Making the Blossom Hair Clips: Interweave Crochet Spring 2013

Mar 25, 2013

 

In the Spring 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet, you'll find some desperately cute little flowers designed by Karen Hooton. These fancy thread blooms can be used to adorn tresses or dresses—we show them both ways in the issue.

These blooms are worked using a broomstick technique to create a large enough space to crochet the petals. There are a few options for creating these loops—the one employed by the designer involved the use of several double-pointed knitting needles. Not all crocheters have an extensive supply of knitting needles, so here I show you an option using your larger crochet hooks. Rather than keeping the loops on the larger crochet hook, we'll scoot them off onto stitch markers in groups of three, so they're all ready for crocheting the blooms.

Note: For this flower, I used Nazli Gelin Garden 10 metallic in Magenta with Magenta metallic and a size 8 / 1.5 mm steel hook. The broomstick hook is Addi size 9 mm.

 

First, create the base of the flower following the pattern. When you're done, it looks something like a butterfly yo-yo.
Flip the back rows of sc up and you will see four bases, one for each layer of petals.
To create the petals, begin by drawing up loops in each stitch on each round of the base, one layer at a time. I used a 9mm crochet hook* to hold the loops.

Draw up 12 loops, working right to left.

*I do love this Addi hook! Look at the glitter in it! And the plastic is perfect for holding the loops without snagging. Aluminum will also work, but bamboo might be trouble.

Slide the 12 loops to the far end of the larger crochet hook.* Put groups of three loops onto stitch markers. I used the Clover locking stitch markers; they look like little diaper pins and they work for just about every stitch-marking/ -holding occasion.

Leave three loops on the big hook to maintain the large loopiness as you pick up more loops.

*What's that metal doohicky at the other end, you ask? This hook is part of the Addi Click Hook Set for Tunisian crochet; this is the end that hooks into the cable

Continue around this first round, picking up nine loops at a time, then sliding nine loops off the other end onto stitch markers in groups of three. At the end, you will have an octopus-looking thing.
Begin crocheting the petal stitches. I am working Petal Option 4: Full Petals with picots. I leave the stitch marker in the loops until I'm about halfway done--it provides a good "handle" for keeping the loops open while working the stitches.

When you are done with one petal, move right on to the next.

Keep on working in the 3-loop clusters until you reach the end of the round.

The observant among you will note that I have nine petals here instead of the designated eight petals. This is a fine time to remind you to count your stitches at the end of each base round to ensure that you have the correct count. Otherwise, you may inadvertently add stitches and end up with three more than necessary and thus add an extra petal, which, you will likely agree, is one too many for a pretty bloom.

You, of course, will have eight petals at the end of this round. So you can then proceed to the next base, pulling up loops and sliding them onto stitch holders as described above.

(I, meanwhile, will be having a little weep before I pick up thread and hook again.)

Continuing in the tradition of making mistakes so you don't have to.

Happy crocheting!
Marcy


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Dedi615 wrote
on Oct 27, 2014 10:05 PM

Dear Marcy -

I love this pattern but it's killing me!  The directions are impossibly vague and there are no illustrations to help. I have been crocheting for years and enjoy the challenge of new patterns, but adjustable rings and free loops are not common and the directions assumed the reader was familiar with these stiches.

I had to go online to learn how to make an adjustable ring, which was easy enough, but the free loops?  The online postings explaining free loops refer only to foundation chains so they were not helpful.  Your post is good regarding the second stage of crocheting the petals, but I'm still stuck on the base.  Are the free loops the "front loops" of the single stiches?  If so, these are easy to find on the RS, but what are they when working on the WS?  Another example of poor writing occurs at "Rnds 2-3: do I turn it over after completing Rnd 2 or after completing Rnd 3?  If it's RS all the way through Rnd 3, what are the free loops am I working in on Rnd 4 and later, when working Rnd 7, , what are free loops I'm looking for in Rnd 5?  

If you can help out, I'd appreciate it, as I hate to give up on a challenge -- but frankly, this may be the last time I purchase a crochet pattern sight unseen.  

Thanks,

Dedi