Let's Make A Spring Decoration With Freeform Crochet Flowers!
Create Your Own Beautiful Spring Decoration Using Floral And Leaf Motifs In Thread OR Yarn!
Have you always secretly longed to design your own crochet masterpiece? To toss the pattern books aside and let your imagination run wild? Here's your chance! There is only one rule: there are no rules! When we go to design a crochet pattern, we use a lot of the same basic stitch patterns over and over, just in different combinations. It's kind of like creating a new recipe for a cake. You're going to use the same basic ingredients, but you're going to combine them in unique and special ways to suit your own wishes! For example â how many doilies have you made (or any round objects) that start with the instructions, "Chain 8, join with slip stitch to form ring" ?? I'm betting quite a few.
What I'm going to do in this article is give you some very basic techniques for making some different flowers and leaves, along with a doily center and some ideas for basic joining techniques for different types of decorations. Then it's up to you to decide what flowers and leaves to use, what colors to make them, and how you will arrange them for your unique crochet masterpiece! I'm hoping this will be a lot of fun for you! You can use either thread OR yarn â these patterns will all work fine with either!
If you're not feeling quite so adventurous, see the "Baby Steps â Pattern Potpourri" section below. I'll show you how to put together elements of different patterns to create your own unique design.
As time goes by and as I add more original flower motifs to my design repertoire, I will add some of them here to keep things fresh for you. Can you imagine telling your Easter dinner guests you designed your own doily centerpiece or candle lid cover? Would that be cool or what!
You can start out with a definite plan for a shape in mind â i.e., a round or square mini doily, a round candle lid cover. Or you can simply go totally freeform and start creating a wonderful garden scene or bouquet, perhaps with the idea of framing your piece later on!
I'll give you an example of what can happen. I started this piece fully intending to make a mini-wreath of flowers, connected by a mesh pattern and decorated by a crocheted bow. When I was arranging them, it occurred to me that I could make a cross decoration with the number of flowers I had, so I will be doing that with my flowers instead. Imagination just happens when you play!
No fear, now âÂ there's no way you can mess this up! Whatever you do will be beautiful, I promise! Allow yourself to play. This is the perfect chance to use up some of that scrap thread stash of yours, too!
The Schnauzer Difficulty Rating!
What You Will Need
Scrap Crochet Thread OR Yarn of your choice
Crochet Hook in appropriate size
Baby Steps... Pattern Potpourri!
If you just don't feel comfortable "winging it" to start out, how about this idea... browse your pattern stash (or the vast collection of crochet flower patterns here on Squidoo!) and choose some favorites. Crochet up lots of flowers in the thread or yarn you've chosen for your project. Use the basic leaf pattern I've provided here to accent your "bouquet." Arrange the pieces in a manner that pleases you and slip stitch them together. Or, you can sew together with invisible thread.
Ideas For Arranging Your DecorationClick thumbnail to view full-size
Doily Center Pattern Directions
This pattern will work with EITHER yarn or thread!
Mix and match any five flower motifs in your choice of colors, add leaves, and attach to doily's edge. Every doily is a different creation!
Ch 7, join with sl st to form ring.
*Ch 5, SC in ring. Repeat * around until you have five loops (ending with ch 5, sl st in base of first ch 5). Slip stitch into first ch 5 loop.
Ch 3, work 10 TRC in ch 5 loop. *CH2. Work 10 TRC in next ch 5 loop. Repeat from * around , ending with ch 2, sl st in top of first ch 3.
Ch 7. DTR in base of ch 7 just made. Ch 4, SC in top of DTR just made. Ch 7, DTR in base of ch 7 just made. SC in last treble of group. Ch 3, SC in next TRC. Repeat from * around ending with ch 3, sl st in base of first ch 7.
*Ch 7, work (SC-ch 4-SC) in next ch 4 loop. CH 7, SC in next SC. CH 4, SC in next SC. Repeat from * around ending with ch 4, sl st in base of first ch 7.
*Ch 10, work (SC-ch 4-SC) in next ch 4 loop. CH 10, SC in next SC. CH 4, SC in next SC. Repeat from * around ending with ch 4, sl st in base of first ch 10.
*Ch 11, work (SC-ch 4-SC) in next ch 4 loop. CH 11, SC in next SC. CH 4, SC in next SC. Repeat from * around ending with ch 4, sl st in base of first ch 11.
*Ch 6, TRC in base of ch 6 just made. Work (SC, ch 5, SC) in next space. Ch 6, TRC in base of TRC just made. SC in next ch 5 loop. Ch 5, SC in same loop. Repeat from * around ending with SC in base of beginning ch 6.
*Ch 6, TRC in base of ch 6 just made. SC in next space. Repeat for each space. On the space just before the point, CH 6, TRC in base of ch 6 just made. TRC in ch 5 loop. Ch 5, sc in top of trc just made. Ch 6, TRC in base of ch 6 just made. SC in next space. Repeat from * around.
Attaching Flowers To Doily
You'll want to attach usually two or three points or petals of a flower, leaving the rest to the outside. It all depends on the flower. Lay the flower up next to the doily in the indentation between doily points. Attach your thread to any point of your flower. CH 2, SC in ch 5 loop at point of doily. CH 2, SC back onto flower. Continue doing this process until the flower and doily are totally attached.
Doily Center IllustrationsClick thumbnail to view full-size
For Best Results...
Your flower motifs should all be crocheted in the same type of thread or yarn, and they should all be very close to the same finished size.
Simple Flower 1
With Pink, ch 7, join with sl st to form ring.
*Ch 4, Work 5-TRC Popcorn in ring. Ch 1 to close. Ch 5, SC in top of popcorn. Ch 5, Sl st in ring. Repeat from * around until you have six popcorns. End with sl st in base of first ch 4. Fasten off.
Attach Light Pink in any ch 5 loop. *Ch 9, SC in 4th ch from hook. Ch 4, SC in next ch 5 loop. Repeat from * around ending with sl st in first ch 5 loop.
Ch 7, SC in next ch 5 loop. Repeat from * around ending with ch 7, sl st in base of first ch 7. Fasten off.
Attach Lilac in any ch 7 space. *Ch 4, work 5 DTR in space. Ch 2, work 5 more DTR in sp. Ch 5, sl st in same space. Slip stitch in next space. Repeat from * around ending with sl st in first stitch.
Round 5 (Leaf Foundation Row)
Ch 7, slip stitch behind work in same place on next petal. Repeat from * around, ending with sl st in base of first ch 7. Fasten off.
Simple Flower #2
Ch 7, join with sl st to form ring.
*Ch 6, SC in ring. Repeat from * until you have 6 loops. End with ch 6, sl st in base of first ch 6.
Slip stitch into next loop. Ch 1, work 5 SC in loop. Slip stitch in same loop. Repeat from * around ending with slip st in first stitch.
*Ch 9, SC in stitch between next 2 petals. Repeat from * around. End with ch 9, join with sl st to base of first ch 9.
Slip st into next space. *Ch 4, work 5 DTR in space. Ch 4, work 5 more DTR in same space. Ch 5, sl st in same space. Slip stitch in next space. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st in first sl st. Fasten off.
*Ch 7, SC in between next two petals. Repeat from * around. Fasten off.
Attach deep pink in any ch 4 space. Ch 1, work 2 SC in space. *SC in each DTR then SC around the ch 5 working down left side of petal (creating a contrast border to petal). Sl st in the sl st between petals. SC in each of the ch 4. On the 4th chain, ch 1 and SC again in same st. SC in each DTR. Work (2 SC-ch 4-2 SC) in ch 4 space. Repeat from * around.
Making A Basic Leaf Attached To A Flower
As Shown In The Flowers Here
When I finished these flowers, I did an extra round at the end of ch 7, SC behind the next petal all the way around. This leaves me a foundation into which I can crochet my leaves later. You can attach thread to the back of any crocheted flower and do the same thing. Assuming that is what you have...
Basic Leaf Attached To Flower
(Assumes you have a ch 6-8 space to crochet into)
Work 12-14 DC into space - enough to fully fill but not overstuff space. Ch 2, turn.
DC in each stitch across. CH 3, turn.
TRC in first few stitches. Then DC in next st, HDC in next st, SC in next st, sl st in next stitch. Ch 3, TRC in next stitch and in remaining stitches across. Ch 2, SC in same stitch (corner). Working down leaf side of leaf, SC all the way down to leaf bottom. Slip stitch into next space to begin next leaf.
Freeforming It On The Leaves...
You can vary your leaf shape by varying the stitches in the last row! In the example shown here, I wanted two "dips" in the leaf edge so I did two sets of the stitch decreases followed by ch 3 and TRC in the next stitch in one, and ch 2 and DC in the next stitch in the other. If you want to go up a very small amount, you can do a ch 1 and SC or ch 2 and HDC in the stitch following the slip stitch.
Examples Of My Freeform FlowersClick thumbnail to view full-size
Mesh Connection Pattern
We will be crocheting into one of the leaf foundation ch-7 spaces on a flower, to start.
I am going to give a pattern that gives you a given number of blocks. You can easily add to or reduce the amount of meshes to create a wider or narrower mesh band.
Attach thread into ch-7 space (leaf foundation round) of any flower. Ch 3, work 2 DC in space. *Ch 3, work 3 DC in space. Ch 3, work 3 DC in next space. Ch 3, 3 DC in same space. Ch 3, DC in next space. Ch 2, turn.
Work 2 DC in space. *Ch 3, 3 DC in next space. Repeat from * across ending with 3 DC in last space. Ch 6, turn.
Skip first block, work 3 DC in next open space. *Ch 3, 3 DC in next space. Repeat from * across ending with ch 3, DC in last DC of 3-dc group. Ch 2, turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 for desired length. You will need to plan how much mesh you want between flowers. Don't fasten off your mesh between flowers. When you get to the desired length, just do your next row crocheted in pattern but incorporating the ch-7 leaf foundation space of the next flower in your crocheting to fasten it on.
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You may use different yarns such as scrap yarns or threads with good results! Just make sure to keep them similar in weight and thickness.
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A Note From Sheila...
Hi, I'm SheilaSchnauzies, also published as SheilaSparkles, and my life's passion is designing in Crochet! I also love to share gifts with friends, and this pattern is my gift to you! I give away about 95% of my pattern designs free. The other 5% are sold on my pattern store at Craftsy.com to benefit the vet expenses of my Miniature Schnauzer Rescue, Sheila's Schnauzies.
Just one little favor, please... I would appreciate it if you do not post this pattern anywhere on the Internet or in the 'real world.' Instead, you are most welcome to provide a link to this webpage.
I use a system I call the "Official Schnauzer Difficulty Rating" just for fun, to rate the difficulty of my patterns. If it's a 3/5 or more, I'll explain why I consider it more difficult. A few of my designs use techniques that are a bit unconventional! If it's one of those patterns, I'll warn you ahead of time. I do a lot of custom-fit patterns, for example. They are made to fit YOU, not a measurement from a chart. They're surprisingly easy to do and actually end up fitting. That's a good thing, yes?
So glad you found my patterns! I hope you really enjoy making whatever it is you're making! Crochet hugs, -Sheila
"Crochet thread is the ink with which I will sign my life." –SheilaSchnauzies