Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Crochet Daffodil

Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of Amjaylou designed crocheted daffodils
Spring is thankfully here in the North at last, and what better way to welcome in this wonderful season than by hooking up some cute crochet daffodils!  They are high on my list of floral favourites so I just had to design my very own pattern for them.
My crochet daffodil is simple to make and because they are made in one continuous round there is no added hassle of sewing each individual piece together at the end. If you are making an all yellow daffodil - the trumpet section just carries on in rounds without the need to fasten off from the petal section.
It's been hard work in designing an easy pattern to create a realistic looking daffodil. I've tried to keep the design true to the actual layout of the petals, so each one alternates from sitting at the front of or behind the next one.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of Adriafil yarn
My choice of yarn for this project is a fine mercerised crochet cotton by Adriafil (orange and yellow) and Anchor (white and cream) worked on a 1.5mm hook. I really like the smaller daffodil this yarn produces, it measures 3 inches or 7.5cm across, and the stitch definition is neat and clear. Plus I didn't need to block the work afterwards - an absolute time and labour saving bonus! Of course, you can use any type of yarn you prefer, but you may have to block the work at the end.

This comprehensive tutorial includes detailed instructions with lots of photos to help guide you along the way - so is especially useful for those of you who may be new to crochet.

(written in U.K. crochet terms).

ch - chain. 
sl st - slip stitch
dc - double crochet (U.S. terms sc - single crochet).
Htr - half treble (U.S. hdc - half double crochet).  
tr - treble (U.S. dc - double crochet)

To start 
Ch 4, sl st into the 1st ch made to form a ring (just remember to crochet over the tail end and pull it tight to close the centre hole). 

Round 1
Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr). Make 11 tr's into the centre of the ring. Sl st into 3rd ch of initial ch-3. (12 sts).

Round 2
Ch 1. Working in back loops only make two dc in each loop around. Sl st into 1st dc - see photo below. (24 sts)

Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of round 1 & 2
Petals - Round 1
*Ch 7. Starting in 2nd ch from hook work a dc, work a htr in the next, and 1 tr in the next four chains. (6 sts). Sl st in the 3rd st along from round 2 (see photo below - I've made the st loose so you can see where the sl st goes). Sl st in next st *. Work * to * till all six petals made, omit the last sl st in last st.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of crochet petals

Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of 1st stage of petals complete
You should now have something resembling a starfish.

Petals - Round 2
Turn the work so that the reverse side (wrong side) is facing you. Now you will be making the same sts as those along side the ones you made in round 1. 
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of wrong side of work Worked the first tr on reverse side of petal.
Ch 1, work 1 tr in the next 4 sts, htr in the next, dc in the last (6 sts), make a picot point (ch 2, sl st in 1st ch made), sl st into same st as the dc to secure the picot point. Now you will be working in the loops down the other side of the petal to complete it (6 sts)  - see photo below.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of crocheting petal
Dc in the first loop, htr in the next, 1 tr in the next 4 sts (6 sts). Sl st into one of the sts from Round 2 behind the next petal (see photo below).
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of securing the completed petal into previous round
 Sl st into the sl st made from the first round of petal work - see photo below.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of position of slip stitch
Ch 1 and continue on around the next petal using the same st pattern as the first. But this time secure with a sl st in front of the next petal. Ch 1 before making a sl st into sl st from previous round of petal work.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of securing the next petal
Continue around in this way where each petal alternates from sitting in front of or behind the next one. Your last petal should finish at the front. If you are continuing on with the same colour then make a sl st into the nearest loop made from the initial two rounds in the centre - see photo below.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of starting trumpet section
If you are changing colour for the trumpet section then you should have finished with a sl st in front of the next petal to secure, then fasten off. Attach yarn to hook with a slip knot, sl st into any loop, ch 1 and dc in same st, make a dc in each loop around - 12 dc's in total.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of loops for trumpet section
Sl st into 1st dc, ch 1 - this ch 1 acts as your st marker. Continue around making 12 dc's on each row. I crocheted four rows, but you can do as many as you like depending on the thickness of your yarn.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of 1st trumpet row complete
After you have completed your final row of dc's, sl st, and ch1, in same st make a *dc, htr, ch 3*. This final row will give your daffodil it's frilly edge.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of stitches for frilly daffodil edge
Work * to * another 11 times, sl st into 1st ch made. Fasten off weave in trumpet tail ends.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of frilly edge complete
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of making daffodil stamens
With the long tail ends from your petal section thread them onto an embroidery needle and bring them through the hole in the middle to the front of the daffodil. Pop the needle back through the centre hole till the yarn fits snugly around your finger like a ring, or you could use a chunky pen or anything to hand that will stop it going all the way back through the hole.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of loops in centre of flower
Knot it tightly on the reverse to secure, then weave in the ends.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of finishing off tail ends
Snip the yarn to the desired length to make the four stamens. That's all there is to it! Then you can have fun making them in a variety of colours...
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of four different coloured daffodils
Here's my collection of daff's looking pretty and suitably stored in my yarn bombed basket...
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of Amjaylou's crochet daffodils
Do you remember my Autumn wreath? Well I'm going to take all the autumn crochet off  and put my daffodils on there with maybe some other spring themed crochet - I haven't decided yet. I'll be sure to let you know how I get on with it.

I've also made two of them into brooches and attached them to a hand made birthday card. A simple great idea to combine a card and gift in one. I think they would look very appropriate on a home made Easter card too.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of crochet daffodil brooches on a home made birthday card
They really are lovely and simple to make, and once you've made your first one, you'll want to make a whole bouquet of them!

I Daffodils!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

A Rainbow Crochet Mandala for Mum

image of crochet mandala
Wow have I had a colourful crochet time lately! I've had so much fun playing around with the different colour combinations of yarn (Drops Paris Cotton) to make my mandalas. I've loved mixing the vibrant shades with the more subtle ones to see how it will all work out. Working on each one has been like creating a personal piece of art work every time... a little piece of happy.
image of crochet mandala using rainbow colours
My mum came to visit last Sunday, and it was while I was busy creating my Californian inspired mandala that she commented on how much she loved what I was making and loved the colour work in my vibrant Spring Mandala (above photo). So I made her the brightest most cheerful one I could come up with for Mother's Day.

I love turquoise and red together - it's just one of my favourite colour combinations, and with that orange next to it...POW! I hadn't intentionally set out to create a rainbow mandala, but with the yellow it does look quite well...rainbow-y. 

I don't quite know where she is going to put it. It's not quite in keeping with the colours of her living room, but I've just had a light bulb moment... I'm going to put it in a pure white picture frame so she can hang it on the wall! This will be the perfect way to preserve the look of the yarn and freshness of the colours...a happy colouful yarny piece of art work.
image of colourful crochet mandalas
Colour me HAPPY!!

I looked to Pinterest (again!) for some colour inspiration and found the most wonderful colour work through Melody Johnsons quilt work. She has a blog called Fibermania - her work is just eye poppingly stunning. Every one of her quilts is a masterpiece.

You can see my first two mandalas on this recent post, and my Californian inspired one on this post.
All the information about the patterns and yarn can be found there.
I had planned on this one being my last for the time being, but now I'll just have to get busy again - I want a framed mandala on my wall!!

I'll be linking up and joining the mandala party with Chrissie and Hannapat - where I'm sure you'll find many a mandala to inspire you there. 

Enjoy your weekend folks.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

California Dreamin' Crochet Mandala

image of crochet mandala using Californian inspired colours
There's a bit of a Mand-a-rama going on in blog land at the moment. To say they're addictive is an understatement! I've made two already which you can see and read all about on this recent post. This one above is my third...and I've just completed my fourth! (I've also got a half one, but had to stop as I didn't like my choice of colours). The fourth one is going to my mum - which I will show you later on in the week.

The free pattern for this fab mandala can be found over at Da's Crochet Connection blog - a lovely lady from sunny California. Although very apt, this isn't the reason for my Californian inspired mandala. This mandala will be living in California - I'll be sending this one out tomorrow to a very special lady...I just hope she likes it! 
This pattern worked out just perfect in representing all that is Californian - the greenery, the flowers, the sun, the beaches, the ocean, the lakes - all encompassed in this one piece of work.  It's a dream of mine to visit there one day, so with no photo's of my own I had to do all my research on Pinterest (which wasn't difficult as I'd already started a Californian pinterest board a few weeks earlier). Here are a few pins which have inspired my colour choice...
Seaside floral carpet, Monterey, CaliforniaThe secret stairs of LA are a little known attraction of Southern California. these beautiful abandoned stairways were used by housewives back in the day, but not just provide a beautiful backdrop and capture California's beautiful scenery and weather.
The picture on the left is the floral carpet beach at Monterey. I want to be lying there reading a book one day!!
 So the flower in the centre had to be this vibrant cerise pink with a touch of purple.
image of californian inspired crochet mandala
The yellow rows represent the sunny climate and the pointed sections are the sun's rays. The blue and turquoise wavy section represents the ocean and lakes. More dreamy pics...

 White sand beach at Carmel by the Sea
Winter Day, Lake Tahoe, California
I love Pinterest! It's very addictive and I spend far too much of my crafting time on there. A quick five minute shufty can easily turn into an hour. I'm sure I'm not the only one guilty of doing this?!
While I'm on the subject  - do any of you know about the pretty beach at Fort Bragg? I was completely amazed when I saw this...
Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California. This is amazing! 
Look at all that beautiful coloured sea glass! You can find out the story behind all that glass being there on this news article.

I'll be linking up my mandala work this week with chrissie crafts and cosmos and cotton blog, where I'm pretty sure you're going to see some delights!