Designing and crocheting flowers is an exciting process, offering endless possibilities of shape, colour and stitch combinations. For these decorative flowers, Emma Lamb worked with a palette of pink and orange mixed with neutral tones of grey and cream. For the flower motifs themselves, Emma just picked up her hooks and started creating stitches. “Sometimes the freedom of designing without a plan can lead to some very pretty results.” Choose your yarn, begin making the double-layered corsage then mix up the stitches to design your own blooms!
• 100g balls (280m/306yd) of DMC Petra 3 Crochet Cotton, one in each of Beige 5712 (A), Orange 5722 (B), Pale lemon 53901 (C), Pink 5149 (D), Green 5907 (E) and Light green 5772 (F), or similar yarn (2ply-weight mercerised cotton)
• 2.5mm hook
Flower size (in diameter)
6cm (2.in) with leaves 4cm (1.in) at longest point
How to make a crochet flower corsage
With yarn A and 2.5mm hook, 5ch, ss to form ring.
3ch (counts as 1tr), 11tr into ring, ss into third of 3ch. (12tr)
3ch (counts as 1tr), 1tr into same sp, inc by working 2tr in next 11 sts, ss into third of 3ch, fasten off. (24tr)
With yarn B, join yarn in any st, *8ch, starting in second ch from hook work [1dc, 1htr, 4tr, 1htr] over 7ch, ss into next st of beige centre, rep from * 23 times (makes 24 petals) with last ss into same sp as you joined this colour, fasten off.
With yarn C, 5ch, ss to form ring.
6ch, [1dtr into ring, 2ch] nine times, ss into fourth of 6ch, fasten off leaving long enough tail for sewing the two motifs together.
With yarn D, join yarn in any 2ch-sp, *6ch, starting in second ch from hook work [1dc, 1htr, 2tr, 1htr] over 5ch, ss into next ch-sp of pale lemon centre, work another petal into this same ch-sp (makes 2 petals), rep from * nine times (makes 20 petals), fasten off. Weave in loose ends.
Make up flower
Lay top flower motif on top of bottom flower motif and line up from the centre. Using the long tail of thread from the top flower motif, hand-sew the two motifs together with a running stitch at the base of the petals. Fasten off securely and weave in loose ends.
Make leaves (make 3)
Make two leaves in yarn E and one leaf in yarn F, working leaf as for pointed petal.
This project is made up of two separate crochet flowers that are layered one on top of the other and sewn together: the right-hand photograph shows the back view.