Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Crochet Pattern for Rudbeckia – Black-eyed Susan

All last year I enjoyed hundreds of beautiful Rudbeckia flowers for months in my garden. Through beaming sunshine, misty rain and the early frosts, they remained a bunch of cheerful faces. This year, feeling the lack of them, I’ve been forced to crochet myself a substitute, and thought I'd write down the resulting pattern. I used some DK yarn from my plentiful yarn supply shelves, along with some aran weight Kilcarra yarn from Donegal (dyed green with last years Rudbeckia flowers - they provide a rich mossy green colour) for the stem and sepals.


Yellow, Brown, Green DK yarn (I used aran for the brown and green)

3.5mm crochet hook (or as appropriate to yarn weight)

2 x 3.75mm dpns

Abbreviations: (are for U.S crochet – U.K in brackets)

ch/s - chain/s

sl st – slip stitch (sc)

sc – single crochet (dc)

hdc – half double crochet (htr)

rep – repeat

BO – bind off

CO – cast on (knitting)

kpk – knit, then purl, then knit into each st

For this flower I used knit and crochet, but if you prefer to do only crochet then for the stem: ch10, sc into each ch, beginning at 2nd ch from hook. At the top make 3sc into the top end, join with a sl st, then make 3sc into each of these scs (9 sts) Work as for sepals below using these 9 sts.


Using yellow and crochet hook

1: ch 10

2: sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 chs, hdc in next 4 chs, sc in next ch, sl st in last ch.

Rep these 2 rows 15 times, making 15 petals, joined at the inside.

BO leaving a 15” tail for sewing up.

Flower head:

With brown and hook make a slip ring. Ch1.

1: 6 sc in ring. Pull yarn end to close ring. Ss in top of 1st chain.

2: ch1, *1 sc in next 2 chs, 2 sc in next ch, rep from *, then sl st in top of 1st ch to join round.

3: ch 1, 1 sc in each sc, sl st to join round and BO.

Stem and sepals: (i-cord)

Using green and dpns CO 3 sts.

K 3, *push sts to other end of right needle and without turning switch to left hand, then k 3, rep from * Pull yarn tight on 1st st each round to pull into a tube.

Continue until cord is 1.5” long or so.

Next round: kpk into each st (9 sts)


Working on 1 st at a time with the crochet hook, lift 1 st off the dpn and begin crocheting with it:

*1: ch4

2: sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 2 sl sts in next 2 chs

Now lift next st off needle onto hook and rep from * until all sts are used. Join round with a sl st if needed.

Making up:

Block and pin out the petals and sepals.

Pin petals around the flower head and sew in place. (They may need a little bunching in.)

Stuff the top with a little spare wool.

Sew sepals to underside of petals, and weave all ends in. Hooray, it’s a Rudbeckia!

There's the real thing, just for comparison.
Please let me know if there's any mistakes!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

some things that made me smile today.

The abundance of nature never ceases to amaze me. The garden has been neglected this year, but has produced many treasures all the same. A tiny bit of work and a lot of sun soil and rain produces so much. (So does having friends who grow far too many plants and pass them on.)
In reverse order, some of the things that made me smile...
Camomile growing in the field down the road. How can the fresh stuff smell so beautifully appley and the dried stuff smell like wee?
Amazing passionflower.

The peat-free compost that feels like rough woodchip. It has surprised me by being great!
And being recycled.

The beans are eight foot tall and still going.

Plenty of tomatoes. (Entirely the work of the most green-thumbed longford-dweller I know)
(I have of course been claiming full responsibility for them though.)

The strawberries gave us two or three kilos of fruit for practically no work this year. (And won the da second place in the longford show for jam.)
Calendula flower getting ready to go.
Fuschia springing up
Yellow montbretia, just coming out.
Self-seeding nasturtiums covering most of the bed.

The other thing that brought me joy today was some of the music my fabulous friend Felix sent me, in particular, this piece which I can't figure out how to put here, but its worth listening to. (I have no idea what the video is, don't even bother watching it, the music on its own says it all)