Irish Crochet Pattern – Cattail Motif

  • _MG_2511Cattail Motif
  • by Ann Reillet c. 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Typha latifolia are marsh plants commonly known as Cattails or Bulrush. They grow along water in stands up to 9 ft. high. In midsummer they produce a white fluff and this pollen is sometimes used in fireworks. Native American’s used reeds from these plants to weave baskets.

This is an abstract cattail motif for Irish Crochet. It’s made in sections and sewn together.


  • Aunt Lydia’s Fine Crochet Thread, size 20, natural
  • Aunt Lydia’s Fine Crochet Thread, size 10, natural  (for padding cord)
    Susan Bates #10 (1.15mm) steel crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Needle (for weaving in and stitching work)

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Bulb (make 1)
ch 31
sc in 2nd ch frm hook, *ch 3, sk 1, sc *repeat to end. 3 sc in last ch, rotate to back for oval
sc in 1st sc post **ch 3, sc in next sc post **repeat to end. 2 sc in last sp, turn (=26 loops)
***sc-sc-ch3-sc-sc in each sp around to end (pivot with 3 sc in end and ***continue )
ch 3, sl st in first ch-3 picot, ****ch 5, sk next picot, sl st in next picot (every other picot), ****repeat around (at end ch 3-sl st-ch3, sl st in first ch-3 picot on opposite side and continue.
Add 4 strand padding thread and sc around perimeter 4 in ch-3s and 6 in ch-5s. At end add picot. At opposite end prepare for stem.

Stem (make 1, connected to bulb)
ch 45 – 50,
hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch back to bulb, join to bulb, turn
add 4-strand padding thread, and circle perimeter of stem with sc.

For pad: Use same or bulkier thread, measure out enough thread to cover by 4x, cut, fold in half, then in half again, begin first crochet on the complete end not the cut-ends using half to secure first st, then sc over all 4 strands and into and around perimeter. If it’s unclear, see this post for add’l explanation:

Leaf (make 2; sewn to bottom of stem on each side)
ch 53,
dc in 4th ch from hook and in each of the next 28 chs, hdc in next 12 chs, sc in remaining chs.
ch 1, turn, mirror sts back to starting ch 3
sl st across the base and add 4-strand padding thread at first dc of opposite side
*sc over pad and into each dc 2x, sc over pad into each hdc & sc 1x, *repeat around

Block and iron, pin to dry
Sew (wrong side up) the leaves to the stem for about 1″



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