12 April 2014

Lotus Leaf



A lotus leaf to go along with your lotus flower. Sewn together, they make a wonderful coaster for a tea cup and saucer.

This leaf is made in the round. Using 4-ply cotton yarn and a 2mm hook, the leaf measures 8 inches in diameter.










    This pattern special stitches:
    Odd Increase (Odd Inc) = When there are three stitches to increase over, then [dc, 2 dc in the middle stitch, dc].
    Even Increase (Even Inc) = When there are four stitches to increase over, then [dc in the first stitch, dc2tog over the 1st and 2nd stitches, dc in the 2nd stitch].



    Row 1: Dc 11 in a magic circle, slip stitch with the first dc.
    Row 2:  Ch 3, 2 dc in every dc around, including the sl st from Row 1. (22 stitches)
    Row 3: Ch 4 (counts as the first dc and ch-space hereafter), [dc, ch] in every dc around, including the sl st from Row 2. Sl st with the first dc. (23 ch-space)
    Row 4: Ch 4 (counts as the first dc and ch-space), [2 dc in the next stitch, ch] x3, dc in the next stitch, ch,
    [2 dc , ch] x2, dc , ch, [2 dc , ch] x2, dc , ch, dc , ch, [2 dc , ch] x2, dc , ch, [2 dc , ch] x3, dc , ch, [2 dc , ch] x3, dc , ch, slip stitch with the first dc.
    Note: This is a random combination of dc and [2dc in the next stitch] that results in 23 chain spaces placed over the chain space below.
    Row 5:  Ch 4. [Alternate dc 2 and [Even Inc] in each dc-pair, 2 dc in every single dc, and chain over every chain space around], dc in the sl st from Row 4, slip stitch with the first dc.
    Row 6:  Ch 4. Dc 3 over every dc-3 group. [Even Inc] over every dc-2 pair around. Chain over every chain space around. Slip stitch in the first dc.
    Row 7:  Ch 4. Dc 3 over every [Even Inc] group. [Odd Inc] over every dc-3 group. Chain over every chain space around. Slip stitch in the first dc.
    Row 8:  Ch 4. Dc 4 over every dc-4 group. [Odd Inc] over every dc-3 group that is above a dc-2 group in Row 4. Dc 3 over every dc-3 group that is above a single dc in Row 4. Chain over every chain space around. Slip stitch in the first dc.
    Row 9:  Ch 4. Dc 3 over every dc-3 group. Dc 4 over every [Even Inc] group. [dc, Even Inc, dc] over every dc-4 group. Chain over every chain space around. Slip stitch in the first dc.
    Row 10:  Ch 4. Dc 5 over every dc-5 and [dc, Even Inc, dc] group. Chain over every chain space around.
    Row 11:  Ch 4. Dc 5 over every dc-5 and [dc, Even Inc, dc] group. [Ch, dc, ch] in each ch-space between two dc-5 groups, otherwise chain over every chain space around.
    Row 12:  Ch 4. Dc 5 over every dc-5. 2 Dc in each single dc. [Even Inc] over each 2-dc group. [Ch, dc, ch] in each ch-space between two dc-5 groups, otherwise chain over every chain space around.
    Row 13:  Ch 4. Dc 5 over every dc-5. 2 Dc in each single dc. [Odd Inc] over each 2-dc group. Chain over every chain space around.
    Tie off. Weave ends in.





    I hope you enjoyed this free crochet lily pad leaf pattern!





    Fig. 1:   Even and Odd Increases. New stitches are shown in blue. Odd/Evenness is counted in the row below.



    Fig. 2:   Completed Lotus leaf.



    Fig. 3:   Backlighting to show vein pattern.



    Fig. 4:   Lotus leaf with flower and candle for scale.

    1 comment:

    1. I am learning to crochet flowers this season (as you know Texas has a Long summer season) and I must tell you, your lotus is the most beautiful flower I have EVER come across! You are a talented and dedicated artist.

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