How Jasmine and Buttercup Trimmings in Crochet may be Used on Gowns

The utility of floral crochet as a dress garniture and trimming is one of the most beautiful of the uses to which this work can be put.

For instance, the little gown illustrated is quite a simple model, -decorated with trailing blossoms of jasmine which give the finishing distinctive touch.

The star-like blossom follows the outline of the bodice, and falls gracefully below the waistline. It may be continued along the left side of skirt and round the bottom about a foot from the hem, thus simulating a tunic.

The silks required for this flower with its leaves are of the following shades : White, yellow, a medium shade of green, and some of a darker tone.

The Jasmine In Crochet

The Flower. Commence with the white silk and work 4 chain, *, 6 chain, 1 double crochet into 2nd chain from hook, 1 treble into next chain, 1 long treble into next chain, 1 treble into each of the next 2 chain, 1 double crochet into ring, *, repeat 4 times (when the five little petals will be formed),

1 single stitch into a stitch of the ring at back of flower, 9 chain, 1 single stitch into 2nd chain from needle, 1 double crochet into each of the remaining chain, I single stitch into the opposite side of ring from the previous stitch - still working at the back of flower - 1 single stitch into each of the

2 next stitches, fasten off neatly.

With the yellow silk work one French knot into the centre of the blossom; fasten off invisibly.

The Bud. Work 15 chain, 1 double crochet into 2nd chain, from hook, I treble into next chain, I long treble into next chain, I treble into each of the next 2 chain, I double crochet into next chain, I double crochet into each of the remaining chain.

For the Bud of Two Leaves. Work 15 chain, I double crochet into 2nd chain from hook, I treble into next chain, I long treble into next chain, I treble into each of the next 2 chain, I double crochet into next chain, 6 chain, I double crochet into 2nd chain from hook, I treble into next chain. I long treble into next chain, 1 treble into each of the two chain, I double crochet into each of the remaining stitches, I single stitch into extreme end.

The Stalk And Leaves

The Stalk. With the medium shade of green, work 48 chain rather tightly, I double crochet into 2nd chain from needle, 1 treble into next chain, 1 long treble into next chain, 1 treble into each of the next 2 chain, 1 double crochet into next chain, 1 single stitch into next chain; fasten off very securely and neatly.

Work a length of 20 chain - still rather tightly - 1 double crochet into 2nd chain from hook, 1 treble into next chain, 1 long treble into next chain, I treble into next chain, I double crochet into next chain, I single stitch into next chain; fasten off neatly and securely. The safest way to finish off the stalk is to cut the silk about

- inches from hook before fastening off, then draw this length through the last stitch with the crochet-hook, thread a needle with this same silk and run along the stalk a few stitches.

Sew the shorter and longer stalks together so that the two tiny leaves are exactly even. If more than two blossoms are required on one stalk, work one or two more lengths of 20 chain as described.

The Leaf. With the dark green silk work 42 chain, 1 single stitch into the 2nd chain from hook, 1 single stitch into each of the next 2 chain, 1 double crochet into each of the next 4 chain, 1 treble into each of the next 2 chain, 1 double crochet into each of the next 4 chain, 1 single stitch into each of the next 6 chain, 8 chain, 1 single stitch into the 2nd chain from hook, 1 double crochet into next chain, 1 treble into next chain, 1 treble into next chain, 1 long treble into next chain, 1 treble into each of the next 2 chain, 1 double crochet into last stitch, 1 single stitch into stalk chain (this being the first length of chain), 1 single stitch into each of the next 3 chain, 8 chain, 1 single stitch into the 2nd chain from hook, 1 double crochet into next chain, 1 treble into next chain, 1 long treble into next chain, 1 treble into each of the next 2 chain, 1 double crochet into last stitch, 1 single stitch into stalk chain, 1 single stitch into each of the next 3 chain, 6 chain, 1 double crochet into the 2nd chain from hook, 1 treble into next chain, 1 long treble into next chain, 1 treble into each of the next stitch into 2nd chain from hook, 1 double crochet into next chain, 1 treble into next chain, 1 long treble into next chain, 1 treble into each of the next 2 chain, 1 double crochet into last stitch, 1 single stitch into stalk chain, 1 single stitch into each of the next 3 chain, 8 chain, 1 single stitch into 2nd chain from hook, 1 double crochet into next chain,

A dainty trimming of floral crochet arranged on an evening gown. The star like flowers of the jasmine and its dark green leaves are particularly effective

A dainty trimming of floral crochet arranged on an evening gown. The star-like flowers of the jasmine and its dark green leaves are particularly effective

2 chain, 1 single stitch into stalk chain, 1 single stitch into same stitch the other side of chain, 6 chain, 1 double crochet into the 2nd chain from hook, 1 treble into next chain, 1 long treble into next chain, 1 treble intc each of the next 2 chain, 1 single stitch into stalk chain, 1 single stitch into each of the next 3 chain, 8 chain, 1 single

1 treble into next chain, 1 long treble into next chain, 1 treble into each of the next 2 chain, 1 double crochet into last stitch, 1 single stitch into stalk chain, 1 single stitch into each of the next 5 stitches, 1 double crochet into each of the next 4 stitches, 1 treble into each of the next 2 stitches, 1 double crochet into each of the next 4 chain, 1 single stitch into each of the next

2 stitches, 1 single stitch into extreme end.

Place the blossoms into the tiny leaf-like calyx and stitch together with a green thread, sewing over the white, tubular end, so that the calyx appears of the true cup-like shape. Attach the leaves to the stalks of the flowers as they are stitched on to the material in design. The petals of the flowers and the leaves require delicate handling, and the stalks need to be tacked with as few stitches as possible.

This design would look particularly well on a gown for a garden-party or similar function.

How To Make Buttercups

The Buttercup is perhaps more suitable for a young girl. It can then be made up into simple buttercup chains to be worn round the neck and sleeves and falling in front of the blouse bodice. A few loose flowers may be knotted together at the corsage, to fall quite carelessly.

With a buttercup shade of yellow silk make a ring of 4 chain.

1st row. Into ring work 10 double crochet.

2nd row. 4 chain, 2 successive double crochet, and repeat until 5 little loops are made.

3rd row. * Into 1st small loop of previous round work 1 double crochet, 5 chain, 6 long treble of 3 times over the needle, 5 chain, I double crochet, repeat from * until each loop is filled.

For the Stamens. With the yellow silk work through the front threads of the double crochet stitches in central ring, with I double crochet, 8 chain, repeating this until the 10 double crochets forming the double ring each contains I loop, making a total of 10 loops.

The Bud is one of the flowers with the petals closed as if just opening out. Or, if wished smaller, the buds may be embroidered, or simply crocheted by working 10 treble into ring and joining up into a ball with single stitches.

The Leaf. With the dark green thread work 22 chain, I single stitch into 2nd chain from hook, 1 double crochet into each of the next 4 chain, 4 chain, 1 double crochet into 2nd Chain from hook, 1 treble into each of the 2 remaining chain, 1 treble into each of the next 2 stitches (these being the side threads of the last of the 4 previous double crochet), 1 treble into stalk chain, 1 treble into next chain, 1 double crochet into next chain, 4 chain, 1 double crochet into second chain from hook, 1 treble into the 2 remaining chain, 1 treble into each of the next 2 stitches, 1 treble into next chain, 1 treble into each of the next 2 chain, 4 chain double crochet into 2nd chain from hook, 1 treble into each of the 2 remaining chain, 1 treble into each of the next 2 stitches, 1 treble into each of the next 4 stalk chain, 1 double crochet into each of the next 6 chain,

1 double crochet into extreme end, 1 double crochet into each of the first 6 stitches along the other side of leaf, 1 treble into each of the next 4 stitches, 4 chain, 1 double crochet into second chain from needle, 1 treble into the next 2 chain, 1 treble into each of the next 2 stitches, 1 treble into each of the next 3 stalk chain, 4 chain, 1 double crochet into second chain from hook, 1 treble into each of the next 2 chain, 1 treble into stalk stitch, 1 double crochet into each of the next 4 stitches, 1 single stitch into each of the next

2 stitches, 1 single stitch into extreme end.

It takes three of these leaves to make one complete leaf. They can be stitched immediately on to the material, or sewn together to enable the leaves to hang naturally, being tacked lightly here and there.

An Attractive Trimming

The Green Part of Flower. Work 4 chain and join into ring.

1st row. 10 double crochet into ring.

2nd row. * 3 chain, 1 treble, 3 chain, 1 single stitch into next stitch, 1 single stitch in next, and repeat from * until five little leaves have been formed.

The leaves may be shaded by working one of the three leaves in the lighter shade of green, afterwards to be placed with the two dark leaves.

In fixing the parts into design, the flowers and stalks need to be placed in position first, then the leaves.

If the knot of flowers for the corsage is chosen to break the monotony of the buttercup chain the stalks must be stitched securely to the buttercup and the calyx. The leaves should be attached to a stalk or to the stalk of the flower.

This can be worked into a very attractive trimming if artistically carried out.