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Crochet Hooks, Yarn, and Flowers

Reported by Katie Renz

Crocheted flowers are nothing new and have graced many a beautiful hand-crafted purse, sweater, hat, gloves or just about anything that can have something attached to it, but have you noticed other places that crocheted flowers have been embellishing? Yes, the crocheted flower can be seen on cards, altered projects, and scrapbook layouts.

Well, when I saw these very cute embellishments, I knew that I had to try this out for myself. First, let me tell you that I knit occasionally and was somewhat familiar with a crochet hook, but I had never completed any crocheted item of any sort. I am definitely no professional, just a gal that wanted to make my own flower embellishments. Today, I’m going to share my journey of hooks and thread/yarn.

Now the other important fact is that I’m not going to show you how to crochet, but I will direct you to a site where I got my pattern. This is the flower pattern that I used throughout this article and for all my examples. I ran across a great little blog called Little Birdie Secrets and found a great video tutorial. CLICK HERE to go there. There are numerous free patterns and video tutorials available and it will just come down to your own personal preference, and to be honest, some trial and error.

The first time I walked into a Michaels and Joann’s stores (I didn’t go into any knitting stores) I was rather at a loss as to what to buy. I realized that some of the yarn I saw wasn’t going to work, but that thin, tiny, thread looked awfully small and I wasn’t sure what size hooks to get other than I assumed they needed to be small. I opted to get the variety set of Boye Crochet hooks (pictured above) and figured that was my best option. For the yarn, I just grabbed what I thought I could manage, which turned out to be too thick for my purposes.

Before I get to the crochet thread I want to share a picture of a flower that I made using some yarn that I used to make hats for my boys. I don’t know for sure what brand of yarn it is, but it’s big and wintery. I used an H hook because it was one that I had floating around and I think most everyone has at least heard of the “alphabet” hooks – H, I, J.

This particular flower measures approximately 2 1/2″ in diameter and I wanted to show it to you for comparison purposes.


The picture below is of some yarn that I purchased at the store. All 3 skeins are sized 10 thread which isn’t the thickest, but it isn’t the thinnest either. There is also size 3, 5, and 20. There might be more… I honestly don’t know. I have examples further down of both the 3 and 5.


A term that kept popping up while I was shopping and browsing was “mercerized” cotton. What does mercerized mean and why is it important? Without getting into all the chemically stuff (that I don’t clearly understand) the process of mercerization is simply a chemical treatment to cotton fibers that improves its luster and strength. It also allows the cotton to accept dyes more easily. You can read a more in depth definition HERE.

This next picture is of some flowers that I crocheted using every single hook from the Boye variety set. It shows you the size difference of the flowers. The yarn is DMC crochet yarn and I used the exact same pattern for each flower, just changed the hook size.

As you can see the larger numbers actually mean a smaller hook size and subsequent smaller flowers.


Another example I wanted to show you is where I used different types of yarn but the same size hook (size 2) for each one. As you can see, there is quite a difference between the different threads.

I found the size 3 too large and thick for my purposes (embellishments on cards). The DMC has a nice feel to it. The DMC Pearl Cotton has some neat shimmer to it and the threads don’t separate at all, but color choices aren’t as many as the regular DMC floss. And finally, the size 10 cotton crocheted up quite nicely, but is the thinnest of the bunch.


One thing that I found was that many of you crafty crafters out there have embraced crocheting with DMC floss. The one nice thing about DMC floss is that there is a vast array of colors available versus crochet thread that seems to be limited in color choice. Plus it comes in small increments and you won’t be stuck with yards and yards of thread. The only tricky component is that DMC floss can easily be separated so it can be a little tricky to crochet.


I do have a couple of hints for you flower makers out there. I have found that if I keep a smaller hook on hand while I’m crocheting my flower, it makes it much easier to complete stitches that may have gotten a bit snug. The same goes for when threading your ends. If you use a smaller hook to do this it makes it much easier.

So, this post isn’t really about good or bad, but rather what to look for if you are interested in crocheting your own flower embellishments. I wanted to point you in the right direction, but clearly the size of the flower you want to make depends on your purpose and your own preference. It will also depend upon the style of flower and the pattern you are using as well.

We love choices and this is one area that there is a vast array of choices out there. You really can’t go wrong whatever you choose.

Pros:

  • Creating your very own crochet flower embellishments
  • Doesn’t take a lot of materials
  • Can match just about any project

Cons:

  • Could take longer than you want to spend
  • Your hands could cramp and you could end up with carpal tunnel

 

All the components to creating your own flowers are very affordable and once you get hooked (pun intended) you’ll have so much fun!

So, as I stated earlier, I am no expert. Flowers are the only things I have crocheted and at this point the only thing I plan on making, but I’m always up for any tips and/or hints about hooks and thread! Bring ’em on readers.

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5 Responses to Crochet Hooks, Yarn, and Flowers

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    Heather July 20, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    Lovely flowers! Thanks for the link to the pattern!

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    Laurie VF July 20, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    Thanks much…I have been looking for flower patterns…love them but not to pay $1 each. Much appreciated.
    Laurie VF

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    Melanie July 20, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    I am finding this one of the most (if not THE most) useful blog I subscribe to! I have been thinking of trying crocheting, but I know how a new craft can suck me in until I am so frustrated with it that I give up! I like how you showed the different options and the results of them. Thanks again!

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    Jenn July 20, 2009 at 2:55 pm #

    I’ve been making crochet flowers for a little while; I haven’t tried it yet, but for the stampers/papercrafters out there, why not crochet your flower in white and then use an ink pad re-inker to die the flower to match your papers?!

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    Christine July 21, 2009 at 9:19 am #

    Hey Katie, awesome post. I have always wanted to learn how to make those crochet flowers and you have given me all of the information that I need to get started. That video tutorial was so much fun to watch. Thanks for posting about it.
    xoxo, Christine