Crop cardis with these enormous puffy flowers have been raging on tik-tok and instagram for quite a while. Must say I find them adorable, and wasn't at least surprised when Eva requested one for herself. The cardi is still in the works, but these babies are ready! They are so addictive; once I started I couldn't stop myself making them.
If you are wondering what creative project to tackle this weekend - why don't make these?
* DK yarn in 2 colors of your choice and a 3.5 mm hook
* scissors, tapestry needle (sewing needle and thread)
Stitches in US terms: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), chain space (ch-sp), yarn over (yo), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), elongated treble (fake treble - ft).
Foundation and round 1: In color 1, ch6 and join to make a ring. Ch3 (counts as 1st hdc + ch1) and in ring, hdc1, ch1, 11 times (12). Sl st with 1st st to end round.
Round 2: We are going to make the puff petals. One puff is worked over two ch-spaces. Sl st into first ch-sp and ch4. Now we are going to work the "fake" or elongated treble: yo, insert hook into same ch-sp from the front, yo, draw yarn through and pull up to the same height of the ch4, yo, draw yarn through, yo, pull yarn up again and draw through two loops on the hook. Repeat this pattern until there are 4 fake trebles in this ch-sp (without the 4-chain). Leave these 4 as are and work 4 more fake trebles in the next ch-sp so there are a total of 8. When the last one is done, pull yarn through all and make a sl st. Next, ch3 and sl st again in the second ch-sp. One puff is done. Sl st into next ch-sp and repeat puff petal pattern.
In the end, there will be 6 petals. When you finish making the last one (and you ended with a sl st), turn the flower upside done, insert hook from the center, yo, draw yarn and make a sl st. Cut thread and tie both beginning and ending tails together. Do not cut excess tails.
Flower head pattern:
Row 1: ch5 and in the last st (further as: working stitch) from hook, repeat the fake treble pattern (as above) to make a total of 10 such fts (without the 5-chain). Pull through all and sl st. Ch3 and sl st again in the working st. Place flower head on top of the petaled flower with both tails at opposite ends. Pull tails through to get them at the back of the flower, tie both together, then tie again with petal tails. Cut excess tails. With this, the puffy flower is done.
Now, this tying technique will not secure the whole head, so you might want to use a regular sewing needle and thread to sew it onto.
Drop me a question in the comments if you have any.