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Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday's How To: Free Sunburst Flower Crochet Pattern

On Wednesday in my ramblings about the custom pearl choker I just finished, I promised you the pattern for the little flowers I came up with as a side project.  Today, I deliver!  These work up in just a few minutes (only 2 rounds of crochet) and you could use them as appliques and on headbands and hairclips and in jewelry and all kinds of things.  Enjoy!

Little Sunburst Flowers

Materials:
I used Aunt Lydia's Classic Size 10 crochet thread, but almost anything will do
Crochet hook appropriate to yarn weight

Gauge:
 Gauge doesn't really matter, but if there's a specific size you want, try making one and then go up or down a hook size or two to make it bigger or smaller.

Stitch Explanation: 

Tr3tog- Treble (triple) crochet 3 together- *Yarn over twice, insert hook into ring, yarn over, draw up loop.  [Yarn over, draw through 2 loops] twice*  Repeat 2 more times.  Yarn over, draw through all 6 loops on the hook.  Cluster made.
Tr2tog- Same as above but repeat only 1 time instead of 2.

Instructions:
Ch 8.  Sl st in 1st ch to form ring

Round 1: Sc in ring, ch 3; tr2tog (counts as first cluster) in ring, ch 3.  *tr3tog, ch 3* 7 times (8 clusters in all).  Sl st in top of 1st cluster.
Round 2: [*Sc, 3 dc, sc* in next ch 3 sp] 8 times.  Sl st in 1st sc, fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Note:  For an even smaller flower, I used only 6 chains for the starting ring, double crochets instead of treble crochets in the clusters, and I only made 6 clusters.

Abbreviations:
ch= chain
sc= single crochet
dc= double crochet
tr= treble (triple) crochet
sl st= slip stitch



That's it!  I love how easy they are.  This pattern is ClockQuirks' intellectual property so please give credit if you blog about it, but you may do what you like with the finished product, including sell them.  If you decide to try it, I would love for you to post a link to your blog or a picture in the comments!

Happy hooking, everyone!  May your yarn stash be heavy and your crochet hook light.  ~Ellie, Maitresse de Crochet

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