Monday, 12 May 2014

A Flower a Day: Week 6 - Even More Crochet Flowers

The time has come to get to grips with crochet charts, so this week's offering is a miscellany from charts I've found online. I even popped in a couple of leaves for good measure.  Most of them had no picture of the finished flower, so it was quite entertaining to imagine the flower from the chart outline.  The large, jazzy  flower was interesting, as it was built around chain loops of different lengths. There are a few flowers with open centres where I played with the number of petals resulting from the original chained centre and they cry out for something in the centre, but that won't be a problem.

Lesley Stansfield's book '100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet' gave me some practice in seeing how charts work, although at the time I found it easier to follow the written instructions.  However, the strength of charts like this is that providing standard symbols are used (and they mostly are), the pattern can be understood and used with no need to translate instructions from one language to another. Once you know the symbols and know the different stitch lengths, charts are suddenly far simpler than they appear.

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