Friday, 17 May 2013

Flower Edging Tutorial

Hopefully this tutorial is easy to follow and understand, it's my first one so I apologise if it's not very good! I've tried to keep it as simple and easy to understand as I can with lots of photo's!

First you will need a daisy pattern, any 5 petal daisy pattern that has 5 tr's (UK)/ dc's (US) in the petal will work for this tutorial (you could even make your own up!) The daisy in my blanket is not my own pattern so I cannot give you that pattern, if you would like it (and regularly purchase or in the future wish to purchase), it is from the Mollie Makes magazine issue number 24 (look for the daisy flowers garland, it's the smallest flower). I will add my own little daisy pattern on a different page!
Daisy pattern here!

Ok on to the nitty gritty!

Once you have finished your blanket or whichever project it is you are going to attach flowers to (I have no idea if this will work on anything circular, I may try at some point in the future and adjust accordingly), you will need to edge it, doesn't matter if you edge it in dc's (UK)/ sc's (US) or tr's (UK)/ dc's (US), just as long as you have a edging!

The flowers are attached using 8 stitches each, so multiples of 8 are needed so please, please. please count your edging stitches because if you count wrong it will be a bit of a nightmare to undo all the flowers you have just attached! please note the 3 corner stitches are not counted.

After counting your edging stitches and working out how many flowers you will need, make all the centres for however many flowers are needed (much easier to get them all done and ready).
Take your first flower centre and join your new colour yarn, tip I learnt with this type of flower, don't join your new yarn in the slip stitch from previous round, start in the stitch behind it (photo to show you below)

You will then skip the slip stitch from the previous round, (it hides the bulky bit!) and start in the stitch shown with the cable needle.
Make your first tr (UK)/dc (US) stitch in the stitch marked with cable needle.

In same stitch make the 2nd tr (UK)/dc (US)

You will now start attaching the flower to your blanket/project.

To begin do not count the 3 corner stitches, count from the next stitch along as shown above.

Count 8 stitches and place a marker, this is where the first petal will be attached to the edging.

Turn work upside down to work (or sideways, whichever is most comfortable to you), insert hook in the stitch you left a marker in (8th stitch). Make the 3rd tr (UK)/dc (US) as shown below, making sure you pull the yarn through both loops and the edging stitch (it's a little fiddly)

You still with me?! Good!
Into the stitch directly next to the one you just did, insert hook.

Make the 4th tr (UK)/ dc (US) into same stitch on the flower round. Then make the 5th tr (UK)/ dc (US) as normal.

Once you have done the slip stitch we are attaching the next petal, so skip 2 stitches.

Make 2 tr's (UK)/ dc's (US) in next stitch on flower round and then insert hook into 3rd stitch from first petal on the edging as shown above. Make tr (UK)/ dc (US), insert hook into next stitch on edging and make a tr (UK)/ dc (US), make another tr (UK)/ dc (US) to complete petal and slip stitch into next stitch on flower round.

Follow flower pattern to complete the first flower.

Now grab your 2nd flower inner to begin the next one.

Count 8 stitches from the first flower as shown above, place marker. Attach the 2 petals in the same way as the first flower.

When you have finished attaching the 2nd petal, slip stitch like before then make the 2 tr's (UK)/ dc's (US) to start the 3rd petal.

Insert hook into the 2nd tr (UK)/ dc (US) of the first flowers (free) petal as shown above with cable needle, make a tr (UK)/ dc (US), make 2 more tr's (UK)/ dc's (US) to complete the petal, continue with flower pattern.

Ta-dah! two daisies attached, continue attaching more daisies the same way as flower two till you reach the end of your edge, then start from flower one for each side. For the corners I just added one flower on it's own.
I hope I explained it well enough to follow, enjoy the daisy edge!
Oh and please do share your finished blankets, I would love to see them :)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for showing us this technique. I will try it on my next crochet blanket project!