Irish Crochet Escape Flower Motif
by Ann Reillet, c. 2014
A member of the mustard family, Hesperis Matronalis from the Greek, meaning: “Mother of the Evening” is the name given to this Spring blooming flower with four large white petals. It is known by other names like: “Damask Violet,” “Dame’s Rocket,” and, in Ireland, an “Escape” or “Queen’s Gilliflower.” As an Irish Crochet motif, it pairs well with a brown bud ash or vine leaf motif.
- Aunt Lydia’s Fine Crochet Thread size 20
- Susan Bates Steel Hook #10 ( 1.15mm)
- Scissors & Needle (for weaving in tails)
Note: The center ring for this motif is joined as usual but followed by sc in the chains of the ring. The reason for this is to leave the single thread loops within the center of the ring so they may be decorated in the finishing round.
Remaining photos shown below.
Irish Crochet Escape Flower Motif Pattern by Ann Reillet c. 2014 All rights reserved.
1: ch 12, sl st in 12th ch from hook to form ring,
2: ch 1, sc in join twice, 2 sc in each remaining ch (=24 sc), join with sl st in 1st sc,
3: ch 18, dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 3 chs, tr in next 5 chs, dc in next 2 chs, hdc in next 2 chs, sc in last 2 chs, join to ring in same st. (Note: There are 6 items connected to ring [4 petals, 2 vines] 24/6=4 sts available per item, however, there are two sl sts between each item to allow room for padding the perimeter in step 9 below.)
4: ch 1, turn, sc in 1st sc and in next sc, hdc in each of the two hdcs, dc in each of the two dcs, tc in each of the five trs, dc in 1st two dc, hdc in next dc, sl st in next dc, omit last dc, turn
5: ch 4, sk 1, dc, *ch 1, sk 1, dc *repeat to center, omitting last st, end with ch 3, sl st in next open st on ring
6: sl st in each of next three sts on ring (=2 sl st between petals)
Repeat steps 3-6, one time (=2 petals)
7: ch 24, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 10 chs, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 3, sc in each of remaining (ch-24) chs, join with sl st (=2 petals and 1 vine)
8: sl st in next two sts on ring
Repeat steps 3-6, two times (=2 petals, 1 vine, and 2 more petals)
Repeat step 7, one time (=2 petals, 1 vine, 2 petals, and 1 more vine)
9: sl st over to 1st petal. Outline entire motif in halves (2 petals, 1 vine at a time) with sc over/in between existing sts around the four leaves and over/into existing sc of vines (to thicken, but not widen the vines). Variations: Use padding thread, not more than 4 strands or without padding thread, do a sc-ch1 as you outline the perimeter of the flower petals.
Break thread, wait to weave in tail until motif is finished.
10: Finish with decorating the center: attach thread to any center st, *ch 1, hdc two times in same sp, ch 2, sl st in same sp, sc in next two sps, *Repeat around. Break thread. Weave in tails. Note: A ch-3 picot can be used in place of the hdc cluster, the difference is shown below in the picture with two motifs; the longer left is ch-3 picots and the right is hdc clusters.
11: Optional: Add a brown bud ash leaf-vine to one of the vine ends of this motif.
12: For single flower variation (last photo shown below): To make that motif, eliminate decoration in center, both vines and use only one sl st betw to incorporate six petals and use 4-strand padding thread around perimeter.
Inspiration + Motivation = Creativity
Southpaw here; photos shown left-handed:
Designing motif in Irish Crochet layout:
Make three (3) of this Irish Crochet Escape Flower Motif. Add a brown bud ash leaf consisting of 5 or 7 leaves on one (1) end of vine on two (2) Escape flowers. Make two (2) Irish Roses. Line up as follows: Brown bud ash, escape flower, rose, escape flower, rose, escape flower, brown bud ash. (See photo, below, of collar for example.)