Let Freedom Bloom Flower

Let Freedom Bloom Flower


Summer holidays, flowers, and berries mean that red, white and blue are all over my radar right now. I decided to pick up those colors and doodle with yarn a little, and I came up with this little cutie. The center is stuffed to give it an extra pop. It makes a great accessory to attach to a purse or a hair clip. It’s quick to make, so you can make a whole bunch of ’em for your friends, in time for the Fourth.

Of course, this flower doesn’t have to scream Americana. I can see these being made in more natural flower colors, to represent your own country, or in the colors of your favorite team. I’d love to see what you come up with.


  • Worsted weight acrylic yarn, small amounts of red, white, and blue. I assume cotton would work as well.
  • Small amount of fiber-fill stuffing, scrap yarn, or something else to stuff the center.

Hook: G-6 (4 mm)

Gauge is not too important; with this yarn and hook, mine came out about 4-5 inches in diameter.

Work in a spiral, without joining unless otherwise indicated.

I used tapestry crochet to achieve the white stitches, which loosely represent stars. If you’re not familiar with the technique, Moogly has an excellent tutorial. It looks complicated, but it’s not much harder than straight single crochet. Promise! 😉

If you prefer, you could use one solid color instead. Or try a blue and white speckled yarn. Or add beads, sequins, or embroidery as stars. Your creativity is the only limit.

With blue, make a magic ring.

R 1: 6 sc in magic ring. Tighten ring. – 6 sc

R 2: Starting with blue, sc in next sc. Switch to white, one more sc in same sc. Continue around, working 2 sc in each sc around, alternating blue and white each stitch. The final stitch should be white. – 12 sc

R 3: Switch to blue. Sc in next sc. Switch to white, one more sc in same sc. Switch to blue, sc in next sc. Continue around, working one blue sc and one white sc in one st, then one blue sc in next sc. Finish off white. – 18 sc

R 4: With blue, working in back loops only, work one sc in each sc around. – 18 sc

R 5: Work (sc2tog over next 2 sc, sc in next sc). Repeat in () around. – 12 sc

R 6: Work sc2tog over each 2 sc around. – 6 sc

At this point, lightly stuff the flower center. If your yarn tails are long enough, stuffing these in will be enough. If not, you can use a few bits of scrap yarn or a small amount of fiber-fill.

R 7: Work sc2tog over each 2 sc around. – 3 sc

Finish off blue leaving a longish tail (5-6 inches should be plenty). Use the tail to sew up the hole.

Here, we begin joining each round with a slip stitch.

R 8: Join red with a sl st into the front loop of any sc in round 4. Working in the front loops of round 4, sc in each sc around. Join with a sl st – 18 sc.

R 9: Work in front loops only of round 8. *Work 3 hdc in next front loop, sl st in next front loop. Repeat from * around (9 petals total). Join with a sl st in same st as joining. Finish off red.

R 10: Work in back loops only of round 8. Join with a sl st in the back loop of any sc that has a sl st in its front loop from round 9. *Work 3 dc in next back loop, sl st in next back loop around (9 petals total). Join with a sl st in same st as joining. Finish off white.

R 11: With red join with a sl st in back loop of any sl st in round 10. *Work 5 dc in the back vertical loop of the middle dc of the next 3-dc cluster (see photo). Sl st back loop of next sl st. Work from * around (9 petals total). Join with a sl st in same st as joining. Finish off red.


Enjoy the pattern! I welcome questions or comments!

Hat, Cowl, and Boot Cuffs From A Vintage Sweater!


I’d always planned this to mainly be a crochet blog–and crochet is my main craft–but I love variety, so I like to dabble in other crafts as well. As it turns out, the first project I’m going to share is a sewing project. It’s also an upcycling project, which is another favorite craft area of mine.

Some months ago, I found this tutorial on Pinterest, where you can make a cowl scarf from an old sweater. I loved the idea, and had just the sweater in mind for it. This kelly green cabled cardigan belonged to my great grandma, so it’s extra special. It also happens to be my absolute favorite color. Unfortunately, it had developed some holes and was becoming a little snug, so it was perfect for the project. I set about to make a cowl, but my sweater must have been a bit larger than the one in the tutorial, because the cowl was loose on my neck, and wouldn’t have been cozy at all. This is when the lightbulb turned on. Why not cut it down and make a matching hat with the extra fabric? Then, I couldn’t stand to see the sleeves go to waste, and they just happened to be the perfect size for boot cuffs. And thus, this project was born.

What you need:

  • Old cardigan sweater, about 42″ in diameter at the hem (or 21″ when measured across the front, laid flat). You can use a larger one and cut it down, but a smaller one won’t have enough fabric.
  • Sharp scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Printed hat pattern (PDF)
  • Faux fur pom pom (or make one from yarn if you prefer)

What to do:


It’s time to dissect your sweater. Lay the sweater out flat, and cut through the front and back (both thicknesses) from armpit to armpit. Put the top part aside. You’ll need the sleeves for the boot cuffs, but the rest is spare. Use it as you wish (and I’d love to see how)!


Cut along each of the side seams of the bottom part of the sweater. This will leave you with a front piece (with buttons down the middle) and a flat back piece.


For the cowl:

Use the front (button-up) portion of the cardigan. Fold it in half width wise, with the wrong side facing out. (This is where you really should pin it, but I didn’t. I like to live on the edge). Allowing a half-inch seam allowance, sew the two short edges together with a running stitch. You should have a round, short tube. Now, fold over the top (raw) edge of the tube twice, half an inch each time, and hem the edge.

I forgot to take pictures of this part, so I hope a crappy drawing will do. 😉


That’s it! At this point, you’ll want to try it on and adjust as you like. I like the way it looks with the bottom couple buttons undone. It gives it a triangular shape when worn. You can experiment and see how you like it best.

For the hat:

Print and cut out the hat pattern (PDF). Cut the back part of the sweater into a rectangle, about 9 inches (23 cm) by 21 inches (53 cm). Make the bottom edge of the rectangle Fold it in fourths. (If you want to do it correctly, and not like I did), pin the pattern to the folded fabric, and cut the point only through all four thicknesses. Don’t cut the edges. You want what looks like four cathedral windows attached together like paper dolls. Makes perfect sense, right? Perhaps another crappy drawing would help.


With the wrong side out, use a whip stitch to sew the straight edges together. Now, whip stitch the adjacent edges of each point (there should be four) seams altogether.  At this point, you should come up with something that looks like a stocking cap. Congratulations! Just sew the fur pom pom to the top of the hat and you’re done.

For the boot cuffs:


This part could not be easier! Just cut the sleeves, about 6 inches up from the cuff. fold over and hem, like you did the top of the cowl. Voila! Now, my boots are slightly taller than ankle length, so the cuffs fit right about at mid calf. If you want to wear them with knee-high boots, depending the width of your sleeves, they may not fit. You can always take a section from nearer the shoulder and hem both sides. I just think the ribbed edge gives a more finished look. You could even jazz them up with ribbons, lace, buttons, a couple of fabric yoyos … but I wanted to keep it simple this time.

There is still more of the sweater left, but I haven’t thought of anything else to make from it. What other ideas can you think of to upcycle an old sweater?