Having taken the time to compile a list of my not-fully documented crochet designs, I decided I would start to work on whittling the list down from the list which includes 51 items.
I decided to start with the crochet chrysanthemum that is an intrinsic element of a crochet chemo cap I designed that is based on the crochet hat worn by the character Elle Woods in the movie, Legally Blonde.
In the first version I made of this hat, I used a chrysanthemum design from Leslie Stanfield’s book 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet, and while it was perfectly serviceable, it was not particularly comfortable, so in June of 2013 when I was working on a wardrobe of crochet chemo caps for the sister of a friend of mine from third grade, I decided that serviceable was not sufficient, and I redesigned the flower to put the emphasis on comfort over verisimilitude.
The result was a less rigid flower both in appearance and feel:
Today, I decided that writing the pattern for this flower was a good place to start, so armed with my crochet supplies and a fresh cup of coffee:
I got to work.
The first decision I faced was what color yarn to use. Dark and variegated yarns make for wonderful flowers, but they make for dreadful tutorials. I eventually settled on a Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn in a color that might (or might not) be rich orchid.
It was just about the perfect color for a flower tutorial and had good stitch definition,. After a few missteps here and there that required occasional small bits of frogging, I had successfully replicated the flower I designed almost 4 years ago:
So except for writing up the pattern and having it tested, all of the elements of the chrysanthemum crochet flower tutorial were done, and by this time, so was my coffee. I packed up my things and headed home, where I set myself up on the back deck to enjoy the lovely daylight while I resumed work on the scrap granny square bag I had set aside:
The quiet afternoon passed — as quiet afternoons often do — far too quickly, and it what seemed no time, I had to call it a crochet day, so I took this photo:
and then packed up and went on my way.
Tomorrow, I have to keep myself focused so that I can continue to work my way down the list, and maybe come Thursday, I will only have fifty patterns left to write.