I had so much fun crocheting over the hole in my jeans that I decided to have a go at the other leg, too. This newfound passion may yet get out of hand. I was imagining a sort of floral vine growing round and round and round the middle part of my leg. So this isn’t a design that would work for mending holes; it’s more for embellishing otherwise healthy jeans.
Out came the DMC Natura Cotton again, and a 2.5mm crochet hook and a tapestry needle. And a smallish slice of Christmas cake. Also some toy cars with which to distract the Toddler Twinnage. So having sketched a rough design on paper, I drew the line of the stem onto the fabric in pen. Have you any idea how naughty it felt to be doodling on my clothes? I half expected my mum to pop up and ground me for a week, even though she lives 100 miles away and hasn’t funded my wardrobe for a couple of decades. She probably will, once she reads this blog post: it’ll be the first time someone’s been grounded by email.
Anyway having drawn the stem, I used the needle to chain stitch its length, round and round (and round) the leg.
…until the basic stem was done:-
Now I needed some leaves and maybe a couple of buds with which to embellish the stem. After a bit of experimentation I came up with a design for the buds. (I’ll put details of how to do it at the end of this post.) Here, look!
And I used my own pattern for the leaves, reducing the number of stitches slightly, so that these leaves were roundish rather than longish.
So then it was just a matter of sewing on the leaves and buds, and then – once again – facing the enormous challenge of how to photograph my own knee:-
And here are both knees together, united in their hooky craziness:-
And before I get to the pattern for the buds, let me show you something even more pretty, made by my mum, Mother Twisted, for her neighbour. I showed you her patchwork-in-progress a while ago, and by Christmas it was finished! Wa-hey! She sent me some photos. Look, here’s one side:-
And here’s the other. The design is a traditional arrangement known as barnraising, aptly chosen because the Twisted Seniors and their neighbours live in converted old barns.
Very pretty, no?
And finally, here’s the pattern for the crocheted bud above. ***US CROCHET TERMS USED THROUGHOUT.***
- Using your flower colour, ch4. Slip stitch into the first ch to make a ring.
- Into the ring, work the following stitches: sc, hdc, 2dc, tr, 2dc, hdc, sc.
- Just before the last pull-through, change to green and pull through before continuing to work seven dc.
- Slip stitch to join to first sc then cut the yarn.
Here’s a diagram:-
Enjoy! And please don’t blame me if your mum grounds you for drawing on your clothes.