One of the first books we bought when learning to crochet was Cute and Easy Crochet by Nicki Trench.
The book is wonderfully laid out and easy to read and understand. The crochet terms, hook sizes and wool names are all UK terminology.
We have both made several things from the book but one of our favourites has been the crochet flowers.
These are easy to make and really add an extra something to whatever you're making. - We have used them for adornments to things like purses and gadget cases, and even made a pretty flower garland!
Here's the pattern to make these lovely little flowers, it's really quick and we've found you can use whatever wool and hook size you like - it will just mean you make different size flower!!
- Using your first colour for the inner of the flower, chain 6 then join with a slip stitch in the first chain to make a circle.
- Make 16 double crochet into the circle. Join with a slip stitch and fasten off.
- Join second colour for outer part of flower into fastened off stitch.
- *Chain 3, make 1 treble into next two stitches, chain 3, slip stitch into next stitch, repeat from * 4 more times - this makes 5 petals.
- Pull tail to close up centre hole and sew in ends.
See, easy peasy!
One of our favourite crochet bloggers, Lucy from Attic 24, has also written a post about a pattern in this book, you can read about that here - she, like us, can't sing this book's praises highly enough.
To end the post, here's a picture of one of our creations from the book which was easy but also very satisfying to make - a lovely crochet purse with the pretty flowers we mentioned already.