12 April 2014

Lotus Flower


Spring is here! Flowers are just starting to bloom and making me dream of more tropical places. Here is a Lotus pattern to brighten your room.

The flowers are about 4 inches in diameter and 1 inch tall when made with cotton 4-ply cotton yarn and a 2mm hook.



    The Lotus pattern consists of three main parts: the Foundation, the Petals, and the Center.

    Here is the pattern for the Lotus Leaf.

    Special Terms:
       Ch-7 loop = ch 7, slip stitch in the first chain.




    In light pink.

    Foundation:
    Row 1:  Dc 12 in magic ring, sl st in the first dc.
    Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in the same stitch, ch-7 loop (Fig. 1), sc in the same stitch as the first sc, (ch 3, skip 2 dc, (sc, ch-7 loop, sc) in the next dc) repeat 3 times, sl st with the first sc. [Center foundation row, 4 ch-7 loops]. (Fig. 2)
    Row 3:  Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), ch-7 loop, hdc in the next sc from behind (Fig. 3), (ch 3, (sc, ch-7 loop, sc) in the ch-3 loop, ch 3, hdc in the next sc, ch-7 loop, hdc in the next sc from behind) repeat 4 times, sl st in the first hdc. [Middle foundation row, 8 ch-7 loops]. (Fig. 4)
    Row 4:  [Ch 5, (sc, ch-7 loop, sc) in the ch-3 loop] repeat 8 times, sl st in the first chain loop. [Rear foundation row, 8 ch-7 loops]. (Fig. 5)

       Continue with the petals without tying off. The Foundation looks like a mess, but everything should be in order. Each ch-7 loop will become a petal.
       The next petal "rows" are stitched continuously from the outside to the center.

    Petals:
    Row 5:  Ch 2, [sc in the ch-5 loop, (hdc, dc 5, tc 2, ch-2, tc 2, dc 5, hdc) in the ch-7 loop] repeat 8 times. (Fig. 6)
    Row 6:  Dc in the closest ch-7 loop (Fig. 7) of the Middle row (counts as first hdc), (dc 5, tc 2, ch-2, tc 2, dc 5, hdc) in the ch-7 loop, [sc in between the 2 sc in the the next ch-3 loop (Fig. 8), (hdc, dc 5, tc 2, ch-2, tc 2, dc 5, hdc) in the ch-7 loop] repeat 7 times. 
    Row 7:  Dc in the closest ch-7 loop of the Center row (counts as first hdc), (dc 5, tc 2, ch-2, tc 2, dc 5, hdc) in the ch-7 loop, [sc in between the 2 sc in the the next ch-3 loop, (hdc, dc 5, tc 2, ch-2, tc 2, dc 5, hdc) in the ch-7 loop] repeat 3 times.

       All petals complete (Fig. 9). Tie off. Weave ends in.

    Continue in bright pink.

    Petal Border:
    Row 8:  Slip stitch into the sc at the beginning of Row 5. [Skip the next hdc, sc 7, (hdc 2, dc, hdc 2) in the ch-2 loop, sc 8, skip the sc between petals] x8.
       Note: The last sc on the 8th petal should be in the slip stitch joining Row 5.
    Row 9:  Continuing on to the Middle row, [skip the next hdc, sc 7, (hdc 2, dc, hdc 2) in the ch-2 loop, sc 8, skip the sc between petals) x8.
       Note: The last sc on the 8th petal should be in the slip stitch joining Row 6.
    Row 10:  Continuing on to the Center row, [skip the next hdc, sc 7, (hdc 2, dc, hdc 2) in the ch-2 loop, sc 8, skip the sc between petals) x8.
       Note: The last sc on the 4th petal should be in the slip stitch joining Row 7.

       Petal border complete (Fig. 10). Tie off. Weave ends in.

    Continue in light yellow.

    Center:
    Row 1:  In the front loops only, cast on with a sc into a skipped dc from the 12 dc center (Fig. 11; counts as the first sc), [skip the next dc, sc 2] x4. (8 stitches)
    Row 2:  [2 sc in the next stitch, sc] x4. (12 stitches)
    Row 3:  [2 sc in the next stitch, sc 2] x4. (16 stitches)
    Row 4:  [2 sc in the next stitch, sc 3] x4. (20 stitches)
    Row 5:  Sc in all stitches around. (20 stitches)
    Row 6:  Sc in all stitches around. (20 stitches)
    Row 7:  In the back loops only, [sc2tog, sc] x7. (14 stitches)

       Very lightly stuff. You want some movement to push the Center top down and flat.
       I used about a marble-sized piece of very loose acrylic stuffing.

    Row 8+:  Sc2tog around and continue until there are only 5 stitches left. Slip stitch in the next stitch. (Fig. 12)

       Tie off. Weave ends in.






    Fig. 1:   Ch-7 Loop.



    Fig. 2:   Bottom: Center Petal foundation row complete.



    Fig. 3:   Crochet from behind.



    Fig. 4:   Middle Petal foundation row complete.



    Fig. 5:   Rear Petal foundation row complete.





    Fig. 6:  Top: End of first petal. Bottom: Finished all Rear petals.











    Here is a diagram of the Lotus crochet pattern.




    Fig. 7:   Dc in the closest
    ch-7 loop.




    Fig. 8:   Sc in between the
    2 sc in the the next ch-3 loop.




    Fig. 9:   All petals complete except border.







    Fig. 10:   Top: Border on one petal complete.
    Bottom: All petals complete.






    Fig. 11:   Top: Cast on to the front loop in the center 12-dc circle.
    Bottom: First row of Center.




    Fig. 12:   Center Complete.







    Finished lotus!



    Here is the pattern for the Lotus Leaf.




    I hope you enjoyed this free crochet pattern!

    8 comments:

    1. Just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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    2. Beautiful and "a thing of beauty is a joy for ever.
      Thank you for sharing."

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    3. jamottecsylvianeMay 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      Merci pour ce partage
      Ce lotus edt magnifique et je le realuserai qd j ai le temps
      J ai une veritablevpassion pour crochet et tricot et je ne m en lasse pas
      J ai commence a realuse une fleur d orchidee ce n edt pas facile
      Si j y arrive je partage volontiers mais je n ai pas de blog
      Merci bcq
      Sylviane

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    4. Sylvianne, je serais ravi de voir vos fleurs. Avez-vous un compte à Ravelry.com où vous postez vos projets?

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    5. Your designs are absolutely stunning. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    6. Hello Suvi, beautiful work. Is this pattern in US terminology or UK?

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      1. Thank you. This, and all of my patterns, are in US terminology.

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    7. hello suvi... i like all your levely pattern. can i use and share this pattern. i hope you can make a more design and pattern soon. tq so much suvi

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