Crochet Flower Power
Outside the sun is warmly lighting the landscape and the thermometers are slowly easing toward spring temperatures. Inside I am waiting in anticipation for the first buds of spring to appear. The best part of spring is the appearance of those first flowers of the year. But while I have a couple of months before the arrival of this year's buds, so shy in Colorado's cold climate, I find inspiration with hook and yarn.
Crochet flowers are easy to make, can be quickly finished, and are a great project for leftover yarn. Simple crochet flowers can be used to embellish any project, from a warm wool scarf to a carefully draped bamboo sweater.
Crocheted in a luscious wool/silk blend yarn, Diana's Blossom Scarf is an ideal winter or spring accessory, but this scarf's real charm is the scattering of pale blue blossoms against its shell-stitch fabric. With the addition of a few spring-like blooms a basic scarf pattern becomes something special.
Combining crocheted flower appliqués with embroidery is another great way to infuse your project with a touch of spring. The Coral Springs Sweater and Hannah and Hallie Play sets all use crocheted flowers and embroidery to embellish simple silhouettes.
When crocheting flowers to appliqué, it is a good idea to match the care instructions for the flower and project yarns. If the original project is worked in superwash wool or a nylon blend and the flowers are crocheted from regular wool or a bit of leftover alpaca, they will felt when the project is washed.
Let's look at a basic flower pattern. The Flower-Power Posy was designed by Heather Lodinsky for 150 Knit & Crochet Motifs. This easy two-round pattern is a great basic design, perfect for embelishing garments and accessories. Try crocheting it in lace, DK, or worsted weight yarn for different flower sizes.
Foundation ring: Ch 6, join with sl st to form a ring.
Rnd 2: *Ch 1, [1 sc, 1 hdc, 7 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc] into next ch-6 sp, ch 1, sk next dc, sl st into next dc; rep from * 4 times more, ch 1, [1 sc, 1 hdc, 7 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc] into next ch-6 sp, ch 1, sk next dc, join with sl st to base of beg ch-1. Fasten off.
The most important thing to keep in mind when embellishing with flowers is to have fun. Embellishing with crochet flowers is a beautiful way to celebrate spring and enjoy your own creativity. For a great place to start, download a flower embellished pattern from the Crochet Me Shop today. All of our ePatterns are on sale until March 11, 2012, so hurry over for a great flower idea.
P.S. Check out more great flower patterns in our free eBook Learn How to Crochet Flowers with 5 Free Crochet Flower Patterns from Crochet Me.