flower pot

FO – – flower pot

it’s done, it’s finished, finally! Never thought it would take this long, but it’s the assembling, always this oh so enoying assembling. But I did it ^_^

isn’t it lovely?


and so beautiful?


and so unique?


I truely love it!

the pattern will be available as .pdf download soon, of course for free, but until now you will need to see the single blog posts on flower potti, sorry for the long way round

uh, something very important, when having sewn the lawn to the ground, you will need to push the florists wire through the buds and stems to give the flowers its stand. The important thing: you might need more than one string of wire per flower, depending on the weight of the flowers head. For example I needed only one (I added two nevertheless) for the white bud without petals, but the pink flower needed four wires to stay up, so I guess either you use thicker wire or you use more than one.

a little bit like christmas

today three packages were waiting for me when I came home from work, yeah packages, gifts, presents, christmas for me, me, me ^_^
and opening I found this

WOLLMEISE, oooooh, **drool**
Frosch and Rhabarber
the lovely Claudia offered to get me some, when going to see (she saw!!!) the Wollmeise on a yarn market near her and look what she brought me


oooh, drooling little bit more

and also the spinning can begin now, well almost, since I don’t have roving yet, BUT, today I also received my first book on spinning, it’s full of pictures (which should have been quite obvious, since it’s called teach yourself VISUALLY spinning) and I think very useful


and my new niddy noddies and a nostepinde, so I can wind my new yarn in whatever I like, yeah

Also I finished flower potty, FINALLY
can’t believe this took so long, well the actual crocheting was finished some time ago (think about the beginning of may) but assembling is really something that stops me from finishing, I just don’t like it and get distracted too easily with new projects, but it’s finished now, pictures will follow tomorrow, when it’s better light. And also a very useful tip: don’t forget to stuff the full lenght of your stems before you sew them to the earth ball, otherwise (I learned just now) you a) can un-sew it from the earth or b) like I did, push stuffing through the little holes between the crochet stitches very carefully

flower pot – nine: nearly FO

it’s nearly done! The flower pot grew and it’s the first post this month on flower potti – can’t really believe it. Well knitting is tempting and can really consume so much time without me realizing it (it just doesn’t need as much looks onto the pattern)

What I’ve done in the meantime: I’ve made the earthball, that will hold the flowers to the pottery.


and the ball of ‘earth’ put into the pot:


it’s supposed to fit into th pot, you might need to change the pattern, that I give here, since the pattern I made is for bulbous flower pots.

what I did:

the Ball of Earth

1 — make 6 sc into dr
2 — (m2) x6
3 — (m2, sc1) x6
4 — (m2, sc2) x6
5 — (m2, sc3) x6
6 — sc2, (m2, sc4) x5, m2, sc2
7 — (m2, sc5) x6
8 — sc3, (m2, sc6) x5, m2, sc3
9 — (m2, sc7) x6
make 6 rows = sc 54
16 — (sc2tog, sc7) x6
17 — sc3, (sc2tog, sc6) x5, sc2tog, sc3
make 5 rows = sc 42
23 — (sc2tog, sc5) x6
24 — (sc2tog, sc4) x6
25 — (sc2tog, sc3) x6
26 — (sc2tog, sc2) x6
27 — (sc2tog, sc1) x6
stuff
28 — sc2tog x6
BO

what you might change:

if your flower pot has a bigger circumference at the bottom, you might need to increase one or two more rows. the circle made should be almost as big as the bottom of your flower pot, but not equally big or even bigger. It will stretch when stuffed. Then just make several rows until the hight of your crochet will be as high as the pot you use. If your flower pot has a tapering form you also should increase one row in the midde of your crochet (six increases evenly spread) or one row every third part of your flower pot. When reached the desired hight just decrease six stitches every row (see row 16 and following).
You’re done!

=)

Now you need florists wire, I’ve used something that’s already cut into pieces:


wind the wire around a pencil and bend it just like in the picture. This bended part will be positioned in the pistil of the flower heads.


Before finally sticking the wire into the flower stems fix the lawn onto the earth ball and sew both together. When done “screw” the wire into the flowers, start at the pistil and carefully screw the bended wire into the flower heads, this bending will keep the wire from sticking out accidently.

I guess you’re done, the flower pot is ready to use.

flower pot – eight, a lawn to be


so the flower pot is growing again. As mentioned yesterday I started assembling the three flowers together. To do so isn’t very difficult alltough I can’t really give you a real pattern, it is quite freeform but I tell you how I did it and I believe it will be a good guide.

oh first I need to tell you I made 6 more rows of stem for the two blooming flowers (I didn’t edit this in the former posts yet)
so that is now 36 rows for the pink/white flower and 41 rows for the pale pink flower.

when all flowers have the size you want them to grow *giggle* you go on like this

make 2 sc in every sc in the first row
and *m2, sc1* till end of row two


now you need to attach all flowers together. I hope this picture clarifies what I mean. There will be stitches of every flower that you don’t crochet anymore, so you continue to crochet around the first flower about two thirds – then add the second flower and crochet another two thirds around, add the third flower and you got all flowers ‘bond’ together.
in this third row increase like following: *sc2, m2* till end of whole row (which is all three flowers for each about two thirds of the circumference)

now increase every other row like follows:
*sc3, m2* in the fourth row
*sc4, m2* in the fifth row
*sc5, m2* in the sixth row
and so on until you have the lawn size you desire.

a big thing also is, that when being “between two flowers” (ie. in the valley of a row I decreased one or two stitches)
one stitch in the first rows after assembling and two times in every other row, also I found to decrease with dc instead of sc to be quite useful, since the row itself would become more even, so your lawn will become more of a cirle than this roller coaster rows (hope you can understand what I mean, if not just leave a message)

also I added bobbles wherever I liked to add some texture to the lawn, I think it resembles some kind of grass.

now either you make the lawn as big as you like, like a hill or something (I would only increase as mentioned above every second row after I have some circumference, so it would look more like a hill and simply crochet a ‘plate’ (increasing 6sts evenly spread) to have a base for your hill and stuff this hill

or

like I will do, make an earth clog that the lawn will be sewn to and added to a potery flower pot.

hope to be finished until this weekend (it’s mayday soon, a whole day for me to use my hooks and needles ^__^)

flower pot – seven: about buds and stems

netx step of the flower pot. This was a bit tricky, I had this idea of a bud in my head with a green leave surrounding the bud just like it would start to bloom every second. The bud was a quick crochet but this leave around the bud? mmmh, tricky. But I made it, so here is the next flower with a bud and stem and leaves
and the very next step will be to assemble all three flowers together and make some kind of grass or meadow . . .

the bud itself

BUD (N 3,5)

1 — make a dr with 6 sts
2 — (sc1, m2) x3
3 — (m2, sc2) x3
4 — (sc3, m2) x3
make 1 row
6 — sc2, (m2, sc4) x2, m2, sc2
make 1 row
8 — (m2, sc5) x3
make 1 row
10 — (sc2tog, sc5) x3
make 1 row
12 — sc3, (sc2tog, sc4) x2, sc2tog, sc1
make 1 row
14 — (sc2tog, sc3) x3
15 — sc2tog x6
BO

the bud-leave

BUD-LEAVE and STEM (N 3,5)

make a slip knot
1 — chain 22
turn and start in second back ‘loop’ from beginning:
2 — sc21, join round
continue in spiral rounds
3 — sc5, esc2, hdc1, dc3, hdc1, esc2, sc6
4 — sc4, esc1, hdc2, dc2tog, dc2, dc2tog, hdc2, esc1, sc5
5 — sc1, sc2tog, esc2, esc2tog, hdc1, dc2tog, hdc1, esc2tog, esc2, sc2tog, sc2
6 — sc2tog x7
continue making rows of sc7 to create a stem

the leaves for the stem

LEAVES (N 3,5)
extra, small

1 — make a dr with 4 sts
2 — sc1, m2, sc2
3 — sc2, m2, sc2
4 — (sc2, m2) x2
5 — (sc3, m2) x2
6 — (sc4, m2) x2
7 — (sc5, m2) x2
8 — (sc6, m2) x2
make 2 rows
11 — (sc6, sc2tog) x2
12 — sc1 and pM to start a new round, don’t turn
13 — (sc5, sc2tog) x2
14 — (sc2tog, sc2, sc2tog) x2
BO

as soon as I made them stem and sewed everything together I’ll make some pics of the assembled flower

see you later