Friday, September 26, 2014

Free Pattern: Wisteria Bloom




  The beginning of fall is here in the Northern Hemisphere, but for our friends south of the Equator, the weather will be warming. This flower is a great way to welcome spring, or brighten gloomy winter days to come, regardless of your location.



  If you're ready for a pattern that will give you a challenge, this Wisteria Bloom is a good place to start. Made with crochet thread but using simple stitches, the construction of this flower is where the difficulty lies. You won't need a stitch dictionary to complete it, but you will need to pay attention! A few tips and tricks are provided to give you some help.



  What would you use this flower for? I usually make a few suggestions, but I'm leaving the choice up to you this time! For now, I'm just hanging it on an ornament hook for display. When twisted, finished length is 6" (about 25 cm).






Skill Level:







Materials:
Size 10 crochet thread
-I'm using Aunt Lydia's Classic in Forest Green and Violet
*Try using a multi-colored thread for an even more realistic look: In the same brand, I would suggest Monet, Ocean, Pastels Ombre, Shaded (Pink, Blue, or Purple), or even Pink Camo!
Steel crochet hook size 7/1.65MM or size needed to obtain gauge
Smaller hook or needle to weave in ends


Gauge:
Not important -
Row 1 (25 sc) = 4 1/2" (11.5 cm)



Notes:

  • The main branch and stems are created with just 2 rows. In order to simplify the pattern and its repeats, Row 2 is broken up into separate parts.



  • The addition of the flowers is also broken into steps. These are technically worked as one row, but the pattern is simplified for you.



  • For flowers, always begin working to the right of the beginning slip stitch.



  • The appearance of the flowers may be changed slightly with a flip of your work. They will stick out more if you work with you thread on top when slip stitching to join. Flipping the thread under the pattern will pull them to the back. You may work however is easiest for you.



Stitches and other abbreviations:
Chain (ch)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Single crochet (sc)
Double crochet (dc)
Triple crochet (tr)
Beginning (beg)
Front loop (FL)
Space/s (sp/s)


Directions:


The pattern will twist while you're working:



To begin, ch 25 with Green.


Row 1:
1 sc in the 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each of the next 23 sts. (25 sc)


Row 2 (beg):
Ch 10, sl st in 5th ch from hook. Sl St in each of the next 4 chs. Sl st in each of next 2 sc. *Ch 10, sl st in 5th ch from hook. Sl st in each of next 4 chs. Sl st in the next available sl st, 2 sc in same sc as sl st. Sl st in the next sc.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times (4 ch-10 lengths).


Row 2 continued (2):
*Ch 14, sl st in 6th ch from hook. Sl st in each of next 7 chs, and in available sl st. 2 sc in same sc as sl st. Sl st in next sc.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times (4 ch-14 lengths).


Row 2 continued (3):
*Ch 18, sl st in 7th ch from hook. Sl st in each of next 10 chs and in available sl st. 2 sc in same sc as sl st. Sl st in next sc.* Repeat from * to * 9 more times (10 ch-18 lengths).


Row 2 continued (4):
*Ch 20, sl st in 7th ch from hook. Sl st in each of next 12 chs and in available sl st. 2 sc in same sc as sl st. Sl st in next sc.* Repeat from * to * 6 more times (7 ch-20 lengths).


You may untwist the pattern as you work to check your progress:




Bind off, weave in ends.


Flowers:


For an example of how the pattern is worked, here are the flowers straightened out:




1. Join Violet with a sl st to the slip st before ch-7 sp. Make 10 sc in the ch-7 sp. Join with a sl st to beg sl st.


2. Working in FL: *1 sc in next st, ch 1.* 2 tr in next st, ch 1.** Repeat from * to *. 1 tr in each of the next 4 sts, ch 1. Repeat from * to **. 1 sc in the last st. Working in both loops: Sl st to joining sl st. Sl st in the back side of stitch Violet begins in. Ch 10, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2. (3 sc, ch 2) in each of the next 7 chs.


Repeat steps 1-2 for the next 6 ch-7 sps.


3. Join with a sl st to the sl st before ch-7 sp. Make 8 sc in ch-7 sp. Join with a sl st to beg sl st.


4. Working in FL: *1 sc in next st, ch 1. 2 tr in the next st, ch 1. 1 sc in following st, ch 1. 1 tr in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * to *. Join with a sl st to beg sl st. Working in both loops: Sl st in back side of st Violet begins in. Ch 8, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3. (3 sc, ch 3) in each of the next 5 chs.


Repeat steps 3-4 for the next 9 ch-7 sps.


5. Join with a sl st to sl st before ch-6 sp. Make 7 sc in ch-6 sp. Join with a sl st to beg sl st.


6. Working in FL: 1 sc in next sc, 2 dc in the following st. 1 sc in the next sc, 1 dc in each of the following 2 sts. 2 dc in the last st, ch 3. Working in both loops: Join with a sl st to beg sl st. Sl st in the back of the st Violet begins in. Ch 8, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Remove hook, insert from front to back in the 4th st from loop. Pick up dropped st, pull through. (Ch 1, sl st in the next ch. 5 sc in the following ch. Remove hook, insert front to back in the 4th st from loop. Pick up dropped loop, pull through) 2 times. (Ch 3, 1 sc) 3 times in last ch. Ch 2.


Repeat 5-6 for each of the next 4 ch-6 sps.


7. Join with a sl st to sl st before ch-5 sp. (1 sc, ch 2) 3 times in ch-5 sp. 1 sc in same sp. Join with a sl st to beg sl st. Ch 4, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st in next ch. Ch 1.


Repeat 7 for the remaining ch-5 sps.


8. (3 sc, ch 3) in each of the next 4 sts toward main stem. Sl st in next sp.


Bind off, weave in ends.


The last sts made are the bottom of the flower, but it can go either way. You may flip it over for a different effect which makes it longer, but I think it looks wilted this way:




Which way do you like more?


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