I am amassing a stack of crochet books. Eye candy they are.
I was perusing THIS book
when I came across a square motif that made me SURE it wanted to become a string of bunting squares.
The square is called daisy chain and the book shows it in a variety of color combinations but I imagined it in just a single color. Several squares in just single colors all hooked together that is. So I started right in.
I can't reprint the pattern - copyrights you know. But you can buy the book - or maybe borrow it from the library and create the pattern from its source.
I decided to use Aunt Lydia's crochet cotton - size 3. I wanted a cotton, and I needed something rather thin as this motif is a bit big when crocheted with DK or Worsted. My finished square was somewhere between 4 and 5 inches with the size 3. I used a 2.75mm hook - size C. I wanted to use a 2.5 but haven't been able to find one.
I was going to stop there but thought it needed a bit more than the squares so I found THIS pattern.
I made this flower using 4 colors of good ole Aunt Lydia. The pattern goes through the 3rd color but I added a final row of single crochet in blue around the petals, dipping down to the next row at the end of each petal section with a long single crochet.
I decided to put one of these fancy flowers at each end of the bunting.
I looked at it laid out across the floor, the squares and the fancy flowers. It needed more. I searched for a simpler flower and couldn't find anything I liked, so I made one up.
Since this pattern is my own, I can offer it to you. I don't often write my own patterns - so I hope the directions are clear.
2DB(2 double bobble) = leave last loop of each stitch on hook, work 2dc into ring, yo, pull through all remaining loops on hook.
3DB (3 double bobble) = leave last loop of each stitch on hook, work 3dc into ring, yo, pull through all remaining loops on hook.
Starting Ring: Chain 6 and join with sl,st.
Round 1:Chain 2, 2DB (see above) in ring. [4ch, 3DB into ring] x7 (8 bobbles in all). Chain 4, sl st to top of 1st bobble.
Round 2:[1sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc, 1hdc, 1sc into 4 chain space] x8. sl st into1st sc of the round. Tie off. Work in ends.
For my bunting, I made 2 square motifs each in 3 different colors (blue, pink, yellow).
I then added a center square motif in purple but I wanted it to be a bit bigger so I used the same cotton yarn/thread but traded off for a size E crochet hook. It did the trick.
I also made 2 flowers (my pattern) each in the same 3 colors (blue, pink, yellow)
I made 2 of the fancy flowers.
To crochet them all together, I wanted a long strand that was a bit heavier than just a chain.
I found this photo from Lucy, the Queen of Crochet at Attic24.
SO.... I chained 10, then crocheted in the first chain from the hook to create a chain ring for hanging. then, I chained A LOT.... I'm sorry that I didn't count. I laid all the motifs out on the floor with about 4-6" between each one and then added about 10" to each end... it was a lot of chains.
Long Strand round 2 was single crochet in each of the chains.
Long Strand round 3 was more single crochets and this time I attached the motifs.
To attach a motif, I tied little strings of yarn to the long strand to mark where I should attach each one. The flowers are attached in only one place but the squares are attached in 3 places. When I got to my little yarn marker, I crochet down 2 chains, attached the motif with a single crochet and then crocheted back UP the 2 chains. Then, I continued along my row. I did this until all the motifs were connected. I didn't take photos as I went tho. I wish I had -sorry.
I took photos of the garland both indoors and out. I love the square motif and how it makes happy little spots of shadowy goodness when the sun hits it. Enjoy the splendor!