Crochet Flower Combos contains 36 individual flower designs, most of which have six petals or points so that you can combine them to create something truly unique!
Pattern instructions include US terms for stitches with UK equivalents at the start of each pattern. If there's no difference in terminology (such as slip stitch) I don't mention it :)
Here you'll find info on abbreviations, special terms I use that you might not have seen elsewhere, instructions for repeats within a pattern as well as info about weaving in and pressing your finished flower.
ch - chain
ss - slip stitch
sc - single crochet (UK dc - double crochet)
dc - double crochet (UK tr - treble)
hdc - half double crochet (UK htr - half treble)
trc - triple crochet - (UK dtr - double treble)
sp - space
st/sts - stitch/stitches
yo - yarn over (also known as yrh - yarn round hook)
SK - Solomon's Knot
Special abbreviations/terms - Important!!!
SM means stitch mark or stitch marker: sometimes I will advise inserting a stitch marker into a certain stitch.
If I tell you a certain stitch is your home stitch, it means you'll be working into it later and saves me having to tell you where it is all over again!
You will see both stars and brackets used to show repeats, depending on what I think is clearer for each pattern.
*ch 5, skip 1st ch from hook, sc into each of next 4 ch, ss into home*
Repeat from * to * four times
This means you work the instructions between the stars once. Then repeat four times. So you have worked this sequence five times in total.
(ch 3, 1 sc into home) 11 times
This instruction will be worked only 11 times :)
Double star repeats
you see two stars in a pattern, simply ignore them until you are told
to work a certain repeat up to those stars only (missing the rest of the
repeat up to the end single star.)
Brackets used for a group of stitches
Occasionally, I group a set of stitches together into brackets - simply so that you can see it is one group!
(3 dc, 1 sc) into space between 3 ch and dc
This example is not a repeat. It simply means that the three double crochets and the single crochet are all worked together into one space. Otherwise you might think you work 3 dc into the next stitch ... or somewhere else ... and only the single crochet into the space.
Brackets are also used to group stitches when they are in the middle of a long set of instructions that will be repeated!
Check it out: (from the Cantata pattern)
*ch 1, skip next st; (sc, ch 4, sc) into next st*
Repeat from * to * 3 times
So, you chain 1, skip 1, then into the next stitch you work a single crochet, then 4 chain, then a single crochet. Repeat that whole sequence three times more.
You might wonder whether you should be working under two loops or just one.
I always work under two loops. Even if I am working into a chain stitch, I work under two loops.If you find something really fiddly, then just work under the one loop. I won't tell ;)
If you need to work under one loop, or a back or front loop, I shall let you know!
Instructions are given for weaving in your working end. When starting the first round of some of the flowers, you can weave the tail end in as you go.
Don't forget, you might sometimes want to leave a
longer length of tail or working end to sew the flower to another piece, as well as attaching your completed combo onto a separate item.
Ironing/pressing your flower
I might recommend you press a certain flower (such as Dragontail) as it will make your flower look much better :) You can, of course, press any/all of the flowers to get them just as you want.
usually put a tea towel on top of the flower and press it gently.
Depending on the yarn you are using, the iron can make certain pieces
look a little different if they are pressed. so I just protect the yarn
surface with the cloth. If you press bullions they lose their effect
somewhat, so be careful with them :)