No matter how I tried, I could not make the Lily of the Valley bells turn out tidy when crocheting on a continuum, until….
Sometimes my mind works overtime to problem solve crochet dilemmas. For example, see the ridge along the outside of the bell? It’s not UN-sightly, but it’s just not….well, it’s just not right.
When one crochet’s individual Lily of the Valley blossoms, it’s not an issue, but when crocheting on a continuum, there’s no way to make the working thread come out the top without either slip stitching up the outside of the bloom or pulling a large loop up to the top, which looks terrible.
Bee in the Bonnet
I have mulled this irritation around for a week, and then it struck me that I could begin the blossom from the bottom and work my way up.
The usual pattern for making on a continuum is:
Ch 3, 6 hdc into the 2nd ch from hook, slp st to form ring, ch 2
2 sc in each hdc, slp st to close ring, ch 2
2 rows of sc, using a slp st to close ring and ch 2 at end of each row
Ch 3, slp st in next sc and repeat to the end of the row, slp st and pull the last loop on hook into the interior of the blossom, and through to the outside of the blossom and slp st up to the top of the blossom.
Ch 12, remove the hook and make a ‘U’ shape with the work, then pull the last loop through the first ch to form a ring
Ch 3, slip st into next ch and repeat to end of the row, slip st to close ring
Here’s the tricky part:
Ch 2, sc into the ch 3 space, repeat to end of the row, slip st to close ring
2 rows of sc, using a slip st to close ring and ch 2 at the end of each row
Invisible decrease 6 X’s, slip st to close ring
Invisible decrease each stitch to close ring, and Voila!
The working thread is at the TOP of the blossom.
You are welcome.