Gerbera tea cosy
Leaves: these are crocheted in an 8 ply yarn with a 3.5 mm crochet hook.
Make 19 chain. Miss 1 chain, working into one loop of the chain row, slip stitch in each of the next 4 stitches. Continue working along the chain as follows; 1 dc, 1htr, 2tr, 5dtr, 2tr, 1htr, 1dc, 1ss.
Work 3 chain (this forms the tip of the leaf). Now work down the other side of the leaf; 1ss, 1dc, 1htr, 2tr, 5dtr, 2tr, 1htr, 1dc, 1ss into the stem; fasten off. Make 3 leaves
Refer to the Crochet Australia website for information on crochet, including overseas conversions for stitches and hooks. http://crochetaustralia.com.au . Go to 'Crochet info', 'learn the basics'.
Base of the flower; this is worked in green 8 ply yarn, with a 3.5mm hook.
Make 4 chain, and ss into the first chain to form a ring.
Work 10 dc into the ring, ss into first dc.
Next round, work in dc, increase in every second stitch. (15 stitches)
Work 2 more rounds of dc; fasten off.
These were formed using a very thick yarn from Spotlight, called "Jester".
Make a bundle of 12cm lengths of thick yarn; about 24 will do. With a strong 8 ply, use about 30 cm, tie firmly around the centre of the bundle. Pull the 8 ply ends through the little hole in the base of the flower, and pull down firmly so the petals sit in the base.
Make a small wound flower, as for the yellow tea cosy in the vintage section; but instead of working them on your fingers, make them over the prongs of a fork; this will give a smaller and neater flower. I would recommend working them in a finer yarn such as a 4 ply.
Place this in the centre of the orange petals. Using some green yarn, work some French knots right through all the layers, as in the picture.
The flower looks best attached about 2-3 cm down from the top of the tea cosy, with the leaves radiating out from under the flower.