It's a welcome break from my other knitting and needlework projects when I pull out my bowl of Little Bonbons cotton yarn.
For a number of months, I've been experimenting with little flowers I've discovered on other blogs. They're sweet when turned into baby barrettes and a nice little touch when making a card or decorating a gift. I even used a few to upcycle a school frame.
My latest little experiment? My own little version of sunflowers and daisies!
Here's my “how-to” for making a sunflower.
Yarn: You can use any weight yarn and the appropriate sized hook. I used Little Bonbons cotton yarn and a very fine hook. Terms used are American: single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc). If you're not sure, google the terms. There are multiple sites and youtube videos that explain them well.
To begin: With brown yarn, chain 4 and slip stitch together to form a ring.
Work around the ring... 10 sc stitches. Finish by slip stitching into your first sc. Cut the yarn and darn in loose ends.
Switch to yellow yarn. You'll make one petal in each of your 10 brown, single crochet stitches from round 1.
Crochet 1 sc to attach the yellow yarn. Chain 6.
Crochet back down the chain you just made: 1sc, 1hdc, 2 dc, 1hdc. Finish petal with a slip stitch into the same brown single crochet stitch you started from. First petal finished!
Make nine more petals: Single crochet into next (brown) stitch. Chain 6.
Crochet back down the chain: 1sc, 1hdc, 2dc, 1hdc. Finish with a slip stitch. Repeat, repeat, repeat... : )
My little daisy follows the same pattern.
When finished, I pin my little flowers upside down to my ironing board. I then hover my iron over each one and give it a shot or two of steam. Be careful not to touch the yarn. Leave for five minutes or so before unpinning.
That's it! Enjoy!