Leftovers can be a beautiful thing

For some reason, pinpointing “fall” colors is really difficult for me. Is bright orange a “fall” color? What about mauve or crimson? Do any of the flowers in the picture below fit the bill?

I hope so! My friends asked for fall-colored knitted or crocheted flowers to use during their wedding, and I was happy to give it a go! All through the later summer and early fall, I excavated every autumnal leftover scrap of yarn, every fall-ish odd and end, and turned them into flowers.

I used two patterns: the center of the American Beauty square from 200 Crochet Blocks (if you remember, I wanted to use something similar in the potholder swap), and Flared Rose from 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet. The latter was a better choice for this project, I think – very pretty and three-dimensional, yet seriously mindless to make. I would crochet the flared roses on the train on my way to work, before coffee!

And here’s the canopy under which my friends got married, all decorated and gorgeous. I even spot flowers that I crocheted! Many happy years together, Amanda and Alasdair!


31 thoughts on “Leftovers can be a beautiful thing

  1. Julia

    These are sumptuous! On a completely different topic (so perhaps not really much of a “comment”), I wanted to thank you for introducing me to the cool stretchy cast-off that you recommended for sock cuffs, some time ago. I have been using it to great effect on socks, and then today I discovered that it’s also perfect for casting off the long edge of a scarf knit lengthwise. It matches the cast-on edge visually but gives a nice stretchy edge so that the scarf doesn’t curve along one side. (And having the cast-on and cast-off edges also means that the scarf doesn’t just stretch indefinitely.) I am so happy with this technique! Thanks again…

  2. yahaira

    I love the way their canopy looks, so pretty! Did they get other friends to crochet and knit as well? Those colors are definitely fallish to me

  3. JustGail

    I think all the colors you used are fall colors, I might have even added some greens, not bright springy greens tho. I like the canopy – very original idea. Around here, any wedding decorations other than silk/polyester or real flowers would be out of the ordinary!

  4. Mercuria

    I discovered this weekend that there’s a tree I can see from my couch that is bright orange (with a vibrant yellow center). Apparently bright orange is a fall color.

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