Well I know I am not alone here, but it is nice to be able to whip up something really quick, that looks good and doesn't need stuffing or having its limbs attached!
Retro is in right now. I recently learnt that the correct term for this is "vintage". Apparently that is anything that is at least 20 years old. Sadly, (or fortunately) just about everything in my house would be classed as "vintage" by this definition!
I never realised until I started looking at "vintage" what a gold mine I had stuffed in the cupboards. All those old leather handbags, and ornaments, not to mention hubs hideous 70s tie collection. In fact half the stuff in my kitchen is "vintage" and here was I thinking it was just junk from the 70s and 80s!
We got married in the year of the casserole dish. I swear, we received about 20 casserole dishes. Pottery ones, crown corning ones, Pyrex in orange and yellow, crock pots, and corning ware ones. Some with cornflowers and some with onions and veges. And now it is vintage - and people actually pay money and collect the stuff! There are some things I will never understand.
So these are my Button Blossoms which use a sniff of yarn and an old - er "vintage" button.
I have a huge plastic container of old er "vintage" buttons, mostly all odd so I have discovered these brooches are a great use of odd scraps as well as the buttons.
They also sell well at the school fair and look fabulous in a card as a gift. Maybe just the thing for Mum on Mothers Day.
Button Blossom Brooches
Australian UK terms first/ USA terms second
8 ply yarn, worsted weight, double knit or equivalent yarn, hook size 4mm, J6 . Weight and hook size doesn't matter. Use what you feel comfortable with.
You will need a safety pin or bobby pin, and of course a pretty "vintage" button.
Round 1: 4ch slst into a ring, 2ch 9htr/hdc into ring, slst join = 10
Round 2: 1ch (1dc/sc into next st, 4ch, miss 1) 5times slst join into first st. You should have 5 loops
Round 3: Into each of the ch loops work (1dc/sc, 1htr/hdc, 3tr/dc, 1htr/hdc, 1dc/sc) do not join = 5 petals
Round 4: working in front of previous row into missed sp work (3tr/dc, 1htr/hdc, 1dc/sc) around slst join in first tr/dc of round, finish off leaving a 30cm/12in length of yarn = 5petals
Thread yard onto a sewing needle and stitch a button to the centre, and a safety pin or bobby pin to the back. These make a great accessory for hats, bags and scarfs.
Now isn't that pretty!
(c) crochetroo 2008. Please do not reproduce or copy my pattern by any means. However I am happy for you to make button blossoms until the cows come home. Enjoy!