these japanese flowers are sooo fun to make. i really love to combine bright colors, but of course you can create a flower with one single color. and especially if you are not too sure about changing colors, go ahead and make a few in the same color. exercise. tee hee. no gym necessary. it's all about repetition.
let's roll! grab your hook and some yarn and here we GO.
and then make a ring: simply slip stitch in the first stitch of your chain. the one on the bottom. insert your hook like i did.
after forming the ring: chain 4 (that is actually COUNTED as 1 double crochet followed by 1 single crochet).
we are going to make the first round of the flower. for this we are going to work INTO the ring. that means as much as simply put your hook in the center of your ring. INTO the ring. yes. it's that simple. so yarn over,
and put your hook INTO the ring, like i did in the picture above. you maybe need to turn your screen to the left, cause i didn't rotate this picture. but with your uber-imagination-skills that won't be a problem, right?! yarn over again, and finish the double crochet.
after each double crochet (into the ring) you follow with 1 chain.
going round and round
in total you make sure you'll have 12 double crochets (DO COUNT the first chain 4 as 1 double crochet!).
when you have 12 double crochets (please count!!), then attach with a slip stitch on the top of your first double crochet (so that's actually the chain 4 (=COUNT AS a double crochet + 1 single crochet). still following me?
it looks like this. the first always has a bigger space. but just wiggle with your fingers, so the spaces are equally divided.
ahhhh, Ruben wanted to show his postcard with balloons when i was taking pictures of my progress. he's cute right? so here you go, somewhat of a postcard hold into my lens. sweet.
Next round. start with chain 5 (and this counts also as a first double crochet followed by 2 single crochets).
now this is going to be tricky to explain. you are going to make double crochets in the open spaces you just made in your first round. but remember: it's a double crochet, so yarn over first.
keep following with: double crochet, chain 2 in the next open space, double crochet, chain 2 in the next open space. and on and on and on.
when you continue this around, make sure you have 12 open spaces (or double crochets).
remember: you can first make flowers in 1 color. if you are ready: go ahead, change colors. circus, happy! insert your hook into the top of the chain 3 you made in the beginning of this round. if you use 1 color finish the slip stitch, but if you want to use another color, than finish the slip stitch with the next color.
always finish the LAST stitch with the NEW color, like the picture above shows. i simply cut off the yellow (leave enough yarn to work in the end later on!)
Round 3: chain 3 (i had this song in my head, so why not put it in your head too, right? let's all dance, play & sing along).
and this is where i try to work in my ends of yarn.
this picture above shows the back of my work. you can see the 2 ends of yarn? it's the cut off yellow and the new orange yarn. try to line those up on top of your crochet work, so if you turn it around and start crocheting, you work it in. this SAVES TIME and you'll thank me!
okay, continuing round 3. you made your chain 3, then follow it with 3 double crochets in the open space or "first loop" as the pro-crocheters call it... (the chain 3 is counted as a first double crochet, so actually you've 4 double crochets here).
ha. i flipped my work again for you. that's how bad i want to explain how to work in those frigging ends! see it? they are nicely tucked under my double crochets. you can simply cut them and yeah freedom.
and this round 3 is continued the same way: keep making 4 double crochets in the open spaces or "loops" all the way around.
tadieda. this looks kinda rad, now doesn't it?? if you want to use a single color, slip stitch in the top of the chain 3 you made in the beginning of this round. if you want to change color here (like i did), you insert your hook to make a slip stitch...
... but before ending your slip stitch, add the new color, and finish that last stitch with the new color.
Round 4: we are going to make petals. that's so nice. start with chain 5.
then SKIP 2 stitches and attach that chain 5 into the next stitch with a slip stitch.
like in the picture above. you can see clearly i skipped 2 stitches.
then slip stitch in the next stitch...
... and follow with a chain 5 again.
in this picture i tried to show you the 2 stitches you need to skip.
now keep doing this around and around and around. if you are at the end (or reaching the beginning, just how you see it), you make sure you have 12 blue loops. if not, you are simply skipping to many stitches, if you have more, you skip to little. it's all about counting and counting and counting as you go.
to attach this round, i make a slip stitch on the beginning where you started your first chain 5.
round 5: next: making the real petals. this is the last round and makes your flower oh so pretty! you are going to make 8 double crochets in every blue loop.
4 double crochets done in this picture above...
8 double crochets done in the picture above.
now you need to attach it on the previous round (for me, that's the orange) and make a slip stitch where you made the slip stitch the first time around. i pointed my hook into the direction / area i mean. i hope you follow me. if not, grab some chocolate and all will be okay. anyway: just try to attach it so that it looks ok to you. it most probably IS OKAY then.
woohooo you MADE IT. you only need to attach it with a slip stitch on the first single crochet and this is it! show me what fun color combinations you've made. love love love & share!
for the Dutchies: i can understand if you NEED a Dutch translation. just let me know in the comment section, or by email and i go and try to write it out in Dutch. strangely enough i'm better with the English terms then the Dutch. ahum.
and for those of you who only need a short pattern and no yadieyada from me:
chain 6, sl stitch into ring
Round 1: chain 4, dc1, ch1, dc1, ch1 around, slip stitch to join (12 dc)
Round 2: chain 5, dc1, ch2, dc1, ch2 around, slip stitch to join (12 dc)
Round 3: chan 3 + 3dc in 1st loop, 4 dc in each loop around, slip stitch to join
Round 4: *chain 5, skip 2, slip stich to join, slip stitch in next stitch*, continue between * around, slip stitch to join
Round 5: *8 dc in each loop, slip stitch to join* around
finish with a slip stitch.
life is good. let's make japanese flowers and rule the world!