Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Crochet Flowers

I've been crocheting little flowers recently, in part to make flowers that I'll attach to Xmas presents and which people can pin onto jackets or hats if they like, in part to just experiment with different yarns that I'm not used to working with. Fun! I'm using Suzann Thompson's Crochet Bouquet, which has a plethora of pretty flower designs. I'm sticking to the easy ones so far.

This one didn't come out as round as it was supposed to -- not sure what I did wrong. But it's a fortunate accident, I think, because the colors and shape reminded me of a peacock, and I happened to have some fuzzy blue yarn. So....

Peacock feather! I just did some increasing of size towards the point -- single, to double, to triple crochet, to give it a bit more pointiness. I think I could make it even more like a peacock feather with more work, but this is a cute shape for a desi accent to a jacket or even purse, I think. Will probably go to one of my sisters.

The next one was her 'simple five', and I like how it came out, but the fuzzy yarn did make it difficult to see the pattern; for this kind of thing it might work better to use a simpler yarn. But it's cute enough, I think -- might get pinned on one of Kavi's jackets.

And this is my favorite so far. I actually like my version better than the one in the book, because the fuzzy yarn has a more organic look and seems a bit less bare than her aster. Of course, it looks a bit more like some kind of sea anemone than a flower, but I'm okay with that. It's about as big as my hand, and I think it'd look super-cute pinned to a jacket or hat. :-)


Blogger JellyDonut said...

The flowers are so cute! I was thinking of trying some of the flowers from Nicky Epstein's book. Have you given this one a try yet?

1:21 PM  
Blogger Mary Anne Mohanraj said...

I looked at her book, but a lot of the comments on Amazon said the patterns were hard to follow, even for experienced crocheters. I got scared! I think I better stick with the Thompson for now, which I can (mostly) follow.

I feel like such a novice sometimes that I just despair. But then I pick up a pretty yarn, and it makes me feel all better. :-) Good yarn makes up for a multitude of sins...

1:47 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

I love all your pretty flowers. I've always liked yarn embellishments like that; I just don't know enough about crocheting to attempt them. Can't wait to see what you attached them to.

10:37 PM  
Blogger kshotz said...

These are very cool! I may have to look at my left-overs in a new light! Great idea for package embellishments.

Kim in IA

11:23 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

I'm in love with Aster-oid! And I was wondering how the round ones might look felted . . .

11:33 PM  
Blogger Mary Anne Mohanraj said...

Nancy, they're often really simple -- aster-oids, for example, is pretty much entirely single crochet and slip stitch. I think simple 5 was the same.

7:11 AM  

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