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Oval Center Rose for May

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.

Eine rosane, baumwollene, gehaekelte Rose.

Pamuk iple bunu pembe gülünü Türkiye’de yaptı. DoÄŸru yazarım?

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Ray Flower Crochet-Along for November

Ray Flower from Crochet Bouquet

Four years ago this month, we visited beautiful Alpine, Texas. My husband drove and I sat in the passenger seat, designing the Ray Flower (pages 31-32 of Crochet Bouquet). Next week, I’ll be going to Alpine again. This time, it’s for a crochet and knitting afternoon and book-signing at the incomparable, independent Front Street Books.

Ray Flower from Crochet Bouquet

It seems right to feature the Ray Flower in this month’s crochet along.

In the Ray Flower, you always work with only one yarn at a time, even though one row looks like it may have two yarns going at once. These step-by-step photos show you how it’s done.

Colors alternate for four rounds of single crochet, in the center of the flower. Instead of cutting the color after each round, end it off but do not cut. Photo 1 shows Round 2, all finished and joined with a sl st. I opened the last loop enough to slip the skein of yarn through it. Now it’s ready for the next round.

Ray Flower from Crochet Bouquet

Photo 2 shows how it looks from the back after ending off, but not cutting for two rounds.

Ray Flower from Crochet Bouquet

Photo 3 is the Ray Flower, with Round 5 completed.

Ray Flower from Crochet Bouquet

For Round 6 (Photo 4), you fold Round 5 out of the way, so you can stitch in the skipped stitches of Round 4.

Ray Flower from Crochet Bouquet

Then you bring Round 5 back up and sc in the tops of its dc-sts, as in Photo 5.

Photo 6 shows Round 7 finished, except for the needle join. I love the needle-join, because you can’t see where the round begins or ends—very slick!

Ray Flower from Crochet Bouquet

As you can see, I cut the yarn and pulled the last loop straight out of the top of the sc. The instructions say to “needle-join to first st of rnd.” The first st of the round is a ch-st, indicated by the orange arrow. The yellow arrow shows where to insert the tapestry needle, after you have threaded the yarn end in it.

Ray Flower from Crochet Bouquet

With a needle-join, you are following the path of the top loop of the stitch you are joining to. So you insert the tapestry needle from the front, following the loop to the back, and then you insert the needle into the top of the stitch you just finished crocheting. (Photo 7)

Ray Flower from Crochet Bouquet

For sc, dc, and treble, you should catch two threads in the back, before you weave in the end in the direction of the yellow arrow in Photo 8.

For a ch st, there’s only one loop to catch before you weave in; for a hdc you need to catch three threads.

Look closely at Photo 8 to see the two threads the needle join catches.

For this sample of the Ray Flower, I used Lion Brand Yarns, LB Collection Cotton Bamboo. It’s soft with an attractive sheen.

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Palm Leaf CAL and Tutorial

Crocheted Palm Leaf from Crochet Bouquet

School is nearly over for the two daughters in my house, and they’ve already asked if we can spend some time at the beach this summer. This reminded me of palm trees, and that reminded me of the crocheted Palm Leaf on pages 112-113 of Crochet Bouquet.

Please join me in crocheting the Palm Leaf for our June 2010 Crochet Along. To help you figure it out, here is a tutorial.

Crocheted Palm Leaf, step-by-step

Row 1 is easy enough, and you can see Row 1 completed in Photo 1.

Originally, I wrote this pattern with three rows, but my technical editor, kjhay, felt it would be easier to understand if we combined my rows 2 and 3 into a single instruction, which is Row 2 in Crochet Bouquet.

Row 2 of the Palm Leaf pattern begins at the center of the leaf, goes out to the tip of a spike, and back to the center.

Crocheted Palm Leaf, step-by-step

Photo 2 shows the Palm Leaf after “ch 11…” on the very last line of page 112. The ch 11 is a long, long turning chain.

Crocheted Palm Leaf, step-by-step

Now turn and work back along the chain. Photo 3 shows what the piece should look like after the “3 times;” on the second line of page 113.

Crocheted Palm Leaf, step-by-step

The next few stitches are actually worked into the first few stitches of Row 2, bringing us back to the center of the leaf (Photo 4).

The instructions tell you to make the stitches into the back loop only. Most of the time, we catch the top two loops of any crochet stitch as we work. The front loop is the one that is closest to you as you work. The back loop is the one that is away from you as you work.

Working into the back loop each row, as we’re doing in the Palm Leaf gives a corrugated look, and it helps us gather the leaf when we’re finished crocheting the points of the palm.

Repeat Row 2 seven more times, and end with a piece that looks like the one in Photo 5.

Crocheted Palm Leaf, step-by-step

Crocheted Palm Leaf, step-by-step

To gather the leaf, pull up a loop in the base of each spike, except the one you just finished. It doesn’t matter where you put your hook, as long as there’s one loop for each spike. (Photo 6)

Crocheted Palm Leaf, step-by-step

Yarn over hook and draw through all the loops on the hook. Pull the loop tight to close the gathered edge as much as possible. (Photo 7). Ch 1 to anchor the gather. Then make the stem.

Now that you can make the Palm Leaf, check out Topsy Turvy #1 (pages 40-41 of Crochet Bouquet). It works exactly the same way.

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A Winner at the Taos Wool Festival

Taos winner has Crochet Bouquet flowers!

Stephanie Hatfield designed, knitted, and crocheted the garment that became the Grand Champion ribbon winner in the Taos Wool Festival Garment Competition.

The jacket, called “Reverie” after a poem by Emily Dickinson, glowed with the soft colors of bison wool yarn. The crocheted and knitted details keep the eye of the beholder coming back for more.

Taos winner has Crochet Bouquet flowers!

I am pleased and proud to tell you that the yoke of Stephanie’s jacket was covered with flowers and leaves from Crochet Bouquet. What a thrill it was to see the familiar Plain Pansy, Columbine, and Round Compound Leaves as embellishment on this masterwork.

Congratulations, Stephanie! And congratulations again! (She won the Reserve Grand Champion ribbon, too.)

the front of Stephanie Hatfields prize-winning jacket the back of Stephanie Hatfields prize-winning jacket

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Gazania and Booksigning for July

crocheted Gazania from Crochet Bouquet

The Gazania is a bright and interesting flower, native to South Africa. It is named after a Greek-born scholar named Theodorus of Gaza, who lived in the fifteenth century. He was a famed translator of famous Greek manuscripts into Latin. Among his translations was the work of the classical botanist Theophrastus. Plantzafrica speculates that the name may also be based on the Greek word for riches: gaza.

Let’s crochet the Gazania for our monthly crochet along. Gazanias come in many variations of yellow, orange, red, and an orange so deep it is almost brown. Choose these colors for a natural-looking Gazania, or indulge your fancy with the colors of your choice.

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The Knitting Nook in Wautauga (Fort Worth) is hosting a booksigning for Crochet Bouquet, and offering my knitted darts class twice in the next two weeks. Here are times and description:

Sweaters that fit well make people look better! Darts solve a number of fitting problems. Learn to identify fitting situations that call for darts, and how to measure and calculate for darts, and knit vertical and horizontal sample darts. Bring a sweater pattern you want to make, and we’ll discuss how to insert darts into the pattern.

Saturday, July 18, Booksigning 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Darts class 1-4 p.m.
Thursday, July 23, Booksigning 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Darts class 1-4 p.m.

The Knitting Nook
6601 Watauga Rd., Ste. 106
Watauga, TX 76148
Phone: 817-577-6305

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A Crochet Bouquet Doily on Crochet Insider

experimental arrangement of flowers for doily

Please visit Crochet Insider to find instructions for a bright doily made with flowers from Crochet Bouquet!

I tried several ways to put the flowers together, as you can see from the test pieces here.

experimental arrangement of flowers for doily

I settled on the doughnut-shaped mat.

Why a doughnut shape? Because the many different types and textures of yarn make the surface of the mat uneven. The hole in the middle is so you can nestle in your vase or bowl, with no worries about it being wobbly!

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Daffodil Crochet-Along for April

Crocheted daffodils from Crochet Bouquet

Here in north-central Texas, our daffodils bloomed in late February. They were beautiful while they lasted–a bright splash of yellow in the brown winter landscape.

Even though our daffodils bloom early, they are always associated with Easter in my mind. Maybe it’s because of my German heritage. In my mother’s Frankenwaeldlerisch dialect, daffodils are called Osterglocken = Easter bells. In the pretty Easter books and cards from my German grandmother, the Easter eggs always had daffodils around them.

Let’s crochet daffodils and narcissi in April. They’re on pages 51-52 of Crochet Bouquet. Check the corrections page (see sidebar). The frill around the top of the daffodil’s trumpet should be crocheted into the BACK loops only (rnd 5).

The photo shows the Daffodils and Narcissi from Crochet Bouquet, against a background of long, thin leaves. They’re very easy to figure out on your own, but in case you would rather have a pattern, here you go:

Long, Solid Crocheted Leaf

Crochet a chain the desired length of the leaf plus 2 ch. Working in the back bump of the chain, sl st in third ch from hook. For best-looking results, work into the back bump of the chain for any of the following leaves.

Narrow Leaf: sc 1 in each remaining ch st. End off.

Medium Leaf: sc 2, then hdc 1 in each remaining ch st. End off.

Wide Leaf: sc 2, hdc 2, then dc 1 in each remaining ch st. End off.

Long, Open Leaf

Open meshes make this leaf more delicate than its close relative, the Long, Solid Leaf. Use both styles in a grouping to give it depth. Twist the leaves or fold down the tips of the leaves to make them look natural.

Chain an odd number of sts to the desired length of the leaf, plus 2 ch. Working in the back bump of the chain, sl st in third ch from hook. For best-looking results, work into the back bump of the chain for any of the following leaves.

Narrow Leaf: * ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next st * Rep bet *s to end of chain. End off.

Medium Leaf: ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next st. * ch 1, sk 1 st, hdc in next st * Rep bet *s to end of chain. End off.

Wide Leaf: ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, hdc in next st. * ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st * Rep bet *s to end of chain. End off.

Tip: when you use fuzzy, loopy, or very bumpy yarns, don’t bother to crochet into the back bump of the chain. Novelty yarn obscures the stitches, so it isn’t worth the extra trouble.

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The Cover of Crochet Bouquet

some of Crochet Bouquet

The bright, happy, flowery cover of Crochet Bouquet was designed by Cindy LaBreacht. People love the strands of flowers at the top and bottom. More than one reader has asked me how to crochet them, including my fellow Texan, Rene. She writes:

Your book’s cover design inspired me to make a really fun spring scarf. I was wondering if you might tell me how to make the leaf chain that’s behind the flowers?

Another reader wanted to make a swag, just like the one on the book cover, to hang above her daughter’s bedroom door.

Crochet Bouquet

I took a photo of some of the actual cover flowers (at the top of this post), so you could see how they really are. Cover designer Cindy LaBreacht probably used Photoshop or a similar program, to make all the flower images the same size, which they aren’t in real life. She cut and pasted those little leaves together, and added the resized flowers.

However, you can still make a pretty scarf or swag. To make the flowers all the same size, you’ll have to experiment with different yarn weights. Make the larger flowers in finer yarns, and the smaller flowers in heavier yarns, in order to equalize their size. This might take you a while, but it’s worth it if that’s what you want.

For Rene’s scarf, I suggested making some compound leaves and sewing them together, then sewing the flowers on top of the leaves. Or one could make a very long compound leaf (just keep repeating the instructions for the side leaves), and sew the flowers on top of it. The flowers could be different sizes–in fact, I think that would look more natural.

For a swag, how about buying a swag or garland of greenery from a craft store, and sewing or gluing crocheted flowers on top of that? It would be sturdier than a swag made completely of crochet.

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Try. Try again. Repeat as Necessary.

rough drafts for Crochet Bouquet

Writing Crochet Bouquet took me about nine months.  Developing the flowers and leaves was the most time-consuming part.  Once I settled on a particular idea, I crocheted a trial flower or leaf, taking notes as I went.

Most of the time, the flower needed some alteration to match my vision–fuller in one spot, skinnier in another.  Maybe the center had to be smaller or larger, or have a different multiple of stitches to support the outside round of petals.  Once I figured out what needed to be done, I crocheted it again.  Then sometimes, I crocheted it a third time.  A few flowers went through four or five alterations before I was satisfied with them.

Early on, I realized that I needed to keep the trial flowers, so I could see how the pattern alterations changed the shape of the flower. The photo shows most of my trials and some pretty bad errors. Luckily some of the errors gave me ideas for design elements.

Experienced crocheters can often figure out exactly what stitches will result in a certain shape. But every now and then, a person just has to sit down and crochet the first draft, no matter how rough it may be. At least it’s a starting point, and one can improve from there.

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Roses Crochet Along for February

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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