I am thrilled to finally share my first design, transcribed into a pattern for free so you budding crocheters can make one too.
It’s taken longer than I’d wanted in the making and transcribing but simply because life kept me busy. I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out. My beautiful Merida is a lovely model, whose head measures 52 cms and there’s a good amount of stretch in the pattern so could fit larger children or smaller adults if they fancy it. If you wish to make it bigger simply add more flowers.
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Notes: This pattern is worked in rounds. If you like use a round marker (a small piece of alternate coloured wool will do) but I didn’t as the end of the rounds seem obvious to me.
Also, I’ve used the British terminology so dc for a double crochet as opposed to sc for single crochet etc.
4 colours of double knit yarn
3.5 mm crochet hook
A little patience
ch = chain
st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
dc = double crochet
htr = half treble
tr = treble crochet
rpt = repeat
rnd = round
beg = beginning
sp = space
5 ch st, join with sl st to 1st ch. Miss 1 ch, 2 dc into next 4 ch. Sl st into 1st dc.
4 ch, miss 1st dc which the 4ch is standing on and 1tr into next dc.
1ch and 1tr into next dc. Rpt 7 times. Sl st into 3rd ch at beg of rnd.
You now should have 8 ch spaces.
Into each ch sp as follows: sl st, 1 ch, 5 tr, 1 ch, sl st.
Rpt for each sp. You should now have 8 petals. Fasten off and sew in ends.
Tip: I found it took a couple of flowers before I got the tension right. Work a couple of individual flowers first before joining them. Don’t make the tension too tight or the petals can curl inwards.
As you create more flowers you can crochet them into each other over the last 2 petals. This saves sewing all the flowers together at the end.
To achieve this on the 7th petal work sl st, ch and 1st tr. On 2nd tr of the 5 tr group half complete the stitch, insert hook thought top of 2nd tr (wrong side) of neighbouring flower and complete the tr st. Rpt for next 2 tr, then final tr as normal followed by ch and sl st. Rpt for final petal so 2 flowers are connected by 3tr in petal 7 and 8.
Make 9 flowers of varying colours. I made 2 green, 2 lilac, 2 purple and 3 blue. The blue sets off the lilac of the final round of the larger flower but feel free to experiment.
For larger tenth flower:
Using blue yarn (if copying my flower exactly) follow pattern until end of 1st rnd changing colour in final stitch of round 1.
I changed to purple for rnd 2. At end of rnd sl st and change colour at end of st. I used green.
Working behind the 1st set of petals 1dc around stem of 1st rnd (blue). Then 1 ch, 5 tr into dc on which ch stands, 1 ch and 1 sl st. 1 ch. Then working into back of 2 trebles of purple petal. (Use the back stem of middle trebles, not the top loop, the actual treble stem (see picture)).
1 dc through this petal, 1 ch. So to clarify rpt as follows: 1 dc around stem of rnd 1 (blue), 1 ch, 5tr into dc just created, 1 ch, 1 sl st, 1 ch, 1 dc into 2 back tr stems of purple petal, 1 ch.
Again change colour on final part of final sl st. At this point I used lilac.
2 ch, 5 tr into dc from previous rnd that falls between 2 green petals. 1 htr, (1 ch, 1 dc into back of green petal (as detailed in rnd 3), 1 htr, 5 tr, 1 htr into dc between green petals). Rpt until final petal. After last htr sl st into 1st petal and fasten off leaving a long yarn tail.
Instead of crocheting larger flowers into each other I sewed these ones in to the smaller flowers. This way it can sit on top of its neighbouring flowers for more of a feature.
Tip: take time over the large flower as working behind the previous rounds petals can be fiddly. Also, it will need some reshaping by hand as the petals of former rounds can get s little squashed in working the latter rounds.