Flower brooch

Welcome, readers of Simply Crochet !

If you are looking for the layered flower brooch featured in issue 81, the tutorial is here.

The flower was included in my newsletter in May 2010. I still publish my newsletter every month, with an in-depth crochet tutorial free of charge. You can find the one from January 2019, the first in a series on mosaic crochet, by clicking here.

If you enjoy it, and you are as passionate about crochet as I am, please feel free to subscribe!

Organic merino and hemp – meet the Hanfwerk yarn

It was love at first touch between me and this new yarn.

Hanfwerk is a yarn composed by 90% organic merino and 10% hemp. Each skein of 50g holds 150 meters (165 yds) of subtly nuanced yarn.

The stitch definition is glorious in both knitting and crochet. I got the manufacturer’s knitting gauge of 24 sts to 10 cm (4″) on a 3 mm needle. In crochet, a 4 mm hook is perfect.

Currently available in three soft neutral hues, there are more colours to come – if you like it, of course!

Get to know the Hanfwerk yarn in organic merino and hemp in the shop!

New international shipping option

I am very happy to be able to offer a new, much more affordable international shipping option: Delivengo.

This option is available for shipping outside France up to 2 kg. It will work for most yarn orders, but might not be available for heavy books.

As always, I apply a standard shipping fee to your orders, so you know beforehand how much shipping will cost. For shipping with Delivengo, this fee is:

– 7.80€ for destinations within the EU (outside France)
– 8.50€ for Switzerland and countries outside the EU

If you have any questions regarding shipping and shipping fees, feel free to send me an email.

Delivengo is trackable, but the packet will be left in your mailbox or at your door, without signature. If you want a delivery with signature, please choose La Poste (French postal services).

Advent Calendar – Round-up 5

And last but not least: flower number 4!

My inspiration was the poinsettia, I think you guessed that…

Glorious flowers by Brigitte, Brigitte, Catherine, Claire, Claire, Flo, France and Martina.

And splendid blooms by Moucui, Myriam, Nathalie, Sandrine, Shaylee, Stéfany, Sylvie and Sylvie!

Once more, a huge thank you to the participants in the 2018 Advent Calendar. Your participation and enthusiasm gives this annual project all its meaning. I hope to see you again in December 2019!

Advent Calendar – Round-up 4

The time has come to show you how the participants in the Advent Calendar interpretated my flower design number 3.

These rosebuds on a background of slender leaves were very popular – even if many among us wondered what the first steps would lead to!

Beautiful winter roses by Sabine, Annie, Brigitte, Camille, Catherine, Claire, Claire, Fabienne and Flo.

Lovely bouquets by France, Laurence, Marie-Aude, Marie-Hélène, Martina, Mireille, Moucui, Myriam and Nathalie.

Glorious bunches by Raphaël, Sandrine, Shaylee, Sophie, Stéfany, Sylvie, Sylvie, Valérie and Valérie!

Each flower has its own character, reflecting each crocheter’s creativity!

Advent Calendar – Round-up 3

It’s time to have a look at the lovely interpretations of flower number 2 in my Advent Calendar!

retty flowers made by Brigitte, Brigitte, Camille, Catherine, Claire, Esther, Flo, France, Isabelle and Laurence.

Fabulous versions by Marie-Aude, Marie-Hélène, Martina, Michèle, Mireille, Moucui, Myriam, Nathalie and Ploum.

Beautiful contributions by Raphaële, Shaylee, Sophie, Sophie, Stéfany, Sylvie, Sylvie, Sylvie, Valérie and Valérie.

Many thanks to all who participated – see you soon for flower number 3!

Advent Calendar – Round-up 2

There are still pretty versions of flower number 1 to be seen – here’s the second part of the round-up!

Here are the lovely contributions from Myriam, Nathalie, Nathalie, Nathalie, Françoise, Ploum, Raphaële, Sandrine and Shaylee.

And the beautiful flowers made by Sophie, Sophie, Stéfany, Sylvie, Sylvie, Sylvie, Sylvie, Valérie and Valérie!

This post and the previous one were only about flower number 1 – three more to go!

Advent Calendar – Round-up 1

A million thanks to all who participated in my 2018 Advent Calendar!

Time hasn’t quite run out yet – you can still send in your pictures or publish them in the Facebook group until Sunday, January 13th.

But there have been so many entries, we need to get started on the round-ups now! Here are the first contributions to flower number 1 :

These pretty flowers were crocheted by Amandine, Annie, Brigitte, Camille, Caroline, Catherine, Claire, Claire and Claire!

Lovely contributions from Danièle, Esther, Eve, Fabienne, Flo, France, Isabelle, Janine and Katia!

Beautiful versions by Laurence, Martine, Ludivine, Marie-Aude, Marie-Hélène, Martina, Michèle, Mireille and Moucui!

More wonderful interpretations of flower number 1 coming soon!

Anna Bauer, a Swedish textile artist

Have you already seen the textile work of Swedish artist Anna Bauer?

Anna often uses knitting in her work and gives a large place to the type of free stranded knitting Scandinavians call “hönsestrikk” (the name itself is a mix of Swedish, Danish and Norwegian). In “hönsestrikk” you work with bands of freely chosen motifs, mixing colours and not caring the slightest about evening out stitch repeats.

This is not ski wear, but a costume by Anna for dancer Fanny Kivimäki. Fanny created a performance on the topic of homesickness for Kiruna, the town in the north of Sweden that has to move entirely not to be swallowed up by the ground.

On Anna’s web site, you can discover many other aspects of her work, such as the cardigan she created as a homage to Niki de Saint Phalle. You can also follow her on Instagram, where she is @annabauergbg.

All pictures are Anna Bauer’s.

Advent Calendar 2018 – Flower 4, finishing

We are going to finish our last flower!

Take one of the round “cups” made yesterday. Cut both yarn tails to the same length and thread them on a tapestry needle.

Weave the yarns through the stitches in the second round and tighten to form a small ball.

Sew this ball to the round disc at the center of the flower.

Repeat for the two other small “cups”. Weave in the ends at the back of the center disc – I took the opportunity to tighten the middle hole in the disc when doing this.

Special stitch:
sc2tog in two tips: insert hook in the first tip and pull up a loop, insert hook in the second tip and pull up a loop, yo and pull through the 3 loops on the hook.

Border around flower:
Each petal has 7 tips.

Attach yarn with a sc2tog in the last tip of a petal and the first tip in next petal.

Repeat (ch 4, 1 sc in next tip) twice

ch 4, [1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc] in the tip at the top of the petal

Repeat (ch 4, 1 sc in next tip) twice

ch 4, sc2tog in last tip of petal and first tip of next petal;

Repeat from * to end of round, replacing last “sc2tog” by a sl st in first “sc2tog” of round.


If you want to, you can mount your flower in a metallic circle (sold as dreamcatcher circles here in France). The size of the circle depends on the size of your flower. For this flower, which is larger than the previous ones, I used a 15 cm (6″) circle.

Attach the yarn by working 1 sc around the circle, leaving a relatively long yarn tail. Insert your hook under the cercle, as you would with a ring of chain stitches at the beginning of a motif worked in the round.
Work 1 sc inserting your hook under the circle and through the 3-ch space at the tip of a petal.

Continue working in sc around the circle, to the point where you attach the next petal. Since the circle is larger than the previous ones, there are more sc to be made between the petals. I worked 26 sc between each petal.

The finishing is the same as previously :
Once all leaves are attached and sc’s have been worked all around the cercle, fasten off and knot the two yarn tails (start and end) together firmly. Pass the two tails through the eye of a yarn needle. If you are not happy with the positioning of your flower, you can work the yarn tail through the stitches at the back of the flower to the tip of the leaf you want to have at the top center.
Insert the yarn needle from back to front through the “foot” of the sc attaching the leaf to the circle.
Insert the needle from front to back in the top of the same stitch.
Remove needle and make a loop with the yarn tails to suspend your flower

This is the last flower in the 2018 Advent Calendar. The English instructions for the three previous ones were published on my French blog (as downloadable pdfs in each blog post). If you want to enter the prize drawing you have until January 13th, 2019 to publish a picture of your finished flower(s) in the dedicated Facebook group or to send one to me by email.