Daffodil

Okay, so I’m trying my hand at making my own patterns. I wanted a daffodil since it’s spring. Tell me what you guys think: does it look like a daffodil, are the instructions easy to follow? Once I’ve got the instructions down so that others can understand them I’ll post it on Ravelry. I do not wish to share it on Ravelry until I’m confident others can understand the pattern.

SAM_0150The one on the top was my 1st attempt but I was told it wasn’t daffodil enough. The one on the bottom was my 2nd attempt. You can’t tell in this picture but the middle portion is longer.

Material:

Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Thread, Size 10, each ball approx 350yd/320m (cotton)

Steel hook – 1.15 or appropriate size for gauge

Gauge:

Size 10 thread and 1.15 hook yields approx 4”.

Packing Cord: PC

Take the end of the thread and measure it out from the tip of your middle finger to roughly the center of your inner elbow then double it and cut. When attaching the PC slip the folded part over your hook and work through the ‘loop’ as if it’s part of the one already on your hook. Make 3 PC’s.

When crocheting over a PC hold the cord on top of the previous stitches while you crochet. You crochet around the cord as if it’s the top of the stitches under it. This adds firmness to the edges helping it to retain shape.

Center:

Ch 4, join with ss into a ring.

Round 1: Add PC, ch 1, Sc 6 into ring, ss into Ch 1, gently tug the PC at the end of each round to acquire the correct shape.

Round 2: Ch 3, working in the front strand of each st: dc 1 in st below, dc 2 in each of next 6 sc, ss in 3rd ch of ch 3. 12 sts.

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in every dc. Fasten off. Weave in ends using hook.

Petals:

Working over the PC join in a ss of 1st round. Sc in the back strand of each st of the first round of the center of your flower ss into 1st sc.

Round 1: ch 4, ss into base st, ch 4 ss into next st, continue until last st. Ss into base of 1st ch 4. Drop packing cord, but do not cut!

1st Petal:* 6 sc in 1st ch 4 loop

Ch 4, turn,  Ss into every 2nd sc. Make 3 ch 4 loops.

Ch 4, turn  and increase to 5 loops by making 2 loops in the middle loop.

Continue with 5 loops for 4 more rows ending on front left row

Start decreasing by ch 2 into 1st loop, instead of ch 4, then continue as normal for row until last loop. Continue decreasing until only 2 loops remain.

Make a ch 5 for final loop**

Ch 2 and ss. Repeat this down the side of the petal till you’re back at the opposite side of the petal than the PC is.

Repeat from * to ** finishing last petal back at where you dropped the PC. Making 6 petals in all.

Picking up the PC again sc around the edge of the petals; approximately 2 sc per loop.

On the top loop of the petals sc 2, ch 3 in the center ch of loop ss into base making a picot, sc in last two loops. Continue down the side as previous.

Do this for all 6 petals.

Bind off when done and clip any left over PC and weave in ends using your hook.

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About Marcia Young

I’m the wife of an active duty Army NCO and the mother of one, home schooled, special needs child. I have won several people’s choice awards for my fanfiction under the moniker MLMonty. All of my current published works can be found via Smashwords and other retailers under my nom de plume Marcia Young. I am currently open to finding a new literary agent and publisher.
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