Tuesday, 6 September 2016
FLORAL WINDOW HANGING
Welcome back to the Sweet Nothings Crochet blog and thanks for joining me once again as we work on this new idea together. :)
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’ve made this pattern before as a window valance. You will also know that I do not really like to repeat patterns, so as I’m working on this one, there *must* be something different about it. This has been made for a friend who wanted individual flowers hanging off stems that she plans to use as a curtain. As we are presently enjoying Ganesh Chaturthi (the festival of our Indian elephant headed God), she has decided to decorate her room this way.
For the original pattern of the flower, do visit https://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2015/11/floral-window-valance.html
Then join me here to see what I’ve done differently.
Materials used : Today I’ve used up a lot of my stash of 4 ply acrylic with a 3.5 mm crochet hook
Difficulty level : Easy to Intermediate Skill level.
Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg
Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual dc row start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row. Do take a look at this self explanatory video at http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/ In case you are unhappy with this start, do continue with the usual ch 2 or ch 3 start. However, all instructions are given assuming that you’re using this chainless dc start.
How to do a single crochet spike stitch : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMcKEegH5mM
Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet ch : Chain
dc : Double crochet sp(s) : Space(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es) hk : Hook
lp : Loop(s) yo : Yarn Over
sk : Skip sc : Single crochet
As I mentioned before, for the original pattern of the flower, do visit https://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2015/11/floral-window-valance.html
As these are individual flowers hanging off a stem, I thought I’d change the last round a little bit to accentuate the flower and also to add a little weight to the free hanging floral stems.
So after you finish Round 5 (from the original pattern link), come back here to see what we’re doing with Round 6 as well as attaching the stem.
For the last round of our flower, I thought I’d accentuate it with another color change and a spike stitch.
A spike stitch or a long single crochet stitch is just a single crochet that you work one row below the row that you’re working on. This then becomes a longer single crochet stitch, and in our case, helps define the edge of the flower petal.
When done in a nice contrast coloured yarn, the petal edge is shown off nicely and it, I thought, added a neat edging to our already beautiful flower.
Round 6 : (With new colour) : sc in the 1st 7 dc ; *spike stitch in the sc of Round 5 ; sc in the next 7 dc* ; rep *to* all around, ending with a spike stitch in the last sc. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
I’ve decided to make these individual hanging flowers with a long stem, so before I fastened off the last colour, I’ve added my green yarn for the stem.
I’ve worked a little leaf every few stitches along the long stem and did all this in one continuous movement.
How to make a little leaf : (With green) : I’ve worked a row of chain and then worked back on that chain to make a leaf.
The leaf is worked over 3 ch. I worked 2 trc or triple crochet in the 3rd ch from hk ; 1 dc in the same 3rd ch from hk, and finally an sc in that same 3rd ch from hk.
This makes a total of 4 sts all in the 3rd ch from hk (2 trc + 1 dc + 1 sc).
It does not matter where you decide to make your little leaves – the pattern for the leaves is the same all the time. Once you work the last sc, the leaf sticks out on one side, and you are free to continue working the chain and building the stem upwards for the next leaf.
Below is an idea of how to go about making the stem.
Remember that you could (or rather should) increase / decrease the number of chain between leaves to make each stem look different.
I’d suggest that you work one stem with the numbers given below, just so you can get an idea of what I mean.. and then you go off your merry way and create your own stems.
Stem : (With green) : ch 20 ; *work in a leaf ; ch 15* ; rep *to* till the length of stem needed.
As each of these stems need to be hung off a rod of some sort, ensure that you measure that rod, and make a loop at the end of your stem, so that the stem can be easily strung on.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
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