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I’m designing an Irish Crochet piece (finally!!!)with cherry blossoms all over it, and I couldn’t find just the right flower motif to make it look right. Let me be clear that were plenty of beautiful ones on Ravelry, they just weren’t what I was looking for: flatish, detailed and thread friendly. So I spent the afternoon designing my own! As usual, I’m sharing the pattern (at bottom of page)
So here is a picture of real cherry blossoms for comparison (with source and permission of course!):
Here is my first attempt with size 10 white thread (unknown brand) and DMC Tatting Cotton in plum for the center:
And my final pattern piece with DMC Cordonnet No 30 blanc and the same tatting thread in the center.
And because I love thread size comparisons, here’s one of those!
And finally, a picture of a rough concept for the final design. I plan to create stems just overloaded with the little version of the flowers, just like real cherry trees! I’m also planning to design a separate motif for the buds so I can have a few of those as well. Please excuse the wrinkled fabric I pinned it to.
Cherry Blossom Motif:
DMC Cordonnet No 30 in blanc
DMC USA Spécial Dentelles Size 80 in plum
size 11 steel hook
size 14 steel hook
needle for weaving in ends
with white No 30 thread and size 11 hook
round 1: 1ch, 10sc into a magic loop. sl st into back loop only of 1st sc
round 2: (working in back loops only) 1ch, 1sc in same st, *2sc in next sc, 1sc in next sc* repeat to last sc, 2sc in last sc, sl st into back loop of 1st sc
round 3: *ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next sc, hdc in next 2 ch, sc in last 2 ch, sl st to back loop of next sc from round 2, 1ch, turn to sc in last sc of petal, hdc in next st, dc in next 2 hdc, hdc in next st, sc in last st, 1ch, turn, 1sc in next 2st, hdc in next 2 st, sc in last 2 st, sl st to back loop of next sc from round 2,** sl st to next st* repeat 3 more times from *, then once more from * to **
round 4: *sl st into back of ch on petal from last round, 2sc in back of next sc from last round, 2hdc in back of each of next 3 st, 2sc in last back of st, 2sc together across row ends of last round, 2sc in next sc, 2hdc in each of next 3 st, 2sc in next st, sl st in next st.* repeat from * around, end with a sl st into first sl st of round. Fasten off, weave in ends.
To make center:
with plum No 80 thread and size 14 hook
Join pink yarn to innermost front loop with a sc. *2ch, sc in next front loop* repeat around, working in a small spiral until you have one circle of pink. sl st to complete circle, fasten off, weave in ends.
If you want a more textured center like on my bigger flower, start by attaching in the same spot, but then work (3ch, 1sc, 3ch, 1sc, 3ch) into each front loop around.