The next two days are going to be very orange. And not subtle, subdued orange.
Which brings me to my bright orange yarn. I never did find my 5mm crochet hook but my yarn lady at the shop around the corner (De Briekorf) very kindly lent me one. A courtesy hook, if you will.
As a thank you to my yarn lady, I crocheted a tiny crown for Lily, her chihuahua that hangs out at the shop. I embellished it with a round Dutch flag.
(I’m not counting this as a Thing because this is actually Thing 4 reworked to be smaller. Lily is one wee dog. And my apologies to Moxy, the Californian cat, who will no longer be receiving a bright orange cat crown. Meow.)
Things 106 & 107 are Koningsdag crowns for two loyal subjects, Martina and Esther. (Never mind they’re not actually Dutch citizens.)
Esther requested a crocheted ruby at the centre point of her crown and Martina went for pure orange.
I referred to the original crown pattern, but have since edited it quite heavily to suit my purposes.
Using very chunky yarn and a 5mm or 5.5mm hook:
- Chain 72, join with slip stitch to make a loop, chain 1.
- Single crochet around, join with slip stitch to chain 1. (72)
- Skip 3 stitches, double crochet 3 times in 4th stitch, chain 1, double crochet 3 more in same stitch, skip 3 stitches, slip stitch in 4th stitch. Repeat around. (9 points to the crown)
- Slip stitch all the way around, except at each crown point do the following into the chain 1: slip stitch, chain 2, modified puff stitch (see below), chain 2, slip stitch in same chain.
Modified puff stitch: Yarn over, put hook in stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through one loop, yarn over, put hook in stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through all five loops. (This makes something simple sound complicated.)
With this version I can get 5 crowns out of a ball of chunky yarn instead of two. The crowns are also more comfortable to wear — it’s a thinner band of sweaty acrylic around the head.
Cost of these Things: 0
Cost of all Things to date: €163.12
I rarely make a pattern exactly as written….sometimes it’s nice to just make your own. Good job!
I’m like this with patterns and recipes — I don’t feel like buying everything on the list so I make do with what I have. And yes, then it’s nice to have something unique!