Ok, so I'd been trying unsuccessfully to create the flowers for 1.2 mini muffler by Keiko Okamoto (岡本啓子) so that I could attach them to my friend Lisa's Baby Thong Sandals that I am making. The pattern is written entirely in Japanese and since I had been working in the car while waiting for my husband to get off of work, I had no access to Ravelry for help. I just couldn't figure the chart out at all, but in my trial and error, I did come up with a flower pattern on my own. The copyright thing is a huge issue, so I will clarify here and say that I have reverse engineered their pattern without actually knowing what their pattern says. I have no idea how similar they are. I still don't have a translation at this point.
Anyhow, it's a simple pattern.
Make a magic loop:
Here's a helpful video by apinchofhope on youtube:
Or you can use these excellently written instructions (with pictures!) available here.
ch1, make 9 sc in loop:
join in ch 1 using sl st, pull loop tight:
< ch 3, yo twice, insert hook in next st, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 more loops (2 loops remain on hook) :
*yo twice, insert hook in same stitch, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through two more loops* 3 times. yo and pull through all 5 loops on hook:
ch 3 and sl st in next st> :
from < to >4 more times around. Join ch 3 in same loop as first ch 3:
Fasten off. And you have a flower! You can change the size of the flower by changing the yarn and/or the hook size.