Friday, August 26, 2011

Crochet a Flower Accent - free pattern

Flower Accent
by Mimi Alelis, copyright 2011
Attach this flower accent onto a button on your clothes or accessories. The center hole is oval-shaped  so the flower doesn't easily slip-off.   

Cotton thread, size 10
Crochet hook size 2mm
Finished Measurement: Approximately 1 3/4 inch in diameter, fits a button 1/2 inch or smaller
Note: Finished size will vary with yarn and hook used. Most any yarn can be used for this pattern.

Ch 8, join with sl st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, working in ring, 1 sc, 1 hdc, 4 dc, 1 hdc, 2 sc, 1 hdc, 4 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, sl st on the 1st sc. (16 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, (Ch 3, skip one st, sc on next st) repeat around, join. (8 ch-3 loops)
Rnd 3: [(Sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc) in ch-3 loop, sl st in sc] repeat around, join. (8 petals)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, still facing front, work the next stitches at the back of rnd 3 petals, (sc on the next available st from rnd 1, ch 5) repeat around, join. (8 ch-5 loops)
Rnd 5: (Sc, hdc, 5 dc, hdc, sc) in each ch-5 loop around, join. (8 petals)
Rnd 6: Ch 5, still facing front, work the next stitches at the back of rnd 5 petals, (skip one st, sc on the same st as the ch-3 loop from rnd 2, ch 5) repeat around, join. (8 ch-5 loops)
Rnd 7: Repeat rnd 5.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

(View pattern details and projects on Ravelry.)

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Breathing in Some Inspiration

A design isn’t finished until somebody is using it.
— Brenda Laurel

 I found this quote online and thought it relevant. Not that I'm complaining, but I can't seem to move on to other new designs until I'm actually done with what is out there hanging. I have a tunic top design I've finished and submitted months ago. I'm still waiting to hear from them.
Then I have three wearable designs that have already been accepted, but its taking too long to process...its all fine by me, but right now I hardly have time to crochet or start on a new design. So I'm really hoping that some of my previous work will materialize so hopefully things will remain current and interesting.
Meanwhile, I have been breathing in some inspiration... Once in a while, I would browse my books and magazines, and I'd browse online and see many items that I like. However, since I couldn't sit for long periods to immerse myself in a new design, I still haven't started anything yet :p

Yesterday I was in the mood to go to a nearby mall...fortunately, there's a Booksale store there so I looked for knitting or crochet books and magazines. These were the only ones available at a bargain price, and I got them all for a total of P105. (about $2.50)!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Crochet Flower Accent

Remember this crochet bracelet band?

...Now here's another way to wear it:

Add a crochet flower!
This pretty thread flower was made with a buttonhole. Its a versatile embellishment...that you can attach anywhere it fits ;)
Maybe add a touch of crochet to any of your buttoned tops:

Or, use your imagination to make the flowers in bright colors and attach to your kid's clothes, for an instant handmade accent.
Pattern in my next post.

Update: Pattern now available here.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Crochet a flower!

Whatever the occasion, be it happy or sad, the setting is not complete without flowers. I love fresh flowers, but unlike some of you, I don't have the inclination or patience to grow my own :p
My fondness for flowers can be seen in my crochet projects too. Thanks to Ravelry, I can take a look at any time and appreciate all the flower projects I've made so far. It isn't really that much, since I don't make them often enough; but some of it were gifted and I'd have forgotten about it if it weren't posted on Ravelry.
Some of it are my own designs, and some were based on patterns from other designers. Some have written patterns and some I made up without a pattern, like these projects which were inspired by projects from other sites:

Here are some of my flower designs, some have free patterns and some are available for sale.

I do believe, when all else fails, crochet a flower!
Here is my latest project:

Pattern coming soon...