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Old 01-21-2009, 12:27 AM   #41
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Shannan and I will make the chains if you all make 'em into flowers. LOL

My mom would've been all over this.
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Oh girls, I am SO sorry I typed in greek. I was REALLY, REALLY sick yesterday and in a hurry to hit the couch. Y'all gave me something fun to do when I was feeling horrible. I have good 'ol Texas cedar fever REALLY bad! I am a bit better this morning but still not normal yet. Here are a list of crochet abbreviations:

Standard crochet stitch abbreviations are as follows:

ch = one chain
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CC = contrasting color
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They really are easy to do. The butterfly takes about 10-15 minutes if that long. It probably would be easier to see someone do it in person though if you are learning. Sorry about that. Now back to the box of tissues!
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Oooooh! Thanks for all the cute pattern links. I'll have to make some little flowers...just as soon as I finish this baby blanket!

And for anyone that wants to learn to crochet (or relearn) I would highly recommend The Happy Hooker. It has some great instructions for everything you'd need to know and there are some great patterns in there!
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Oooooh! Thanks for all the cute pattern links. I'll have to make some little flowers...just as soon as I finish this baby blanket!

And for anyone that wants to learn to crochet (or relearn) I would highly recommend The Happy Hooker. It has some great instructions for everything you'd need to know and there are some great patterns in there!
I have this on my desk right now! I JUST taught myself over New Year's to crochet using it and I'm working on a scarf pattern right now! I learned to knit a couple years ago using her other book, Stitch-N-*****.
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You guys are, as always, awesome! Thanks for sharing pics AND patterns! Now I have something ELSE to learn/do...
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Oh girls, I am SO sorry I typed in greek. I was REALLY, REALLY sick yesterday and in a hurry to hit the couch. Y'all gave me something fun to do when I was feeling horrible. I have good 'ol Texas cedar fever REALLY bad! Sorry about that. Now back to the box of tissues!
Hugs, Patter! I was just teasin'. More making fun of myself than anything. I totally feel you on the cedar fever...now go get yourself well! MWAH!
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Shannan and I will make the chains if you all make 'em into flowers. LOL

My mom would've been all over this.
Sounds like a plan, Linda! Maybe a trip to my Granny's is in order...
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Hugs, Patter! I was just teasin'. More making fun of myself than anything. I totally feel you on the cedar fever...now go get yourself well! MWAH!
Agh, thanks girl! I pray you feel better too! Darn cedar just needs to depart!
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For those who have trouble holding crochet hooks for hours at a time, this is a photo of how to add a grip. I tightly wrap the crochet hook's handle in duct tape until it is the same diameter as a pencil. Then I put a pencil grip over the duct tape. This makes it soft, squishy, and comfortable to hold. WalMart sells these "Gooshy Grips" with the kids' pencils and school supplies. You'll need to experiment to see how far up from the hook to place the grip. That will depend on your personal preference.



Of course, this will only help the hand that holds the hook. It won't do anything for your other hand that holds the thread and the crocheted piece in progress.
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I hate to say it, but my son bought me Crocheting for Dummies and I STILL CAN'T DO IT! So sad......

Also, Patter, this is a true "Dummy" question, but those directions say "butterflies", but I see *ahem* flowers.

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oooh, this is a good thread. I'll have to come back and read more.
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I hate to say it, but my son bought me Crocheting for Dummies and I STILL CAN'T DO IT! So sad......

Also, Patter, this is a true "Dummy" question, but those directions say "butterflies", but I see *ahem* flowers.

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There is ONE butterfly in that picture. It is one of the mauve colored ones. Can ya find it?
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Here is a site that has videos of each kind of stitch.
http://www.freepatterns.com/content/...l?content_id=1
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I love this wall hanging and love, love, love the flowers.....do you think your Mom would share the directions? If not, I will just take the photo and work it out. Beautiful!
I sent my folks (they winter in Arizona) a picture of the Stampin' Up flowers. I received this cryptic message back from my dad: "Saw the pictures, Mom can make some. Talk later. Dad" (His email messages are short because he can't type very fast.)

On the phone yesterday my mom told me she has patterns for various flowers and the leaves. However, I do not know if the patterns are with her in Arizona, or here at home. If they are with her in Arizona, I won't have access to them until April. If they are at the house, I could probably find them and scan pages to post here. After I talk to my mom on the phone, I will let you know.

Her flowers are definitely more interesting than the SU ones, because they have the rippled layers that stand up (I guess the middle-sized SU flower that has the white, pink and red is kind of like that but to a lesser degree). I think I remember she also crocheted flowers that looked like lily of the valley or some other bell-shaped flower. So stay tuned because I just may have some interesting patterns for you all!
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I sent my folks (they winter in Arizona) a picture of the Stampin' Up flowers. I received this cryptic message back from my dad: "Saw the pictures, Mom can make some. Talk later. Dad" (His email messages are short because he can't type very fast.)

On the phone yesterday my mom told me she has patterns for various flowers and the leaves. However, I do not know if the patterns are with her in Arizona, or here at home. If they are with her in Arizona, I won't have access to them until April. If they are at the house, I could probably find them and scan pages to post here. After I talk to my mom on the phone, I will let you know.

Her flowers are definitely more interesting than the SU ones, because they have the rippled layers that stand up (I guess the middle-sized SU flower that has the white, pink and red is kind of like that but to a lesser degree). I think I remember she also crocheted flowers that looked like lily of the valley or some other bell-shaped flower. So stay tuned because I just may have some interesting patterns for you all!
Yes, I agree.....I do not want you or your Mom to go to any trouble getting patterns. I am pretty handy/crafty and can figure this out just by trial. But, I am sure that there are others that would be interested in specific directions.

BTW, how cool that your folks are Snowbirds and that Arizona is their chosen destination! Good for them!!
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Yes, I agree.....I do not want you or your Mom to go to any trouble getting patterns. I am pretty handy/crafty and can figure this out just by trial. But, I am sure that there are others that would be interested in specific directions.

BTW, how cool that your folks are Snowbirds and that Arizona is their chosen destination! Good for them!!
I'm sure my mom knows exactly where her pattern books are, so once she tells me it won't be a problem to find and post them.

I'm happy that they get to spend the winters in a warm place, too. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary down there earlier this month.
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I too am a seasoned crocheter and knitter....I am going to make some of these in white and dye with SU inks...easy peasy...lol.
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I've pulled out my hooks, yarn and are going to give these a try for my Valentine cards. I think I want a thinner thread but I will get the pattern down first.

Great job ladies but yes you can make they way cheaper then SU is selling them.

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Okay everyone! I found the butterfly directions! Yeah! And I took a pic of everything I still had in my recent stash along with the thread I use and the hook. The thread I got from Hobby Lobby and they have lots of colors. The hook I use is 00. Here is a pic and the butterfly instructions (sorry I don't remember who this is from so I can't give the author credit). Bad me!!!

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Ch 3, sl st in 1st ch to form a ring.
Notes: 1 round completes the butterfly. All of the stitches on Rnd 1 are worked in the Ch 3 ring, and stitches need to be pushed toward the beg of the rnd as you crochet.
Rnd 1: * ch 3, 2 tr, ch 3, sl st **, [ch 2, dc, ch 2, sl st] twice, rep from * to ** once, [ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 ch, sl st] twice.
Fasten off.

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Thank you for posting the butterfly pattern... any chance you would share your flower pattern too? Please?
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Wow, can't wait now to send my mom the supplies to make a whole shqwack of these! She is a seasoned pro! And what a great idea to dye with reinkers! I will be trying that too. Thanks to all for the info.
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Thanks for that link, Gale. Maybe I can turn my chain stitch into something after all. I did send one of my customers home with a request to make some last night, though.
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I've pulled out my hooks, yarn and are going to give these a try for my Valentine cards. I think I want a thinner thread but I will get the pattern down first.

Great job ladies but yes you can make they way cheaper then SU is selling them.

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Here is an easy flower to make:

Ch 5, join with sl st to form ring.
Rnd 1:*Ch 4, holding last lp of each trc on hook, work 3 trc in ring, yo, draw through all 4 lps on hook----trc-cl made: (ch 5, work trc-cl in fifth ch from hook) 2 times: sl st into ch-5 ring--one flower petal. Rep from * 4 times more: fasten off.

They turn out really cute.
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sl is slip stitch, you slip stitch or "connect" into the ring.

The asterick normally indicates the beginning of a "segment". Then you will be told to repeat that segment.

For instance, if you are making a 5 petal flower, you chain and then sl or slip stitch to form a ring.

Then you will make a petal. (I am making this pattern up - just for a pattern sample.

Chain 2, then dc (double crochet) and then tr (treble or wrap the yarn TWICE instead of once), then dc, chain 2 and sl (slip stitch) into the ring. that makes one petal.

You will then repeat the petal. Instead of repeating the instructions, the pattern will tell you to repeat between the symbols.

Does that make sense? Or just confuse you more?

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I hafta go back and re-read the pattern Patter shared, and I *think* together with what you said above will make sense to me! At least, I hope!
THANK YOU for trying to help me!!!
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I thought the same thing about making them myself when I saw the SU! catalog. I can't wait to get home to try these patterns (I'm at work. Oops! Lunch hour is over!). I haven't crocheted in 4 years-when my grandson was born. Love the suggestion to use a gooshy grip on the hook. That's my problem too, my hand aches after a few minutes. (Well, that. . . and I'm not a very good crochet-er)
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I've pulled out my hooks, yarn and are going to give these a try for my Valentine cards. I think I want a thinner thread but I will get the pattern down first.

Great job ladies but yes you can make they way cheaper then SU is selling them.

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Oh girls, I am SO sorry I typed in greek. I was REALLY, REALLY sick yesterday and in a hurry to hit the couch. Y'all gave me something fun to do when I was feeling horrible. I have good 'ol Texas cedar fever REALLY bad! I am a bit better this morning but still not normal yet. Here are a list of crochet abbreviations:

Standard crochet stitch abbreviations are as follows:

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ch sp = chain space
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MC = main color
CC = contrasting color
RS = right side of work

They really are easy to do. The butterfly takes about 10-15 minutes if that long. It probably would be easier to see someone do it in person though if you are learning. Sorry about that. Now back to the box of tissues!
Thank you so much, Patter. I hope you feel better speedy quick!!!

*hugs*
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For those who have trouble holding crochet hooks for hours at a time, this is a photo of how to add a grip. I tightly wrap the crochet hook's handle in duct tape until it is the same diameter as a pencil. Then I put a pencil grip over the duct tape. This makes it soft, squishy, and comfortable to hold. WalMart sells these "Gooshy Grips" with the kids' pencils and school supplies. You'll need to experiment to see how far up from the hook to place the grip. That will depend on your personal preference.



Of course, this will only help the hand that holds the hook. It won't do anything for your other hand that holds the thread and the crocheted piece in progress.
SHUT UP!!! How clever is that???!!!

TFS!!!
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I just went on Youtube and put in crochet flower for my search and there are lots of videos showing how to knit and crochet flowers. I am a visual learner so this was very helpful..hope it helps you as well... Carol from the windy city.....
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I just got off the phone with my mom and even without seeing a photo she said, "Easy peasy."

Well, she didn't say easy peasy because frankly, my mom just doesn't talk that way! LOL! But then she reminded me of these things she made a long time ago where she crocheted little flowers and leaves, sewed them onto a pretty fabric, and then put it in a wooden embroidery hoop. I actually found one upstairs and I've attached a photo. My mom made this in 1985 for her mother. I remember that it hung in my grandparents' bedroom.

These flowers are about 1.5 inches across. My mom said she has different patterns for little flowers like this.

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Those look like the Irish Rose pattern. Very pretty, nice work!
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TFS!!!
LOL, Julie. I put those Gooshy Grips on anything that holds still long enough... on my Prismacolor pencils and even things like my needle piercing tool and X-Acto knife.
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here's a pic of the ones I made! It took me about 15 minutes to make all of them! The largest is 1-3/4" and the smallest about 1-1/4". I just used Beacon's 3 in 1 fast dry acid free glue to attach the layers.

Oops, didn't work, I'll try again!
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Did it work? I guess not, not sure why.

Anyway, they are very easy!
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My mom called me tonight. She made several flowers in less than a couple of hours and has mailed them to me. I'll post pictures once I get them, and can get more details from her if anyone wants them (such as size hook or thread she used).
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Okay everyone! I found the butterfly directions! Yeah! And I took a pic of everything I still had in my recent stash along with the thread I use and the hook. The thread I got from Hobby Lobby and they have lots of colors. The hook I use is 00. Here is a pic and the butterfly instructions (sorry I don't remember who this is from so I can't give the author credit). Bad me!!!

Butterfly
Ch 3, sl st in 1st ch to form a ring.
Notes: 1 round completes the butterfly. All of the stitches on Rnd 1 are worked in the Ch 3 ring, and stitches need to be pushed toward the beg of the rnd as you crochet.
Rnd 1: * ch 3, 2 tr, ch 3, sl st **, [ch 2, dc, ch 2, sl st] twice, rep from * to ** once, [ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 ch, sl st] twice.
Fasten off.

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Cool! I'd love to have your flower patterns too. (did you already post them?) I love to crochet and figure that these flowers would be super easy.
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Old 01-24-2009, 12:54 PM   #76
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Excellent thread! Thank you for all of the information! Subscribing to as to learn eventually how to make the fleurettes
Thanks again!
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Old 01-24-2009, 06:40 PM   #77
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subscriping so I can see MissIowa81's mom's flowers!!
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Old 01-25-2009, 05:47 AM   #78
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missiowa81 - I would love to have your mom's rose pattern too! Thanks!
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Old 01-25-2009, 06:10 AM   #79
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I crochet flowers while I walk on the treadmill. It makes the time go quicker! hahaha

I don't have a pattern, but could probably figure one out if you are interested. Here are some of the flowers I've made.

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Old 01-25-2009, 08:42 AM   #80
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WOW!! Talk about being productive!!
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