This isn’t a new pattern, I’m slowly moving patterns over from Baking and Making and this has always been one of my favourites. The flower is the same one I used for the Crochet Baby Hat I designed for Craftseller magazine a few years back, it’s such a versatile little pattern it can be used for almost anything. To make the pin cushion, you’ll need to stuff a tea cup with a small sachet filled with hollow fibre toy stuffing or a small shop bought pin cushion. You’ll have to use your judgement about how many flowers you’ll need to make to fill your tea cup. I use mine as a pin cushion, but it could equally be used as a centrepiece for afternoon tea (very vintage).
I also like to sew a small brooch bar onto the back of a flower and a couple of leaves to make a pretty spring corsage and I’ll be teaching a class at Nettle in June for anyone who would like to try crochet. For details, click on the Workshops tab above (or click here).
With 3.75mm hook and chosen yarn make 27 ch
Foundation Row: 1 dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc to end of row. (26 dc)
Row 1: 3 ch, 4 tr into 4th ch from hook, ss in next dc, [5 tr in next dc, ss in next dc] 4 times, [ 5 htr in next dc, ss in next dc] 5 times, [5 dc in next dc, ss in next dc] 4 times.
Fasten off yarn leaving a long tail for sewing up. Roll petals into a rose shape and stitch securely using long tail.
With 3.75mm hook and chosen yarn make 8ch
Round 1: *1dc into 2nd ch from hook, 1htr in next ch, 1tr in next, 2dtr in next, 1tr in next st, 1 htr in next, 1dc in last st**, 1ch. Do not turn, work into under side of foundation ch from * to ** ss into next st.
Fasten off yarn and weave in all ends.
Pattern is written in UK crochet terms.
NB: This flower pattern started life as the “Tatton Corsage” designed for Fibre and Clay in 2011, it then appeared in Craftseller as a decoration on a hat, then as a wreath for Valentine’s day. It has so many uses and it’s appeared in several magazines in several different disguises. This pretty heart wreath is one of my favourites! Just bend a piece of wire into a heart shape. Thread on the flowers (made as above, I made about 18), fasten the ends of the wire and tie a bow at the centre .