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Happy Flower Day [for no reason]!

 

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dotty flower

The dotty flower is a pattern by .  I just copied and pasted her pattern here for my own ease [with Jules’ kind authorization] … Please refer to her original pattern with photo tutorial. 

In order to make a pillow or blanket, Jules explains how to add 2 extra rows to transform the flowers into an hexagon.

4 mm hook, small quantities of 8ply/DK yarn in 3 colours.

Special instructions
2dc Cluster
Yo, insert hook in stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops ( 2 loops left on hook) , yo, insert hook in same stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (3 loops left on hook) , yo and pull through all loops on hook.
Petal Cluster
  • Step 1 – *Yo twice, insert hook into 2 ch space, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops, leave last loop on hook (2 loops on hook) * .
  • Repeat * to *  (3 loops on hook).
  • Step 2 – Yo 3 times, insert hook in skipped stitch of round 1, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops, leave last loop on hook  (4 loops on hook).
  • Repeat Step 1 into the same 2 ch space (6 loops on hook).
  • Step 3- Yo and pull through all loops on hook.
Pattern
Chain 4, slip stitch into 1st chain to form a ring.
  • Round 1: ch2 (does not count as a stitch), 12 dc into ring, slip stitch join to 1st dc, fasten off.
  • Round 2:  Join next colour to any stitch, ch2, make a 2dc cluster into same stitch, *ch2, skip 1 stitch, make a 2dc cluster in next stitch, * .  Repeat * to * 4 more times, to make 6 cluster, ending with 2ch and slip stitch join to 1st cluster. Fasten off.
  • Round 3: Join next colour to any 2ch space.  *Ch 4, make a petal cluster, ch 4, slip stitch into same 2 ch space, slip stitch into next 2ch space. *  Repeat * to * making 6 petals around the flower in the 2 ch spaces of previous round. Slip stitch into 1st space to join, fasten off and weave in all threads.

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Dotty Flower Hexagon
  • Background Rd 1 – Join background colour to top of any petal, Ch1,  *3sc in same stitch in top of petal,  5tr in stitch on top of  Round 2 dots*,    Repeat * to * 5 times,  slip stitch to 1st sc.
  • Background Round 2 – Ch1,  Make 1 sc in each stitch of previous round, except in the corners of the hexagon where you make 3 sc in the same stitch, ( this will be the middle stitch of 3sc in top of each petal).  Join with slip stitch to first sc. Bind off.

saskia’ shawl

From the moment she saw my shawl, she wanted one.  Dear daughter of mine.

She wanted grey so I purchased Cascade Yarns, 220 Superwash wool in Jet #1913.  I love that yarn … they have beautiful bold colors.  And better you can wash it at 40F.  Since mine was a bit too small, I made hers bigger: skeins resulting in a gr shawl.  I used a 4.5 mm hook.

The pattern?  ‘Margaret’s Hug’ Prayer / Healing Shawl’ that I just did a few weeks ago. Here is the link.

The edge …#52 of my ‘Around the Corner Crochet Borders’ book from Edie Eckman.  I made a row of single crochet, skipped the DC row and went for the last 2 rows.  It gives the shawl a girlie curl … just perfect.

And to make it all complete, I made a flower that I mounted on a very special safety-pin … the one from a kilt that Saskia received from her Bon-Papa when she was around 6 years old.  That kilt is long gone but I kept the safety-pin as a treasure and souvenir of my Daddy.

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christmas lights or any lights

Dedri, from lookwhatimade, posted a wonderful idea to personalize your little lights guirlande for the holidays – or any occasion for that matter.

Check her Flower Christmas Lights pattern.  Make sure to use LED lights (which don’t heat up), and push the flower behind the fitting, so it doesn’t touch the bulb.  And it would be smart also to not leave the lights on unattended…

Be aware that this pattern requests orthodontic rubber bands… the 1/8″ heavy duty ones. Dedri offers a link in her explanations.