Originally when I decided to try and attach some pretty flowers to my booties, I went to the library to search for some flower patterns. I found an entire book on crochet flowers, but surprisingly, none of them was quite what I wanted. So I started searching online. The technique for most that I liked was the same, but depending on the size and number of petals, and the type of stitches used, the look greatly varies. I experimented a lot and came up with what I think is the perfect little rosette to attach to my little baby booties:
And best of all, the pattern is included in today’s post!
I like to use fingering weight yarn, the stuff used for socks, and a c2 (2.75mm) size hook, for extra snug little stitches. You can really use any yarn and hook you like, but I think the fingering weight gives the petals a nice delicate look to the petals, and snug (a bit tight) stitches hold the whole shape together nicely.
Ok let’s get started….
1. Chain 27
2. Skip first 4 chains, sc in 5th ch from hook, and (ch2, skip 1ch, 1sc) across
3. Turn piece. (sc, ch1, 3dc, ch1, sc) in each ch2 space across (as well as the final ch 4 space).
4. That’s all of the crocheting. Finish off, leaving a long tail, and threading the tail through a needle (the tail will be used to sew it all together).
5. Now, holding the short beginning tail in your hand, begin to turn the piece to form your flower.
6. Last step, sew the petals together using your long tail and needle. Keep your stitches at the base of the petals, and start with the 2 outer layers. Stitch them in a few places around the flower. Then put the needle through the entire flower a few times in a few different areas to capture the inner petals as well.
Check to make sure everything is secure, and that’s it! A sweet little rose!
Here’s the pattern again, without all the images:
1. Ch 27
2. Skip first 4 ch, sc in 5th ch from hook, (ch2, skip 1 ch, sc) accross.
3. Turn piece, (sc, ch1, 3dc, ch1, sc) in each ch2 space accross, and also in ch4 space at the end.
4. Finish off, leaving a long tail, and threading tail through a needle.
5. Form flower by holding short beginning tail and turning the petals around.
6. Using the long tail, sew petals in place, beginning with outer 2 layers of petals, and finishing with a few stitches to hold all layers together.
This pattern can be adapted in all sorts of ways. Add extra chains to step one for additional petals. Use more chains and skip more stitches in step 2 and you can crochet larger petals in stage 3. There are many possibilities, I’ve had fun (and some frustration) exploring those possibilities myself.
One note if you decide to experiment: if you have a larger number of petals, it will be much better to ‘sew as you go’ rather than just sticking the needle through the center to attach the petals together. The flower will turn out prettier and more secure if you stitch every couple of petals as you wrap the petals around. I will show you exactly what I mean later when I add more flower patterns. Hopefully that will be before long!
That’s it for today. Let me know what you think!
My Flower Baby Ballet Flats are on sale now on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/JennOzkan
Bootie Patterns are hopefully soon to come to my Etsy shop, please let me know if you would be interested in that as well.