This week, I am so happy to introduce you to a new square and to the start of a new series featuring Alpine Blooms. The Hellebore 8 inch square with instructions to make a mini-scatter cushion has been released exclusively on Love Crafts as a premium pattern.
As we all know, traveling has been difficult for most of us this year and I have found myself remembering past holidays and thinking about where I would like to go again once restrictions are eased. One of my all time favourite places is the Alps: the crisp fresh air, the healthy mountain walks and the beautiful Alpine flowers on the edge of the tracks. I have never seen such a variety of pretty flowers in nature.
This Alpine Wanderlust of mine has translated into my crochet. I am making a series of 8inch squares featuring Alpine blooms. The first Alpine square features the Hellebore – the mainstay of our Winter gardens here in Britain. I have to say then when I went to the Alps in spring I was surprised to see this beautiful white flower on the waysides. Firstly because I associate with winter (but to be fair, the snow was still melting in the Alps, even in April) and secondly because it looked exactly like its cultivated garden cousins. And since I have some hellebores in bloom in my garden, I though I should stay seasonal and make the hellebore square first..
In order to get the stamen to look realistic, I decided to use the loop stitch. As this is a more unusual crochet stitch, I asked crochet friend Hannah from HanJan crochet if she would mind sharing her tutorial for you – you can find the tutorial including a video here.
I received yarn support from LoveCrafts to design this square. I chose to work with Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK because it had a wide range of colours to choose from and I was curious about designing with cotton rather than acrylic yarns. The Paintbox Cotton DK certainly did not disappoint, the gentle colours play well together to get the hellebore look right and the cotton is just soft enough to feel nice and just stiff enough to give the extra definition that you hope for from cotton yarns.
For the square I used:
Yarn subbing: If you want to make the dark hellebore, you can work the centre and petals in Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Lime Green, Raspberry Pink and Candyfloss Pink.
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I do hope you like the hellebore square and the thoughts behind it. I have more Alpine Bloom squares in the planning, so keep your eyes peeled.
To celebrate the square release, it is half price in Love Crafts until 17.03.2021
Or if you are feeling lucky, you could enter a competition to win a pdf copy of the pattern on facebook or Instagram: