Crochet flower


Since I posted a picture of the flowers I crocheted for the beautiful and courageous Jenny. I have had quite a lot of inquiries for the pattern, it was a flower that I made up, but you have encouraged me to put the pattern on paper.

I would like to share the flower with you in memory of the amazing Jenny and encourage you to make and share the flowers with anyone who needs cheering up. Spread a little love around, the world really needs it right now.

Enjoy

Anna xx

Abbreviations
Beg – beginning
Ch – chain
Ch-sp  chain space
Dc (US sc) – double crochet (US -single crochet)
Htr (US hdc) – half treble crochet (US -half double crochet)
Magic loop – for tutorial on how to work this technique, please click here
Tr (US dc) – treble crochet (US -double crochet)
Ss – slip stitch
Materials
You will need small amounts of
Rowan Kidsilk Haze in 3 colours A, B and C
3.5 mm (US E/4) crochet hook     
Approx. 11 x beads – I have used 6 mm glass beads  
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends 
Needle that will fit through the bead.        
Matching thread                                    
Pattern note – The yarn is held DOUBLE throughout.
The pattern is written using UK terminology with US translations in abbreviation list.

Finished size
The completed flowers measure: L – 8 cm (3.1 in), S – 6 cm (2.3 in) in diameter.

Tension 
It is not important to achieve any particular tension in this project. 

Let’s begin. 
With colour A held double, make a magic loop.
Round 1: ch 1, 8 dc into magic loop, ss to first dc and pull tight on the tail to close up opening.
Round 2: ch 5 (counts as 1 tr and ch-2 sp), [1 tr into next st, ch 2] 7 times, ss to 3rd of ch 5. (8 ch-2 sp)
Round 3: ch1, [5 tr into next ch-2 sp, ss to top of next tr] into every ch-2 sp, ending with ss to beginning ch 1.
Change to colour B
Round 4: working behind each petal (see tutorial below), ss into base of next 2 tr, 1 dc into base of next tr, [ch 4, 1 dc into base of tr in the centre of next petal] 7 times, ch 4, ss into first dc. (8 ch-4 sp).
Round 5: ch 1, [7 tr into next ch-4 sp, ss to top of next dc] into every ch-4 sp, ending with ss to beginning ch 1.
Fasten off.
For small flower just work rounds 1 to 3 in desired colour, holding yarn double throughout.

Leaf (make 2)
With colour C make 11 chains.
Round 1: 1 dc into second chain from hook, 1 htr into next 2 ch, 1 tr into next 4 ch, 1 htr into next 2 ch, 1 dc into next ch, ch1, working on the other side of chains, 1 dc into next ch, 1 htr into next 2 ch, 1 tr into next 4 ch, 1 htr into next 2 ch, 1 dc into next ch, ss to first dc.
Fasten off.

Making up 
Weave in ends. Attach leaves to the back of the flowers. Using needle and matching thread to yarn or one strand of yarn sew on beads to the centre of the flower.


Tutorials 
Below are the video and picture tutorials to show you how to work into back of the flower.

1: Working from the back into each petal, insert hook in between stitches under the chains that formed ch-spaces on round 2. Ss into base of first tr.

2: Ss into base of second tr. 

3: 1 dc into base of third tr.

4: Ch 4, 1 dc into base of tr in the centre of next petal.
 

5: Work as instructed, forming ch-spaces at the back of work. 

Green fingers


When I was a little girl my grandparents owned a working farm. With lots of animals, few hectares of land, orchard, few bee hives and gorgeous vegetable garden with small green houses for tomatoes and cucumbers. I was living in the city with my parents but during every school holiday I would spend with my grandparents on their farm. As a little girl I would round around and play with other kids from the village but as I was growing up I started to help out a lot more around the farm, especially with the harvest and animals. I would also very often plant vegetable seeds with my grandma and monitored the grow progress of whatever greenery we planted so taking all this into account you would be forgiven to think that I have green fingers, but alas it is not so! 
To my frustration no matter how much I try and plant vegetables or any other plants they never seem to reach their full potential, mind you, I’m growing them in large plant post, I think they call this urban gardening Ha!
The best example is my recent adventure into baby carrot growing. It all started so well. The seeds started to shoot on time, the growth was perfect, however I can’t help thinking  my cat, Brick, trying to keep them warm somehow stunted their growth and after three months the harvest was rather disappointing.





I’ll keep trying with vegetables, might try my hand at radishes next, I heard that they are a lot easier

However, I do seem to have rather good fingers when it comes to orchids! They seem to be flourishing beautifully. 

They are truly the perfect plants for me as they require such low maintenance.

They all seem to be growing unusually well this year, but my white one has outdone herself completely! This orchid was given to me by Dave when we first started dating few years back and every year it flowers more and more, but this year she has flowered beyond expectations.

 Can’t wait to see the flowers on this one, as it hasn’t flowered for good few years. 
Really can’t remember what colour it is.
Anna x