Thursday, June 2, 2011

June Blooms Day 2

Today's pattern is based upon a cute little flower I found on Ravelry.  Unfortunately the directions are in Japanese and Google's translator wasn't much help.  The good news is that she had LOTS of pictures of each step so I was able to put something together that looks a lot like hers.  You can find the original pattern that was named teh Flower hair elastic pattern on Ravelry here.  You will need this link if you intend to make it part of a hair elastic using method 2 below.  Let's get started:

To make this cutie above you can use any yarn, just use a hook that is appropriate for the weight.  Mine were made using 6 strand embroidery floss and a size 7 (1.65mm) hook.  The finished size using these materials is about a 1 inch diameter.

begin by chaining 6, join to form a circle

work 12 single crochet in the circle and join to the first sc

ch 1, sc in the first stitch, chain 3, skip the next sc,* sc in the next sc, chain 3, skip the next sc.  Repeat from the *4 times.  slip stitch to the first sc.  You should have 6 chain 3 spaces.

*in next ch 3 space work sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc.  Sl st into the sc of previous row.  Repeat from * around.  You should now have 6 petals.  Fasten off your yarn and weave in the ends.  On to the center

Make a magic circle.  Work 6 sc in the circle. Do NOT join.  Tighten your circle
work *2 sc in next stitch, sc in next.  Repeat 2 more times for a total of 9 sc
work *2 sc in next stitch, sc in next 2 stitches,  Repeat 2 more times for a total of 12 sc.  Fasten off leaving a long tail.

Using the tail from the center piece, sew the center to the center of the flower.  To make this a hair elastic using a ready made elastic cut a small piece of felt and sandwich the elastic between the felt and flower being sure to glue securely.  I would suggest a strong glue, perhaps fabric tac or E6000.

Or you can make your own elastic using some stretch cord.  Basically, before attaching the center thread each end of the elastic up through the back of the flower and tie them into a secure knot.  Trim the ends and sew your flower center on over the knot to hide it.  You can see pictures of this on the blog above.

Finally, sorry for the poor quality pics.  It has been rainy and overcast for what feels like forever while I am trying to put these posts together.  So new pretty sunshine for pretty pictures.  In addition, Princess A is going stir crazy being in the house so much (a mom can only handle so many muddy clothes before she screams!) which made for a very short photo shoot.  Still, you get the idea I hope!

Until next time,


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