Crocheted Flowers by Jan Ollis is a cute little book, from the Twenty to Make series, containing 20 different flower patterns. Most of the flowers are pretty gorgeous – although there is a heavy reliance on adding beads, buttons and fabric to complete the finished look. The patterns are clearly written and there are both UK and US notations for stitches and hook sizes.
The 20 crochet flowers are: African Violets, Antique Rose, Black Orchid, Camellia, Carnation, Clematis, Daisy Chain, Foxgloves, Freesia, Gazania, Hibiscus, Orange Blossom, Passion Flower, Peony, Pink Cosmos, Poppy, Retro Daisy, Orange Blossom, Scabious, Tudor Rose and Water Lily.
I tried the Tudor Rose pattern, as shown in the photo. I used a 3.5 mm hook instead of the recommended 3 mm hook size. I didn’t have cotton yarn, a “large pale-yellow pearl-shaped bead” or a “selection of small yellow beads” hanging around my home, so I just substituted in some French-knots and acrylic DK! Cotton yarn would have been preferable; the soft acrylic yarn gave the flower less definition than the example in the book. The pattern was very easy to follow and it was quick work to make up the finished flower. It turned out pretty well, considering the changes I made, and I’m happy with the result. :)
I’m not exactly green-fingered, so I’m not sure how true the representations are. The Retro Daisy looks a bit funny and I’d have guessed the Freesias were snow-drops, if they weren’t labelled otherwise. However, I love the look of the Water Lily and, if you had the fabric and findings to hand, the Camellia and Antique Rose look lush! They’d probably made really cool corsage brooches.
For under 5 quid, this little crochet book is an absolute bargain. I’d easily rate it 4/5. :)