo at the top of this post is the Corrugated Leaf.

Book Signings in Austin, September 6 and 7

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

slippers decorated with the Sweetheart Rose from Crochet Bouquet

Come and visit with me in Austin, Texas, this weekend! I’ll be signing copies of Crochet Bouquet at:

The Knitter’s and Crocheter’s Guild of Austin
Saturday, September 6, 2008, 2-4 p.m.
Howson Branch Library
2500 Exposition
Austin, Texas


The Knitting Nest
Sunday, September 7, 2008, 2-4 p.m.
108 W. Slaughter Lane
Austin, Texas

Oval Center Roses and other flowers from Crochet Bouquet

You’ll see the Sweetheart Rose Slippers (at top), a lovely gift idea. You’ll marvel at the Roses Cape (at right), the crocheting all done, but much assembly required! You’ll smile at the pretty Pansy Poncho in progress (below)! And much, much more!

See you there.

Pansy Poncho in progress

Welcome, British and Canadian Readers!

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

crocheted Yorkshire Rose

Crochet Bouquet is finally available in the UK and Canada! I’m especially happy about this, because my book-writing career began in the UK, with The Polymer Clay Sourcebook (Hamlyn, 1998). It was published afterwards in the US and in France under different titles.

We lived in Sheffield, England for a number of years, while my husband taught at the University of Sheffield. I enjoyed meeting with other fiber enthusiasts at the Hallamshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers, once a month. My older daughter started school in Sheffield, and my younger daughter was born there.

In appreciation of my family’s Yorkshire connection, I altered the “Sweetheart Rose” (pages 93-94 of Crochet Bouquet) to make a white Yorkshire Rose. The instructions are below.

You can read about the Yorkshire Rose, the Red Rose of Lancaster, and the Tudor Rose here.

Yorkshire Rose

Note: these instructions, as well as the instructions in Crochet Bouquet, are written using U.S. crochet terminology.

You will need:

Instructions for the Sweetheart Rose, page 94, from Crochet Bouquet

Yarn in white, golden yellow, and green

Crochet hook to give a firm tension with the yarn you chose

  1. In golden yellow, crochet the center of the rose, Round 1, page 94. Instead of joining with a slip stitch, needle-join to the first st of the round. (instructions for needle-joining are on page 14. Needle-joining completes the round smoothly, so you can’t tell at first glance where the round ends.)
  2. Skip Round 2.
  3. With white, work Rounds 3 and 4 of the Sweetheart Rose. Needle-join to first st of rnd.
  4. Fold the petals toward you so they will be out of the way as you crochet the next two rounds.
  5. Rnd 5: there are three stitches between the sc’s of Round 3. The sc’s of this round are worked in the second (or middle) stitch of the three. Begin with 1 sc in the second unworked st between the sc’s of Round 3 as described. Ch 8. * Sc in the next middle unworked stitch, ch 8 * Repeat between *s 3 more times. Sl st into first sc of round. (total of five loops).
  6. Rnd 6: work same as Rnd 6 of Sweetheart Rose. Needle join. Weave in ends.

crocheted Tudor Rose


  1. With green, ch 7.
  2. Rnd 1: ch 2 (counts as first hdc), work 14 hdc in ring. Join with a sl st to top of ch 2 at beg of round.
  3. Rnd 2: ch 1, * ch 11, sl st in third ch from hook; working back along the chain, 2 sc, 3 hdc, 2 dc, skip last ch, ch 1, sk 2 hdc of Rnd 1, sc in next hdc * Repeat between *s four more times. Join with a sl st in first ch of round. Weave in ends.
  4. Sew the sepals to the back of the rose, making sure their points peep out between the large petals of the rose.

To make a Tudor Rose, work Rounds 5 and 6 of the Yorkshire Rose in red yarn.

Showers of Flowers is an Amazing Yarn Shop

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Showers of Flowers

A week ago today, I saw Showers of Flowers for the first time. Everything I heard about it is true! Amazing! Enormous! The owner Sharon Sturm is a wonderful hostess and a veteran flower-crocheter. Jinger, the store manager, worked hard to promote my Crochet Bouquet book-signing, even creating the fabulous banner below in addition to all her other duties.

Crochet Bouquet banner at Showers of Flowers

We had a small but enthusiastic crowd for the book-signing party. I talked for a while about the making of Crochet Bouquet.

Columbine from Crochet Bouquet

Since the columbine is Colorado’s state flower, I demonstrated how to finish the crocheted Columbine on page 49 of Crochet Bouquet. You’ll probably recognize the colors from last post.

Shelly Rose from Crochet Bouquet

Then I showed how to gather a Shelly Rose (page 68). It’s one of my favorites, because it is so simple to crochet, yet it is such a stunning flower when finished.

Sharon put out a spread of delicious snacks. Really, it was enough for everyone to have an evening meal! Her husband, Bob, worked alongside her.

Sharon Sturm

Showers of Flowers started a number of years ago, when Sharon badly broke her leg. During her long recuperation, she started crocheting flowers to put in flower arrangements. Everything grew from there. It’s a lovely story of turning a set-back into something great.

Sharon’s arrangements are displayed throughout the store, and if you only glance at them, you would think the flowers are real. Kits are available, which include the silk greenery, yarn, and pattern. Here’s a photo of her geraniums, in the evening sunlight. Aren’t they pretty?!