Friday, April 12, 2013

Kingcup Flower

by M. J. Joachim
I had a lot of fun making the kingcup flower. This flower is fairly easy to make. Each petal works up quickly, and the beaded accents make it shimmer and shine like the sun. I used 6-strand embroidery floss and a size D crochet hook to make the flower pictured.
You Will Need
Doily thread and crochet hook
A few pieces of pipe cleaner (1 long green and several shorter yellow)
Beads for center of flower
Floral Tape
Petals – make 5
Step 1:  Chain 6 (counts as 1 double crochet + chain 3); double crochet in 4th chain from hook and in each chain across; make 1 more dc in last chain
Step 2:  Chain 3 (counts as dc), turn; double crochet in next stitch, make 3 triple crochet in center stitch, double crochet in next stitch and in top of turning chain
Step 3:  Chain 1, turn, single crochet in next 2 stitches; make 3 sc in center stitch, single crochet in each stitch to end.

Finish off. Leave tails to be wrapped with floral tape when making stems.
Step 4:  Place petals right side up and layer them on top of piece of green pipe cleaner. Let loose threads from crocheting them hang down. Fold the green pipe cleaner down to secure petals. Fan out petals.

Step 5:  Take several shorter pieces of yellow pipe cleaner and stuff them in the center of your flower, through the bottom; wrap green stem of flower and yellow ends securely in floral tape, spiraling it down around base of flower and stem.

Step 6:  Shape flower petals and add a small bead to the tip of each yellow piece of pipe cleaner. Continue shaping flower as desired.

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Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches.
M. J.
Photo credit:  M. J. Joachim (All Rights Reserved); (calthra palustris) kingcup, marsh marigold, H. Zell, GFDL
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