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How to Make a Crocheted Pansy
Pretty Crocheted Pansies
Three Main Stitches Are All That is Needed to Created Crocheted Pansies
Pansies are a delicate and cheerful-looking flower and, as such, are often a favorite for crocheters who want to use them for decor items. Crochet is a good medium for making pansies and when these cute flowers are added to any piece, they can make it look truly special.
An experienced crocheter has probably already learned the crochet stitches needed to fashion crocheted pansies but even for a newer crocheter, making pansies is still "doable."
In this article, you will learn how to do so using three main stitches:
- double crochet
- treble crochet
- double treble crochet
Before you start, you will have to decide on whether you want finer or thicker pansies. This is done by using either finer or thicker crochet cotton and a .75 steel crochet hook. A finer cotton will produce a delicate-looking pansy, which might be preferred if you are adding it to a very fine doily. If you've seen those doilies with the pansies around the edge and would like to make one of them, practicing ahead of time by making a pansy or two in finer cotton will help you to get a feel for the process. A slightly thicker cotton will produce pansies that are more solid and hold their shape better and these sturdier pansies can be used to dress up decor items and clothing items.
And of course, you will have to decide on your colors. whether you want plain or variegated. I include insights about these, as well.
Use this basic pattern and if you need to refresh your memory on how to work treble and double treble stitches, please see the videos below. Most of all, have fun with it. Add your own ideas to to make your pansies truly unique.
Edging Worked in Thinner Cotton
Don't work too loosely when making pansies--especially if using finer cotton. As can be seen in the edging above, this created a "thready" look. A compact-looking stitch will help your finished flowers have a better appearance.
Pretty Variegated Pansies Worked in Thicker Cotton
Now, as can be seen in the photo above, I worked these two pansies in a thicker cotton. I was much happier with the results. Imagine these added to jean legs or used to adorn jean totes.
I like the look of the variegated cotton for pansies because the flowers themselves often display a range of color. But they are also pretty worked in solid colors. And it can be fun blending both variegated and solid colors and seeing the effect.
- Yo = yarn over hook
- Ss = slip stitch
- Ch = chain stitch
- Dd (double crochet) = YO, through stitches, YO, back through stitches; YO, through 2 loops (twice)
- Tc (treble crochet) = YO twice, through stitches,YO, back through stitches; YO, through 2 loops (three times)
- Dt (double, treble) = YO three times, through stitches, YO, back through stitches; YO, through 2 loops (four times)
How to Make a Crocheted Pansy
- Ch 6. Join with a ss to form a ring.
- Ch 3 (first dc), 2 dc into ring, ch 7, repeat four more times, join with ss in top of first ch 3 of first set of 3 dc. You will have 5 loops and five groups of 3 dc.
- Sc twice in tops of the remaining two dcs in first cluster.
- In loop: 2 dc, 8 tc, 2 dc , 3 sc in tops of 3 dc; 2 dc, 8 tc, 2 dc.
- Ch 1, dt, ch 1, repeat until you have 8 dts.
- Ch 1 (across the 3 dc and work eight more dts with ch1 in between each dt.
- Ch 1.
- 2 dc, 8 tcs, 2 dc in next loop. Ss to fasten off.
Frill: 16 loops. Join before dts. Start in span that connects dcs and dts. Join, 3 ch, sc in first span, ch 3, sc, continue until you've created 16 loops over all the dt sts. Work final sc in next span between dts and dcs.
Practice Makes Perfect
Some of these stitches may seem a little trickier but they are easy to do when you practice them a time or two.
Treble Crochet Tutorial
The advantage of these more complex stitches is that they produce a much taller stitch, which means pansies take shape quickly.
Double, Treble Tutorial
Beauty With Beads
Some crocheters like to place a bead in the centers of their pansies, others place beads along the bottom three solid sections.
Uses for Crocheted Pansies
- Shelf Edging: why not create pansies then join them together to produce a pretty edging? What a novel way to add a pretty adornment to shelf edges in a china cabinet. Because of the shape of each pansy, when these are joined at the sides, this creates a natural scalloped edge.
- Mantel Edging: along the same lines, pansies can be joined and attached to pretty up a mantel.
- To Trim Finished Work: pansies can be used to trim around the edges of doilies, dresser scarves or tablecloths or they could be added on top of these with fabric glue.
- Pansy Runners: to fashion a runner made completely from pansies, determine desired length of runner by laying out pansies side by side. Join together at sides. Once pansies form a horizontal row, add pansies upwards (on the vertical) to desired height of runner.
- Use Pansies to Decorate Clothing and Accesory Items: pansies worked in heavier cotton can be used to add decorative touches to crocheted hats, scarves, vests and sweaters or to dress up bags and totes.
Tips For Best Results
Try to keep your work tight, which makes for better looking pansies. Loosely woven flowers do not look as realistic.
Use a magnifying mirror if you have trouble seeing work.
If your pansies still turn out looser than desired, place in hot water to shrink them, then place them in a sock and put in the dryer. This will to tighten them up for neater looking flowers. While normally I never recommend drying crocheted work because of the risk of shrinking or tearing, this is one case where this might actually lead to a better-looking finished product.
A Word About Color
Contrasts work well, especially if you are working with solid colors. A yellow center, bordered by hot pink or a vibrant purple or an electric blue can create a stunning effect. If you don't have variegated on hand, going for brighter colors can really make your pansies "pop."
Hand-wash your finished pansies and spread out on a towel. Use your fingers to gently stretch pansies and shape them.
If you wish to iron them, place between a tea towel and press down, using a medium heat. Never iron directly, as the cotton could scorch.
Ivory starch is a great product for adding stiffness to crocheted work. Depending on what you will be using your pansies for, if you need more stiffness, starch works wonderfully well and your flowers will hold their shape.
Make a Bunch of These Pretties
I love, love, love this book by Leisure Arts. What a line-up of fabulous pansies to try making for the home.
This publication helps crafters to "think outside the box" with ideas for pansies that go well beyond the usual. You'll be given inspiration as to how to dress up dress up your flower pots, your pictures frames, lampshades, trinket boxes and more. This book opened a world for me in relation to using pansies creatively around the home. A neat aspect is that the designs feature 3-dimensional flowers that are a good size.
After reading this, I was thinking about using pansies on pillows and cushions and even for bridal bouquets and festooned on veils.
Have You Tried Your Hand at Making Crocheted Pansies?
© 2013 Athlyn Green