This week didn't offer much craft time, but I did manage to fix my little misalignment
. I also finished up all the flower motifs.
Part of the reason I picked this pattern is because you connect the motifs in-place as you make them. Once you're done with a flower or a brown connector, it's right where you want it. Here are the illustrations from the book that show you what I mean.
At this point, you've already chained 5. Then you take your hook out of the last chain, put the chain behind the other flower's petal, and put your hook through the other flower's petal to pick up the last chain.
Here you see that the next chain will "capture" the other flower's petal inside the chain stitch because the top of the chain is coming from over the other flower's petal and the yarn is coming from under the other flower's petal. They are not two separate, independent chains.
Then you finish the rest of the current flower's petal chain stitches and attach the petal to the current flower center.
Aren't these illustrations great?! I love their clarity and step-by-step-ness. Most Japanese craft books, well the ones I buy anyway, provide this level of instructions via illustrations. I find that American craft books sometimes leave you hanging in the wind.