So I chose a few soft colours and hooked up a couple of pretty flower squares to make up something fun!
This is how they are done (in case you would like to make a few too):
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK for the squares and flower centres; Mirage 4ply for the Petals
(The Stylecraft Special DK is quite "thin" compared to our South African DK - it is much closer to our 4ply)
Size: 12cm x 12cm
Row 1: Into the ring, 2ch 2dc cluster, 3ch; *3dc cluster, 3ch* crochet *to* 5x (6 clusters), ss into top of cluster to close
- a 3dc cluster is formed as follows - yarn over hook, work the first part of the stitch leaving 2 loops on your hook, repeat this twice more (four loops on hook) Yarn over hook and draw through the hooks on the loop to form your cluster
- The 3ch "loop" between clusters forms your "front loop" into which the petals of your flower will be worked
Note: The 4ch "loop" forms your "back loop" into which the first row of your square (row 3) will be worked
Row 3: Join colour you are using for the square in any 4ch sp, 3ch, 3dc, 1ch; *4dc, 1ch* *to* 5x (6 x 4dc clusters formed) (24 stitches), ss to close
Row 4: Into first space between dc on previous row 3ch, 1dc; *into next space between dc, 1dc, into next space between dc, 2dc) repeat *to* to last space between dc, 1dc, ss into top of 3ch to close (36 stitches)
Row 5: Into same place as ss work 3ch, 1dc into top of next 7 dc (8dc); *2tr, 3ch, 2tr into top of next dc; 1dc into top of each of next 8dc* *to* 3 times; 2tr, 3ch, 2tr into top of last dc; ss into top of 3ch to join.
Row 6: 3ch; 1dc into top of each of next 7dc; 1dc into top of each of 2 cnr tr; 2dc, 3ch, 2dc into cnr 2ch; *1dc into each of next 2tr; 1dc into each of next 8dc; 1dc into each of next 2tr; 2dc, 3ch, 2dc into cnr 2ch* *to* 3 times; 1dc into each of next 2tr; ss into top of 3ch. break off yarn
Row 7: Into top of any dc, 3ch; 1dc into top of each dc; into corner 3ch make 2dc, 3ch, 2dc
Join Colour for Petals in any "front loop" 3ch sp formed on Row 1;
2ch, 2dc, 1tr, 1 picot, 1tr, 2dc, 2ch, ss into same space;
*ss into next 3ch sp, 2ch, 2dc, 1tr, 1 picot, 1tr, 2dc, 2ch, ss into same space* *to* x5, ss into same sp as first petal to close. Break off yarn
I added a row of white in Mirage 4ply (repeat Row 7)
I then added a little bit of detail of the petals:
Just looks like spring (although we are quite deep into Autumn here)!
In a bit of a crazy rush - so this is not much of a post! Lots and lots of patterns to write and tutorials to do!
(PS: If you would like to make the flowers on their own you can find the link HERE)
(PPS: Have not had the pattern tested - so please if you find any errors, don't be shy to let me know)