Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Mansi ~ a plucked flower


Good Morning! This is Mansi. Her name comes from the Hopi language meaning "plucked flower". With Winter beginning to pack his bags and Spring lazily strolling up the front walk, I decided it was time for some flowers! I was inspired by some stickers I saw recently of these super sweet, kawaii (ka-wah-ee) flowers and just had to form them into amigurumis. 

I had a wonderful creative time putting together her pattern. It has taken more than a month to do it!
I have included the pattern in this post, along with a small photo tutorial around the more complicated parts. I originally created her in Valentine's Day colors because I'm making her for my kids for Valentine's Day. She'd make a great gift for someone you love too!

I hope you enjoy making Mansi and that she adds a little spring to your step. I will be posting Mansi on Ravelry as a free pattern and will be sure to post the completed set of Mansi's my children get for Valentine's Day. 

Now go make a garden! To see her new friends click here.

Mansi ~ a plucked flower

Notions:
A: any worsted weight yarn - I used Vanna's Choice from Lion Brand Yarns
B: any worsted weight yarn
C: any sport weight / baby weight yarn
Size F or G hook
Poly-fiberfill stuffing
Pink felt
Size 10 crochet thread - Black
Yarn needle
Size 12mm craft eyes

Flower petals and back with loop

Flower Petals and Back:
With A, ch 2. 
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch. 
Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed. 
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sts. 
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around – 18 sts. 
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around – 24 sts. 
Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around – 30 sts. 
Rnd 6: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts; rep from * around – 36 sts. 
Rnd 7: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts; rep from * around – 42 sts. 
Rnd 8: Sc in next st, *ch 3, skip next 2 sc, sc in next sc; rep from * around, sl st in first sc - 14 ch-3 spaces.
Rnd 9: Chain 1, in first ch-3 sp make : *sc, 1dc, 1tr, 1dc, 1sc; rep from * in next ch-3 sp and around. Sl st          in 1st sc – 14 petals.
Do NOT fasten off if hanging loop is desired. Otherwise, fasten off.

Hanging loop (if desired):
From sl st at end of rnd 9, ch 20. Sl st in same sc from previous rnd.
Fasten off. 

Flower face with long tail

Flower Face:
With B, ch 2. 
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch. 
Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed. 
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sts. 
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around – 18 sts. 
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around – 24 sts. 
Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around – 30 sts. 
Rnd 6: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts; rep from * around – 36 sts. 
Rnd 7: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts; rep from * around – 42 sts. 
Rnds 8-9: sc in each st around.
Fasten off leaving a 12” tail.

Completed bow 

Bow:
With C: chain 24.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to the end. Ch 2, turn. (23 sts)
Row 2: Skip first sc, dc in each sc to the end. Ch 2, turn. (23 sts)
Row 3: Skip first dc, hdc in each dc to the end. (23 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.



Whip stitch the two ends together using the long tail.



    

    
 Weave in ends.

Bow ~ middle section:
With C: chain 10.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to the end. Ch 1, turn. (9 stitches)
Row 2: Skip first sc, sc to the end. (9 sts)
Repeat Row 2 to desired width, sc in top of each turning ch.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Whip stitch the two ends together using the long tail. (see pictures above)
Weave in ends.

Flatten sewn pieces so you have two loops, one large and one small. 



Slide the smaller middle piece over the larger bow tie piece. 

  

  

   Set aside.


Finishing:


Place eyes on flower face. Embroider mouth with black size 10 crochet thread or desired color. 
Embroider eyelashes if desired.



Sew bow to flower face between rows 5 & 6, slightly off center. 
Add cheeks by gluing pink felt on with craft glue or use blush.



Sew face to flower petals. Stuff firmly as you sew. 




Weave in ends.
Finished! 




Happy Valentine's Day! XOXO
Love, Mansi
&
~ S

7 comments:

  1. :3 It's so cute :) thanks for share :)

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  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I am so going to try and do this!! :)

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    1. You go girl!!! Let me know if you have questions.

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  3. Thank you! This is so cute, I think mine is going to become a pin cushion.

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    1. You are most welcome Joyce! What a darling idea to use Mansi for a pin cushion! She'd be perfect! I like the way you think. =)

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  4. Thank you for this beautiful pattern!

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    1. You are most welcome, Redloon. Enjoy!

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