Saturday, August 23, 2014

How to Make a Carnation Flower

I took the original vintage carnation pattern, modified the materials using the following:

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn, 0724 Baby Pink
Miscellaneous green yarn I had on hand
F-5 aluminum crochet hook
Paper stem wire
Fiberfill
Yarn needle

I also changed the way the ring was made to start it off because using worsted weight yarn, ch 3 to form a ring made it too small for me to work with and get 10 s c into the ring. Instead, ch 5 or 6, then follow the rest of the directions. 

BEGIN PATTERN

With Green ch 3, join to form a ring, ch 1 and work 10 s c into ring, join.
2nd Round—Ch 1, 2 s c in each s c, join, ch 1 and work 6 rounds even.
Attach color, * ch 7, skip 1 s c, s c in next s c repeat from * around row. (10 loops.)
Next Round—Sl st into loop, ch 5, 20 d tr c in each of the 10 loops, join.
Next Round—* ch 2, s c into next st, repeat from * all around. Break thread.
Fasten a knot into wire and pull through calyx, fill calyx with cotton and sew to­gether under flower.

END PATTERN

For the stem, I followed the instructions for the stem wire to attach it to the flower itself. Then I finished it off by making a long chain in the green scrap yarn I had and winding it around the stem wire.


Pictures of the process follows:



Finished carnation up close:



And the full finished carnation in a bud vase for show:



The carnation is actually very real looking. In fact, after I finished it up, I had to take off and go to work. So I cleaned up and left it sitting in the vase on the kitchen counter.

When I got home from work, my husband told me that he had come in the house, saw it on the counter and wondered who had gotten me such a beautiful flower. Then he noticed that the vase didn't have water in it, so he walked over to pick it up and fill it with water and didn't realize that it was created out of yarn until he touched it!

This pattern is very easy to make, doesn't take many materials or much time at all to complete.

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