I have been working on this pattern for a few months. I got my inspiration from this belt, it had never occurred to me that you can link rings together with decreases.
I would like to say thank you to Astri of Apple Blossom Dreams for giving me picture-taking advice. It was extremely helpful!
A frilly flower! [edited 9/4/14;sorry, the rest of my pictures disappeared, so I’d use the shorthand pattern at the bottom of the post!]
This flower can be made separately, or it can be joined together to make a scarf, shawl, or other large flat item.
Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn as usual)
Size I (5.50 MM) crochet hook
Yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker (optional, but helpful for joins)
Love Knot: *Pull up a long loop that is about 1/4 of an inch. YO and pull through to make an elongated chain. Insert hook into back bump of chain, pull up a loop, and pull through both loops (a single crochet).* Each repetition from * to * is one love knot.
Make a Magic Ring, but chain three, which will count as your first double crochet.
Double crochet 16 into the ring. Tighten the Magic Ring by pulling on the short yarn end. The hole will not close up all of the way due to the large amount of stitches in it.
Slip stitch to the 3rd chain of the beginning chain-3 to join. You will have 17 stitches. When counting them, start by counting the slip stitch as a stitch, and that will help you figure out where to start.
*Pull up a long loop (it’s not really that long, but it’s easier to refer to it that way). Yarn over, making sure that your yarn over is the same height as the loop.
Pull through. This makes a long chain. It’s exactly the same as a regular chain, except it’s looser. The anatomy is the same (back loop, front loop, back bump, etc).
Make a single crochet into the back bump of the chain. 1 love knot made! We need to make a total of 5.
A note when counting love knots: it’s easier to count the single crochets rather than the chains.
Into each stitch, do the following: *YO, insert hook, YO, pull up a loop*. When you’ve finished this, you’ll have 11 loops on your hook.
Pull up a loop in the next stitch, indicated by the yarn needle.
Now, yarn over and pull through all of the loops. It helps if you squeeze them together before you start pulling.
Here I’m about halfway done with it. Try not to split the yarn or drop the loop.
Now slip stitch into the next two stitches. One petal done!*
Repeat from * to * to make five more petals. You’ll have to scroll a long way up to find the first *, so I will put a shorter version here.
Make 5 love knots. *YO, insert hook, pull up a loop* in the back bump of each love knot, then pull up a loop in the next stitch (12 loops on hook). YO, pull through all 12. Slip stitch in each of the next two stitches.
On the last petal, you’ll only slip stitch 1.
And congratulations – your flower is done!
Now I’ll show you how to join the flowers. It might seem confusing at first, but it’s a lot quicker than sewing them together (and less ends to weave in, which is always a good thing).
I’ll be referring to the flower that you’ve already completed as Flower B, and the one that you’re working on as Flower A.
You’ll be joining at the 3rd single crochet of a petal. It helps to put a stitch marker (or hairpin, if you’ve lost yours) in the 3rd single crochet so you don’t have to go hunting for it later, at least for the first join that you do.
Make 2 love knots on Flower A. Pull up a long loop, and remove your hook from the loop.
Insert your hook into the marked stitch of Flower B. You can remove the marker now.
Put the loop back on the hook.
Make the chain as usual. In other words, finish your love knot, ignoring Flower B that’s on your crochet hook.
Pull the loop through Flower B…
…and make a single crochet in the back loop of the love knot, like you would do in a normal love knot.
Finish the petal as before: make 2 more love knots, partial half-double crochet them together, pull up a loop in the next stitch, YO and pull through all 12, and slip stitch 2 (or 1 if it’s the last petal).
When planning out how to join the flowers, pretend that they’re hexagons. That way you can plan it out more easily.
I did figure out how to make a half-flower, although I haven’t tried joining with it yet. Sorry in advance for the lack of pictures, but I think you’ll be able to figure it out after the full flower tutorial.
Row 1: Make a Magic Ring, chain 3. Dc 7 in the ring. Close ring, but do not join. You will have 8 stitches total.
Row 2: Turn. *Make 5 love knots. -YO, insert hook, pull up a loop- in each back bump. Pull up a loop in the next stitch (12 loops on hook). YO and pull through all 12 loops. Slip stitch 2.* Repeat from * to * to make 3 petals, you’ll only slip stitch 1 to finish the last petal. (The last slip stitch will be made in the top of the turning chain.)
In case you wanted to print the pattern, and didn’t want to use every single drop of ink in your printer, here’s a shorter version of the full-flower pattern.
Rnd 1: Make a Magic Ring, chain 3 (counts as a dc). Dc 16 into the ring. Tighten ring, slip stitch into 3rd ch of beginning ch-3 to join.
Rnd 2: *Make 5 love knots. -YO, insert hook, pull up a loop- in each back bump. Pull up a loop in the next stitch (12 loops on hook). YO and pull through all 12 loops. Slip stitch 2.* Repeat from * – * to make 6 petals, with only 1 slip stitch after the last petal.
I hope you like the pattern! Please let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Well, that was a typing workout! Over 1100 words, and a lot of pictures. I now know a lot more about WordPress than when I started this post. 🙂
Have a nice day!
~ The Cogaroo ~