Crocheted Coral Brooches (free pattern)

Crocheted Coral Brooches


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I don’t know how it is in your region, but when I buy safety pins over here, there are always a couple of those really big ones in the lot – like 5 cm or 2 inches long.

Too short to use as stitch holder unless you have only a couple to put on hold, too long to use for anything else. In any case, I have no use for them.

So I decided to try making brooches of them, and I was really surprised by the results.

Not only are the pins themselves invisible – they are also big enough to support the weight of the added yarn to stay stable and not droop.

Although all of the patterns follow hereafter, if you prefer a hard copy you can download a PDF version here and print it. This is a rapidshare download, you’ll need to choose the option applicable to you (premium user or free user). Free users will have to wait for a moment before their download begins. Thanks for your patience and understanding!

All patterns are mine. Please  do not distribute or sell either pattern or finished objects. Thanks.

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General notes:

You can use many kinds of yarn, leftovers are great – but I’d suggest to stay in the fingering range and use a 3 mm (D) or a 3.5 (E) mm hook, otherwise I think your result will be too bulky.

Colours are not important, and I think variegated yarns might produce great results. I used Rellana Carina Glanzperle (a shiny acrylic which makes picture taking rather difficult because it reflects the flash) in bright colours for these samples.

What you need:

– some leftover fingering yarn (20 – 30 grams should be amply sufficient) in any colourway that pleases you (maybe the same as a scarf you made?)

– a 3 mm (D) or 3.5 mm (E) crocheting hook (3 mm is actually between size C and D)

– a 5 cm ( 2 inches) safety pin

– a darning or tapestry needle to sew in ends

How-to

1. How to hold your safety pin:

Your safety pin has two sides: the fixed one and the one that opens.

The opening one should be at the bottom.

The loop formed by the wire should be to your right (or to your left I suppose, if you’re left-handed); the fastening side to the left (or the right if you’re a leftie).

Keep the pin closed.

2. How to start your work (same for all three pins)

If your safety pin hinge loop is big enough for your hook, make slip stitch through this loop (insert hook in the hinge, yarn over, pull through a loop, yarn over, pull y-o through the loop on your hook).

Otherwise, make a slip knot and slip it onto hook – you’ll fasten the end through the hinge later.

Now work at least 15 double crochets (or as many as will fit without crowding the wire) around the fixed part of the pin wire: yarn over, insert your hook between the two wires of the closed pin, yarn over, pull through loop of yarn. Yarn over, pull yarn through 2 of the loops on your hook, yarn over, pull through the remaining 2 loops.

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Pattern One:

By the Short and Curlies


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Now that you have prepared your pin with the row of double crochets, chain 8 on top of the last double crochet worked in the foundation row.

Work 3 double crochets in 3rd chain from hook and into each following chain (15 double crochet stitches). This bit will now curl.

Slip stitch into top of second to last stitch of foundation row.

Chain 8 and repeat the curly bit (3 double crochets in 3rd chain from hook and each following chain).

Slip stitch into next free stitch of foundation row.

Repeat this until you have reached the end of the foundation row and you have slip stitched into the last double crochet of the row.

Fasten off, sew in ends, making sure you sew a few stitches through the hinge of the pin.

Pin onto a shirt, coat, purse or scarf, arrange the curlies to your liking, and go out to show off!

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Pattern Two:

Hyperbolic


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After preparing your foundation row on your pin, chain 3, turn work.

Work 3 double crochets into the last stitch of your foundation row.

Into each following stitch, work 4 double crochets.

Chain 3, turn work.

Work 3 double crochets into the last of previous row and 4 double crochets into each following stitch until you reach the end of the row (yes, it’s a lot).

Fasten off, sew in ends, making sure you sew a few stitches through the hinge of the pin.

Pin onto a shirt, coat, purse or scarf, arrange the curlies to your liking, and go out to show off!

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Pattern Three:

Loopy


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After preparing your foundation row on the pin, chain 3.

Double crochet into the last stitch of foundation row.

Chain 3 without turning work, and double crochet in the last stitch just made. Repeat 3 more times.

Single crochet into second to last stitch of foundation row. You have formed a loop with 5 holes in its body.

Chain 3, make next loop and fasten it with a single crochet into next free stitch of foundation row.

Continue making loops this way until you have made a single crochet in the last free stitch of your foundation row.

Chain 3.

Work 3 double crochets into each hole in the body of the loop.

When you have completed the stitches in the last hole of the loop, continue seamlessly with the first hole of the next loop.

Work your way around all the loops until you reach the last one.

Fasten off, sew in ends, making sure you sew a few stitches through the hinge of the pin.

Pin onto a shirt, coat, purse or scarf, arrange the curlies to your liking, and go out to show off!

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing

  2. I am so taken with these hyperbolic crocheted coral flowers. I hope when I can do it that it comes out as beautiful as those you have shown here. Thank you so much for sharing.

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