Not a lot.
If you want to make a flower, your possibilities are endless.
But clouds? No.
Here are my cloud-ventures, followed by a pattern for a good cloud.
When I first started to crochet things other than squares, I tried this cloud pattern.
I used too big of a hook and didn't really know what I was doing, so the top cloud in this picture is what I made. In early December, I tried again and made the one on the bottom. Clearly much better, but not quite what I wanted.
So I looked for other patterns. I found some suggestions to make an oval and then shell along the edge. So I tried making my own version like that. Not great.
Then I found a pattern for a tiny doll's bed with a cloud pillow and I tried that. Terrible.
So I had these clouds: the better version of the rain cloud, the awful doll pillow, and my own version.
Oh, and then I found a pattern that said it made a cloud, and I ended up with this:
There must be a better way! I cried in my thoughts.
So I turned to Pinterest. I finally found one I liked, and guess what. The pattern is in French.
Here's a picture of it:
So cute, right? If only I could read French. The best part is that because crochet instructions are always abbreviated, I can't even pop it into a free translator.
And I made the cloud! I skipped the rain drops below it, because I didn't want those for my scarf, so I also ended up making two more versions: one with double-crochet shells all around, and one with triple-crochet shells all around.
And now I shall translate the pattern for you, so that people who don’t have quite as much time and determination can still make a cute cloud - without the rain drops, though. Translate that yourself.
I've never written a crochet pattern before, but I've read several, so hopefully this will make sense.
Ch = Chain
Sc = Single Crochet
Sl st = slip stitch
Sk = skip
Dc = double crochet
Chain 13 + 1.
Row 1: 13 sc in chain row
Row 2-3: ch 1, 13 sc
Row 4: Sl st, 11 sc, sl st
Now we crochet around the cloud.
Turn the work from the last row.
Sk 2 (the sl st and 1 sc), 5dc in next sc, sk 1, sl st, *sk 1, 5 dc in next sc, sk 1, sl st* Repeat from * to * 2 more times (the last time will be down one side). 13 sc (in other side of chain), sk 1, 5 dc in next stitch, sk 1, sl st. Tie off and weave ends in.
There's a handy diagram in their pattern that shows you exactly what you're doing. All of the symbols are explained on the wikipedia page except for the dot, which means slip stitch.
I added three more 5dc shells on the bottom to make a full cloud. This is very easy to do.
I hope this helps you in your crochet cloud adventures!
Love and Clouds,