Happy Mothers Day!
I hope everyone has had a great day treating their mums (or being treated to lovely things). Unfortunately I live a long way away from my mum and so have been unable to do so but will get to see her in a couple of weeks so I am very excited for that.
As I didn’t get to see her today I sent her a little treat in the post which is why I have held back this post until today rather than publish it as soon as I had finished making it last week! I made an African flower keyring
I really like the African flower crochet motif but have not really been sure what to use it for. I often see them made up with double knitting, which despite looking lovely always seems to be too big a design for anything I would like to make.
So I decided instead to try making one out of embroidery floss and it worked a treat!
The finished hex is about 2inches across
To make your own…
you will need:
- embroidery floss in 5 colours
- a keyring
- 2 beads in colours of your choice
- some wadding (1.5inches square)
- a 2mm crochet hook
1. Crochet your African flowers
To start off you need to make 2xAfrican flower hexes or any other crochet hex would be great. I followed this picture tutorial
but…most importantly you need to use embroidery floss and a 2mm crochet hook to end up with your hex small enough to use as a key ring.
2. Begin to join the African flowers together
Place your two African flowers together with all the loose ends pointing inwards
Join your embroidery floss in a colour of your choosing (I used dark blue here) to one of the corners making sure to join the 2 African flowers together
Chain 1 and then single crochet in each gap between the double crochets from the previous round around three edges of your hex. At each corner put 3 single crochet into the chain space from the previous round.
3. Stuff the keyring
To make sure the key ring holds its shape you need to stuff it with some wadding or any kind of stiff fabric.
Cut this to a hexagon that will easily fit inside your crocheted hexes. (Mine was approximately 1 inch across)
Place your cut out shape in the gap between your 2 African flowers.
4. Continue joining the African flowers
Continue to single crochet all the way around the hexes with three single crochet in the chain space at each corner.
5. Join the round
Once you have crocheted all the way around and your 2 hexes are joined together complete the round with a slip stitch into the first single crochet.
6. Cut the embroidery floss
Be sure to leave a long tail to attach to your key ring
7. Add beads
Thread your beads onto the embroidery floss tail
8. Attach keyring
Thread the end of the embroidery floss through the loop on the keyring and tie it as close as possible to the beads.
9. Cut the embroidery floss
Leave enough of a tail so that the knot wont come untied but so that it still looks tidy.
Voila…your very own African flower keyring!
Have you made anything with the African flower motif recently? i would love to see your designs