Always Blooming Bouquet

Make a beautiful bouquet that will last forever!


Designed by Linda Permann

(4 medium) Red Heart Soft Yarn: 1 ball each 9537 Fuchsia (A), 4422 Tangerine (B), 9114 Honey (C), 4608 Wine (D), 9522 Leaf (E), 9523 Dark Leaf (F)

Note: 1 ball of each color will make several bouquets.

Crochet hook: Size I/9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook or any size to obtain correct gauge

Notions

Paper stem wires -- 18 gauge
Hot-glue gun
Glue sticks
Popsicle stick
Yarn needle

Special Technique

Adjustable ring method: Holding the yarn a few inches from the end, wrap yarn around your finger to form a ring. Do not remove wrap from finger, insert hook into the wrap and draw up a loop of working yarn. Chain one to secure the loop, and remove ring of yarn from finger. Work stitches of first round in the ring. Pull gently but firmly on tail to tighten ring.

Finished measurements:
Outer Petals of Daffodil 3-1/2 inches
across (at widest point);
Outer Petals of Rose 3 inches
across (at widest point);
Stem length 8-13 inches

Gauge is not critical for this project.

NOTES

1. Each flower is constructed from two pieces, which are then layered and sewn together to hide the stem.
2. Make flowers in your preferred color combinations. Using the colors listed in the instructions will produce the bouquet pictured.

Find yarn for this project.

Daffodil

Outer Petals (make 1 each with A, B, and C)
Form an adjustable ring.
Rnd 1 (WS): Ch 1, work 6 sc in ring; join with slip st in first sc -- 6 sc.
Rnds 2 and 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join with slip st in first sc.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times; join with slip st in first sc -- 9 sc.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join with slip st in first sc.
Rnd 6: Ch 1, [sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times; join with slip st in first sc -- 12 sc.
Rnd 7: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times; join with slip st in first sc -- 18 sc.
Rnd 8 (RS): Turn, [(slip st, ch 1, hdc, dc) in next sc, (tr, ch 2, tr) in next sc, (dc, hdc, ch 1, slip st) in next sc (Petal made)] 6 times; join with slip st in first slip st -- 6 Petals. Fasten off.

Inner Trumpet (make 1 each with A, B, and C)
Work through Rnd 7 of Outer Petal -- 18 sc. Fasten off.

ROSE

Outer Petals (make 1 each with B, C, and D)
Form an adjustable ring.
Rnd 1 (WS): Ch 1, work 8 sc in ring; join with slip st in first sc -- 8 sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join with slip st in first sc.
Rnds 3 and 4: Ch 1, *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around; join with slip st in first sc -- 18 sc.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join with slip st in first sc.
Rnd 6 (RS): Turn, [slip st in next sc, ch 1, 5 dc in next sc, ch 1, slip st in next st] 6 times; join with slip st in first slip st -- 6 Petals. Fasten off.

Inner Petals (make 1 each with B, C, and D)

Work through Rnd 3 of Outer Petal -- 12 sc.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join with slip st in first sc.
Rnd 5 (RS): Turn, [slip st in next sc, (ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1) in next sc (Petal made)] 6 times; join with slip st in first slip st -- 6 Petals. Fasten off.

French Knots

With cc yarn, make one French knot in the center of each Inner Petal. To make bouquet as pictured, work French knots with B on D Petals, with A on B Petals, and with D on C Petals.

Large Leaf (make 4; 1 with E and 3 with F)

Form an adjustable ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), work 9 dc in ring; join with slip st in top of beg ch -- 10 dc.
Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc in first dc, 2 hdc in next dc, 2 dc in next 2 dc, 2 tr in next dc, ch 2, 2 tr in next dc, 2 dc in next 2 dc, 2 hdc in next 2 dc; join with slip st in top of beg ch -- 20 sts, and 1 ch-2 space. Fasten off and weave in the beg end. Do not weave in the tail.

Small Leaf (make 3; 2 with E and 1 with F)

Form an adjustable ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), (hdc, 3dc, 2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr, 3 dc) in ring; join with slip st in top of beg ch -- 12 sts, and 1 ch-2 space. Fasten off and weave in the beg end. Do not weave in the tail.

Finishing

Weave in all ends of flowers. To make the pictured bouquet, assemble Petals and Leaves in the following combinations.
Daffodil 1: A
Outer Petals, C Trumpet, one large F Leaf, and F Stem.
Daffodil 2: B
Outer Petals, A Trumpet, one F Large Leaf, and F Stem.
Daffodil 3: C
Outer Petals, B Trumpet, one E Large Leaf, and E Stem.
Rose 1: B
Inner and Outer Petals, one F Small Leaf, and F Stem.
Rose 2: C
Inner and Outer Petals, one F Large Leaf, and F Stem.
Rose 3: D
Inner and Outer Petals, two E Small Leaves, and E Stem. Cut paper stems to desired lengths; Stems shown vary in length from 8 to 13 inches.

Assemble Flower

Note: Take care not to touch hot glue. Use a Popsicle stick to press yarn into glue. Leaving yarn attached to ball, thread end of stem color yarn onto yarn needle and take, from bottom to top, through center of beg ring of Outer Petals. Weave the Stem color yarn through sts around bottom of Inner Petals (or Trumpet), and back through center ring of Outer Petals. Pull gently but firmly until Inner Petals (or Trumpet) sit centered about 1/2 inch above Outer Petals. Insert 1/2 inch of paper Stem through center hole of Outer Petals. Working quickly, spread hot glue over inserted Stem, press against inside of Outer Petals and pull Stem yarn ends taut so that Inner Petals (or Trumpet) sit snugly against outer Petals and paper Stem does not show through. Cut end of yarn on needle (but do not cut yarn coming from ball) leaving about 2 inches. Spread hot glue on the first 1-1/2 inches of the Stem, beg at Petal end. With a Popsicle stick, press tail into hot glue. Trim tail end.

Wrap Stem and Attach Leaves

Place yarn ball on the floor and hold yarn taut between your knees. Spread hot glue on Stem in 1-1/2-inch sections as you work. Holding the Stem horizontally, slowly twirl the Stem to wrap the yarn around the Stem and press yarn into the glue; leave no space bet wraps. Pause after wrapping 2-3 inches of the Stem. Press tail end of Lleaf (or Leaves) into glue along next unwrapped section of Stem. Working around the Leaf (or Leaves) and over the tail(s), cont wrapping the Stem until covered. Trim end. Hot-glue the edge of the Leaf to the stem if desired.

Abbreviations: ch(s) = chain(s); dc = double crochet; hdc = half double crochet; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch(es); tr = treble crochet; * = Repeat directions following * as many times as indicated; [ ] = Work directions inside brackets as many times as indicated; ( ) = Work directions inside parentheses into st or space indicated.


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