It’s April 27th and I have 25 1/2 hats made.
I’ll confess, I’ve been having trouble focusing on the project. Hats are wonderful to make when it’s warm and sunny and I only have one eye for my knitting because I’m keeping one eye on the kids while they play outside. But, we have had an unusually rainy month and I have spent too many days stuck inside with stir-crazy kids. Knitting hats has gotten a bit boring.
Fortunately, I have a related project to work on.
A friend of my Mom’s made a heartfelt request that I make some chemo hats with beautiful flowers. When she was undergoing treatment she wanted one, but they were all being sold for profit and were too expensive.
I’m not really a flower-on-hat type person, so I decided to make some flower brooches which can be put on any hat, on a scarf, or wherever the wearer wants.
I found these
three five seven lovely flower patterns online. I have links to all the patterns.
I made all of these flowers with Caron Simply Soft yarn and an H (5.0 mm) hook. I picked up a package of pretty silver and gold buttons for the centers.
These are SkaMama’s Picot Flower, although I started with a magic circle, as always. It looks lovely even without a button in the center. But, the package of buttons I got came with some little (1 cm) buttons, so I sewed one in the center anyway. (3.5″, 9 cm at widest)
These are from the Overlapping Petals Crochet Flower Pattern by Very Berry Handmade. Because it is large, all one color, and not too intricate, I think it is lovely with one of the fancy buttons. (4.5″, 11 cm at widest)
This is Drops Design Crochet Flower. It’s pretty straightforward, although I made it all with the same yarn and hook. (3.75″, 9.5 cm at widest)
The orange flower is Crochet Kanzashi Flower by Naztazia, except on the first round I used a magic circle. I like the depth it has. (3″, 7.5 cm at widest)
The big all white flower was made following a video tutorial: Puff Stitch Center Flower by sheruknitting. I really dislike working from videos, but I couldn’t find written directions. At least the video is well done. The flower is seriously big but I had a very large button to use. (6.25″, 16 cm at widest!)
Uma Florzinha Charmosa by Ponto Preso is apparently in Portuguese. It’s a unique little flower, and I wanted to make it. My browser can understand Portuguese, but not crochet. I can understand crochet, but not Portuguese. Between us, I think we managed to figure it out. The pictures don’t do justice to the pretty curled petals. (3″, 7.5 cm at widest)
- in a magic circle, ch5 (counts as dc, ch2), (dc, ch2) six times, join with a sl st to the 3rd ch of the starting ch5 (7dc, 7 ch2 spaces). It looks like a wheel with 7 spokes and a rim.
- *slip into the first ch2 space (on the “rim”) ch3, dc5 into the same space, dc6 along the next “spoke” towards the center of the wheel* repeat for the other 6 spaces and “spokes,” join with a sl st to your starting sl st, end
And then there are these beautiful Crochet Brooches by Anabelia. I love them, but there were no good step-by-step directions. I did my best to translate the chart and sparse instructions into something easy to follow. I also wanted to make them one-piece because I dislike sewing pieces together. It took a few tries.
My 1st try is the teal/white, my 2nd try is the beige/blue, and I forgot the picots on the trim on the 2nd try, so looks like I’ll be making another. (4.75″, 12 cm at widest) Also, I have tiny fingers, so my loops turned out small. I’ll have to make them bigger next time.
Here is the chart from the pattern site.
- In a magic circle, work 8 sc (8)
- Work 2 rounds of loops stitch (Loop stitch: wrap yarn over your finger, put hook through st, yarn over hook, pull loop through st, yarn over hook, pull through all loops, drop loop from finger.) (8)
- With loops facing up, attach petal color with a sl st to one of the sts, sc in each st around, join with a sl st to the sl st with which you started the round (8)
- *ch7, join with a sl st in the same st as the previous sl st, sl st into the next st* 8 times. On the last repetition instead make the last sl st into the first sl st of the round (note: the pattern calls for ch9, but I got better results with ch7. You want the petals very full and round. If you chain tightly, try ch9.)
- working into the first ch7 space: *2sc, 2hdc, 3dc, 5tc, 3dc, 2hdc, 2sc* repeat for the other 7 ch7 spaces. sl st into the 1st sc of the round and end, leaving a tail for sewing
- join the edging color, with a sl st, to the 1st sc on one of the petals. sl st in every st around. Join with a sl st to starting sl st.
- Optional 2nd row of edging: sl st into BLO on the 1st sc on one of the petals. continuing to work in BLO for this entire round, sl st into next 8 sts, work (sl st, ch1, sl st) into the next st (center tc at tip of petal), sl st in the next 9 sts. *sl st in 9 sts, work (sl st, ch1, sl st) in next st, sl st in 9 sts* for each of the remaining petals. sl st into your starting sl st.
- sew in ends
- Optional: put a button through the center of the flower