Cindy's Zinnia

Cindy's pretty zinnia is a great way to celebrate the season while exploring your favorite colors.

Materials:

2 colors of #3 Perle Cotton

Size C 2.5 mm hook

 

This design is made using number 3 perle cotton, two colors for each flower.  Zinnias come in many variations of pink, orange, yellow, cream, red and purple. The second color is for the center ring. The most realistic colors are: pale yellow-green, bright yellow, and white, but who says you have to be realistic? 

4 double crochet bobble: (yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, draw yarn through 2 loops on hook) 4 times, yarn over, draw through all loops on hook. 

Round 1: With the flower color, leave a 6-inch tail and chain 5, make a 4 double crochet bobble in the first chain, chain 5 and slip stitch into the first chain. (You might want to mark your slip stitch.) Don’t turn; every round is worked on the right side. 

Round 2: Single crochet in the back loop of each chain around. (10 stitches) 

Round 3: Skip the slip stitch in the row below, *make a slip stitch into the front loop of the next single crochet, chain 4, turn, 1 double crochet in the second chain from the hook, 1 half double in the next chain, 1 single crochet in the next chain, slip stitch in the same front loop as the first slip stitch for that petal. Repeat from * 9 more times. (10 petals) 

Round 4: Pushing the first round of petals forward and working in each back loop of the previous round, slip stitch, chain 5, turn, 1 double crochet in the second chain from the hook, 1 double crochet in the next chain, 1 half double in the next chain, 1 single crochet in the next chain, slip stitch in the same back loop. (10 petals behind the first 10 petals) 

 

Finishing: Working on the back, thread in the starting tail; thread the ending tail through the stitches at the base of each petal in the second row and pull up gently to make the bobble stand up. Secure the ending tail. Thread your needle with a yarn of the color you wish to make the center ring from. Make a little knot at the end of the yarn. Insert the needle at the back of the flower and near the bobble. Pull up until the knot catches. Then point the needle down right next to where the thread emerged. Leave a loop about 1/4 inch tall on the face of the flower. Holding onto your loop, bring the needle up and then down again, making a tiny stitch to secure the loop. Work around the bobble in this manner (about 12 loops). End off. Finger press your flower.

 

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Zinnia Colors

 Actually, ALL the colors you've used are very realistic for zinnias.  Zinnias come in a range of bright and beautiful colors, including yellow, orange, red, purple, pink, lime green, and white.  There are also multicolored varieties.