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Organize Earrings with Crocheted Flowers and Plastic Canvas

crocheted pansy embellishment on earring organizer

Here’s a pretty way to organize your pierced-earrings! Embellish a sheet of plastic canvas with crochet trim and crocheted flowers. Sew on a crocheted cord for hanging. Reinforce the top edge of the plastic canvas, so it won’t buckle when you hang it up. Finally, add earrings.

You’ll need:

  1. A sheet of plastic canvas, available in the needlework section of craft stores
  2. No. 10 crochet cotton in matching and contrasting colors (I used Aunt Lydia’s Classic No. 10 Crochet Cotton in lavender, violet, and shaded yellows for the trim, wasabi for the leaf, lavender, violet, yellow, shaded violets for the pansies)
  3. Crochet hook, 2.00mm (size 4 steel U.S.) or size needed to achieve a firm gauge
  4. Sewing thread and sewing needle
  5. Tapestry needle
  6. A crocheted flower or flowers and leaves from Crochet Bouquet, using No. 10 crochet cotton (I made two Plain Pansies and one Spiky Leaf, pages 63-64, 121-122)

Crocheted border detail

Crochet around the edge of the plastic canvas:

Rnd 1: Begin anywhere along the edge of the plastic canvas. Place 1 sc in each mesh square along the sides. In each corner square, (1 sc, 3 ch, 1 sc). Needle join last sc to first sc (find step-by-step photos of needle joining here in photos E, F, and G.)

Rnd 2: Begin a new color in the ch-3 sp at any corner of rnd 1 with ** (sc, ch 3, sc), * sk 1 sc, ch 2, sc in next st; rep from * to within one st of next corner, sk 1 st, rep from ** around, ch 1, needle join to first sc of rnd.

Rnd 3: Begin a new color in the ch-3 sp at any corner of rnd 2 with * (2 hdc, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook) twice; working along the side, (2 hdc, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook) in each ch sp to next corner; rep from * around, needle join to first hdc of rnd.

Flowers and Leaves
Crochet desired flowers and leaves for embellishment.

Hanging Cord
Leaving a long tail for sewing, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, * insert hook into side of sc you just completed, draw up a lp, yo and draw through both lps on hook; rep from * until cord is about 1” (2.5cm) longer than the top edge of the plastic canvas. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Finishing
Weave in ends. Arrange flowers and leaves on plastic canvas. Sew in place with sewing thread, making stitches around the inner rounds of the flower, leaving the outer edges of the flowers free for a more natural look. Make sure you catch the meshes of the plastic canvas as you sew. This sounds silly, but I found this part to be challenging!

first of many pairs of earrings on the crocheted pansy and plastic canvas earring organizer

Use No. 10 cotton to sew the dowel rod to the top back of the plastic canvas. This keeps it from bowing out when you hang it up.

Sew the Hanging Cord to the top corners of the plastic canvas.

Hang fish-hook style earring from the meshes in the canvas. You can also store stud earrings on the plastic canvas, as long as the earrings don’t fall through the mesh.

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Free Fancy Pansy Crochet Flower Pattern

Thank you very much to all you lovely people who have bought Crochet Bouquet! This free pattern is especially for you.

Fancy Pansy
Copyright 2011 by Suzann Thompson

free Fancy Pansy crochet flower pattern

You can use any yarn to make the Fancy Pansy. It is shown here in three colors, but it looks good with just two colors, where you use a dark color A, and a lighter color for B and C.

For the step-by-step sample shown here, I used Dale of Norway Baby Ull (A) color navy #5755; (B) color yellow #2106; (C) color blue #5726.
Using a 3.50mm (size E-4 U.S.) hook, my finished measurement for the Fancy Pansy was about 3 1/2″ (8.7 cm)

Worked in medium weight yarn (4), such as Cascade 220, with a firm gauge, a Fancy Pansy measures about: 5 1/4″ (13.4 cm) from top to bottom.

Picot = ch 3, sc in 3rd ch fr hook.

Htr = half treble crochet = yo twice, insert hook into st, yo and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook). Yo and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook). Yo and pull through remaing loops.

This pattern is worked sometimes in Rows and sometimes in Rounds.

With A, ch 5, sl st into first st to form a ring.

Row 1: working into ring, sc, ch 3, sc, ch 2, place marker in ring, hdc, place marker in ring, ch 2, sc, ch 3, sc, ch 1, turn.

The markers are to show you where to place two sts in Rnd 4. They are a nuisance, so if you can remember that the marked spots are on each side of the hdc in Row 1, you can dispense with the markers.

Rnd 2, first petal: In the ch3-loop (sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc), sc into original ring (this forms an anchor-st for Rnd 3; place marker if desired).

Rnd 2, middle petal: in ch2-loop (sc, hdc, dc, htr, dc), hdc into next st. In next ch2-loop, (dc, htr, dc, hdc, sc). Sc into original ring (this forms an anchor-st for Rnd 3, place marker if desired).

Rnd 2, third petal: in the ch3-loop (sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc), ch 1, sl st into sc from row below. 3 sc into ring. Do not turn.

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Photos 1 and 2 show the Fancy Pansy after Rnd 2, with and without the markers. The rest of the photos show the flower without the markers, because they are distracting.

Rnd 3, first petal: Working in front loop only, 2 sc, picot, sk 1, sc, (picot, sc in next st) twice, ch 1, sc around stem of anchor-st from Rnd 2.

step by step photos for free Fancy Pansy crocheted flower pattern

Rnd 3, middle petal: Working in front loop only, ch 1, sk 1, (sc in next st, picot) 3 times, sl st in each of next 3 sts, (picot, sc in next st) 3 times. Sc around post of anchor-st from Rnd 2. (Photo 3 shows the flower worked to this point.)

Rnd 3, third petal: Working in front loop only, ch 1, sk 1 st, (sc in next st, picot) 3 times, sk 1, 2 sc, sl st. End off A. (Photo 4 shows the Fancy Pansy with Rnd 3 finished.)

step by step photos for free Fancy Pansy crocheted flower pattern

In Rnd 3, you worked in the front loops only of Rnd 2. In this round, work in the back loops of Rnd 2. If it helps, bend the picots and sts of Rnd 3 forward, so you can see the back loops of Rnd 2 better.

Rnd 4, first petal: Join petal color B with a sc in the back loop of the first sc of Rnd 2. Continuing to work in the back loops of the sts of Rnd 2, 2 sc, (sc, hdc, dc) all in next st, (2 htr, dc) in next st, hdc, sc, insert hook into the anchor-st two rounds below and sc in this st.

Rnd 4, middle petal: Continuing to work in the back loops of the sts of Rnd 2, 2 sc, (sc, hdc, dc) all in next st, (3 htr) in next st, dc, hdc, dc, (3 htr) into next st, (dc, hdc, sc) in next st, 2 sc. Insert hook into the anchor-st two rounds below and make one sc in this st.

Rnd 4, third petal: Continuing to work in the back loops of the sts of Rnd 2, sc, hdc, (dc, 2 htr) in next st, (dc, hdc, sc) in next st, 3 sc. Fold petals forward, so you can see the back of the piece. Find the markers placed in Row 1. ( If you have not placed markers, look for the sts of the original ring, on each side of the hdc of Rnd 1.) Trc into original ring at the nearest marker (or nearest space next to hdc of Rnd 1), trc into original ring at the next marker (or space on the other side of hdc).

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Photo 5 shows Rnd 4, complete, from the right side. Photo 6 shows Rnd 4, complete, from the back. The long sts are the trc sts which were worked into the original chain-ring.

Rnd 5, first petal: Beginning in the first st of Rnd 4, sl st 3, sc, picot, sk 1, sc, picot, (hdc, picot) twice, 2 sc, sl st, sk the long sc between petals.

step by step photos for free Fancy Pansy crocheted flower pattern

Rnd 5, middle petal: sk the first st of this petal, sl st in next st, 2 sc, picot, sc, (picot, hdc) twice, picot, sk 1, sc, sk 1, sc, picot, sk 1, (hdc, picot) twice, sc, picot, 2 sc, sl st, sk the last st of this petal, sk the long sc between petals.

Rnd 5, third petal: sl st in next st, 2 sc, (picot, hdc) twice, picot, sc, picot, sk 1, sc, sl st 3. End off B. (Photo 7 shows Rnd 5, completed.)

step by step photos for free Fancy Pansy crocheted flower pattern

Row 6: Join top-petal color C with sc in first trc-st from Rnd 4, (ch 2, sc) into same st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next trc-st from Rnd 4. Ch 3, turn. (Photo 7 shows Row 6 just before the turning chain.)

step by step photos for free Fancy Pansy crocheted flower pattern

Row 7: In ch2-loop, (hdc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, hdc, ch 3, sl st). Ch 2, which will separate the two top petals.

In next ch2-loop, (sl st, ch 3, hdc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, hdc, ch 1, hdc). Ch 2, turn. (See Photo 9.)

Row 8: Dc in 1st ch-space, (3 dc) in each of next three ch-spaces, (2 dc, ch 2, sl st) all in ch3-loop. Ch 3, skip ch2-loop between the petals.

For second petal, (sl st, ch 2, 2 dc) all in next ch3-loop, (3 dc) in each of next three ch-spaces, (dc, hdc) in last ch-space. Ch 3, turn.

Row 9: (picot, dc in next st) 3 times, (picot, trc in next st) 5 times, (picot, dc in next st) 4 times, ch 2, sl st in ch2-loop, ch 4.

Row 9, second petal: sl st in ch2-loop, ch 2, (dc in next st, picot) 4 times, (trc in next st, picot) five times, (dc in next st, picot) 4 times, ch 3, sl st in ch-loop. End off.

step by step photos for free Fancy Pansy crocheted flower pattern

Use the yarn ends of C to tack the top petals in place on the back of the flower. Line up the outermost picot of each top petal with the lowest picot on the side petals, as in Photo 10.

In the photo below, the Fancy Pansy at the left is made from leftover yarns in my collection. They were all different brands, but very similar in weight. The right-hand Fancy Pansy was made from Cascade 220, then felted in the washing machine.

step by step photos for free Fancy Pansy crocheted flower pattern

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Plain Pansy Poncho Places

Plain Pansy Poncho

In an earlier post on Curious and Crafty Readers, I gave instructions for how to crochet a linked up trim with the Plain Pansy (pages 63-64 of Crochet Bouquet).

Second Place Winner at the Taos Wool Festival

There are over 40 Plain Pansies in the trim of this poncho, which I finished just in time to enter into the Garment Contest at the Wool Festival at Taos, New Mexico, earlier this month.

My little poncho won second place in the “Capes, Ponchos, Ruanas” division. Hurray for Flower Power!

May I encourage you to enter your crochet work in contests, too? Contests give you incentive to finish projects, and if you win a ribbon that’s a bonus. Sure, you may not win anything, but if you go ahead and enter, at least you have a chance!

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Book Signings in Austin, September 6 and 7

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

and

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

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Yarn Stretching

stretching yarn

I’m re-crocheting a poncho with a border of pansies, using Plain & Fancy Sheep & Wool Company’s yarn. It stretched a lot when I blocked it the first time. I didn’t like the finished garment. I redesigned it. The second time around, it required more yarn. The unraveled yarn was already blocked, so I figured I would have to stretch the new yarn before using it.

Wool Winder commented on an earlier post about the poncho, “I have no idea how you are going to stretch the yarn before you crochet with it. This should be interesting, indeed.”

Yes, interesting indeed, because I had now idea how I was going to stretch the yarn, either.

After much procrastination, I decided to get on with it. Today was the day. I thought, ‘Okay, since the original yarn was steam-blocked while it was still crocheted, I should probably steam block the new yarn.’ I dampened the hanks and steamed them with my iron. So far so good.

But how would I stretch it out and keep it stretched long enough to dry? I put away the iron and collapsed the ironing board. Then I blinked. I pulled the ironing board back up. And collapsed it again. Hmmm!

trim and first few rounds of Pansy Poncho

I up-ended the ironing board, looped the yarn around the foot and the ironing surface. The moment of reckoning was upon us (me and the yarn, you know). Would the yarn stretch far enough to allow the ironing board to “catch” and hold?

It did! You can see the yarn stretching contraption in the photo above.

Progress so far: pansy trim finished except for darning in some ends; three rounds of poncho complete. It’s a start!

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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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