In anticipation of Wear the Lilac day (25 May) I’ve thrown together a little crochet project so that I may, well, wear the lilac.
Although this isn’t a ‘real’ pattern, hopefully these directions will be clear enough that you can wear the lilac too.
Wear the Lilac
worsted weight yarn small amounts of green and violet (though I used purple instead, as that’s what’s in my stash)
F crochet hook
I used approximately 5″ of 16 gauge copper wire, which is slightly thick for jewelry making , and rolled the ends with jewelery making pliers. Needle nosed pliers would work just as well. A pipe cleaner might be a bit flimsy, but it might work.
Catch the green yarn in the rolled end of the wire (or roll the end around the yarn) to fasten it. Slip stitch around the length of wire, until it is completely covered, densely, even twist the chained yarn around the wire to make a spiral.. and roll the far end so that it is covered by the yarn. Work in both ends.
With violet (or purple) attach to one end with a slip stitch. Chain 2. Slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook. Slip stitch in next chain. Chain 3. Slip stitch in 3rd chain from hook. (2 buds made). Continue making buds in a spiral down the spire, try to get four buds per turn.
Chain 5. Slip stitch in 3rd chain from hook. (Chain 3. Slip stitch in same stitch)X3 slip stitch down chains back to spire. First blossom made. After a few rounds, chain 4 before starting the blossom to make larger trumpets.
Continue making blossoms until 1/3 to 1/2 of spire is covered.
You can stick it in your lapel as is, or glue on a pin back, barrette or bobby pin, and wear it on the 25th to both celebrate the life of Terry Pratchett (and Discworld) and to enhance Alzheimers awareness.