Pens, Pots and Flower Tops!

If you are anything like me most days you will hear yourself saying the phrase ‘hang on while I get a pen’. I don’t know what it is about pens but they seem to have this innate sense of when I will need them and then they hide somehow, in stealth mode until they decide to show themselves via the medium of ‘leaking ink’.

It is the need to be able to easily identify a pen that led me to this next tutorial – that and my inability to keep a plant alive!

IMG_3284For this project you will need…

A small amount of yarn (i used dk) in green, brown, terracotta and 2 more colours of your choice for the petals and flower middle.

An empty washed jelly or yoghut pot – I used a jelly one but anything of that sort of size will do

Small amount of stuffing

A biro

scissors

darning needle

stitch marker

size 4mm crochet hook

Ladybird button (optional)

Abbreviations:

sc = single crochet

hdc = half double crochet

dc = double crochet

ss = slip stitch

dec = sc 2 stitches together. insert hook into first stitch, yarn over, pull through stitch ( 2 loops on hook) insert hook into second stitch, yarn over, pull through stitch, (3 loops on hook). yarn over pull through all 3 stitches on hook

inc = 2 stitches in one stitch

blo = back loops only

flo = front loops only

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froot loops
froot loops

this pattern is crocheted in the round 

The flower!

this pattern is crocheted in the round so there is no need to join at the end of each round.

Using the yarn you have chosen for your flower center

rd 1 – in magic ring 6 sc (6)

rd 2 – 2 sc in each stitch around (12)

rd 3 – *1 sc in stitch, 2 sc in next stitch* repeat from * to * 5 more times (18)

rd 4 and 5 – sc in each stitch around (18)

rd 6 – *dec, sc in next stitch* repeat from * to * 5 more times (12)

rd 7 – *dec, sc in next two stitches* repeat from * to * 3 more times, change to green yarn, break white yarn (8)

rd 8 – with green sc around (8)

at this point you repeat rd 8 until your ‘stem’ is the same length as your pen – I find that it is easier to sew in your ends from the ‘center’ part about half way through completing the stem. When your piece reaches the required length ss into next stitch and fasten off.

Push a little stuffing into center part of the flower

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Petals: Make 5

With the yarn you have chosen for your petals…

Rd  1 – sc 4 into a magic ring (4)

Rd 2  – 2sc in each stitch around (8)

Rd 3  – *1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next* repeat from * to * 3 more times (12)

Rd 4 – 8 –  sc around (12)

Rd 9 – *dec, sc in next, sc in next repeat* from * to *   twice more (6)

Rd 10 – 10  – sc around, ss and fasten off leaving about a 20cm tail for sewing (8)

Sew the first petal to the flower stem where the white centre meets the green stem

Attach the second petal next to the first and sew to the stem, Sew the sides of the petals together for about 2cm, weave in ends, repeat for the rest of the petals,

And thats the flower complete!! It looks pretty cute just like this – make a few and place in a jar or….IMG_2358

 Make the pot!

Firstly you will need to trim the lip of the pot off.

Then with your terracotta colour yarn make a magic ring

rd 1 – sc 6 times into ring (6)

rd 2 – 2 sc in each stitch around (12)

rd 3 – *1 sc in next 2 sc* in next repeat from * to * 5 more times (18)

rd 4 – *1 sc in next two stitches, 2 sc in next*  repeat from * to * 5 more times (24)

rd 5 – *1 sc in next three stitches, 2 sc in next*  repeat from * to * 5 more times (30)

rd 6 – *1 sc in next four stitches, 2 sc in next*  repeat from * to * 5 more times (36)

I found this circle to be the same size as the bottom of my pot

rd 7 – sc in blo around (36)

rd 8 – in both loops sc around (36)

carry on sc around for as many more rows as you need to reach the top of the pot (36)

for your next round sc in front loops only around (36)

For the next 4 rows sc in both loops around, ss and fasten off (36)

weave in ends

turn your work inside out (or right way round) and put the pot into it, Your cover should extend over the top, turn the top few rows down until you can see the loops that you did not crochet into at the top of the pot to give the impression of a terracotta pot.

Next up the soil…

With brown make a magic ring

rd 1 – sc 12 times into the ring

pull the ring loosely closed over your flower pen to create a hole then carry on crocheting

rd 2 – *1 sc in next 2 sc* in next repeat from * to * 5 more times (18)

rd 3 – *1 sc in next two stitches, 2 sc in next*  repeat from * to * 5 more times (24)

rd 4- *1 sc in next three stitches, 2 sc in next*  repeat from * to * 5 more times (30)

rd 5 – *1 sc in next four stitches, 2 sc in next*  repeat from * to * 5 more times (36)

rd 6 – sc around, ss in next stitch and fasten off leaving a tail for sewing (36)

With the tail line up the outer stitches of your soil circle and the loops you did not crochet into at the top of the pot and sew the soil to the pot evenly around

Leaf

With green yarn

rd 1 chain 11, sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc in next, hdc in next, dc in next, 2dc in next, dc in next, hdc in next, sc in next. In last space 3 sc – Do not turn, you will now crochet along the otherside of the starting chain sc in next, hdc in next, dc in next, 2 dc in next, dc in next, hdc in next, sc in next, ss in last, ss and fasten off leaving tail for sewing in.

I added a ladybird button to one end of the leaf – totally optional

Lastly sew the leaf to the soil – I sew mine to the edge of the ‘hole’ – push a little stuffing into the pot (helps the flower stand up straight)

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Put flower in pot and you are done!!

totally frivolous

utterly practical

and hard to miss!!

My dog is such a poser!!

Hope you enjoyed this and it makes sense

anonymouse x
anonymouse x

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