Irish Crochet Motif
by Ann Reillet c. 2014. All Rights Reserved.
One of the things I like most about Irish Crochet is the lack of rules and creative freedom. The hodgepodge flower is an eclectic mix of scrolls, petals, and leaves brought together to form one motif. Instructions for various elements are included, but if you already have some crochet leaves, consider using them to create your very own hodgepodge flower.
• US Size 20-Aunt Lydia’s Fine Crochet Thread, natural (UK40) [uses less than 100 yds.]
• US Size 10-Boye steel crochet hook (1.3mm)
• yard stick, ruler or tape measure
• needle for sewing and weaving in tails
• sewing pins
• blocking board or styrofoam
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Construction begins at: CENTER
Before you begin, cut one strand of thread about 24″ long. Fold it in half, then fold it in half again and once more so that it measures approx. 3″. This will serve as the padding thread for the flower center. Note that one end of this padding thread is solid and the other end contains the two cut edges. The solid end will be the joining side. Set aside.
Ch 7, join with a sl st in 1st ch to form ring, ch 1
Rnd 1: 18 sc in ring, join with sl st to 1st sc, ch 1
Rnd 2: 20 sc in ring, join with sl st to 1st sc, ch 1
Rnd 3: sc in join, sc in next 2 sts, picot (ch 4, sc in top of last sc), sc in next 2 sts, picot, sc in next 2 sts, picot, sc in remaining sts around, join with sl st to 1st sc
Row 4: ch 18, sk 3 picots + 2 sc, sl st in next sc (this should leave about 1/2 or 10 sts on bottom)
Row 5: ch 1, turn, pick up padding thread, align solid joining end with the 18-ch, sc 1 to secure end, working over ch-18 and all 8 strands of padding thread: sc 29 times, cut remaining cord being careful not to cut the chain, sc once more after cutting (=30 tl sc), sl st to join, ch 1, turn
Row 6: working over sc/pad, 24 long sc, ch 1, turn
Row 7: sc in next 3 sc, picot, *sc in next 3, picot, *repeat to end. ch 7 (counts as dc and ch 4), turn
Row 8: working in top of pad/under last row’s sc, dc in sp between picots, *ch4, dc in sp betw next picots, *repeat to end; ending with ch 7 (counts as dc+ch4) sl st in end, ch 1, turn
Row 9: work 8 sc in 1st sp, *sl st in dc, 5 sc in next sp, repeat to end; ending with 8 sc in last sp, ch 1, turn
Row 10: repeat row 9. End. Break thread. Weave in tail. [Optional: add a picot above preceding dc)
TOP ARCHED SCROLL
Note: There is some freeform work in the edging of the scroll, depending on the desired curvature.
Ch 27, dc in 5th ch from hook, *ch1, dc, to end add 1 extra [ch 1, dc] in end, rotate (for oval)
working the opposite side, *ch 2, dc in dc, *repeat to end, add extra in end, turn
working along the previous row of ch2s, this time *ch 3, dc in dc *repeat across
working entire perimeter, add anywhere from 1 to 5 sc in each sp according to curvature (more to arch, less to invert and in between to straighten)
at end, join with sl st, add 4-strand padding thread and outline perimeter once more similar to previous row
MIDDLE HALF OPEN LEAF
Ch 21, sc in 5th ch from hook, *ch3, sk2, sc, *repeat across
fill perimeter with 4 or 5 sc, at end ch 4, turn
sk 1, hdc, ch 2, sk 3, dc, *ch2, sk 3, tc, *repeat twice, then decr tc to dc and hdc at end, ch 2, sc,
turn, working down the open work side, fill each ch 2 sp with 3sc,
working around end, pivot for oval and work hdc, dc, tc working upward about 3/4 then sk at least 5 and join with sl st; this creates an arched petal.
LOWER SKELETAL LEAF
Ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch
ch 4, sk 1, dc, *ch 2, sk 1, dc, *repeat to end, ch 1, turn
working over the 1/2 just made, 3 sc in each ch 2 sp, rotate for oval
working opposite side in mirror sts up to top, then sc back down
at end, create small stem not more than 3 or 4 chs, sc in 2nd ch up to base of leaf and back down to end of stem.
Using 6 strand padding thread (12 total), sc on solid end once or twice then sc over all 12 strands, sc oval all but one on the bottom, separate this thread out with your thread holding hand, then sc alternating over all, then over all but that bottom thread until you reach the end or desired length, to create a loop, twist the stem over creating a loop and sl st in the stem to join and continue with sc over padding thread. To create an arch, sc over all strands and pull or draw them up to squeeze together. To end reverse direction, carrying 1/2 of the padding strands back, insert hook at end and draw through 1/2 of the remaining strands, tie these over the back secured strands and weave in or cut.
Pin on blocking board and arrange petals, sew to back side of flower center and/or to neighboring petals, if applicable. End. Weave in tails.
SHORT SOLID PETAL
Ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook and each of the next two, add 1 extra dc at end, (=5 dc) ch 3, turn
dc in same dc, dc in remaining, add 1 extra dc at end (=7 dc), ch 3, turn
dc in same dc, dc in remaining, add 1 extra at end (=9 dc), ch 3, turn
dc in each dc (=9 dc), ch 3, turn
dc in next dc, *2-dc-tog in next two dc, *repeat twice (=5 dc), ch 3, turn
dc-tog all dc, yo pull thru 6 loops, ch 1,
rotate, working along perimeter of petal, sc-ch1 around, join with sl st. End.