Back again! Day 3 of the Year Round Wreath Knit Along brings us to our last tutorials. Today we will work on our flowers for the edge of the wreath. They are crochet flowers but if you know the basics of crochet they are fun to make! Let's get started.
Start with a slip knot just like in knitting.
Wrap the yarn around the back of the hook.
Rotate the hook and pull the loop through.
Repeat these two steps of wrapping the hook and pulling it through 41 more times to create a chain. This is the foundation chain.
Make sure to keep the chain a bit loose because that makes your next row easier.
Count back to the fourth chain from the hook. Now we're going to make a double crochet or dc. To start a dc wrap the yarn over the hook.
Insert the hook through the 4th chain from the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook again so you have four loops on the hook.
Pull the loop through the chain loop.
Wrap the yarn again and pull through the remaining loops on the hook.
We'll repeat those steps for ever double crochet stitch in the flower so here's the instructions all in one place.
To dc: Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook, draw up a loop, wrap the yarn and draw through two loops, wrap the yarn and draw through two loops.
Now we start the repeat pattern across the row. It states *ch 1, 1 dc in next ch.*
That means, chain one by simply wrapping the yarn and pulling a loop then work one double crochet in the next chain on the foundation chain.
And this is what you get! Notice how the bottom edges of the stitches are slightly closer together than the tops.
And here's what our first row looks like! One stitch in each foundation chain.
Row 2 begins with ch 1 and TURN. That means we will flip the work over and head back the other direction.
We are looking for the ch-1 spaces that we made on the first row; it's this big hole.
Now to make the petals! The Petal Stitch is a cluster of single and double crochets.
We'll work: 1 single crochet, chain 1, 5 double crochets, chain 1, 1 single crochet.
A single crochet, or sc, is half the height of a dc. Simply insert the hook, draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through two. That's a single crochet!
Then you chain one, work 5 dc, chain one again and work another single crochet. All of these stitches are worked into that same big hole called the ch-1 space. This makes the arch that is the petal.
In between each petal we will work a single crochet into the ch-1 space.
Then we work a petal in the third ch-1 space. Alternate these two actions across your row.
And as we make it across the row we'll have petals with valleys in between. This helps give the flower a bit of an irregular look. When you get to the end of the row, cut the yarn leaving a 12" tail and finish off.
And there we go! hehe. Not quite, but that's all the crochet for one flower.
Now we will spiral the petals around the chain to form the flower.
Work the flower into a rosette.
Flip the flower to the wrong side, thread the darning needle with the long tail and stitch through the foundation chain to secure all the pieces.
Stitch to hold it together.
Woohoo! Flower made! Now we just need two more.
Stitch the flowers on the the wreath and secure the ends.
And there we have it! Come back on Tuesday and we'll show off our finished wreathes! Send me your finished photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on Ravelry.
Tag your projects with #YearRoundKAL and we'll all stay in touch. Have fun!