These little Picot flowers are fabulously quick and easy to make and great for using up odds and ends of yarn. I'm writing the instructions using UK terms, the stitches are as follows ::
sl st (slip stitch) :: insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch, then through the loop on your hook.
Dc (Double Crochet) :: insert hook through stitch, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (two loops on hook), yarn over and pull through both loops on hook. [NB this is equivalent to US sc stitch]
Tr :: yarn over, insert hook through stitch, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops on hook (two loops left on hook), yarn over and pull through remaining two loops. [NB this is equivalent to US dc stitch]
To begin :: Chain 4 and join to make a ring. Chain 3 (counts as 1tr, as above)
Now before we crack on with the pattern, I want to chat to you a little about "working in the round". In the above photo I'm about to make a tr stitch into the ring...see how I'm holding the tail end of the yarn horizontally across to the left and and making sure that my hook passes under it?
If you do this with each and every stitch in the first round, you will achieve two things ::
Firstly, you won't need to darn that end in cos it'll be trapped under your stitches and can simply be snipped off when you finish the round.
And Secondly, when you come to the end of the round, you can do a nifty thing with this "trapped" tail end before you snip it off.....you can give it a really good yank and it'll magically close up the central hole. And that will make the centres of your flowers/granny squares/circles much neater.
Yes, you just try it and you'll see what I mean!
SO...on with the pattern :o)
Into the ring work 7 tr's, as above. Remember to pass the hook under your tail end with each stitch.
Join with a sl st to the 3rd chain of your initial chain 3 to close the round. Fasten off.
You should be able to see 8 stitches that you'll be working out of in the next round.
Now turn your little circle over and pull hard on the tail end to close the central hole before snipping it off. Seeee???? Neat eh??!
ROUND 2 ::
Knot in your new colour, as above, and pull a loop through to the front of the first stitch to begin.
Chain 4 ( as above)
Now into that same first stitch, work 1 dc (as above). This is your first Picot Petal made.
A quick reminder to hold both your tail ends horizontally over to the left and make sure your hook passes under them as you work each stitch. The ends will get trapped and there'll be no need to darn them in (as above, yaaayyyy for no darning in ends!)
Into the second stitch, work 1dc, then chain 3 (as above)
Now work 1 dc into the same stitch to complete your second picot petal, as above.
Continue working round your circle, making a picot petal in each stitch, as follows ::
1 dc, chain 3, 1dc. Petal made. Easy isn't it??
You should end up with eight neat little picot petals, as pictured above.
Now make a sl st into the very first chain at the base of the first picot petal to join, and fasten off.
And there you have it :: one super-cute Little Picot Flower.
Now you'll need to make a whole load more, cos it's not much good having just one Lonely Little Picot Flower. They look much better when there's lots of them all flowering together. Go on, make some more in different colours, it'll only take a few moments.
ps here's a condensed version of the pattern in case you wish to write/print it out ::
Chain 4, join to make a ring.
Chain 3 (counts as 1 tr)
Work 7 tr's into ring, join with a sl st to 3rd chain of initial chain-3 to close round.
Join in new colour and pull a loop thorugh first stitch to begin.
Chain 4, then work 1 dc into same stitch (first picot petal made)
In next stitch, work the following :: *1 dc, chain 3, 1 dc* (second picot petal made)
Repeat between ** 6 more times until you've made 8 picot petals.
Join with a sl st to first chain to close round. Fasten off..
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