Wildcard – Embellish the story
Embellishments come in all types and forms. Some are more than purely decorative and form a practical function – pretty buttons are as much part of holding a garment together as mere decoration, and some are just there to give a piece an extra ‘something’. Blog about an embellishment, be it a zipper, amigurumi eyes or applique patch which you are either saving to use or have in the past used to decorate a project with. Write about whether you are a very minimalist kind of knitter with classic lines and timeless plain knits or whether you love all the bells and whistles or sticking sewing and otherwise attaching decoration to your pieces.
Ok, so my post today is a bit of a cop out I admit...I have been busy working on a pattern that I intend to release next week, and it is a very labour intensive project, so that took up a whole lot of time....While I was busy with this project, I kept thinking about the prompt for today's installment of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, and my brain froze, went into hiding, and refused to cooperate ... hence, I have opted for the wild card today ! Instead of discussing embellishments, I have made up a small crocheted rose tutorial that can serve as an embellishment...
I must say, I love crocheting roses...they are so quick and easy and add instant glamour to any knitted or crocheted item....so without further ado...here's the tutorial!
I used a divine sock yarn, and a size 2mm crochet hook.
I have presented the tutorial in a different format, hoping that it will be a bit easier to follow :)
1. Chain 50.
2. Skip 3 chain stitches...you will do a dc into the next stitch along.
3. Yarn around hook...
4. Insert crochet hook into next chain stitch...
5. dc completed.
6. Chain 1.
7. Make two more dc into the same chain space as before.
8. Miss one chain stitch...you will crochet into every second chain stitch from now on for this row.
9. Into the next chain stitch (arrowed), crochet the following...2dc, ch1, 2dc
10. After step 9, your work should look like this.
11. Continue in the same manner, all along the 50 chain stitches.
12. Where you see the little bumps along the outer edge of the curling work, you will see the chain stitch between the two sets of dc's sticking out...
13. When you get to the end of your chain rope, turn your work around.
14. Insert your hook into the chain space between the two sets of dc's ...yarn around hook and draw right through the chain stitch that was on your hook, leaving you with one chain on your hook (slip stitch...)
15. Slip stitch completed.
16. Chain 3.
17. Now make 8 dc into the same space.
18. Next crochet 9dc into the following chain space between the 2 sets of dc you made in the previous round. Continue in this manner until the end of the row.
19. You've reached the end of the row.
20. Turn your work around. Here you have a choice...you can continue using the same colour yarn, or (as I have done), you can join a new colour yarn (this will add a bit of depth to the edge of the rose). Insert hook into the first set of loops (of the stitch below), and draw through the new colour yarn.
21. A close-up.
22. Yarn around hook and draw through both stitches on hook. Now you only have one stitch on your hook and it's the new colour yarn.
23. Continue making sc into both loops of the stitch below (of dc's from previous row).
24. When you have made 9 sc's , you'll get to the space between the scallops of dc. Here you make a dc into the space below FROM THE FIRST ROW , as seen in the photo.
25. Continue in this manner all along your work, until you get to the end of the row.
26. At the end of the row (you've just ended with the 9th sc of the last scallop), make a dc into the dc below, as seen in the photo.
27. Turn work around. You'll have two yarn tails...tie them together.
Tie the yarn tails together, as seen in photos 28 and 29.
Your work will naturally curl on itself. Arrange the spirals in a pleasing rose shape, and using the tails, sew up the bottom of the rose, making sure to catch enough of the base row for the rose to hold it's shape. Cut yarn tails, and enjoy!