30 April 2014

Young Orchid Flower, Buds, and Branches



When I crochet something from nature, I like to make it as realistic as possible. I rarely see a single orchid flower on a stem with a single leaf. So, to complete your Phaleonopsis orchid project, here are a young, newly opening orchid flower and two flower buds that are still developing, and a pattern to attach all the pieces together on a branch.



Here is the pattern for the Mature Orchid Flower.
Here is the pattern for the Orchid Leaf.



    26 April 2014

    Aloha April!


    My first winter and spring here in Denmark have been rather dark, gloomy, cold, and wet. I am a California girl, so these overcast days were really starting to get me down. Three weeks in a row without sunshine is just wrong!

    Then, the Reddit Crochet group announced an Aloha April crochet contest and memories of warm tropical vacations filled my mind. I can still smell the plumerias on the ocean breeze. For the contest, you could use 200g of any yarn to make anything you want. The only requirements were to keep the community up to date on your project. The flowers I have posted recently were conceived as part of my submission to the Aloha April contest.

    23 April 2014

    Orchid


    One more addition to my tropical flowers series. This yellow Phaleonopsis orchid makes me smile. It is inspired by a native orchid of Hawaii.

    The flowers are about 4 inches x 3 inches with a 1 inch "tongue" when made with cotton 4-ply yarn and a 2mm hook.


    Orchid Leaf



    An orchid leaf to go along with your Phaleonopsis orchid flower.

    Using fingering-weight cotton yarn and a 2mm hook, the leaf measures 6.5 inches long and 3.75 inches wide.



    Here is the pattern for the Orchid Flower.





      12 April 2014

      Lotus Flower


      Spring is here! Flowers are just starting to bloom and making me dream of more tropical places. Here is a Lotus pattern to brighten your room.

      The flowers are about 4 inches in diameter and 1 inch tall when made with cotton 4-ply cotton yarn and a 2mm hook.



        The Lotus pattern consists of three main parts: the Foundation, the Petals, and the Center.

        Lotus Leaf



        A lotus leaf to go along with your lotus flower. Sewn together, they make a wonderful coaster for a tea cup and saucer.

        This leaf is made in the round. Using 4-ply cotton yarn and a 2mm hook, the leaf measures 8 inches in diameter.

        02 April 2014

        Plumeria


        A Beautiful plumeria to brighten your day.

        Spring is coming! While it is a little dark here, I can see flowers blooming and am anxiously awaiting warmer days. This plumeria reminds me of a trip to Hawaii that my husband and I took last year.

        The pattern is based on this Russian flower and diagram that has been floating around Pinterest for years. I have transcribed it into a written pattern and with a little more explanation. I hope you enjoy it as much as me!

        For delicate flowers like this one, I suggest a sport weight or smaller cotton string or crochet thread, and a tiny hook. I am using fingering-weight (4-ply) cotton yarn with a 2mm hook. The finished flower is about 5 inches across.

        Plumeria Leaf



        A plumeria leaf to go along with your plumeria flower. Sewn together, they make a perfect "doily" for a candle.

        Using 4-ply cotton yarn and a 2mm hook, the leaf measures 11 inches long (including stem) and 4 inches wide.