How to Make Crazy Daisies

This week we're going to highlight a nifty little tool that has been in and out of crochet fashion: the Crazy-Daisy Winder, sold today as a Bloom Loom. They were popular in the 1940s and 1970s and appear to be making another comeback.

Crazy Daisy Tutorial
Vintage Crazy-Daisy Winder from the 1940s.

What can you make with crazy daisies? Why just about anything that you would normally crochet! Take a look at the Daisy Cover-Up pattern we posted last week for an example.

Now you may be wondering how to use this little gadget. Well wonder no more! We're here to answer that question for you today.

Crazy Daisy Tutorial

1. If you have the vintage winder, you'll need to turn the knob to release the spokes. The newer Bloom Looms have stationary spokes that are ready to go right out of the package.

Crazy Daisy Tutorial

2. Hold the winder in your nondominant hand. Lie yarn across center of winder, leaving the end of the yarn to extend about 1 inch past the bottom of the winder.

Crazy Daisy Tutorial

3. With dominant hand, wrap yarn around the spoke at the top (No. 1); then wrap yarn around the spoke directly opposite (No. 2); then wrap yarn around the spoke next to the first spoke (No. 3). Continue in this manner, wrapping the yarn once around each spoke in the order shown above, until all 12 spokes are wrapped.

Variation 1: Wrap the yarn around each spoke twice to make double petals.

Crazy Daisy Tutorial

4. End by bringing the yarn back down to the bottom of the winder. Cut the yarn, leaving a 4-inch tail for sewing.

Crazy Daisy Tutorial

Variation 2: You may also make wider petals by wrapping the yarn around 2 spokes at a time. Begin as shown in Step 1. Then wrap yarn around spokes 1 & 2, then 3 & 4, then 5 & 6, 7 & 8, and 9 & 10. Then continue wrapping around spokes 11 & 1, 12 & 3, 2 & 5, 4 & 7, 6 & 9, 8 & 11, and finally 10 & 12. End as described in Step 4, and continue with Step 5.

Crazy Daisy Tutorial

5. Thread the 4-inch tail into a yarn needle. Insert needle under 4 petals and draw yarn through tightly. Insert needle back under the last 3 of those 4 petals plus the next petal (making 4 petals in all); draw yarn through tightly.

Crazy Daisy Tutorial

6. Repeat Step 5 until you have made 13 stitches. Tie yarn off and cut the ends close to the center. Don't worry, this is the "wrong" side.

Crazy Daisy Tutorial

7. Remove the daisy from the winder by twisting the knob and drawing in the spokes (or simply lift it straight off the Bloom Loom). Flip the daisy over to reveal the "right" side. Admire your work.

4 comments:

  1. The Bloom Loom *rolls eyes *'Rilly?!?!?!?!?!?

    Imagine a jacket made of these tho'......

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  2. Love this post so much. I'm jealous of that awesome tool you have.. looks like so much fun! I love the pink you used for the Daisy.. perfect color!

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  3. Thank you- I have one and I'm going to try a project or two.

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  4. Thank you- I have one and I'm going to try a project or two.

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