Irish Crochet Motif – Kite
by Ann Reillet
“Imagination is the highest kite that can fly.” – Lauren Bacall
• US Size 20 Crochet Thread
• US #10 / 1.30MM Steel Hook
• Scissors, Needle (for weaving in tails)
1:) ch 5, sl st in 5th ch from hook to form ring, ch 1
2:) 12 sc in ring, join to back loop of 1st sc, ch 1
3:) Working in back loop only for next three (3) rounds: sc in same joining sp, sc in next, *3 sc in next, sc in next, sc in next, *repeat around, join in back loop, ch 1 (= 4 corners with 3sc and 2 sc betw each corner)
4:) same as rnd 3, except that there are 4 sc between each corner. Make sure that the corner with 3 sc is made in the center of prev rnds corner. Join with sl st in back loop, ch 1
5:) same as prev rnd, except that there are 6 sc between each corner. Again, make sure the corners are made in the center st of prev rnds’ corner. Join with sl st in back loop
6:) sl st to corner’s center st, [Ch 6 (counts as tr and ch 2), tr in same, ch 5, sc in top of last tr, tr in same corner st, ch 2, tr in same corner st.] *Ch 2, sk 2, dc in next, ch 2, sk 2, dc in next, ch 2, sk 2, [working in corner, tr-ch2-tr-ch5-sc in top of last tr-tr-ch2-tr], *Repeat around, join, ch 1
7:) work 3 sc in first corner sp 1, *work 2 sc-ch3-2sc in the ch5 sp, work 3 sc in last sp of this 1st corner, *3 sc in each of the next 4 sps, *Repeat around, join. End. Break thread. Weave in tail. Pin on blocking board diamond shape so that length is stretched longer than width
As tightly as you can, crochet a chain of 94. End. Break thread long. Do not weave in tail. Pin flat on blocking board. It should measure about 7″. Let sit.
Ch 4 and 2-dc-tog in 4th ch from hook, *ch 5 and 2-dc-tog in 4th ch from hook, *repeat for desired length 2x because it’s folded. End. Break thread. Weave in tails. Fold in half and pin on blocking board.
Using the long tail from the kite string, attach to needle and thread through the lower corner of the interior ring or center of kite. Secure and trim excess thread. Using new thread piece, attach to needle and stitch the kite ribbon at the folded 1/2, then attach to the lower corner of the kite. Re-pin on blocking board or iron, starch and store until ready to use.