Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ox-eye Daisy

by M. J. Joachim
Our bouquet wouldn’t be complete without a daisy, and I was dying for an excuse to use the loop stitch in one of my flowers anyway. The ox-eye daisy in the picture is fairly small – a bit smaller than the size of a real daisy, but not by much.  My materials included:  6-strand yellow embroidery thread for the center with a 1/2.75 steel crochet hook; then I used 4-ply white cotton yarn for the petals with a size D crochet hook, and green pipe cleaner for the stem.
Step 1:  Chain 2, single crochet 6 times in the 2nd chain from hook. Join with a slip stitch to 1st single crochet
Step 2:  Make 2 loop stitches in each single crochet around. Keep your loops very small, to make center of ox-eye daisy. Finish off. Pull your starting thread very tightly, to close and gather center of daisy as much as possible.

Step 3:  Join white yarn to any loop stitch on flower and single crochet around center. Join with slip stitch to 1st single crochet.
Step 4:  Chain 4, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain stitch, back to center ring of single crochet stitches. Slip stitch in same single crochet.

Repeat Step 4 around, making 2 petals in each single crochet around center of flower. Join with slip stitch to base of 1st petal. Finish off.
Note: Step 3 will vary – you can make as many single crochet stitches around center as you like, to create a whole lot of petals on your ox-eye daisy, or just a few.

Poke pipe cleaner through bottom center of flower, securing it in the center. I used two pieces, twisted together. Let your creativity be your guide on this, making long and short stems, adding (pipe cleaner) leaves and even embellishing your flower with ribbon, beads and sequins if you’d like.
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M. J.
Photo credit:  M. J. Joachim (©2013 All Rights Reserved); ox-eye daisy, Jason Hollinger, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
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