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It's My Party: Crocheted Flower

Crocheted flowers are the ultimate decoration. Quick to stitch up, they add stylish flair to any hat, lapel, or bag. Here's how to make just one crocheted flower to use in an arrangement or as a pin.

Materials and Tools:

Lion Brand Micro Spun (2.5oz/168yd) in Turquoise, Mango and Fuchsia, 1 ball each
crochet hook, 5mm
scissors
tapestry needle

Materials (pin):
pin-back
small amount of sewing thread
sewing needle

Materials (stemmed flower):
12"-long wooden dowel (we used a Panacea floral plant stake)
glue gun

Note: Gauge doesn't really matter when you're making flowers. If you want to achieve a size similar to the one we produced, use any worsted-weight yarn and a hook between 5mm and 6mm in size.

Abbreviations:
ch chain
sl st slip stitch
sc single crochet
hdc half double crochet
dc double crochet
tr treble crochet
flo front loop only
blo back loop only
yo yarn over

Bobble:
Work a dc until 2 loops remain on the hook. Do not complete the stitch. Yo and insert hook into the same stitch; work half of a dc (3 loops remain on hook). Continuing to work into the same stitch, work half of a third dc (4 loops remain on hook). Yo and draw yarn through all 4 loops.

Pattern:
Ch 5. Sl st in first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 1. Work 10 sc into the ring. Sl st into the first sc to join the round.

Round 2: Ch 2. Work {hdc, ch 1, hdc, ch 1, hdc} into the flo of each sc around, until 1 sc remains. Work {hdc, ch 1, hdc, ch 1} into the last sc. Sl st into the top of the turning chain to join the round. Fasten off (figure A).

Round 3: Turn the flower over so that the wrong side is facing. Joining new color of yarn, sl st into blo of first sc from Round 1. Work {dc, tr, dc} into the blo of each sc from Round 1 (figure B). Sl st into first dc to join the round.

Round 4: Sl st in the first stitch. *Ch 3, work 1 bobble in next stitch, ch 3, sl st into next 2 stitches.* Repeat from * to * until 1 stitch remains. Sl st in last stitch. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

To make a stemmed blossom:
Use a glue gun to attach the flower to the top of a dowel. Make several and arrange in a vase.

To make a pin:
Sew a pin-back to the flower. If you want to attach the pin to a stem, glue a piece of felt to the top of the dowel and pin the flower to the fabric.

Pattern courtesy of Kim P. Werker.

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