Today, I have only good news for you! The first good news is that several days ago, I opened Dada's place shop
! Here on my blog! That was a really big step for me! The shop is customer friendly, which means you don't have to register to make a purchase. It's a simple 4 steps process:
- Click on the “Add to Bag” button
- Enter your email address, fill in your billing information, and then your credit card or PayPal details
- You’ll instantly receive a confirmation email about your purchase, then in about 5-10 minutes, when the payment has been processed, you’ll get an email with a link to access your download.
- When you click on the link, the pattern will be downloaded. Open it, grab your crochet hook and enjoy! :)
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The second good news is that I have a free tutorial for you! I wanted to thank you for all your support, for visiting my blog and purchasing my patterns, which enabled me to devote myself full-time to crochet! Oh, how happy I am with crochet hook in my hand all day long!
I decided to make a free tutorial for Secret Garden Shawl, which I will show you in the second part of the tutorial. Today, you will learn how to make Secret Garden Flower.
The same flower I used to make this poncho.
Just one more thing before we start. For the Secret Garden Shawl as well as for the poncho above, I used my trusty Tango yarn (from St. George) 125m/50 g, and 3.5 mm crochet hook. So, lets start!
Begin with a magic ring. Make ch-4 in the ring. (Counts as dc and ch-1)
* Make dc in the ring, then ch-1;
Repeat from * 6 more times. You should have 8 dc with ch-1 between each dc;
Pull the yarn tail and close the ring.
Join with slip st to the initial ch-4 space. Fasten off.
Join a new color in any ch-1 space, then make ch-1;
Make sc in the same space.
Make * 3 sc in the next ch-1 space.
Repeat from * 6 more times.
Make 1 sc in the next ch-1 space - it's the space where we've made our first sc;
Now, we're going to make an invisible join. Cut the yarn and pull it through the stitch. Thread the tapestry needle, and insert the needle below both loops of the first sc, from back to front, and pull it through.
Insert your needle back, into the last sc you made - through the back loop only, from front to back, and pull it through.
And this is how your circle, or a wheel should look like. You should have 24 sc in total. The join is really invisible. Isn't it?
Now, join a new yarn in any sc, and make ch-5.
Skip the next 2 sc, and make slip st in the next sc.
Make * ch-5, skip the next 2 sc and make slip st in the next sc; Repeat from * 6 more times. Make the last slip stitch in sc where we've already made ch-5.
Make * sc, 5 dc, sc in the next ch-5 space;
Repeat from * 7 more times; You should have 8 petals;
Now, we're going to make an invisible join again, so cut the yarn and pull it through the stitch, then thread the tapestry needle. Insert your needle under both loops of the first sc you made, from back to front and pull it through.
Then, insert your needle back, into the last sc you made - through the back loop only, from front to back, and pull it through.
We've just finished the third round of the flower. It wasn't hard. Was it?
Attach a new color into the middle stitch of the petal, (it's the third dc) then make ch-6;
Make * sc into the third dc of the next petal, then ch-6; Repeat from * six more times. Join with slip stitch to dc where we've made the initial chain of six.
Make * sc, 6 dc, sc into the next ch-6 space.
Repeat from * 7 more times.
Again, we're going to make an invisible join, so cut the yarn and pull it through the stitch, then thread the tapestry needle. Insert your needle under both loops of the first sc you made, from back to front and pull it through.
Then again, insert your needle back, into the last sc you made - through the back loop only, from front to back, and pull it through.
We just have to make the last round of our secret garden flower, so attach a new yarn in any sc between the two petals and make ch-9
Make * sc into sc between the next two petals, then make ch-9; Repeat from * 6 more times, and join with slip st to sc where we've made our initial chain of 9.
And there it is, your secret garden flower!
In the second part of the tutorial I will show you how to join the flowers, and how to make these little squares between the flowers. We will use join-as-you go method.
And the third good news is that the tutorial for the Victorian flower baby blanket is finally finished, and will be available in Dada's place shop
Enjoy the tutorial and have a great weekend!
Labels: Crochet pattern, crochet shawl, crochet tutorial, free crochet tutorial