Here’s a super easy way to take a plain everyday bag out of the doldrums. We’ve included four different flower appliqués that can be crocheted quickly and glued or sewn onto a tote bag… or anything you wish!
- AUNT LYDIA’S® Baker’s Cotton
- 1 ball each 12 Black A and 900 Red B
- Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 2.25mm [US B-1]
- Yarn needle
Additional Supplies Needed:
hot glue gun
GAUGE: Rounds 1-2 of Large 6-Petal Flower = 1¼” (3 cm). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
Chrysanthemum measures 2¼” (6 cm)
Large 6-Petal Flower measures 2¾” (7 cm)
Small 6-Petal Flower measures 2¼” (6 cm)
8-Petal Flower measures 3¼” (8 cm)
Beg cl (beginning cluster): Ch 2, work 2 dc in same st, retaining last loop of each dc on hook; yo, draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Cl (cluster ): Work 3 dc in same st, retaining last loop of each dc on hook; yo, draw through all 4 loops on hook.
Fptr (front post treble crochet): Yo twice, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of indicated stitch and draw yarn through, [yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times.
Petal: Ch 8, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in remaining 5 ch.
Popcorn: Work 4 dc in same st, draw up loop, take out hook, insert through first of the 4 dc, draw up loop, ch 1 to secure.
Chrysanthemum (Make 1 in A, 2 in B)
Ch 4; join with slip st in first ch to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 1, work 7 sc in ring; do not join—7 sc.
Rounds 2-5: Working in back loops only, sc in each sc around, working 2 sc in same sc as needed to keep piece flat; join in last round only.
Petal round: (Work petal, skip next sc, slip st in next sc) around rim of circle; now working in exposed front loops only, *[work petal, slip st in last sc in next round in toward center] twice, (work petal, skip next sc, slip st in next sc) around; repeat from * twice more; fasten off, leaving centermost round unworked.
Large 6-Petal Flower (make 3)
With B, ch 6; join with slip st in first ch to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 1, [hdc in ring, ch 2] 6 times; join with slip st in first hdc—6 ch-2 loops.
Round 2: Slip st in first ch-2 loop, ch 1, *(hdc, work popcorn, hdc) in ch-2 loop, ch 2; repeat from * around; join with slip st in top of first popcorn and fasten off—6 popcorns.
Round 3: Join A in top of any popcorn, (ch 1, sc) in same st, * in next ch-2 loop work (2 dc, ch 2, tr, dtr, tr, ch 2, 2 dc), sc in top of popcorn; repeat from * around; join with slip st in first sc—12 tr, 6 dtr.
Round 4: *Sc in each of next 4 sts, hdc in tr, (hdc, dc, hdc) in dtr, hdc in next tr, sc in each of next 4 sts, slip st in sc; repeat from * around, joining round with last slip st; fasten off.
Small 6-Petal Flowers (make 3)
Rounds 1-2: With B, repeat Rounds 1-2 of Large 6-Petal Flower.
Round 3: With A, join in top of any popcorn, (ch 2, dc, tr, ch 2, slip st in tr, dc, ch 2, slip st) in top of popcorn, in next ch-2 loop work (sc, fptr around hdc of Round 1 directly below, sc), slip st in next popcorn; repeat from * around; join with slip st in first ch and fasten off—6 fptr, 12 dc, 6 tr.
8-Petal Flowers (make 1 in A/B, 2 in B/A)
With A or B ch 7, join with slip st in first ch to form a ring.
Round 1: Work beg cl, ch 2, [cl, ch 2] 7 times in ring; join with slip st in first cl—8 cl.
Round 2: Slip st in next ch-2 loop, ch 1, (sc in ch loop, ch 4) around; join with slip st in first sc; fasten off—8 ch-4 loops.
Round 3: With B or A, join in any ch-4 loop, ch 1, (sc in ch-4 loop, ch 4) around; join with slip st in first sc.
Round 4 (petal round): (Slip st in next ch-4 loop, ch 10, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in each of next 3 ch, tr in each of next 4 ch, slip st in same ch loop) around; join with slip st in first ch and fasten off—8 petals.
Weave in ends. Block. With dots of glue on underside of appliques, glue to object in preferred grouping, or follow photo for placement.
A = Color A; B = Color B; ch = chain; hdc = half double crochet; dc = double crochet; dtr = double treble crochet; sc = single crochet; sl st = slip stitch; st(s) = stitch(es); tr = treble crochet; yo = yarn over needle; [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified; * or ** = repeat
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