Multiple Layer Crochet Flower Petals – in detail – part 2

This will be a straight continuation of Part 1 (Rounds 1-8), and further exposition on the previously described basic recipe.

There are two options with this design (at least!):

  1. Continue in pattern (adding 6 stitches in each dc round and one petal in each petal round) until the blanket (or brooch, cushion cover front, rug, whatever) is the size you want, ending in a petal round through both loops of the previous dc round. This will give very dense  petals throughout, and a thicker item.
  2. Continue in the pattern above for as far as you want such dense petals, and then switching to htr with 8 increases per round (petals stay the same, and I recommend doing the switch where the last dc round ended with a multiple of 8 stitches – eg at 24/48) and then later switching from htr to tr with 12 increases per round. This will involve some fudging on the petal rounds, since they will not fit precisely the number of stitches per round when coming out of the htr rounds.

The reason I go for the second method (and will aim to show you pictures of how that works out), even though it involves petal fudging, is that I designed this blanket to be good for baby hands to grip and play with, without the potential risks of getting tiny fingers caught in a lacy/holey design. (My very first thought for this blanket, three years ago, used Irish crochet flowers – thankfully someone pointed out the flaw only a few rows in, when it was no bother to rip it out and start again.) I’m not really sure how much of a risk this really is, but especially as I get ever closer to having an infant of my own, baby safety is an important consideration! Having the petal rows slightly further apart makes them easier for baby to find, while starting them off closer together just looks better, in my opinion!

So, in my sample I’m going to move to htr increase rounds already. (It’s just more interesting to me to show you the changes straight away!)

NB I try to alter slightly exactly where the increases come out, to keep the piece more circular. As the rounds get longer and thus counting is more of a pain I suggest roughly placed stitch markers as reminders.

  • Thus, R9: In blo of R7 *htr in first two dc, 2htr in next dc. Repeat from * to end of round. (32 htr)
  • first round of htr

  • R10: In flo, 5 petals. Begin R11 in two remaining stitches. The offset will be made up in R14.
  • with five petal round
    and underneath
    from the back

  • R11: In blo of R9 * 2htr in first htr, htr in next 3 htr. Repeat from * to end of round. (40 htr)
  • R12: 6 petals. Begin R13 in four remaining stitches. The offset will be made up in R14.
  • 6 petals and gap

  • R13: In blo of R11 *htr in first four htr, 2htr in next htr. Repeat from * to end of round. (48htr)
  • htr round

  • R14: 8 petals. (This makes up for the previous offset.)
  • flower pattern 009

In the third part of this tutorial, I will move on to tr rows around, and you’ll be pleased to know there shouldn’t be any petal fudging there, as there will be 12 increases each round, and thus two whole extra petals. This will take us back to a visible line of petal separation (breaking this up may be a good reason to do extra repeats of the htr row section), but I don’t think this is a fatal flaw in the design. The benefit is the lack of visible gap.

Part 3.

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