Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sweet Pea Flower



This is a fun little flower applique  to make.  These are fun to use as embellishments with your various projects.  I have used them for a lot of different projects, most recently my monkey hat pattern.  There are a lot of different fun color variations that you could use to make these.  I like to use the color scheme designer to choose my colors.  I have included instructions to make a single or a double layered flower.  Did you know there really is a flower called the Sweet Pea Flower?  I didn't until after I wrote my pattern and looked it up.  My flower doesn't look at all like a Sweet Pea Flower, but it is still a sweet little flower!

Abbreviations:
Ch: chain
Hdc: half double crochet                                                                                                       
Sc: single crochet
Sl st: slip stitch
St: stitch
Trc: triple crochet

Materials Needed:
-Worsted Weight Yarn.  I used 100% cotton yarn for mine.  You can use any weight yarn, your flower will turn out smaller with a smaller weight yarn, and larger with a larger weight yarn.  You will need 2 or more different colors of yarn. 
-Crochet Hook Size: US H8/5.00 MM
-Sharp needle to weave in your loose ends, or to sew to your project

Notes:
-Gauge doesn't matter so much for this pattern, because you aren't making an item of clothing that needs to fit someone.  If you want your flower to be larger, you can use a larger weight yarn, and a larger crochet hook.  If you want your flower to be smaller, use a smaller weight yarn and/or hook. 

Color A: I used pink
Color B: I used cream
Color C: I used red

Instructions:
With Color A, make a magic loop, ch 1

Rnd 1: hdc in the loop 12 times, pull on the tail end to tighten up the loop, join with a sl st to the first hdc you made, fasten off.

 
 
 
Rnd 2: join with a sl st with color B, ch 1, sc in the same st, (ch 2, skip the next st, sc in the next st) repeat 4 more times, ch 2, sl st in the first sc to join (6 sc, 6 ch-2 spaces)
 
 
Rnd 3: (sl st into the next ch-2 space, ch 3, 4 trc in the same ch-2 space, ch 3, sl st in the same ch-2 space, sl st in the next sc) repeat 4 more times, sl st into the next ch-2 space, ch 2, 4 trc in the same ch-2 space, ch 3, sl st in the same ch 2 space (6 flower petals)
 

Rnd 4: (ch 3, sl st between your next 2 petals, making sure to leave the ch-3 behind the flower petals) repeat 4 more times, ch 3, sl st into the first ch-3 space you made, fasten off (6 ch-3 spaces)


Please Note: You can end here if you are making a single layered flower.  If you would like a double layered flower, continue on with rnd 5.

Rnd 5: join with a sl st with color C in the ch-3 space where you just fastened off, (ch 3, 5 trc in the same ch-3 space, ch 3, sl st in the same ch-3 space, sl st into the next ch-3 space) repeat 4 more times, ch 3, 5 trc in the same ch-3 space, ch 3, sl st into the same ch-3 space, fasten off.  Weave in your loose end, and you are finished.

I have a few other crochet flower patterns as well.  Be sure to check out my spring flower pattern, simple flower pattern, and toe flower sandals pattern.

Enjoy!  Be sure to share your images on Ravelry, and on Facebook.  Thanks everyone!


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