Ruffled Flower Motif

IMG_0845

I was looking at a hat I made last winter and thought to myself, “MAN, I really like the flower on the hat.  Why didn’t I write that pattern down?”  So I sat down and decided to work through the pattern.  I’m going to use the flower motif for a project I’m working on for my mom this Christmas.  However, this time I worked the flower in a size 30 thread because the gift will be an Irish Crochet piece on a decorative pillow.  (That project will be coming soon too!) Since I had to go through all the steps to do that, I figured I’d share them with you!

Ruffled Flower Motif:

IMG_0846

For Flower on Hat:

Yarn:  DMC size 5 embroidery thread        Hook:  2.1 mm

For Irish Crochet Flower:

Yarn:  DMC size 30 Cordonnet      Hook:  .9mm

Start:  Ch 6, join with a slip stitch to form a ring.

Round 1:  Sc 17 times in ring, sl st to join.

Round 2:  Ch 1, sc in the same sp.  * Ch 3, skip 2 sc, sc in the next sc.  Repeat from * 4 times.  Ch 3, sl st to join.

Round 3:  Sc 6 times in first ch 3 sp.  Repeat 5 more times.  Sl st to join.

Round 4:  Ch 6, (This counts as first dc plus ch 3)  Skip 2 sc, sc in next sc.  *Ch 3, skip 2 sc, dc in next sc.  Ch 3, skip 2 sc, sc in next sc.  Repeat from * 5 times.  Ch 3, sl st to join.

Round 5:  Sc 6 times in next 3 ch sp.  Repeat 11 times.  Sl st to join.

Round 6:  (first petal, work behind round 4)  Ch 1. *Sc around dc of round 4.  Ch 7. Repeat 5 more times.  Sl st to join.

Round 7:  10 sc in first 7 ch sp.  Sl st to join.

Round 8:  Ch 1, sc in same sp.  *Ch 5, skip next 4 sc, sc in next sc.  Ch 3, sc in same sc.  Ch 5, skip 4 sc and sc in next sc.  Repeat from * 5 more times. Variation for 5th time: sl st to join instead of final sc.

Round 9:  *7 sc in first 5 ch sp.  3 sc in next 3 ch sp.  7 sc in next 5 ch sp.  Repeat from * 5 more times.  Sl st to join.

Round 10:  (second petal, work behind round 8)  Ch 1, sc around sc from round 8.  *Ch 8 skip 2 sc and sc around the next sc of round 8. Repeat from * 4 more times.  Ch 8, sl st to join.

Round 11:  *In the first ch 8 sp:  Sc, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, 15 times) sc.  Repeat from * 5 more times.  Sl st to join.

As with any project, please let me know if you create this flower and if the pattern is easy to follow!  Thanks for reading and happy flower making!

Also…for your enjoyment, the smaller flower next to a quarter for size gauging!

IMG_0847

Portlandia Coffee Cozies!

I love the fact that marketing can occasionally include the local artisan.  To be fair, the marketing campaign I’m speaking of is for Portlandia, so using handmade goods seems to be in line with the show’s concept.  If you haven’t seen the show yet, please do.  And if the show makes no sense to you, then you probably don’t know anyone from Portland.  My girlfriend has a bunch of friends there, and I’ve been informed that it’s an even crunchier, greener than thou version of Austin.  Which is kind of impressive.

On a related note, studies have recently shown that eating organic and healthy foods may make you a judgmental asshole.  Click here for more info!   Please keep this in mind next time you’re watching an episode.

Anyhow

The marketing campaign consists of asking artisans around the country to make coffee cozies and send them off to be distributed at independant coffee shops in Portland as an advertisement for season three.  They’ll all have the tags, “Made by the Portlandia Co-op.”  The best part?  They were willing to pay $10 per cozy.  So in the near future, ten of these bad boys are going to be floating around Portland AND I’ll be able to treat my sweetheart to some extra groceries.  Oh yeah…I’m real good.  Just call me Don Juanita.

I’m told green hearts are a big thing up there.  Seems like a good logo for self righteous hippies.

I made some traditional red ones too.

Also – Dinosaurs with red balloons.  I already had the green and red, right?

I really just like dinosaurs on things.  I possibly had a childhood obsession and might have been known as “Dinosaur Girl” in certain circles.  And by certain circles I mean at least once a year someone from my childhood reminds me of it.  On that note, I’m gonna go eat a brownie.