I had recently found an origami kusudama in my closet that I had made a long time. Origami had once been a favourite hobby of mine, but it seems that lately I have been doing a lot more crochet. So naturally as I was admiring my origami kusudama I contemplated the possibility of replicating it with yarn.
I may be upsetting some origami enthusiasts in calling this a Kusudama since they are usually made from folding paper. However, the Wikipedia entry for kusudamas suggests that they had originally been made from real flowers and herbs and used for incense and potpourri. My yarn kusudama is made of 18 crochet flowers stitched into ball and has a beaded tassel and thread to hang it from. I also included a sachet of dried lavender in the centre of my crochet ball so that it is in keeping with traditional kusudamas.
Step 1: What you will need
- Yarn weight 4: blue and variegated (Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn Mod Blue, and Violet Stripes)
- 2.5mm crochet hook
- Yarn needles, sewing needle
- Embroidery thread
- Cheese cloth
- Dried lavender or other herb(s)
ch(s) - chain stitch(s)
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
st(s) - stitch(s)
Step 2: Crochet
Flowers (make 18)
Row1: ch 8, turn (8sts)
Row2: 3dc in 3rd ch from hook, 3dc in each ch (18sts)
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
I made six with blue yarn and twelve with the variegated yarn. Though the variegated yarn gave mostly solid coloured flowers.
Step 3: Sew them together
Bunch your flowers together into groups of three. You can arrange the colours randomly or colour coordinate them. I used one of the yarn tails and a yarn needle to stitch the three flowers together, you could use a sewing needle and thread instead. The flowers were sewn such that the face of the flowers are tilted up and out (see image three above). Do this with all of the flowers.