I'm sorry that it has been a while since my last post, but I've had some technical gremlins here that have kept me off-line! It's been wet, wet, wet here for so long that I've forgotten the last completely dry day we've had – mainly miserable rain, but mixed with some snow for the last few days. Not pleasant to be out in, but the perfect excuse to stay by the fire and crochet!
I'm still bobbling along, but the rounds seem to take an age to complete now, so I can only manage one or two rounds at a time...
Of course, my itchy fingers have needed something smaller and quicker to create between marathon rounds so some experimenting was in order. I have what can only be described as an obsession with floral motifs, particularly daisies, plus as you will know by now a real love of bobbles,and as I fancied a new hexagon motif the Puffed Daisy Hexagon took shape; instructions below.
Puffed Daisy Hexagon - FOR A PRINTABLE PDF OF THE PATTERN CLICK HERE.
These instructions use American crochet terms.
Hook – 4.5 mm
Oddments of dk yarn – obviously these can be made with any weight of yarn, just adjust the hook size to suit.
st - stitch
ch – chain stitch
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
tr – treble crochet
Ch 4, join with a sl st into a ring.
Row 1 – ch 3, work 11 dc into ring. Join with a sl st to top of ch 3.
Row 2 – work all stitches into the back loops – ch 4, *4 tr in next st, now make a bobble with these 4 tr by dropping loop, push hook through top loops of 1st tr st from front to back, catch loop at top of 4th tr and pull it through, ch 4, sl st in next st, ch 4 – repeat around the circle finishing with a ch 4 and sl st into the same st as the 1st st was worked from.
(Dear me that sounds complicated, I hope you can understand my rubbish pattern speak – basically you should now have 6 bobble petals around, each one with 4 chains each side fastened to row one with a sl st).
Row 3 – join new colour into top of a bobble, *Working over the sl st of row 2, (work 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr) join to top of next bobble with sl st – repeat from * around.
Now row 4 can be finished in 2 ways depending on whether you want to join as you go or sew together afterwards.
So to sew motifs together afterwards – Row 4 – ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and 2 ch), dc into same st, *dc in next 5 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) into top of next bobble – rep from * around, finishing with dc in next 5 sts and joining with a sl st to 3rd ch of original st. Fasten off.
To join motifs as you go – Row 4 - ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and 2 ch), dc into same st, *dc in next 2 sts, ch 1, miss 1 st, dc in next 2 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) into top of next bobble – rep from * around, finishing with dc in next 2 sts, ch 1, miss 1 st, dc in next 2 sts and joining with a sl st to 3rd ch of original st. Fasten off.
I despair when I read my patterns; if any of you manage to decipher it/them you deserve a medal!
Anyway, I'm obsessed with these at the moment, so enough typing, I'm getting back to bobbling. If I don't post again before Christmas, Happy Christmas and a happy, healthy and creative New Year to you all. A big thank you also to those that have left such lovely comments, I do appreciate them and because of my technical problems I have been unable to reply before now, so until I do it personally thank you very much!