Yarn: Fiddlesticks Superb 8 Hook: 3.5mm or the one that makes the hexagon look as you want it to look. Notions: Tapestry needle Tension Not crucial, as yarn quantity will vary
Ch – chain MR – Magic ring Dc – double crochet Tr – Treble Rnd – round Slst – slip stitch Sk – skip
Hexagons are joined as you go in the final round. To use up scrap yarn, make the flowers in different colours and keep the other rounds consistent
Beginning with magic ring and yellow yarn
Rnd 1 – work 11 dc into MR and pull to close, slst to first dc. Break yarn and sew in ends.
Rnd 2 – puff flower – (bright colour) join with a slst to any dc, ch3, in same space work (yo, insert hook, pull loop through, pull to hight of a treble) three times, repeat ( ..) in next dc, yo and pull through all loops on hook. [ Ch 3, slst into next dc, (yo, insert hook, pull loop through, pull to height of a treble) three times, repeat ( ..) in next dc, yo and pull through all loops on hook. ] repeat [ ] four more times for a total of 6 petals, finishing with 3 chs and slst into first dc. Break yarn and sew in ends.
Rnd 3 (pale green) join with a slst into the top of any petal, (ch4 and slst into top of next petal) repeat until each petal is worked and slst into join.
Rnd 4 Slst into 4ch loop, 1 ch (work 4 dc into 4ch loop, 3ch) repeat in each 4 ch loop, slst into first dc worked. Break yarn and sew in ends.
Rnd 5 (Dark Green) Join with a slst into any 3ch space. Ch3, 2tr, 3ch 3 tr into 3ch space, (sk dc, tr in next 2 dc, sk dc, 3tr, 3ch,3tr into next 3ch space) repeat until last 4dc, sk dc, tr into next 2dc, slst into top of starting chain.
Batching I work in ‘batches’ when making multiples of motifs. In this pattern –
- I started by making a pile of centres, (Rnd 1) and storing them in a plastic ziplock bag.
- I next worked the Puff stitch round (Rnd 2) onto my stored Rnd 1 pieces placing them into a second ziplock bag.
- Next I worked rnd 3 and 4 onto the Puff flowers and placed these into a third ziplock bag.
- Finally I joined the motifs in the third bag together while working Rnd 5. This I tend to do at home so I’m not carrying around a big project.
The advantage of working in batches:
- Less to carry around with you, very portable.
- Working on smaller pieces in summer, is cooler.
- It’s faster as you don’t need to swap between colours, as you are only working with one colour at a time.
To join as you go on Rnd5 Line up the motifs with backs together. Join in the 3ch spaces as they line up. Instead of working 3 chs on the motif you are joining, work (1ch, slst into the corresponding 3ch space and 1ch). When joining like this you may have 2, 3 or 5 joins to make. Distribute the flower colours being mindful of not having similar colours and tones next to each other