Friday, 1 January 2016

A DELICATE 3-D FLOWER KEYCHAIN


A DELICATE 3-D FLOWER KEYCHAIN

We always need a quick gift for that sudden visitor – or that young child who has done a lovely deed that you want to acknowledge.  
I always find that a homemade , recycled or a handmade gift works best and expresses more love than a store bought one.. But then, that could just be me J

As we start with this first simple pattern in this new year, let me take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year.. Happy  Crafting in 2016.

I saw this picture on a Pinterest page and thought this would look lovely in 3-D.  The 3-D only means that we’re going to make two halves to this lovely flower and stuff the two halves.

Difficulty level : Easy to Intermediate crochet skills

Materials used : Today I’ve used our Indian polyester metallic yarn,  with a 3.5 mm crochet hook ; and some stuffing

This yarn is similar to a 4-ply, light fingering yarn.
If using cotton, I’d say we can get a great project with our Indian Laura knitting cotton and a 3.5 mm crochet hook.  Anchor knitting cotton will also work, though it’s a little thinner yarn, so I’d suggest a 3 mm crochet hook.

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 hdc : Half double crochet
ch : chain                                                                                     ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                                     rep : Repeat

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Foundation half double crochet : A really lovely way to start a foundation row of chainless double crochet.  This unique way of starting makes your project even .. http://www.mooglyblog.com/standing-half-double-crochet/.
If you do not like this start, do start with a ch 2 that will count as your first hdc.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using a Chainless /Foundation hdc start.
  
Pattern Instructions : Using U.S terminology

So we start with a lovely magic circle and then make the petals. It’s just a quick four-round creation.  We will then make another one of these and attach them together, (stuffing it inside, if needed) to give us the lovely 3D effect.  
If you wish to have the centre a little more defined (as against puffed up), then you could pass a bead through the centre, thus blinging it up and holding that centre down as well. 
I’ve decided to do the centre of the flower in one colour, and the petals in another one.  This is purely optional and does not change the pattern at all.  I will, therefore, indicate colour change, but it’s totally up to you.

Easy enough.. let’s get to it.

Start (with color for centre of flower) : with a magic circle and 10 sc in that circle.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.  Pull lightly to close the circle.

Now to join this to the keychain, I’ve opted to make a chain of 15 sc, pass my thread through the chain link of the keychain, and then make another 15 sc back to the centre of the flower.

We will now work back around the flower.

Attach the second colour if desired.

Round 1 : (with color for centre of flower) : 2 sc in the 1st fsc and in each fsc till end .  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 : (with color for centre of flower) : sc in the 1st sc ; 
(ch 2, sk next sc, sc in the next sc) ; rep (to) till end.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 3 : sl-st in the 1st ch-2 sp ; sc in the same ch-2 sp ; ch 7, sl-st in the sc ; 
(sc in the next ch-2 sp ; sc in the same ch-2 sp ; ch 7, sl-st in the sc) ; 
rep (to) in each ch-2 sp all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 4 : sl-st into the 1st ch-7 sp ; 
*(sc ; 2 hdc ; 3 dc ; 1 trc ; 3 dc ; 2 hdc ; sc) all in the 1st ch-7 sp ; sl-st in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

We’ve completed the flower.  Now what I’ve done is make the same flower once more, and then join the petals of both the flowers together.
Now as I’ve used this lovely purse yarn, I’ve managed to get it all neat and puffy without any stuffing.  However, you could add in the stuffing in each petal and centre bit, if needed, as you are joining both of the petal ends.

Remember that we’ve made a long 15-ch yellow chain right after that first round. Now ensure when attaching the flower petals, that the chain hangs out free (as shown in the picture below).


Our lovely flower key chain is all ready to gift. 


Change the color of the centre, or the petals, and you have delightful new combinations.  Change the petal colours on each side, and you will get a 2-in-1, 3D flower key chain.
Go ahead, have fun.. and do share it with me when you have finished your super projects.

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