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Saturday, 17 June 2017
CUTE LITTLE FLOWER MOTIFS & a HEADBAND
CUTE LITTLE FLOWER MOTIFS
& a HEADBAND
Welcome back to Sweet Nothings Crochet free
blogs and thank you for joining me here once again. I have decided to make a few floral motifs,
once again, which one can in a multitude of ways.
Do check out my earlier blogs on the similar
project, listed at the end of this write up.
Some of these are not my patterns. Where ever I have found one, I’ve used the photo / chart on the internet
and it inspired me. These are my notes
as I work on my own project. Welcome back as we work on this new challenge
I’ve used some of our lovely Indian Anchor knitting cotton with a 2 mm
For Indians:Our lovely Red rose knitting cotton range works well too, as will the Anchor Pearl range.
For Non-Indians:I'd suggest any knitting cotton that you can use with 1.75-2.5 mm crochet hooks will work. In this range among international yarns, I have used Aunt Lydia Cotton 10, Aunt Lydia Bamboo-Viscose 10, Milford Soft, and Hilaza Rustica Eclat (off the top of my head as I recall).
You know the song “All things bright and
beautiful…. ?”, so I’ve changed that a bit (so like me, right?? ;) ), and was
singing “All things cute and beautiful, all creations great n small ; all
things bright and wonderful, let’s make them for our baby, all ..” OK, so may not be the *best*, but I hide
behind poetic license and sang away as I crocheted.. (and I am sure I am in
your head now.. LOL ..hyuk hyuk) ;)
The following items have been made to match a
dress – which I will share shortly. I
have used the stitches from there for the headband – but it does not need to be
used only for that dress, so I thought I’d share these accessories separately.
For the headband (which can also double up as a
belt), I thought of using a simple “V”-stitch pattern. This idea can be used to make a headband of
any length and thickness.
This headband pattern can be used to make a belt
This is a really simple start and it gives a
neat and lovely lacy centre for our headband.
Start with ch 5,
sc in the 5th ch from hk ;
ch 3, trc in the earlier ch-sp (formed when you
worked the sc
into the 5th ch from hk) ;
*ch 3, trc in the earlier ch-sp* ;
rep *to* till you have the chain length needed
for your headband. Turn.
an even number of ch-sps
For our next row, we will work the “V”-st which
is (3 dc ; ch 1, 3 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp. We will work our “V’-st in the ch-sps we’ve
created, and we will work all the way to the end. We will then work around the last st
and work on the other side of the start chain row till we reach the 1st
st. Got it?
On the final round of “V”-st, let’s add a picot
, so this will mean our “V”-st will be (3 dc, picot , 3 dc). We will use a ch-3 picot which is (ch 3,
sl-st into the 3rd ch from hk)
If you decide to make a slim headband and you’re
only working one round, then you will use the “V”-st with the picot on this
Round 1 : sl-st into
the 1st ch-sp , “V”-st in the same ch-sp ;
*ch 1, sc in the next ch-sp ; ch 1, “V”-st in
the next ch-sp* ;
rep *to* in each ch-sp till the last ch-sp ;
(“V”-st in the last ch-sp ; ch 1 “V”-st in the same
last ch-sp) ;
Turn and work
along the other side ;
rep *to* in each ch-sp till the last ch-sp ;
ch 1, “V”-st in the last (or 1st )
ch-sp. Join with a sl-st to the 1st
Now depending on how thick / wide you want your
headband, you can either fasten off here, or work one or more rounds.
If you are working till Round 2, then you will
work the picot in the middle of the “V”-st here and not on Round 1.
Last Round 2 : sl-st
into the 1st “V”-st , “V”-st in the same “V”-st ;
*ch 1, sc in the next sc ; ch 1, “V”-st in the
next ch-sp* ;
rep *to* in each ch-sp till the last “V”-st on
this side ;
ch 1, “V”-st in the next ch-1 sp ;
“V”-s in the next “V”-st and Turn and
work along the other side ;
rep *to* in each ch-sp till the end of this row
ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st and join with a
sl-st to the 1st st.
Once done, join the two ends of your headband
either directly, or with a satin ribbon.
As we have this lovely lacy centre (holes), we can also thread in a thin satin
ribbon into that space and have it loop around the back of the head for the
child. A neat bow just under the nape of
the neck, or jauntily peeping out by the side of the ear will look lovely.
Now that we have got the headband done, let’s add on a few motifs – just
because we can !!
1 : Simple Aster flower
This lovely creation is a
series of chains worked on a starting magic circle. Depending on how many petals you want, you can increase
the number of sc on the start circle.
I would suggest that you use
two colours. One for the magic circle
and then one for the petals.
StartRound 1 : (With Colour 1) : with a magic circle and 12 hdc in
Join with a sl-st to the 1st
st. Pull lightly to close circle.
Fasten off Colour 1, and attach
Round 2 : (With Colour 2) : ch 15 from the 1st hdc, sl-st into the same hdc ;
*sl-st into the next hdc ; ch
15, sl-st into the same hdc* ;
rep *to* all around. Join with
a sl-st to the 1st st.
Now here’s where it gets
You have your little Aster
flower ready. What would you like to do
If you, as I have, would like
to make it a small motif to attach onto a headband or dress, then I’d suggest
that before fastening off, leave a long tail, which I have then used to make a
small loop at the back of the flower.
You can then pass a safety pin or headband through this small flat loop
to suit your purpose.
ELSE you can attach directly
onto the dress with an embroidery needle.
If doing this, I’d suggest you embroider along the 1st round
of hdc, and allow the petals to flap free.
2 : Simple five-petal flower
Once again, this flower has
only 3 rounds, and it would look lovely with Round 1 in one colour, and Rounds 2
& 3 in a 2nd colour.
The beauty of this pattern is
that you can make this a 6/7/8 petalled flower very easily – just increase the
number of start stitches and follow through.
As you will figure (as soon as you work this pattern), for a 6 petalled
flower, you will start with 12 sts and so on.
Start Round 1 : (with Colour 1) : with a magic circle and 10 sc in that circle.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st
sc. Pull lightly to close circle.
Round 2 :sl-st into the 1st
2 sc ;
(ch 3, 2 dc ; ch 3, sl-st into
the same st) all in the 1st sc ; sl-st into the next st ;
*sl-st into the next st ; rep
(to) once in the same st ; sl-st into the next st* ;
rep *to* all around and join
with a sl-st to the 1st dc.
In the last round, we will work
Round 3 :sc in the 1st
sl-st ; *ch 4, sc in the space between the 2 dc ; ch 4, sc in the next sl-st* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.
Once again, before you fasten
off, determine what you are using the motif for, and follow the instructions
Accordingly fasten off and weave in ends, or leave a tail for attachment.
3 : Rose
I’ve used the rose pattern from
the rose pendant pattern below.
For the balloon, start with 4
ch ; 5 trc in the 4th ch from hk, ch 3 and sl-st into the same 4th
ch from hk. Leave a long tail (which is
the string that is holding the balloon).
If you feel like it, string in a few beads and ta da, you have a cute
little balloon ready to go.
If you decide to use this as a
pin, then you will need to work in a small loop at the back of the balloon,
using an embroidery needle. This is the
loop you can use to loop it onto the headband or use a small pin to pin it onto
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And that’s done.. yet another
project brilliantly executed ! J
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