Finally, there is enough sun out that I was able to re-create and photograph the step by step process of making a crochet poinsettia. I've put together this little tutorial for you - I hope you enjoy it!
Last year, I looked all over blogland and pinterest in hopes of finding a crochet poinsettia tutorial. But, although I did find some pretty ones, I just couldn't find the one that I pictured in my head. I did find ONE pattern that looked something like what I was envisioning but the pattern required me to make MANY many parts and then hook them all together (like over 15 parts ugh). I wanted something simpler and with fewer parts. The pattern I came up with has three parts. The red part is the poinsettia bloom. The green part is the poinsettia greenery and the white part is the poinsettia middle. I borrowed the pattern for the middle from another blog. The red and the green part I created myself.
The parts can be made in any order. For this tutorial, I'm starting with the red part (the flower). You are welcome to experiment with colors of course. I have seen poinsettias in a variety of colors. They bloom in all shades of red, pink and white!
Round 1: Into your ring ch1. Make *2sc then ch2. Repeat from * five more times. After the last ch2, join with a slip stitch to close the round. If you have used a magic ring, pull the tail to close.
The photo above shows the magic ring start for round 1. The bumps are the ch2 spaces.
Round 2: into the first ch2 space, *work the following stitches (sc, dc, tr, picot3, tr, dc, sc)**. One petal made. Work the instruction from * to ** into every ch2 space. (6 petals total for the round). Join round with slip stitch. Finish off.
Next. Let's make the green leafy part of the flower.
To begin the leaf part either make a magic ring or ch 3 (or 4) and join with a slip stitch.
Round 1: ch1, make 6sc into the ring. If you used the magic ring, pull the tail to close.
Work these stitches into every chain3 space in the round (sc, hdc, dc, 2tr, picot3, 2tr, dc, hdc, sc).
Slip stitch to join the round and finish off. Poinsetta leaf part done!
Upon assembly, the red flower petals will sit atop the green leaf petals like this:
Go HERE TO SEE THE CROCHET BALL PATTERN.
Here is a photo of the little balls from Lucy's blog:
When you visit her blog post, look for this photo of the little balls. You will find her written pattern explanation of how to make them right below the photo. While you're over at Attic24, look around a bit. Lucy has many, many lovely patterns and beautiful photos and stories about crochet.
I plan to use one or maybe two of my poinsettias as gifts and will make them into brooches. I already have birthday gift plans for the brooch (tho. I should have already completed and mailed the gift before today)! Better late than never I suppose.
I used this carpet warp cotton. You can read all about my carpet warp yarn on this post.
I am feeling a bit of a holiday tug with my crochet. I still have lots of autumn and Thanksgiving ideas I'd like to create, but I feel like the holidays are already looming. Though it's been cold here, I've managed to do without the heat as of yet. I've been piling on extra layers in the house and drinking warm beverages to compensate. We just had the chimney cleaned out, so we are ready for the fireplace!
Hope you enjoyed my poinsettia tutorial. Let me know if you make any of your own.
I may put a pdf download of this pattern on Ravelry - but that will have to wait for another day... too much work (real work) to do today!!!
Enjoy - Sher