You may be wondering where the name Little Darlings came from for this crochet pattern. I recall with fondness, my Aunt Betty’s visits on Sundays. She was quite a character and wasn’t afraid to express it in her “interesting” hats and the telling of her quirky stories. She loved flowers and was always wearing some floral print or other. She would examine my Mother’s garden as soon as she arrived too. My mother grew these small petaled flowers that bloomed in many different colors. For years I thought they were named “Little Darlings” because my aunt would bend over, caress them and exclaim in her booming voice “these are the most beautiful little darlings”. And that’s where the name comes from….in honor of Aunt Betty.
I never did figure out what the flowers were really called, but my guess is they were some type of a small petal daisy or maybe even an impatience. They were beautiful and these crochet reproductions can be used for so many things. Enjoy making these with or without the stems and feel free to comment how you will use them, then come back over the next couple of weeks to see where I’ll be using them.
Size: Will vary based on yarn used
Any weight yarn except bulky
• Hook as appropriate for yarn choice
• Yarn needle for weaving ends
Gauge: Not important for this project
Beg – beginning
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st(s) – slip stitch(es)
st(s) – stitch(es)
• Number in ( ) at end of Row/Round indicates the number of stitches in that Row or Round
• Work instructions in [ ] or between *, the designated number of times
Row 1: With Color 1, ch 2, 10 hdc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st to beg hdc. (10)
Row 2: Join Color 2, ch 1, *[hdc, 6 dc, hdc] in next st, sl st in next st*, repeat to end, join with sl st to first st. Fasten off. (5 petals)
Add pearls or buttons to center of flower for a different look.
Stems & Leaves:
Stem: Ch14, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch (this is the bottom part of the stem).
Ch 8, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch (this is the top part of the stem, join with sl st to first st of bottom part of stem.
Leaf: Ch 10 (Fig 1), sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next ch, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next 3 chs, hdc in next ch, sc in last ch, ch1 (Fig 2),. Working around other side of beg ch, sc in first ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next 3 chs, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, sl st in last two chs (Fig 3). Working over beg ch sl st down center of leaf to form center vein (Fig 4). Fasten off.
You can vary the size of the stems and leaves by making the beginning chain longer.
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