by Meg Larned
Like many a New Englander, my favorite season is fall. Chrysanthemums are the quintessential fall flower and remind me of my childhood in Connecticut — waiting for the school bus, playing in fall leaf piles, and apple picking. Wear your mumsy on your favorite light-weight jacket (you know, the one that is too hot to wear in summer, and not warm enough in winter, but is PERFECT for the best season of the year) and bring autumn with you no matter where you live.
This pattern for a chrysanthemum broach is an excellent project for using up scrap yarn. Just substitute the yarn you have on hand and use an appropriately sized crochet hook.
- Lily Sugar ‘n Cream (100% cotton; 120 yds/109m per 2.5 oz./70 g skein); color #00001 white; approximately 15 yds.
- US G6 / 4.00mm hook
- 1 safety pin
- tapestry needle
US pattern notations used throughout:
Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet
Sl st = slip stitch
St(s) = stitch(es)
Hdc = half double crochet
Petals are done in three levels. By starting with the middle level of petals you can easily see where the back and front petals will be made.
Ch 6 and join with a sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 1, 12 sc into ring, sl st into first sc to close round.
Round 2: (middle row of petals) Work 10 petals into back loop only of sc from round 1, evenly spacing the two stitches skipped, as follows: [1 sc into back loop only, ch 5, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 hdc into each of next 2 ch, 1 sc into next ch, sc into base stitch] repeat between  until round is completed. Sl st to close round and fasten off.
Round 3: (back row of petals) Work 6 petals into every other straight bar from round 1 along back of flower, as follows: [Pull yarn through any bar, ch 1. Sc into same bar, ch 6, skipping ch closest to hook, sc into each of the next 5 ch, sc into base, ch 1, skip next bar]. Repeat between  until round is completed. Sl st to close round, fasten off.
Round 4: (center petals) Work 6 petals into front strand of every other sc from round 1 (these should look like little hash marks), as follows: [Pull yarn through front loop of round 1, ch 1, 1 sc into same st, ch 5, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 ch, 1 sc into next ch, sc into base stitch, ch 1, skip next front loop st]. Repeat between  until round is completed. Sl st to close round, fasten off.
Bring all ends to the back of the flower and tie off and trim or weave in. With tapestry needle and extra length of yarn or long tail, sew the backside of the safety pin (non-opening side) to the back of the flower.
Curl petals from rounds 2 and 4 towards the center of the flower; petals from round 3 can be stretched out to make the flower ‘bloom’.
Multi-colored mumsies can be made using a darker color for rounds 1 and 3, and lighter colors for rounds 2 and 4.