UPDATE 10/8/13: Because I get these daisy motif questions over and over, I’ll update here! I have since purchased and used the Hana-Ami flower loom. It comes with basic instructions. To make the daisy motif blanket, you can use the join-as-you-go method. Just follow the last-round instructions (the green) and JAYG using this diagram. You can find lots of flower loom instructions and ideas here.
I’ve been obsessing about these vintage daisy motif afghans that seem to be floating all over on the web these days. I can’t pinpoint just where I’ve been seeing them, but I think they’ve been in the backgrounds of photo shoots and house tours and such. Regardless, I can’t stop thinking about them . . .
I wanted to find the crochet pattern for these afghans and use it as a jumping-off point for a purse. Oh, how I want a purse made from these daisies. Alas, I could not find anything. Upon closer inspection, I realized the daisy motifs are made with a flower loom. So, just as in the case of the chain-link, I came up with a crochet daisy motif pattern that will fit my needs. Incidentally, I am now also fixated on getting a flower loom.
I used a 4 mm hook, resulting in a 4 inch motif.
First, with color A (yellow in this example) chain 2 and make 6 single crochet into the second chain from your hook (the very first chain). Join to the first sc with a slip stitch. (Yarn over, insert hook into first sc, yarn over, pull up a loop) twice. You will now have 5 loops on your hook. Yarn over and draw through all loops on hook (first sc 2 together made).
Do the same into each sc around (sc 2 together in each sc). It helps to do all of the yo loosely so it’s easier to pull the final loop through all 5. Join with a sl st to first stitch. Cut yarn and weave in ends. Stick your finger or your hook into the center to push the right side outwards (you’ll have what looks like a little nubbin).
Join color B (white in this example) to the inside loop of one of the sc. In the photo below, I have the hook in the outside loop as an example of what NOT to do (haha). In other words, you won’t be working under both loops of the “v,” just the loop that is closest to the center of your nubbin.
After you have joined color B, chain 12 as shown in the photo below. Notice that the nubbin is pointed away. Essentially, you are working into what seems to be the wrong side of your work.
Slip stitch into the same loop you started in to make the first petal. Chain 12 again and sl st into the same loop. You now have 2 petals in your first loop. (Slip stitch into the next loop, ch 12, sl st in same loop, ch 12, sl st in same loop) around until you get to the end. Slip stitch in first loop and finish off color B. Here’s what it will look like as you go and when you are done:
Join color C (green in this example) to any petal. Chain 1, sc into the same petal, chain 4. (Sc into next petal, ch 4) around. Join with a sl st to first sc. Finish off and weave in your ends.
There, done. It’s not as pretty as the original, but it’s close enough for me. These motifs will be easy to join together as you work. Just slip stitch the final round to the previous motif as you go – here’s a tutorial for that. Also, here is a blanket pattern diagram!
And now I’m off to draft a purse pattern and find a flower loom . . .