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Thread Crochet Flower Comparisons

When I first designed the thread crochet flowers that I made into hair clips, my two smallest hooks were sizes 7 (1.65mm) and C (2.75mm). Quite a bit of difference when it comes to thread crochet! I figured the 7 was really too small for the thread I had, but I knew that the C would be way too big, so tiniest hook it was.

Admittedly, it was a little fiddly, and it was easy to split the thread, especially with the metallic strand in the mix. But it was manageable and I really liked the results, so I went with it. I made a few for gifts and got so many compliments on them that I decided to write up the pattern for it and share it, which I’ve had a really exciting response to. I got to thinking, though, that maybe I should experiment with different sized hooks because that 1.65mm is just SO tiny!

Here are the results:

So the flower on the far left is the original size seen in the pattern photos, which is worked with the 1.65mm. It measures just over an inch when flattened out. Next is a size 6 at 1.80 mm, which looks almost exactly the same as the size 5 (1.90 mm) in my opinion. There’s just one sixteenth of an inch difference (a hair under 2 mm) between the two in size and the stitches look almost exactly the same: more relaxed and open than when worked with the 1.65 mm  hook, but not really too loose. The stitching in the last flower IS too loose in my opinion; it just starts to look sloppy to me – and it felt floppy while I was stitching it, too, although using the 2 mm hook was much easier and faster!

I will probably continue to make my flowers with the 1.65 mm because I like the density of the stitches and the petiteness of the flower. I didn’t really notice enough of a difference in the ease of stitching with the 1.80 or 1.90 mm – they’re still pretty dadgum tiny! Choosing either of these sizes, though, should result in a nice little flower. If you have a tendency to stitch loosely, I would recommend using a smaller hook, but even if you’re a tight stitcher, I wouldn’t suggest using the 2 mm hook for this project.

Another comparison I wanted to share with you was button sizes. When I first went looking for flower centers, I considered everything from regular two and four-hole buttons to fancy, flower shaped novelty buttons. I experimented with a few different ones, but I found that I liked a simple, solid center best, which is why I chose the 8mm Dill shaft buttons (I found them locally at Hobby Lobby and Mill Outlet Fabric Shop). Unfortunately, there wasn’t a very large color selection.

So I went on a button hunt. I went to several different stores and I just could not find a good color variety in the size and style I wanted. So I decided to bring home a couple different sizes to try out. Here’s what I got:

flower button comparisons

The first flower on the left (made with the 1.65 mm hook) has a 1/4″ button (it’s actually more like 3/16″ or just a hair over 5 mm, but they say it’s 1/4″) from JHB. It’s called the Itsy Bitsy (!) and it comes in seven different colors: burgundy, yellow mustard, green, blue, purple, white, and black. I don’t know why they didn’t just go with red and yellow for the first two since all the other colors are mundanely named, but what do I know. Anyway, these I found at Mill’s.

The center flower is sporting the 8 mm (5/16″) Dill button. This one is my favorite. I found white primarily in Hobby Lobby, and then a couple different shades of blue at Mill’s. You can order directly from Dill’s website (where you can also get a red), but if you’re not making a whole bunch of flowers or can use the little guys for another project or two (or three or four), it probably wouldn’t be worth your while because they come in packages of 20.

The last flower uses a whopping 11 mm La Mode button. Personally, I think it overwhelms the flower, but if you like a more cutesy and deliberately disproportionate look, then this might be the button style for you. The advantage here is that these come in a nice variety of colors and you can find most, if not all of them at JoAnn‘s. You can order these directly from Blumanthal Lansing, but you must have a tax resale number and make a minimum order of $75. If this is the look you prefer, I’d just pop into your local JoAnn store (you can’t order them online at this time) and see what they have.

I have to say that I prefer the original proportions of the flower (stitches and button) best, but my husband frequently accuses me of detesting change, so perhaps I’m biased simply because it was the first combination that I really liked. Nevertheless, I’m glad I found some other buttons to try, just to give the flowers some variety, and I have now filled in a few more gaps in my crochet hook collection – which is always a good thing!

Happy Hooking!

-C

Just a little fun crochet photo editing for you!

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9 responses

  1. Pingback: Crocheted Flower Hair Clips « CrochEt Cetera by Connie Lee

  2. mary i

    great work!! please keep it up. more of us “hook-ers” need to rediscover the small hooks… I made a Granny square out of size 30 thread and a size 14 hook. smallest that i could find at my local hobby store. Details are where the ripples lie….. Peace from Tuscaloosa,Alabama

    25 January 2012 at 7:13 pm

    • Wow! That 14 is pretty daunting if you ask me. Kudos!

      25 January 2012 at 7:17 pm

  3. mary i

    notice I only said 1 square…..my work-horse hooks are my 6 and 7. I just used the 14 to challenge myself. I did, ’nuff challenges LOL

    26 January 2012 at 6:07 am

  4. I thank you for your free pattern; it’s darling! But moreover, for your charming, detailed, friendly and thorough writing style! (I’m not crazy about the white type on the dark background though-maybe I’m too old-fashioned for that?!)

    19 October 2012 at 7:42 pm

    • Lol, I agree Marilyn, but you REALLY couldn’t see the black type and I put too much work into setting everything up to talk myself into changing it – I just didn’t have the heart! So I just make the font size larger. Maybe one of these days I’ll get brave enough to change the layout again. :)

      23 October 2012 at 3:11 pm

      • I understand! I wouldn’t want to change anything if it was a labor-intensive setup!

        23 October 2012 at 5:49 pm

      • Oh, I’m sure it isn’t labor-intensive for someone who knows what they’re doing. I’m somewhat technologically challenged, though. ;)

        23 October 2012 at 6:08 pm

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