It’s Mother’s Day today. For some while now I’ve been expecting Spring to arrive. The two events together, in my mind, are linked with colourful, fanciful flowers, lovingly grown and given.
If your garden is somewhat barren, (who’s isn’t in the UK?), it is possible to create a myriad of beautiful bouquets with some left-over yarn. You may want to be true to Nature with the flowers or create your own. The beauty of hand-crafted flowers is their versatility – use them in a window-display, attach a pin on the back and place on a now-drab winter coat, sew them directly on hems, cuffs, collars or anywhere where a small hole needs covering, or an updated look is needed. Hand-made flowers look thoughtful on a present, whimzical on the handles of a basket and cheer up the pannier of any push-bike. If you have the time, hang them directly to as yet, barren branches near your window to brighten up the day. Or how about cheering up your favourite tea-cozy with a crown of flowers? The list is endless. Just enjoy!
My all time favourite however is to go all out – wear an entire horticultural exhibition around your neck. It is sure to banish grey, cold weather.
Of course there is always the classic rose for those with a more demure taste.
The patterns for flowers are mostly easy and widely available on the web. There are also some excellent and very pretty books available to challenge you and for reference. One of my favourites is 200 Crochet Flowers, Embellishments and Trims by Claire Crompton, which covers a good range of flowers and gives plenty of ideas on how to freshen up a garment or finish off with a lovely trim. The patterns are available written out and in a chart to suit all.
And then there is the fantastic 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet by Lesley Stanfield which has a beautiful array of very realistic flowers to make arranged by difficulty and sure to have something to please everyone.
If you can’t quite wait for the shops to open, here is a very easy pattern for the Rose:
Cast on 100
Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2: *p2tog, repeat from * to end (50 sts)
Row 3: *k2tog, repeat from * to end (25 sts)
Row 4: *p2tog, repeat from * to last st, P1 (13sts)
Row 5: *k2tog, repeat from * to last st, K1 (7sts) Thread the end of the yarn on to a needle and thread through the remaining 7 sts.
Curl the knitting round in a spiral until it looks like a flower, and sew a few stitches through the middle to hold it together. Bring the yarn through to the back of the corsage and use it to sew on the brooch back.
Whatever you do, make it colourful to bring out the Sun!
Happy Mother’s Day.