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Craft - Daisy chain

Bring the warmth of summer to your walls

By Louise Richardson
This everlasting daisy chain makes a great bedroom wall feature. It’s also a good way to use up any leftover mercerised cotton yarn. Make it as long as you like.
SUPPLIES:
Crochet hook
2.5mm (US size C/2) crochet hook
Yarns
Yeoman Yarns Cannele four-ply, or a similar super-fine-weight mercerised cotton yarn, in three colours: A Small amount in bright yellow B Small amount in white C Small amount in bright green
Tension
Each daisy motif measures to about 7cm (2 ¾ in) in diameter using a 2.5mm (US size C/2) hook.
Size
Daisy chain measures approximately 234cm (92in) long
Yarn note
The daisy chain weighs approximately 28g in total, so only small amounts of yarn are required.
TO MAKE THE DAISIES (makes 12):
Base ring: Using a 2.5mm (US size C/2) hook and A, make 6 ch and join with a sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Round 1 (RS): 1 ch (does not count as a stitch), 12 dc in ring, change to B and join with a sl st in first dc at beginning of round. (12 dc). Cut off A and continue with B.
Round 2 (RS): 1 ch, 1 dc in same place as last sl st, 12 ch, 1 sl st in dc just made, 1 dc in next dc of Round 1, 12 ch, 1 sl st in dc just made; rep from 10 times more, join with a sl st in first dc at beginning of round (12 petals). Fasten off.
TO MAKE THE LEAVES AND CHAIN:
Foundation chain: Using a 2.5mm (US size C/2) hook and C, make 10 ch. Starting with the 10-ch foundation chain, continue along chain working leaves and chain alternately as follows:
Leaf 1: 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 tr in next ch, 1 dtr in next ch, 1 trtr in each of next 2 ch, 1 dtr in next ch, 1 tr in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 sl st in last ch. **Make 37 ch.
Leaf 2: Repeat Leaf 1. Make 46 ch.
Leaf 3: 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 tr in each of next 2 ch, 1 dtr in each of next 2 ch, 1 trtr in each of next 2 ch, 1 dtr in next ch, 1 tr in next ch, 1 dc in next ch. Make 27 ch.
Leaves 4 and 5: Repeat Leaf 3; make 11 ch; then repeat Leaf 3 again (making one leaf either side of chain).*
Leaves 6, 7, 8 and 9: Repeat from to * once more. Make 37 ch.
Leaf 10: 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 tr in next ch, 1 dtr in next ch, 1 trtr in next ch, 1 dtr in next ch, 1 tr in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 sl st in next ch. Make 56 ch.
Leaves 11 and 12: Repeat Leaf 10; make 11 ch; 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 tr in next ch, 1 dtr in each of next 2 ch, 1 trtr in next ch, 1 dtr in each of next 2 ch, 1 tr in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 sl st in next ch. **
Leaves 13–19: Repeat from to * once.
Leaves 20–23: Repeat from to * once. Make 37 ch.
Leaf 24: Repeat Leaf 1. Fasten off.
TO FINISH:
Pin the daisies along the chain between the leaves, judging the spacing by eye. Using a single strand of A (or a matching sewing thread) and a sewing needle, catch stitch the back of each daisy at its centre, for approximately 1 cm (3⁄8in), to the chain. Sew in loose ends.
Extracted with kind permission from Hook, Yarn and Crochet by Ros Badger, published by Quadrille $29.99. Photos by Keiko Oikawa. Available from bookreps.co.nz
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