Irish Crochet Practice

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I’ve been working on some “practice” Irish crochet motifs before my new thread and hooks come in next week.

First I tried some doily motif’s from a copy of The Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches.  I don’t have a small enough hook yet, so they’re too loose, but getting used to working with thread instead of yarn was the most important goal. The motifs are called Mica and Floribunda.

Next I moved on to some free form crochet based on some pictures I’ve seen around on Irish crochet.  I ended up developing the patterns below for the tiny flower and the 3 petal flower (stem added in picture below).
For instructions on htc (half treble crochet) you can look here .
Tiny flower:
round 1: 8ch, join with sl st to first chain to form ring
round 2: 3ch, 24dc into ring, sl st to top of 3 ch
round 3: 6ch, skip 4 dc, sl st into next dc; repeat 3 more times, 6ch sl st into first ch

round 4: (1sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 7htr, 1dc, 1hdc, 1sc) into next 6ch space, repeat around, sl st into first sc, fasten off, weave in ends

Three-petal flower

Flower petal (make 3):
row 1: chain 10, turn
row 2: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each chain across, 3ch, 1sc into back of chain, sc in back of each ch across, turn
row 3: 1ch, 1sc, 1 hdc, 1dc, 3htc, 1dc, 1hdc, 1sc, 3sc in 3ch space, 1sc, 1 hdc, 1dc, 3htc, 1dc, 1hdc, 1sc, sl st into ch at beginning of round, turn
row 4:  cut a piece of thread so that when folded in quarters, measures all the way around the petal. sl st to attach looped end of folded thread to working loop, do not turn.  1ch, work 2sc around the padding (folded thread) into each sc of last round, being sure to fully cover padding.  Sl st into first sc of round. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Flower center:

start with a magic loop for the center,
round 1: 9ch, sc in loop, 8ch, sc in loop, 8ch, sl st into first chain
round 2: 1ch, 16sc in each 8ch sp around, sl st to first sc
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Stem:

14ch, sc in second ch from hook, sc in next 6ch, 2sc in next ch, sc in each ch to end
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Sew the three petals together so they overlap slightly. then sew the center to where the 3 petals meet, and finally sew the stem in the space where there is no petal.

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