Irish Crochet Motif Pattern – Orchid Spike

7ORCHID SPIKE
An orchid of the crochet variety.
by Ann Reillet c. 2014

Material:

  • Size 20 Aunt Lydia’s Fine Crochet Thread
  • Size 10 for Padding Thread
  • #10 (1.3mm) Boye Steel Hook
  • Scissors
  • Needle for weaving-in tails
  • Sewing Needle & Thread

Orchid Sepals and Petals (make 3 flowers)
1) ch 6, sl st in 6th ch from hook to form ring, ch 1
2) sc in ring 12 times, join with sl st to 1st sc
3) *ch 4, sk 1, sc in back loop only of next sc, *repeat around, join to 1st (=a tier of 6 ch-4 sps)
4) sl st in next open sc between ch-4 sp, ch 4, sl st in next open sc, *repeat around, (=a tier of 6 more ch-4 sps), join with sl st
5) sl st in 1st ch-4 sp on lower tier, ch 3, dc 6 times in same sp, 6 dc in next lower tier sp, ch 3, sl st in same sp, sl st in next lower tier sp, ch 3, dc 6 times, 6 dc in next lower tier sp, ch 3, sl st in same sp, sl st in next lower tier sp, ch 3, dc 6 times, 7 dc in last lower tier sp (=three 14-dc petal starts)
6) working 1st of 3 lower tier petals in order: ch 3, turn , dc in each dc across (=14 dc),
Note: Each petal has 5 rows then it’s brought to a point, decreasing starts after 2nd row (step 6)
7) turn, sl st in 1st dc, ch 3, dc in each dc across, sk ch 3 at end (=12 dc)
8) turn, sl st in 1st dc, ch 3, dc-2tog-decrease every other dc to arrive at 6 total dc
9) turn, ch 3, dc-3tog-decrease to arrive at 2 total dc,
10) turn, sl st in 2nd dc,
11) break thread.
12) Join thread to next petal and follow steps 6-12
13) sc the perimeter of last 3 petals made with 4-strands of padding thread (size 10 thread). If you’re unfamiliar with how to use padding thread, refer to my padded leaf pattern/tutorial here: https://crochetthread.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/irish-crochet-motif-leaf/    The basic instruction is: using the size 20 thread, create a slip knot and sl st onto the last st of the perimeter as if to go around one more time, ch 1, set aside. Next cut a piece of larger size 10 thread about four times the distance needed to work around the perimeter. Fold the size 10 cutting in half, then fold in half again. Notice how one end is solid and the other end contains the cut ends? The solid end is the joining side. Insert crochet hook into the same st where the sl st was made on the perimeter/outside right and catch the folded padding thread at its solid end, work one (1) sc. Now drop the thread and separate the size 20 working thread from the size 10 padding threads. Draw all four strands of the size 10 padding thread across the perimeter and sc over all the padding thread and into the next st on the perimeter. Continue working over the padding thread with sc into each st around. At end, cut the remaining padding thread only, do not cut the working thread, and secure the work with a sl st in the last st. Tie off working thread and repeat padding process for each petal of the flower.  See the difference padding thread makes here: https://crochetthread.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/mg_2352.jpg
14) Line up the 3 petals so one petal is facing up, identify the ch-4 tier that is at the base. This ch-4 sp and the one opposite will be left unworked.
15.) In the 1st of two ch-4 loops to be worked, join thread, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, 3 dc in next, ch 3, sl st in same, sc 4 times in next unworked sp, sl st in next ch 3, 3 dc, 3 dc in next, ch 3, sl st in same, 4 sc in next unworked sp, (two 8 dc petals)
16) sl st up the 1st ch 4, dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc across, 2 dc in last st ( =10 dc)
17) turn, ch 3, 2dc in every third or counting to arrive at 15 dc across row
18) turn, sl st in next dc, ch 3, 2-tog-decrease every other dc to arrive at 8 dc across
19) same as note following 6, bring it down to 6 or less and then bring to point and tie off
20) pad edge, same as step 13

Orchid Pistil (make 1 per flower)
21) ch 4, *dc in 4th ch from hook, tc in same, dc in same, ch 2, join to same, ch 2, *repeat 2 times (=3 points), and short stem, not more than 4 ch, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch back, tie off
22) hand sew the pistil to the lower ch-4 space (the back 3 petal one up and two side is right side)

Orchid Buds (make 2)
crochet 4 flat ovals or 2 worked from base (like a figure 8)
1) ch 5, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in next two chs, turn
2) ch 2, hdc in same, 2 hdc in each of the next sts, turn
3) ch 2, hdc in same, 2 hdc in each of the next sts, turn
4) sl st in next hdc, ch 2, *hdc, 2-tog-decreas hdc in next, *repeat across
5-6) continue to decrease to point.
7) hand sew two pieces together from base upward half (leave the points open).

Stem (make 1)
1) ch anywhere from 105 to 125, (I did 111)
2) sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch back to start
3) sc in start two more times to arrive at opposite side (oval)
4) hdc over the sc using the two chs on the bottom of opposite side (too thicken but not widen or use padding thread)

Leaf (make 2)
ch 25, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch (=24 sc)
ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 2 chs, (this is the stem of leaf and these sts will not be worked further) working over tail and sc, hdc across each sc (=24 hdc) turn
sl st in next hdc, ch 2, hdc in next 4, dc in next 4, tc in next 4, dc in next 4, hdc in next 4, sc in remaining
2 rows on one side and 1 row on opposite side, omitting leaf stem. Pad perimeter.

Finishing:
Arrange the flowers along the stem from lower to mid upper with buds along the top. Tack (hand sew). Weave in tails.

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