I bought the yarn for this crocheting project a few days before beginning it, so the skeins sat grouped together on a table for a little while. This was before our weather had turned for the better, and seeing those colours all together in the gloom cheered me right up. I could only imagine the effect that those pretty hues, crocheted into flowers and strung together to make a garland, would have. It was happiness just waiting to happen.
Thanks goes to the designer who made her pattern for the charming 'Maybelle' flower available for free download here. I first saw this when looking for a pattern for these crocheted brooches I made, back during the dark depths of the worse winter we've had here in Toronto in decades. One of the ladies who commented on the Maybelle Pattern post said she was going to use it to make a floral garland, and thus the idea for a string of brightly coloured crocheted flowers was set in my mind. I knew I would be making one for our home, to bring a bit of spring inside. And I love how it turned out.
It was fun to make too, with each flower taking about 15 minutes to crochet. I decided to go with 6 different colours, making two flowers with each. Then I attached them to a black chain that was 550 stitches long, creating a garland to cover a wall that is 7 1/2 feet wide. The flowers are attached at 40 stitch intervals which left a few inches at either end of the garland for hanging.
The pattern suggests 100% cotton yarn, which I could find in 4 of my colours choices, but the orange and the turquoise ones are made with a mixed yarn of 80% Bamboo and 20% Merino Wool. The cotton flowers turned out a bit stiffer and I'd say the cotton is the better choice for this project. The cotton flowers are slightly larger too, even after I compensated for the different yarns by using a smaller hook. I am perfectly happy with my result though and am only pointing this out as a suggestion for you to use all cotton yarn if you decide to make one too.
Oh, and did I hear you ask for a picture of Eddie the cat with the floral garland? I thought I did.
Thank you for taking a look,
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