Time for a tutorial ^_^ It’s been a little while since I’ve done something yarn related so today I’ll show you how I made a garden themed stand thingy for my tea pot.
- Crochet hook
- Green yarn
- Purple or pink yarn
- Matching styrofoam flowers
Please note my crochet instructions will be a little vague because I’m not familiar with how to write patterns in crochet, you should be able to get the idea from the photos though.
Start with the purple yarn and chain 5.
Join to the first stitch to form a circle. Chain 4.
Follow around the circle as if you were making a granny square, you should DC 3 times into 1 stitch, chain 2 then DC into the next stitch etc until you reach the beginning.
Join, chain 4 and start the next row. For proper instructions on how to make a granny circle click here.
Keep going though add 2 lots of 3xDC in each gap so this row is larger. For the next few rows I alternated between 2 and 1 lot of 3xDC in each gap to form a circle.
You will need to make it large enough so that you can comfortably sit your teapot on top with a couple of inches on each side.
Next grab your green yarn and tie it to the middle.
Start making a chain and when it’s long enough to fold in half and push through one of the holes single crochet to the next group of double crochets. This part is quite free-style as it depends how big the holes in your crochet are etc.
But right side up it should look like this:
Continue doing this around and around until you’ve got one loop to go through every hole:
Right side up it looks like this:
I didn’t think it looked stable enough so I added a little stitching with a needle and thread.
So you’re done with the basic shape, now it’s all about decoration!
Now it’s time to add the flowers. The reason it’s important to use styrofoam flowers is in case you spill tea on them. Where as fabric flowers will get wet and eventually mold, styrofoam can just be wiped off.
I decided to use large pink flowers and smaller white flowers. I arranged them around the edge alternating between the colours. I used the wire stems to loop into the crochet piece then attach to flower opposite to make it sturdy.
I also stitched them lightly in place for peace of mind. Finished:
The bottom looked like this… quite ugly so I added a large circular piece of felt to the bottom and stitched it all together.
And there you have it… very spring-ish.
All you need is a tea pot! Looks like you found it at the bottom of your garden 😉
This is the first tutorial of many to come revolving around how to organise and host a tea party! Now you’ve got something to put the tea pot on, next time will be all about how to decorate the tea pot itself!