I found the pattern for the Ruffled Rose Pin in Redheart Yarn's "In The St-Nick of Time" post of quick gift ideas. Not only is it quick, but it's fun and doesn't look anything like your typical crocheted craft.
Working with a new kind of fibre is always a challenge. The Sassy Fabric yarn is actually a slightly gauzy, slightly crepe-y fabric that comes pre-cut with a ruffled edge and evenly punched holes. It kind of looks like little café curtains.
I did find some challenges with the pattern, but I had already sunk $40 into the materials, so I didn't turn back! (Crafters are so
Perhaps it's because I crochet left-handed, but I had some trouble with the special stitch for this project (the "ruffled single crochet"). The instructions in the Red Heart pattern would not work for me, so I modified the "ruffled single crochet" like this:
(modified) Ruffled Single Crochet: Insert hook into the desired stitch of yarn A. The insert hook from back to front through 4 of the holes in yarn B. (Yarn B will naturally pleat and bunch together as you go.) Draw Yarn A over the hook and pull through all of the loops of Yarn B. When all you have left on the hook is your 2 loops of Yarn A, then yarn over again with Yarn A and pull through both loops on the hook.
I wouldn't go so far as to call this an easy pattern. In fact, the title of this post might be a bit misleading. This craft can be completed in 45 minutes or less, once you work all the kinks out. I think it might have taken me 2 hours to complete the first one. Once I had a method that worked for me, I was sailing through.
I also think there's an error in the posted pattern. The pattern states that you'll need 1/2 a skein to complete one flower (15 yards). I think it's actually much less than that. Maybe 15 feet? You should be able to get 5 to 6 flower pins out of one skein of fabric.