Irish Crochet Motif – Greek Vases – Amphora Pattern

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Ancient Greek terracotta vases with all their intricate geometric patterns have long fascinated scholars. The painted decorations often depict myths or display daily life. There are 12 basic shapes indicative of their intended use. They were made to fulfill a wide range of function such as storage or funerary urns and offerings. Over time artisans expanded upon the shapes to create a plethora of style, many on display in local museums, each unique in appearance and decoration.

4 Crochet Greek VasesIrish Crochet Motif
Greek Amphora
by Ann Reillet, c. 2014. All Rights Reserved

  • Material:
    US20 crochet thread
    US8 (1.5mm) hook
    Scissors and needle (for weaving in tail)
  • Pattern:
    Rnd 1: ch 4, 12 dc in 4th ch from hook, join to 1st dc
    Rnd 2: ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same, *1 dc in next, 2 dc in next, *repeat around, join to top of ch-3
    Rnd 3: ch 5, sk 1, dc in next, *ch 2, sk 1, dc in next, *repeat around
    Rnd 4: ch 3 (counts as dc), *2 dc in ch-2 sp, dc in next dc, *repeat around
    Rnd 5: ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each dc, join to ch-3 [note, if motif is curling add increase dc, if motif is waffling, pull out and decrease dc]
    Rnd 6: ch 1, *sc in next dc, ch 1, *repeat around half, if adding a base, eliminate ch1, and across 5 dc: dc, hdc, hdc, hdc, dc, turn, mirror sts back, turn, hdc over previous (too thicken), then resume sc, ch 1, sc stopping at 5 sts from the beginning ch1 of this rnd
    Rnd 7: Add neck with 7 rows of sc upward across the 5 sts, slowly adding an extra st on each end, at the end of row 7, ch 12, sk 4 ch-1s on circle, sl st in next, ch 1, working over ch12, 15 sc back to neck, sc over the row (so handles sit evenly) and repeat the ch 12 for opposite handle, working over ch12 back to neck and continue increasing ends for 2 more rows of sc, finishing off with 1 row of dc that has 3 extra dc in each end for flaring the top lip of vase.

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