This post describes how to make these lovely flower hairpins, to skip straight to the video tutorial click here.
Now that you are here for the knitting, let me tell you a bit about why I think learning a wee bit of crochet is a good idea.
First of all, even if you never plan to crochet a single stitch, a crochet hook is the perfect tool for picking up dropped stitches, and I don’t know a single knitter who has never dropped a stitch.
I love to use a crochet hook instead of a knitting needle in my right hand when binding off. I use it to knit as normal then instead of passing the right handed stitch over the left to bind off, I simply pull the new stitch through the last.
You need to know how to do very basic crochet to do one of the most popular provisional cast-ons.
Crochet is a great way to embellish knits. A knit flower or lace is gorgeous, but a crocheted trim, flower, or embellishment can add a bit of interest on an all-knit item.
I like to do small crochet work between projects just to switch things up a bit.
I can crochet, though I am very much a beginner, I can do a chain, slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, and crochet around the post. I think once you are a fairly competent crocheter there’s little (if anything) you can’t learn. There’s a whole internet out there to teach you.
The other day my 6 year-old had a birthday party to go to. It was requested that gifts be kept small, or none at all, and that the birthday girl was collecting money for charity. So, I whipped up a couple of crocheted flower hairpins to tuck in the card with a few dollars. They were a hit!
Here is the pattern, it’s not mine. It came from a forgotten book, or website long ago when I was just learning. It’s how I know how to make a simple 5 petalled primrose-type flowers.
To make my tiny flower hairpin you’ll need a 2.00mm hook, crochet cotton, a bobby pin or barrette, a glue gun, beads or a button for the center, and some basic crochet knowledge.
The label on my cotton is long gone. I think it was Aunt Lydia’s crochet Cotton. You could use fingering wool, but it won’t be as stiff. One spool of crochet cotton will make hundreds of these little guys.
2.) Slip stitch into the first chain to make a loop.
1. ) Ch3.
2.) Dc 9, working through the center of the loop you made.
3.) Slip Stitch in the top chain of the chain three from the beginning to join the stiches in a ring, counting the ch3 as a dc you should have 10 dc total.
2.) In the next loop dc3, ch2 off the last dc.
3.) Slip stich into the next loop, ch2.
4.)Repeat steps 2-3, 4 more times, so you have 5 petals.
5.) Slip stitch in the last loop.
Pull out a length of yarn and cut. Weave in all loose ends.
Attaching the pins and centers:
1.) Slide a hairpin through the flower over the base loop. (If using a barrette apply a dot of hot glue to the spot you want to place the flower on the barrette and stick the flower on.)
2.) Using a hot glue gun apply a dot of hot glue over the pin and on to the flower stitches.
3.) Attach your button center, or dip into some seed beads.
Here’s a video to show you how.
You can use a larger hook and yarn to make bigger flowers for jewellery, or to sew onto a sweater or hat. Big flowers look adorable on baby booties for girls, and so does a cluster of small ones. Small flowers with little buttons are super sweet on little girl cardigans. Tiny ones make cute hair accessories, or nice embellishments for card making and scrapbooking. Use your imagination, the possibilities are endless.
In honour of posting my first video tutorial I’m going to do a little giveaway. I’ll send two kits to make 6 hairpins each. Each kit will include enough pink crochet cotton to make 6 flowers and a little extra, 6 hair pins, 6 button centers, and a 2mm crochet hook like the one shown in the video. To enter leave a comment below, you may enter three more times by either sharing on facebook, twitter or pinning to pinterest. Please leave a separate comment each time you share. I’ll randomly pick 2 winners from the commenters below on March 15th 2012.