You will need –
4 mm hook
I used – Rowan pure wool dk (253) for the background; Sirdar Snuggly dk (0421) for the centers; James C Brett Cotton On dk (CO2)for the petals
Standard abbreviations are used; the directions use US crochet terminology. I have made this tutorial photo heavy as it is a bit trickier.
1. With the center colour ch 4, join into a ring. Work 12 dcs into ring. Join with a sl st and fasten off.
2. *With your petal colour ch 2 (1), 3 tr into front loop of next st (2), ch 2, sl st into next st (3), rep from * 5 times more and fasten off. (4 & 5).
3. With back ground colour join to the back loop of the middle tr (within the 3 tr in the petal)
4. Behind the petal note the spare loops at the bottom of each petal (because we worked the petals in the front loops only on the previous round). We are going to start by working in the spare loop below the petal you have joined the background colour to.
5. So work 1 dc (1) and 1 tr (2) into the loop below the petal at the back. (3) shows the back view.
6. Work 1 tr in the next st (over the sl st)
7. Pulling the next petal down (1), work 1 tr and 1 dc into the back loop (2), sl st into back loop of middle tr in petal (3), then work 1 dc and 2 tr into the same back loop (4). Again (5) shows the back view.
8. Carry on around working a tr in between the petals and [tr, dc, sl st, dc, tr] into each back loop (not forgetting to catch the top of the petal into the sl sts)
9. To finish work 1 tr, 1 dc into same back loop as the 1st petal…
10. …and then sl st into starting sl st.
11. sl st into top of dc and ch 1 (counts as 1st sc) (1), sc into tr, [hdc, ch 2 hdc] into next tr (2), *2 sc, ch 1, miss a st, 2 sc, [hdc, ch 2, hdc] in next st. (3). Carry on repeating from * around finishing with a sl st into top of 1st ch.
12. To join as you go, instead of working ch sts, work sl sts into the corresponding ch sps on the next hexagon. So at a corner, *[1 hdc, ch 1, sl st into corner of adjacent hexagon, 1 hdc] (1), 2 sc, sl st into ch 1 space on side of adjacent hexagon (2), 2 sc; rep from * around joining where you need to, and where the sides are free go back to working ch spaces instead of sl sts. (3)
13. To finish join into top of beginning ch with a sl st.
14. Fasten off and weave in ends.
15. Back view.
And that’s it. I hope you enjoy making some amazing daisygons of your own!
To make a pillow we need to make the edges square. One side can be made square by adding half hexagons. To make a half hexagon (I haven’t added photos to this as they are basically worked the same as the whole hexagons above, just with less stitches) –
1. With centre colour ch 4, join into a circle. Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 6 more dc into circle. Fasten off. You should have a half circle made of 7 sc)
2. with petal colour join into top of ch 3, * ch 2 , 3 tr into front loop of next st, ch 2, sl st into next st , rep from * 2 times more and fasten off. You now have 3 petals.
3. Join background colour at base of petal ch 2 (where you started the previous row), and ch 4 (counts as tr). *Pulling the next petal down (1), work 1 tr and 1 dc into the back loop , sl st into back loop of middle tr in petal , then work 1 dc and 2 tr into the same back loop , then work a tr into st between the petals as you did before with the whole hexagons. Repeat from * twice more and fasten off. (We need to fasten off here and start again at the other side to allow only the front of the stitches to show (otherwise the final row would show the backs of the stitches).
4. Join background colour again to top of ch 4. [hdc, ch 2, hdc] into same st,, *2 sc, ch 1, miss a st, 2 sc, [hdc, ch 2, hdc] in next st, rep from * 2 times more. Fasten off.
The other edge of your pillow front will need a row of stitches to fill in the gaps to make a straight edge as shown below –
If you can follow a chart then the picture below shows how the stitches fill in the gaps –
However if you’re not familiar with crocheting from a chart this is how I did it –
1. Work a sc into 2 ch space at top corner of hexagon below. Miss 2 stitches, 1 hdc, 2 dc, 2 tr together, 2 dtr together (these are worked with the first stitch in the ch 2 space of the first hexagon, and the second stitch in the ch 2 space of the next hexagon), 2 tr together, 2 dc, 1 hdc, sc into top ch 2 sp of hexagon.
My cushion pad is 30 x 50 cm. To make the cushion I needed 24 hexagons and 4 half hexagons.
To make the back I used rowan wool dk and a 4 mm hook.
1. ch 42, dc in 4th ch from hook, then in each chain across (40 sts)
2. Work 34 more rows of dc
3. Button band – work 5 rows of sc. Fasten off.
4. ch 41, starting in second ch from hook sc across all sts. (4osts)
5. Sc 1 more row.
6. Button hole row – sc 5, *miss 2 sts, ch 2, sc5; rep from * to end
7. Work 2 more more rows in sc.
8. Work 8 more rows in dc.
9. Fasten off. Sew on 5 buttons to button band.
Putting wrong sides together join the front to the back of pillow with sc.
I hope you have a go. Happy crocheting!