Oooooooooooooh I've been in rosy Hooky Heaven this afternoon! Been meaning to try and get this little pattern sorted out for some time, and this afternoon I finally managed it. I tell you, I do get such a buzz from doing this sort of thing, I have a lot of fun with myself when I design and work up new patterns and bring my ideas into reality. I love doing it, so much!
It took quite a bit of trial and error to get the sweet, simple shape I was after. I wasn't after a big blowzy bloom, I wanted a neat, compact shape that would be very versatile.
There are a vast number of free rose patterns on the internet, if you google it you will see what I mean. I tried out a good many to get a feel for how they are worked up, but oh I do get so incredibly frustrated with written patterns, and so disheartened when things seem to be needlessly complicated. Personally, I strive for simplicity when I create my patterns, cos therein lies the pleasure. If the pattern is simple and straightforward, then the resulting crochet experience is generally satisfying and happy. Complex patterns just give me a headache.
The idea for this flower is simple. It involves just two rows of crochet, then a little bit of stitching.
I've photographed a tutorial for you, and am hoping to write it up in the morning. I'm going to write the pattern for both flowers and leaves (I've worked an improved leaf shape, better than the one I did some years ago here).
I've now got loads of ideas brewing for decorative rosy items and am quite giddy at the thought of it all. These sweet flowers make the perfect kind of portable project. A rose here, a rose there, a leaf or two when there are a few free minutes in the day.
I made myself a new little project bag yesterday (fabric, lined, with a zipper! Can't wait to show you that, but I forgot to photograph it). It's big enough to hold a few balls of rosy coloured yarn, a hook and some scissors, but small enough to stash in my handbag so that I'll always have it with me. I'll be ready to hook up some blooms in any spare moment. I am smiling at that thought :o)
Edit to add ::
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX ♥ THE PATTERN IS READY!! ♥ XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
I've called it "May Roses" and you can find it in the usual place in my left hand sidebar, or click HERE.
Happy rosy hooky my lovelies!!! Have fun!!!!