Irish Crochet Motif Pattern
Amer Fort Fresco Flower
by Ann Reillet, c. 2014
Nestled in India’s Aravalli range overlooking Maotha Lake sits Amer Fort, an 18th century palace complex built by Raja Man Singh I, the Kacchwaha King of Amber. The grounds are comprised of gated court yards, temples, gardens and a palace called Sheesh Mahal. The mirror palace is connected through a secret subterranean passage across the Hill of Eagles to Jaigarh Fort, a military outpost that is home to a 50 ton cannon. The fort town of Amer is located 6.8 miles (11 kilometers) from Jaipur city in Rajasthan state along the road to Delhi. Tourists, sometimes a thousand a day, are porter’ed in by elephants and greeted by native tour guides.
This Irish Crochet motif was inspired by a fresco located in the third court yard of Amer Fort; a panel of flowers carved nearly 300 years ago. The flowers represent a species of rhododendron native to India.
- Can be worked in any medium; thread or yarn. Sample shown in US size 30 thread w/#10 (1.15mm) hook
- Scissors and needle for weaving in tails and sewing
- Sewing pins and blocking board/pad
Make 6 separate petals per flower, on one of these petals, add 3 pistils.
1) ch 18, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next, dc in next 2 chs, half-triple-crochet (htc) in next (yo2x, insert hook, pull up a loop, yo draw through two loops, yo draw through 3 loops), tc in next 7 chs, htc in next ch, dc in next 2 chs, hdc in next, sc in last ch
2) ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next two chs (this provides a natural rotation and creates the pointy petal “top”)
3) having rotated, working in the opposite side in the single loops, sc in first sc, mirror remaining sts (hdc, 2 dc, 1 htc, 7 tc, 1 htc, 2 dc, hdc, sc), sl st to join
4) ch 1, sc around perimeter, at “top” sc 3x and rotate for oval, continue sc’ing and join with sl st
Break thread (always break thread long enough to weave in with sewing needle and/or to sew to another petal). End.
Note: As you make the flower, pin on blocking board front/face down, that way the front will show when folded over.
Make 3 pistils of equal size on one flower petal designated as the center bottom petal of flower (see picture).
Attach thread slightly left or right of base of flower petal by one or two sts,
* ch 14, clones knot (1+10 loops) ch 1, sl st across knot and then sl st in each ch back to base of petal, sl st in next sc, *Repeat twice, centering the 2nd pistil directly at bottom point of flower petal.
Break thread. End.
*Note: If you’re unfamiliar with how to make the Clones Knot, please see the top tab titled “Irish Crochet Tutorial for Beginners.” The instructions are posted there. If it’s too difficult, just use a picot. 🙂 Another way to get a nice knot is add 2 extra chs, 4dc in 3rd ch from hook, popcorn the 4sts, ch2, sl st in ch.
Make one per flower.
ch 85, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch to end
2 sc (3 total) in last ch, turn/rotate for oval
working over sc i.e. inserting hook into the two strands located on the bottom (so as to thicken, but not widen), sc in each st to end.
Break thread. End.
Make 1 or 2 per flower, of varying sizes by adjusting the beginning ch.
ch 12, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next, dc in next, tc in next 6 chs, dc, hdc, and sc in last (add 2 extra to rotate for oval), mirror sts back
sc around perimeter, adding a double triple crochet (dtr=yo 3x) and sc in one st at random intervals to create a jagged edge
Break thread. End.
Assemble by printing out a picture of the marble relief and arranging the petals in-the-style of the fresco, then hand sew the petal folds and to the neighboring petal. Adding the stem to the flower and attaching leaves to the stem. Weave in tails. Iron from the back (cotton, with steam). Pin on blocking board to dry. Store on cardboard or card stock paper. I use a scrap book album that has card stock paper sheets and affix the motifs to the page with scotch tape or temporary sewing tack to maintain shape until I’m ready to use.