Tuesday, 21 February 2012

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Anyone who follows my World here at Chalky's will  know I am not very good at following patterns!
The Jan Eaton book bounced off the walls when I was trying just a few of the lovely squares contained within!
I have thought about why this "pattern blindness" accompanies my hooking.
I wonder if I am just a bit dense -- I don't really think so!
I almost think it is because I like just to be creative and not be constricted by pattern --- There is some truth in that!
Am I lazy -- no, definitely not.
I actually think it is because I do not like following rules. I like the " Don't worry be happy" approach to my crafting life.
A life full of relaxation and contentment not stress and pernickityness!!!!!
All very well until you want to create a pattern which can be repeated.
I wanted to the other day and it was all about Daisies!

I really do love them.
So shall we start with the end result and then work through the pattern in case you love them too!

Sometimes I am so pleased when things turn out just as I wanted them to.
That probably is because it does not happen very often!
I even tried them using Chunky wool -- Chunky Daisies!

I think I prefer the finer ones but the Chunky were perfect for a little present I made for a friend!
So here we go -- The pattern.

 Using yellow DK. Chain 4 and slip stitch to make a circle.Chain 1. Work 8 double crochets in the circle.

Hook a loop of white wool in 1 of the spaces you have made by working your double crochets to start Round Two.

Chain 4. These 4 chains become the outside edge of your first petal.

Work 1 double treble as follows. Put yarn around the hook twice.

 Working in same space hook yarn through so you have 4 loops on your hook.

Yarn over hook and pull through 2 loops.

This leaves 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through. This leaves 2 loops on your hook.

Yarn over for the last time and pull through last remaining loops.

You have now worked your double treble.

Work 4 chain which become the other outer edge of your petal.

Slip stitch in same space and 1 pretty petal is complete.

Work in each stitch in exactly the same way until you have completed 8 petals.

I wanted these first daisies as the centrepiece of some Granny Squares for a Spring Lappycuddlyghan and after a little help from my Dear Daughter In Law over at Sharky Knows we worked it out!

Work 2 double crochets in your first petal. A single crochet in your next and work alternatively like this around the petals.
The double crochet represent the corners of the Granny Square where you can work 3 trebles,1 chain,3 trebles to complete your corner.
1 cluster of 3 trebles in each space allows your square to grow quickly.

I wanted a Spring like feel for my latest Lappycuddlyghan for Charity.
I think they will really comfort someone who might be still stuck in the bleak mid-winter!

I will post next about the little present with these daisies.
It would be perfect for Mother's Day or Easter.


  1. Oh yeah. Uh huh. TOTALLY rockin' dasies!! :) Nice job, Linda.

  2. Lovely to hear from you Sophia--- You rArt work is totally awesome x

  3. Your post bought a smile to my face, its just that I read this post just as I put the phone down after a long chat with Jan Eaton!
    I love the daisy pattern, and I absolutely love daisies too, I have a clump of Margarete Daisies that is from the stock that my grandmother planted when she was a little girl in the twenties and everytime she move house she took a clump with her and my mum kept it going whenever she moved and I shall keep it family tradition going and shall be giving a clump to my eldest son with strict instructions to carry on the family tradition.

    1. What a lovely story about your grandmother. I have my Nan's mint in the same way and a peony my Mam planted before I was born. Its special isn't it.

  4. I love the daisy pattern Linda someone is going to love that little blankie:)

  5. Sooo cute - and great easy to follow instructions - I reckon I could manage them. They remind me of the braid that we used in Primary school sewing!

  6. Oh!! Thank you everybody. What lovely comments. You really have made my day.
    Wow!! Talking to Jan Eaton -- That would be lovely. Her book really is a success and my dear daughter in law is a star with her squares!
    Kc -- What a lovely tradition.
    Daisies are just so cheerful.
    Quilary I hope you give them a try.
    New ideas for the keep popping into my head so I will be nack and share them.

  7. Hi Chalky, as ever I find your words wonderfully inspiring,-

    "A life full of relaxation and contentment not stress and pernickityness!!!!!"

    I love the daisies & they make gorgeous centrepieces for the squares.

    Thank you for the inspiration.

  8. These daisies are making me think of Spring. Lovely blanket.

  9. Oh -- More lovely comments Thank you so much x

  10. I will definitely have to try making these daisies they are very pretty and cheerful. When I was a girl I used to make long long daisy chains and daisy jewelry, crowns, bracelets and necklaces too. My Grandad didn't like them on the lawn so used to send me out to pick them...then he could watch the tv in peace and quiet. ;)

  11. They are lovely daisies :0) I think I know how you feel about patterns, sometimes it is just nice to make it up as you go

  12. Beautiful little charmers!


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  14. Thank you so much for sharing your art with us. I have been looking for a flower pattern like this, and yours is fabulous. I just found this link on Pinterest and I look forward to looking over your blog. Thanks again for sharing.

  15. Daisies are my favourite and I have been looking for a pattern to make a garland for my tricycle so thank-you

  16. I am looking forward to trying these -- so pretty!

  17. Wow...I really like these flowers and they will look great on my crocheted purses too! I hate following patterns too, so I will probably read the directions and get the basic idea and then just wing it!!


  18. Thankyou so much for the lovely daisy tutorial. I have only just discovered your blog and have just started teaching myself to crochet - I'm totally hooked! Have made one daisy which was a sucess and look forward to incorporating them in a granny blanket, so pretty!

  19. Love the daisy pattern Linda nice how you have linked it in with the granny square must have a go at that

  20. Such a pretty start to spring! Such cute little daisies. I like your contentment theory too.

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