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By Agnes Russell
Hi! Welcome to String Along With
Me! This is a column devoted espe
cially to items made from thread.
Designs can be made from 4-ply
cotton on down to size 70 tatting
thread. Or perhaps you’d like to com
bine a variety of weights and colors.
This bridal bouquet is very simple
to make and is so pretty completed.
The best part of all, you can make the
complete wedding party with the
same pattern—long-stemmed roses
for the bride’s attendants and bouton
nieres for all the gentlemen. Even the
flowers for the mothers can be made
from this pattern, and everyone will
have a beautiful keepsake from the
8 x 12 inches
• Crochet cotton size 10*:
1 ball each No 62 natural, No 42
cream, No 61 new ecru, No 161
peach and No 179 spruce
• Steel crochet hook size 8
• 1 yd double-layered
pre-gathered cream lace
(1-inch-wide top layer and
2-inch-wide bottom layer)
• Straight pins
• Sharp tapestry needle
• 20-gauge wire
• Wire cutters
• 12 pearl sprays
• Green floral tape
• Plastic bridal holder with
plastic foam center
• White statice
• Natural statice with glitter
*J. & P. Coats Knit-Cro-Sheen was used
in the sample project.
Work evenly and consistently
A beautiful bride deserves a beautiful bouquet. Here’s an
heirloom bouquet to keep for posterity.
Weave in loose ends as work pro
Rose center bud requires 7 yds cro
chet cotton; each petal requires 5!/2
yds crochet cotton. Sepal and leaves
each require 3!/2 yds crochet cotton.
Make a total of 18 roses: 3 new
ecru, 6 cream, 4 natural and 5 peach.
Notes: Do not join rnds unless oth
erwise indicated. Use a scrap of CC
yarn to mark rnds.
Cut a 4-inch length of wire. Set
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st
Rnd 3: Hdc in next st, dc in next 9 sts.
Rnd 4: Work 2 dc in each st
Rnds 5 & 6: Dc in each st around.
Rnd 7: Dc in next 18 sts, hdc in
next st, sc in next st. (20)
Wrap some fiberfill around top
edge of length of wire; bend about !/4
inch of end of wire over onto fiberfill
to eliminate the pointed edge; wrap a
little more fiberfill over same end of
wire. Insert into bud, pushing excess
stuffing into bud to stuff firmly
enough, but do not stretch sts so that
fiberfill shows through stitching.
Rnd 8: [Dec 1 sc over next 2 sts] 10
Rnd 9: [Dec 1 sc over next 2 sts] 5
times, leaving a 24-inch length of cot
ton, fasten off.
From Crochet World Magazine, Vol 20, No. 3, Page 14, Copyright © 1997 Crochet World Magazine
With needle and rem length, sew
opening closed. Do not fasten off rem
length; simply remove needle and set
Petals (make 3)
Row 1: Ch 10, sc in 2nd ch from
hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next 6 chs,
5 dc in last ch (center top of petal),
working on opposite side of founda
tion ch, dc in next 6 chs, hdc in next
ch, sc in next ch, turn. (21)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in sc, hdc in hdc,
dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in each next 5 dc,
dc in next 6 dc, hdc in hdc, sc in sc,
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in sc, hdc in hdc,
dc in next 10 dc, 2 dc in each next 2
dc, dc in next 10 dc, hdc in hdc, sc in
sc, turn. (28)
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each next 28
sts, fasten off.
Rnd 1: With the spruce cotton, ch
5, join to form a ring, ch 2, 11 hdc in
the ring, sl st to join in top of beg ch
Rnd 2: *Ch 8, sl st in 2nd ch from
hook, sl st in next ch, sc in each next 2
chs, hdc in each next 3 chs, sk 1 hdc of
Rnd 1, sl st in next hdc, rep from *
around, leaving a length of cotton,
Rnd 1: With spruce cotton, ch 14,
sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch,
dc in next 8 chs, sc in next 2 chs, sc, ch
3, sc in last ch (top point), working on
opposite side of foundation ch, sc in
next 2 chs, dc in next 8 chs, hdc in
next ch, sc in next ch, sl st to join in
beg sc. (26)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in next 13 sts, 3 sc
in next ch-3 sp at top point, sc in next
13 sts, sl st to join in beg sc. (29)
Rnd 3: Ch 3, sl st in same st (base
of leaf), ch 1, [sl st in next st, ch 1] rep
around, sl st to join in base of first sl
st, fasten off.
Pick up center bud and thread nee
dle with rem length of cotton on bud.
Pick up first petal; place center top of
petal over center top of center (Row 4
of petal should be over top of bud).
Holding opposite end of petal to
bud center, sew first and last sts
of Row 4 to center. Pick up
next petal and place on bud C
center with end of Row 4 sts of
2nd petal touching center
foundation ch of previous N
petal; sew into place. Rep in
same manner with 3rd petal,
tack as needed to secure base of
petals; fasten off. Leave petals
Thread rem length of spruce cotton
from sepal onto needle. Insert wire
through center of sepal and push up
to base of bud center; sew Rnd 1 of
sepal to bud center; tack leaves of
sepal at center to rose. Pick up a leaf,
insert wire through ch-3 lp of base of
leaf, push up to sepal, and tack base
of leaf to sepal; fasten off.
Holding rose, gently curl top of
each petal outward to form natural
curl of each petal.
Continue making roses, sepals and
leaves until all but 1 peach is complet
ed. This last peach rose will be at the
E New ecru
LONG-STEMMED PEACH ROSE
Make center bud; attach to 1
length of wire.
Make sepal and sew to base of rose.
Make 3 leaves, leaving a length of
spruce cotton at the end of each before
With care, wrap wire with green
floral tape, holding leaves in place
along wire and wrapping over rem
length of cotton to secure to stem,
placing leaves 1 inch apart.
Cut lace into a 15-inch length and
a 21-inch length.
With 1-inch edge of lace facing up
ward, the 21-inch length of lace will
be secured around top edge of bou
quet holder with straight pins dipped
in glue. Fold lace in half to find cen-
ter, pin center at front, overlap cut
ends and secure at back. Continue
working around edge, making little
tucks and securing lace to bouquet
holder with straight pins dipped in
With 1-inch edge of lace facing
downward, the 15-inch length of lace
will be secured to the underside of
bouquet holder. Secure lace to under
side in same manner.
Following diagram, insert roses
into holder, placing the long-stemmed
peach rose at center front. Trim long
stemmed rose as desired, depending
on placement of roses.
Fill in around roses with natural
statice with glitter, white statice and
pearl sprays until full. ✄
From Crochet World Magazine, Vol 20, No. 3, Page 15, Copyright © 1997 Crochet World Magazine