Wow, y’all! I’m really close to having 500 downloads of my thread crochet flower hair clip pattern on Craftsy!! So I’m going to do my very first giveaway!
You have three places to enter: Craftsy, Ravelry, and here on my blog. Simply leave a comment on one (or all!) of the pattern pages and if I’ve reached 500 downloads on Craftsy by this Friday, April 6th, 2012, I’ll do a drawing for a free pair of the original sparkly pink flower hair clips!
Here are the links!
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:
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!
Handmade baby blankets always make fabulous gifts, but let’s face it – they take a while to make! I try my best to avoid storebought gifts, though, especially for close family and friends, and so I occasionally explore alternative (and quicker!) handmade gifts, like baby booties and plush toys. My favorite up until now has been Tara Murray‘s birdy rattle (purchase the pattern here or take a look at some of my finished rattles here) but it still takes a little more time and effort than I can squeeze in for a completely last minute gift.
A few weeks ago, though, I started experimenting with Irish rose style crocheted flowers for hair clips. I made a couple for a baby basket contribution and played around with some varying sizes of yarn to match some other gifts I was working on, but I picked up some really pretty pink cotton thread last week and suddenly I was making all kinds of adorable pink flower hair clips!
So if you’re looking for a really last minute gift for a special little girl, you can whip up a pair of these in about an hour or so.
Here’s what you need:
Omega Rústíca Eclát Non-Mercerized Crochet Thread in Rosa
1.65mm Steel Crochet Hook
Small Button(s) (optional) – I prefer shaft buttons for flowers; these were about 1/4″ across
32mm Hair Clip(s) with 3 Holes
Small Darning Needle
Craft Glue (optional)
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Rnd 1: 10 hdc in adjustable base ring (find a great tutorial here), join with sl st to top of 1st hdc. (10 hdc)
Rnd 2: sc in same st, (ch 3, sk next hdc, sc in next) around, ch 3, join with sl st to top of 1st sc. (5 ch 3 sp)
Rnd 3: sl st in 1st ch 3 sp, (sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc) in ea ch 3 sp around. (5 petals)
Rnd 4: ch 1, bpsc around 1st sc of rnd 2, (ch 5, bpsc around next sc of rnd 2) around, ch 5, join with sl st to top of 1st bpsc. ( 5 ch 5 sp)
Rnd 5: sl st in next ch 5 sp, (sc, 2 hdc, 5 dc, 2 hdc, sc) in same sp and in ea ch 5 sp around, join to 1st sc and tie off.
Using beginning tail, begin to thread through back of rnd 1 as to cinch up the center of the flower, but place the shaft of the button in the center of your flower before you pull the tail to cinch it so that you can tighten it around the shaft of the button. If you are using a regular sew on button, simply cinch up the center of your flower to whatever degree you would like before sewing on the button. Secure the button with at least two stitches if possible before sewing your flower to the hair clip. I use three stitches to attach the flower to the clip through the three holes so that it makes a triangle because it seems to be the most stable means of attachment.
Tie off your thread between the flower and the clip and add a small drop of glue for additional security if desired – which is usually a good idea when children are involved! Be sure to allow the glue to dry completely before testing your handiwork so that the glue sets firmly. Wouldn’t want glue in anybody’s hair either!
If you’d like to make a card to attach them to, I’d recommend using fairly sturdy cardstock. The first card I made, I simply cut two slits in with a knife, but I found this dandy little punch at Hobby Lobby that cuts out what looks like an equals sign and it’s perfect for these hair clips! Once closed, they will warp the card, though, so keep that in mind when you’re making it. For a pair of thread crochet sized clips, a card about the size of a business card will do, but I bought some 6×2 inch bookmarks, which will do nicely for at least four clips, I think.
I hope you enjoy making these little hair clips; I know I did! Experiment with the design – customize your flowers, make them special. And have fun! I’d love to see your creations, too, so if you feel like sharing, pop on over to my facebook page and show me what you come up with!
* note: upon review of the pattern, I changed the chain 2 spaces to chain 3 spaces in round 2, which makes it a little easier to work into. I’m also going to experiment with different size hooks (finally bought some more!) so stay tuned for a post about that. -CL
ETA 01/19/2012: Click here to see a comparison of flowers made with four different sized hooks (1.65mm – 2.0mm) as well as three different button sizes.
01/24/2012: You can now download this pattern as a pdf!