So where do you start with your crochet bouquet? I would recommend spending a reasonable amount of time researching, planning and experimenting at the beginning. Early on I found a bouquet I loved on the According to Matt blog, but when I eventually found the yarn I liked, it just didn’t suit the rose style flowers and using a polystyrene ball base just didn’t work for me. Then I came across this fab little blog and quickly discovered wire was the way to go and it gave me a lot more flexibility.
Take some time to look at natural flower bouquets and bunches. Look at the ratios of flowers, the mixtures of colours and how leaves and greenery are used to make those colours stand out. You may also find it useful to watch a florist make up a bunch of flowers to help when you finally get to the construction stage. Think about colour combinations and not just those colours you’ve chosen to use for your wedding.
Once you have an idea of what type of flowers you want to make, you can take a look around for patterns. There are lots and lots of different patterns out there – try different ones out – play with colours, yarn and thread. I bought ‘100 flowers to knit & crochet’ by Lesley Stanfield and tried lots of different patterns out. After all the trial and error in the end I used a free pattern I received with Craftseller magazine as my main flower, adapting it to create different sizes.
Yarn was one of the hardest things to decide on – I have a beautiful collection of crochet threads which I inherited from my grandmother, but the flowers came out so small, I’d have had to make 100s to get a decent sized bouquet! I chose a cotton yarn in the end as I didn’t want to have ‘fluffy’ flowers, but when I re-created my bouquet (the images shown here) I used a basic acrylic double knit yarn and actually it worked really well. The flowers held their shape a lot better and it gave a completely different effect.
So once you’re happy with the colour, yarn and patterns you want to use, it’s time to start making lots and lots of flowers! Both of my bouquets are made up of 20 to 30 flowers. I’d recommend having a plain medium sized flower as your base, making more of those, and then having less contrasting flowers of varying sizes and patterns. You can add some buttons or diamante sparkles to add some interest but use them sparingly. For my bouquets I attached the buttons using wire. However, you may find it easier to sew the buttons to the flower. Once you’ve made your flowers then you’re ready to start putting your bouquet together. My next blog will show you how I put mine together.