What a smashing response to the Popcorn Flower Grannies!! I was over the moon to read how much you liked them, thank you so very much!
Without any more messing about, I reckon we need to get down to the serious hooky business of a PATTERN for you lovely people. I have taken plenty of helpful photographs for you, and done my best to write an understandable and easy pattern for you to follow.
And here it is! For info purposes, the stitches are in Ameican terminology, so I hope it doesn't cause too much confusion!
Popcorn Flower Granny Tutorial!
Ch 4 and join with a SS to make a ring.
1 DC into the ring
This is the first cluster.
The next cluster stitches are going to be DC2TOG (or sometimes, I think they're called Bobble Stitches) ~ Here is how you do it:
Into the ring, do 1 DC as usual, but stop when you have 2 loops left on your hook.
Next, yarn over, hook through the ring, pull up another loop (4 loops on the hook), and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook) and then yarn over and pull through remaining 3 loops on hook.
Following this, Ch 1
DC2TOG, Ch 1*; Repeat from the * 6 more times so you have 8 DC2TOG stitches in the ring.
Join with a SS to the 3rd stitch in the first chain to finish.
Your circle should look something like this, if it does and you are happy with it, count up the stitches round the edge and make sure there are 16 in total.
Join your next shade of yarn.
Into the first stitch of the ring, hook under and chain 3.
This next part is the Popcorn Stitch. If you aren't sure how to do it, here is how:
In the same stitch, DC4 (the chain counts as the first DC stitch here)
Next, pull up a loop on the last DC, and take your hook out...don't panic, this is the fun bit!
Count back 5 stitches (this should take you to the top of the first chain) and insert your hook under the stitch.
Then, push your hook through the raised loop on the last DC, and pull this through the first stitch.
This draws the stitch together, secure it with a chain stitch which will sit nicely just at the back.
(We are going to do seven more of these, to make a total of 8 popcorn stitches). So, lets just go through it one more time:
Into the next stitch, do 1DC
Into the next stitch, do 1 Popcorn = 5 DC into same stitch, pull up a loop on last stitch, hook under 1st DC stitch, collect the loop, pull through and secure with 1 chain stitch.
Repeat 6 more times until you have 8 popcorns each seperated by 1 DC.
To join, make a SS into the 3rd stitch of the very first chain you made. You will discover this has laid down a bit behind the first popcorn stitch, and may take a bit of hunting out...don't mistake it for the chain stitch you made to secure the popcorn stitch.
The picture above is a rough guide to show you where your 3rd chain stitch will be, can you see it, hidden down the bottom there where my hook is shoved through?!.
And this is how your Popcorn Flower will be looking now you have fastened off!
Attach another shade of yarn.
This is the part where we start to turn it all into a granny square. Look for the chain stitch you made to secure the popcorn stitches, it will be laying just behind it and these chain stitches are what we are going to crochet into all around the flower.
Hook under the Chain Stitch (where my hook is pointing), and Ch4
Into the same stitch, 3 DC.
3 DC into next chain behind next popcorn
3 DC into next chain behind next popcorn, Ch 2, 3 DC into SAME chain behind same popcorn to form a corner.
This should complete your first side.
Continue your way around the flower, until you have completed the 4 sides with granny stitches. The last stitch will be 2 DC instead of 3, the first chain you made at the beginning of the round counting as the last DC stitch.
Join with a SS into the 3rd stitch of the original chain and fasten off.
We're getting there!! Its starting to look like a granny!! Hurrah!
Attach your next shade of yarn, this bit will be plain sailing for most as its literally a case of granny around as usual, starting with a Ch 4 and 3DC into the first space:
I know many of you are familiar with granny squares, but for those of you who aren't, then you are going to be crocheting into the spaces below that you created on the last round of granny stitches.
On each row you simply DC 3 into a space and follow with Ch1...and so on until you reach a corner, where you do 3 DC, Ch2, 3 DC all into the same space, and then continue as before.
When you have finished the 4 sides, you will make just 2 DC into the last space, and join with a SS into the 3rd stitch of the original chain. Fasten off and attach new yarn colour.
This is the final edging round if you want to add it (or feel free to just granny away and run off and make a blanket at this point).
Push your yarn under the first corner stitch next to your yarn, as shown in the picture.
Ch 5 (this counts as 3 + 2 = 1 DC stitch + corner)
1 DC into next stitch*; repeat from * until you reach the next corner.
Ch 2 (to make a corner)
1 DC into next stitch as shown above.
1 DC in next stitch*; repeat from * until you reach end of row, and continue until the 4 sides are completed.
SS into 3rd stitch of original chain to finish, and fasten off.
Sew in your ends...grrrrr, I don't like this bit especially, but it does make things look much better if we do it.
So, with my little edged 'PFG' squares, Im going to be making a little bag - but now, Im also tempted to begin another blanket, and perhaps you will be too!! Will you let me know if you make anything with this pattern? I hope you have fun with it, and if you get stuck, just holler and I'll do my best to try and help you. I really hope it has made sense and that I haven't missed any bits out (I've read through a couple of times so fingers crossed, it looks alright and I haven't forgotten anything).
Phew!! I feel a cuppa coming on after that!
Good luck and Happy Hooking!!
Love J x