Pansy Chain and Altered Book-Signing Plans

Plain Pansy from Crochet Bouquet

The Plain Pansy is shaping up as one of the most popular flowers in Crochet Bouquet. My cousin Phyllis (whom you hear of again in September—Mumsy Crochet Along month) said, “It looks like the real thing!”

Fellow Ravelers have been crocheting the Plain Pansy, too. Hurray!

I’ve been working on a poncho with a trim of Plain Pansy flowers. They’re joined to each other side-by-side. I added a row across the top of the joined flowers, which will act as a base row for the rest of my poncho. Here’s how I did it.

the loop to use for joining flowers

Notes:

  • YO = yarn over hook
  • “dc-join to the previous flower” = YO, insert hook into stitch below, YO, and pull up a loop as for a regular dc (3 loops on hook). YO and pull through two loops (2 loops left on hook). Pick up the flower you want to join to, and look at the back of its left side. Insert hook into the top back loop (see the green lines in the photo) of corresponding stitch on the left edge of the previous flower, which will give you 3 loops on your hook. YO and pull through all loops on hook. This attaches the stitches, without messing up their top edge.

Making a Crocheted Trim with Plain Pansies

  1. Crochet one full Plain Pansy (pages 63-64 of Crochet Bouquet).
  2. Crochet the next Pansy through the third lobe of Round 2.

  3. Complete the third lobe as follows: Sc in first ch, hdc in next ch, (hdc, dc, dc-join to previous flower) in first dc, (dc-join to previous flower, dc, hdc) in next dc, sc in next 2 ch; sc in ring. (The green lines in the photo above show where to join one flower to the other.)
  4. Crochet Row 3 as printed in the book.
  5. Row 4: Change the first two double crochet sts of the row to dc-join to previous flower. They join to the corresponding dc stitches on the left edge of the previous flower. Otherwise, crochet the row as printed.
  6. Join the each successive Pansy to the left edge of the previous one.

The Header Row (the purple row running along the top of the flowers in the photo above):

Work with the right side of the flowers facing you. For all the stitches on this row, insert hook into the loop behind the back loop. (Even more extreme than “working in the back loop only,” this is loop is further back than the back loop.)

Beginning at the top of the rightmost flower in the chain, attach yarn with a sc in the 6th dc of Row 4. (Ch 1, sk 1, sc in next st) twice, ch 1, skip across the fold in the top petals of the Pansy, and sc into the 2nd dc of the next lobe. Ch 1, sk 1, sc in next st, ch 1, sk 1, hdc in next st.

* Skip to next flower, sc in 6th dc of Row 4. (Ch 1, sk 1, sc in next st) twice, ch 1, skip across the fold in the top petals of the Pansy, and sc into the 2nd dc of the next lobe. Ch 1, sk 1, sc in next st, ch 1, sk 1, hdc in next st. * Repeat between *s to end of flower chain.

Now the flower chain is ready to be sewn to the edge of another project. Or you can use the header row as the beginning row of a larger piece with a pretty flower trim!

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My book signing at Yarntopia (August 21, Katy, Texas) has been postponed indefinitely. Instead I will be selling and signing Crochet Bouquet at the German Texan Heritage Society Annual Meeting, Saturday, August 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Houston West Hotel, at TX 6 and I-10 in Houston, Texas.

For more information about the meeting, please visit http://www.GermanTexans.org

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