Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Habranthus Flower


by M. J. Joachim
Habranthus is the first flower I crocheted for this year’s A – Z Challenge. It’s one of the things that got me so inspired about my theme…then of course, finding all these other pics and realizing how I could crochet such beautiful things, well, as you can see, I’m having a lot of fun crocheting for this year’s A – Z! I hope you are too.
You will need
Pink yarn or crochet thread and appropriate size crochet hook to make petals
1 small yellow bead or button for center of flower
1 thin piece of white wire for stamen
1 piece of pipe cleaner for stem of flower
Green crochet thread or yarn for stem; can also use floral tape, if desired
Instructions
Make 2 petal segments.


Step 1:  Chain 2, slip stitch in 1st chain; chain 1, make 9 single crochet in same place; join with slip stitch to 1st sc.
Step 2:  Chain 7; single crochet in 2nd chain from hook, hdc in next chain, make 1 double crochet in each of the next 2 chain stitches and 1 triple crochet in each of the following chain 2 stitches
Step 3:  Slip stitch in 3rd single crochet (of base ring) from hook
[Repeat Steps 2 and 3 twice.]
Finish off. Weave in loose ends.
Assembly
Step 1:  Center a small yellow bead or button on your piece of pipe cleaner


Step 2:  Twist pipe cleaner together to form a stem, with bead or button at top


Step 3:  Lay petals on top of each other, one upside down, so each petal can be seen


Step 4:  Insert stem through center top of both petal segments
Step 5:  Take thin white wire and insert it from underneath flower petals, wrapping it around stem and bringing up both ends, to form stamen; fold each end over and twist to secure


Step 6:  Crochet or wrap green floral tape around stem of flower.
Note:  You can cover your stem completely, when you crochet around it. I prefer a more textured and colorful look, which is why I use thin doily thread around the yellow pipe cleaner. Use your own artistic judgment to make your flower just the way you want it.



All patterns for A – Z Challenge 2013 are originals designed and created by me, so please abide by all copyright laws. However, you are more than welcome to link to my work. In fact, I would very much appreciate it if you do. Thank you!
Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches.
M. J. Joachim
Photo credit:  M. J. Joachim (All Rights Reserved); habranthus robustus, Marcia Stefani, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
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