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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!):
|“Spring in Somerville, NJ – 2012 File 3” by Siddharth Mallya – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.|
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:
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.