Saturday, May 31, 2014

Pinwheel Flower

Another project in my crochet embellishments series!  The Pinwheel Flower makes me think of a tropical flower.  It would be fun to make with an orange center and pink radiating out.  (Although this would ultimately be difficult due to how it is constructed.)    

This little crochet embellishment will have me doing two new crochet techniques, double triple crochet and  reverse sc.  Let's see if I can figure it out!  Thankfully the pattern has a good photo tutorial so I should know how things are supposed to look at each step.  I'm keeping my copy of Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet handy so I can know how to do these stitches. I know I am using 100% acrylic yarn.  Red Heart Super Saver is my best guistimate.  I used a size D crochet hook with this worsted weight yarn.

For reverse SC, I looked at the following video (but then tried to do just the front loop rather than the whole stitch.   This was especially complicated for me to not just do SC like my work was turned, and took some practice.  I still find the stitch pretty awkward, and want to make sure to finish this tonight so that I don't forget how to do it by morning.  (Once again, I am thankful for the photo tutorial with the pattern itself.)  

The first time I didn't go through the back loop correctly for my first row 3.  I ripped out the spoke and did it again.  (but didn't take a picture)

I'm really happy that I made  this pinwheel out of acrylic.  I think it gives it some really good structure that a fiber with more drape wouldn't.  In the end I used 7 g (13 yards) of yarn. 

This pinwheel is so cute!  At some point I may make another newborn headband to put this pinwheel onto.  But who knows!  This would also look really sweet on a little headband for a baby.  I love it so much that I may incorporate it into a hat for myself!  I have a feeling I won't regret having some of these embellishments in my stash.