Irish Crochet Motif
Venetian Style Abstract Bleeding Heart Vine Flower
Be still my Lamprocapnos spectabilis…. a member of the poppy family; native to China, Japan, Korea and Siberia.
Widely known as the bleeding heart, it is also called “Dutchman’s Breeches,” “Lady in a bath” and “Lyre flower.”
This is a Irish Crochet Motif variation inspired by an edging pattern designed by Karen’s Variety Crochet titled “Bleeding Heart Edging” available online free of charge at: http://www.karensvariety.com/NEWSLETTER/Patterns/BleedingHeart.htm
Aunt Lydia’s Size 30 Fine Crochet Thread
#12 (1.00 mm) steel hook
Scissors and needle (for weaving in tails)
Sewing thread and needle (for securing motif)
Flower (Make 5):
Ch 12, sl st in 12th ch from hook to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 5, dc in ring, *ch 2, dc in ring, *repeat two times (=4 ch-2 sps), 7 dc (=8 dc including last dc of previous), ch 3, dc 8 times, ch 2, dc, ch 2, dc, ch 5, sl st, sc
Rnd 2: sl st in first 3 chs of beginning dc, ch 1, sc in this 1st sp, ch 5, dc in 2nd sp, ch 2, dc in 3rd sp, ch 5, sl st in 4th sp, ch 7, sk dcs, sc in ch-3 sp, ch3, sc in same sp, ch5, sc in same sp, ch3, sc in same sp, ch 7, sk dcs, sl st in 1st ch-2 sp, ch5, dc in 2nd sp, ch2, dc in 3rd sp, sl st in 4th sp
Rnd 3: (Adding stem): sl st in next three chs [down], sl st in sc [in between], ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of the four remaining chs [back to base], 3 sc over vertical dcs, 4 sc over ch2sps, 9 sc over the 7-ch, 3sc in ch3 sp, 5 sc in 5ch sp, 3 sc in ch3 sp, 9 sc over 7-ch, 4 sc over ch2sps, ending with 3 sc over vertical dcs [down to base]. End. Break thread long enough to weave in.
Motif Variations for Edgings/Embellishments:
Instead of a stem, add a loop at top: tr across to base of 1st dc, sc over tr, ch3, sc over tr, then sc around perimeter.
Leave heart-shaped: ch1, turn, sc around perimeter
Create a larger motif: replace dc with tr
As an edging: join sides at the ch2 sp nearest the 7dc and affix at top stem or loop.
Vine (Make 1):
Ch 85, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch; end with 3 sc in last ch to arrive at opposite side (oval). From opposite side sc across/over (to thicken but not widen) in each sc. End. Break thread.
Leaf (Make 2):
Ch 25, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next, dc in next, tr in next down to last 6 remaining chs, hdc, sc in remaining 5 chs, ch 1, work opposite side (as an oval), sc over ch5 stem, mirror sts up, widen one side only with dc then tr and dtr; free form until leaf is lobed or pinnatifid (consisting of multiple leaves that are not quite separate) to resemble half the appearance of the actual foliage decentra spectabilis displays.
Position flower drops and leaves along the vine and hand sew. Weave in tails.
Hmm, I wonder: