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Multiple Layer Crochet Flower Petals – in detail – part 3

Thursday, 2 September 2010

This post continues from part 1 and part 2 in elaborating the basic recipe for my Many Petalled Baby Blanket. (Sample project’s public Ravelry page.)

As I said yesterday (in part 2), do continue in the htr pattern for as many repeats as you see fit. (This will mean your round numbers and stitch counts will be different from mine, but I hope it is still clear what to do. Let me know if I can clarify anything.) I am going to move straight on to the tr part of the pattern, so that I can show it to you sooner.

  • R15: In blo of R13, *2tr in first htr, 1tr in each of next 3htr. Repeat from * to end of round. (60 tr)
  • after first tr round

  • R16: In flo make 10 petals.
  • 10 petals around

  • R17: In blo of R15, *tr in each of first 4tr, 2tr in next tr. Repeat from * to end of round. (72 tr)
  • back of piece at this point

  • Continue in pattern (increase by 2 petals in each flo round; increase by 12 tr in each blo round).
  • End with a petal round in both loops.

Some general tips for this pattern:

  • Don’t worry about the front loops getting pulled too large, as these will be tightened up in the back loop rounds.
  • If you use more than one colour, change at the beginning of a round, or potentially during an increase round, as this won’t be seen as much as during a petal round.
  • one petal row in new colour

  • Bear in mind that this makes for a thick blanket! For the same reason (roughly double the normal stitches of a similarly sized item) it will take more yarn than you expect.
  • Once you’re doing a stable number of increases per round, crochet-friendly stitch markers are your friend!
  • back of piece with 12 stitch markers showing

  • If the previous round had a useful multiple of petals, those can help with increase placement. (In the picture below increases are made between each petal, for 12.)
  • arrow marks increase between petals

I think that pretty much ends my tutorial/pattern expansion. I’ll blog more pictures when it’s finished. Do let me know if there’s anything still to clarify. I’d love to see how you use the pattern or techniques!

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Multiple Layer Crochet Flower Petals – in detail – part 2

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

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.

Pages and Pages

Thursday, 6 March 2008

I’ve added another blog page giving the recipe (rather than a proper pattern) for the baby blanket I made last year. This was done now as a tutorial for the latest instruction on the NatCroMo CAL page.

And I went through more books at work today. I enjoyed poring over all of them, although none of them are overly wordy!

63. Amigurumi by Annie Obaachan

There, a crochet book I actually read! (And I fully intend using some of its patterns in the near future as well.) There is a nice (concise and colourful) introduction explaining amigurumi as a very Japanese phenomenon, instructions on basic crochet stitches, Japanese charting, and designing one’s own little animals, and then come the patterns, which are lots of fun and appear to be very clear, although I haven’t actually tried using them yet.

64. Beadwork by Robin Bellingham, Hana Glover & Jema Hewitt

Clear, well laid out instructions and photographs mean this book’s inspirational qualities may actually work on me and all those beads in my room that just sit around looking pretty (when they aren’t all over the floor or hidden away in a box). It’ll have to wait until after NatCroMo and Pesach, though.

65. Bikes of Burden by Hans Kemp

I really feel like I get a sense of the daily speed and ingenuity of Vietnam’s streets through this book. The impression given may or may not be correct in everyone’s eyes, but it’s definitely vivid, and makes for impressive photography. This isn’t one for an on-duty food safety officer, however!