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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

A Rose for Kimberley

This week I have a little pattern for you. Sometimes you need to say a special Thank You! And that's what this is, a special thank you to Kimberley. Kimberley is from Yorkshire and she has that beautiful accent which is exactly like she is; open, honest, friendly and down to earth. So I decided to make her a Yorkshire Rose brooch.
Traditionally there is supposed to be some antaganism between the people of Yorkshire and Lancashire. Having lived on both sides of the Peninnes, (the line of hills that runs like a spine down the north of England) I cannot choose between them! So I am offering you this rose in white for Yorkshire, Red for Lancashire or diplomatically combine them both with the Tudor Rose!
Did I mention that I was the slowest crochet designer ever? I'd really like to be a fly on the wall of another designer to see how they go about things. Usually I start with very rough sketches of what I want, then I try to translate that into stitch diagrams. When I finally pick up a hook and find out what it will really look like I start to make alterations. My problem is not knowing when to stop! As you can see I ended up with a big pile of alterations!
Usually each of my patterns begins with a problem I want to solve. In this case I wanted something which would hold itself together tightly as a brooch and keep it's shape. So the problem was how to join the two layers of leaves and the two layers of petals together. I've done this by using front and back loop stitches.

Being dyslexic I am very aware that we all comprehend information in different ways. So here are the round by round images which will give you an idea of what is going on!

Here is the free downloadable PDF pattern! It includes a stitch diagram for each round. I've made mine using Scheepjes Cotton8, a fine 100% cotton yarn which usually uses a 3mm hook. I've downsized the hook to get a tight finish so that my brooch will stay looking good.
Of course it could be any colour or any size you choose, just have fun.


  1. Thank you for sharing. It's lovely!

  2. It's always great to get some feedback, ;)

  3. This is very cute and so easy to make. I am always looking for flowers and angels to make. I call them Flowers of hope, and, Angels of love. I donate them to kids who are very ill at the hospital. I make them into pins, bookmarks, bracelets with the flowers only, and hair clips. I need to come up with something for the boys. Any ideas out there?

    1. Sorry Zaneta, boys are so difficult aren't they. I can only think of monsters and stress balls or juggle balls otherwise it has to be something personal like an owl for a Harry Potter fan. I'm waiting for someone to do a 'gifts for men' book. I'd buy that!