Thursday, March 13, 2014

Removable flower - Free Pattern

You may remember my angst regarding flowers from this post.  I promised to share my flower pattern with you.  In reality, you can apply this to almost any flower you make.  It just takes 1) having at least three stitches you can start in, 2) a button, 3) a place to secure the button where it will not be visible.

 Let's start with the flower.  This is going to be a small flower and I will share a pattern for a much larger pattern soon.


Supplies: 

Worsted weight yarn
H or I hook
a small or medium button
tapestry needle
sewing needed and thread (preferably the color of your yarn, but if you are careful, any color can work)

Stitches:

mc: magic circle*
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet

*If you are not familiar with the magic circle, you can begin by chaining 4 and slip stitching to the first stitch to close your loop.

Pattern:

Flower:
Row 1: Begin with a Magic Circle, chain 2 and crochet 12 HDC.  Join to the top of the first HDC and pull tail tight to close the circle.

Row 2: Chain 1, SC in the same stitch, *chain 3, skip one stitch, SC in the next.* Repeat from * to * four times.  Chain 3 and slip stitch into the bottom of the first SC.

Row 3 (petal row): Chain 1.  To make each petal, crochet the following cluster into each loop formed by the chains below.  1 SC, 2 HDC, 2 DC, 2 HDC, 1 SC.  Repeat around.  (Note:  This combination of stitches will give you uniform regular petals.  If you want your petals to be fuller or to ruffle more, increase the number of  HDCs and DCs in each petal.  The more stitches you put into each petal, the more it will ruffle.)  Do not join.  Continue to next row.

Row 4: Looking behind your petals, bring your hook behind the petals and SC around the post of the first petal.  *Chain 4.  SC around the next post.*  Repeat from * to * four times.  Chain 4.  Do not join.  Continue to next row.

Row 5 (petal row):  To make the first petal, SC into the first loop in row 4, then crochet 2 HDC, 3 DC, 2 HDC, 1 SC.  Repeat this pattern in each loop formed in row 4.  When you completed the last petal, slip stitch into the same loop, fasten off and weave in ends.



To make the band:
Row 1:  Looking at the back of the flower, join your yarn by slip stitching around one of the petal posts from the previous round.  Chain 3 and slip stitch around the next post. Chain 1 and turn.
Row 2: 3 SC into the loop. Chain 1 and turn.
Row 3-5: 1 SC in each stitch. Chain 1 and turn.
At the end of Row 5, instead of chaining 1, chain 3* and slip stitch the end of your chain into the last SC of the previous row.  Fasten off and weave in ends.



*The number you chain will depend on large your button is.  For this pattern, I used a 3/4 inch button.  You can experiment with your button and change the number of chains appropriately.  Remember, you want a snug fit when you slip the button through.  It should not be so loose that the button slips out of the loop.

Where to sew your button:
You will need to gauge exactly where to sew your button.  The button needs to go on the back of the flower lining up with the loop end of the band.  For this pattern, I sewed my button on the opposite side of the center of the flower, much like the one in this picture. 
This is another flower made from a different pattern, but shows how the button should be placed.

To Use the Flower:

To use your flower, slip the band through several stitches of your hat, scarf, cowl, or garment of your choice.  You should fit it through approximately the same number of stitches as you have rows to be certain it sits snuggly.  Slip the button through the loop.

Fit the band through several stitches of your hat or scarf.



Slip the button through the loop on the band.

And there you have it!  Enjoy!


1 comment:

  1. Such a clever girl. Great idea. Thank you for the pictures and such clear directions. It really is helpful.

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