I really don’t mind the winter. I rather enjoy wearing hats, soft sweaters and my boot slippers. But when Mother Nature pulled a nasty trick last week with beautiful 50 degree weather only to drop 2 feet of snow, I admit, my heart sank. I was ready for a change! So even though spring is still (probably) a month off, I can still bring springtime inside with these beautiful crochet Gerbera Daisies.
Crochet Gerbera Daisies
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Work in continuous rounds. Start with a magic ring.
1. Sc 8 into ring. (8 sts)
2. Sc 2 in each st around. (16 sts).
Sl st into next st and tie off.
Join 2nd color.
3. Sc in each st around (16 sts). TURN. The wrong side of the circle should be facing you.
4. Ch 7. Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next ch. Hdc in next ch. Dc 3. Sk the next st. Sc in next st.
Repeat the petal sequence until you have 8 total petals.
Sl st into the bottom st of the first petal.
The second round of petals will be worked behind the first round. Work through the skipped stitches from round 4.
The petals need to be off-center, so slip stitch 1 into the next skipped stitch from round 4.
5. Ch 6. Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc in next st. Dc 3. Sc in next sk st from round 4.
Repeat the petal sequence until you have 8 total petals. Sl st into the first st.
Turn over. The flower center will show right-side facing you, while the petals curve back. Weave in ends.
I highly recommend blocking your flowers! The petals will want curl back rather dramatically, and blocking will help them keep a natural petal shape. Wet blocking is a simple method.
To do this, you will need a piece of wax paper (or foil), a spray bottle and a heavy book.
Spraying the flowers until they are quite damp (front and back). Lay the flowers on a piece of wax paper or foil. Make sure you position the petals out flat.
Fold your wax paper over (or place a separate piece on top if your bottom one isn’t large enough), lay a towel on top of the flowers and wax paper, and lay the heavy book on top. Let it dry overnight, and your petals will lay so much nicer when you are done. Below is a blocked and unblocked flower. You definitely want to take the time to block your flowers!
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Originally posting at Stitch and Unwind.