23 April 2014

Orchid Leaf



An orchid leaf to go along with your Phaleonopsis orchid flower.

Using fingering-weight cotton yarn and a 2mm hook, the leaf measures 6.5 inches long and 3.75 inches wide.



Here is the pattern for the Orchid Flower.







    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].
      Cluster [stitches] = Crochet the bracketed stitches over the same number of stitches, saving the last loop of each stitch on the hook until the last stitch (Fig. 1).



    Body:
    Row 1:  2 sc in a magic circle.
    Row 2:  Ch 3 (counts as the first dc hereafter), dc in the same stitch, ch, 2 dc, turn.
    Row 3:  Ch 3, dc in the second stitch, ch, dc in the ch-space, ch, dc 2, turn.
       Note: On the last stitch, I usually dc in the front loop of the 3rd ch to make the starting ch look more like a dc.
    Row 4:  Ch 3, dc in the second st, ch, skip the ch-space, 2 dc, ch, skip the ch-space, dc 2, turn.
    Row 5:  Ch 3, dc in the second st, ch, dc in the ch-space, ch, dc, ch, dc, ch, dc in the ch-space, ch, dc 2, turn.
    Row 6:  Ch 3, dc in the second st, ch, skip the ch-space, 2 dc, [ch, skip the ch-space, dc] twice, ch, skip the ch-space, 2 dc, ch, skip the ch-space, dc 2, turn.
    Row 7:  Ch 3, dc in the second st, ch, dc in the ch-space, ch, dc 2, ch, [2 dc, ch] twice, dc 2, ch, dc in the ch-space, ch, dc 2, turn.
    Row 8:  Ch 3, dc in the second st, ch, skip the ch-space, 2 dc, [ch, skip the ch-space, dc 2] repeat 4 times, ch, skip the ch-space, 2 dc, ch, skip the ch-space, dc 2, turn.
    Rows 9-13:  Ch 3, dc in the second stitch, [ch, skip the ch-space, dc 2] repeat 7 times, turn.
       Note: Repeat this row as many times as you want to increase the length of the leaf.
    Row 14:  Ch 3, dc 2, [ch, skip the ch-space, dc 2] repeat 6 times, dc, 2 dc, turn.
    Row 15:  Ch 3, skip the first dc, dc 2, [ch, skip the ch-space, dc 2] repeat 6 times, dc 3, turn.
    Row 16:  Ch 3, skip the first dc, dc 2, ch, skip the ch-space, Even Inc, [ch, skip the ch-space, dc 2] repeat 4 times, Even Inc, dc 3, turn.
    Row 17:  Ch 3, skip the first dc, dc 2, ch, skip the ch-space, dc 3, [ch, skip the ch-space, dc 2] repeat 4 times, [ch, skip the ch-space, dc 3] twice, turn.
    Row 18:  Ch 3, skip the first dc, dc 2, ch, skip the ch-space, dc 3, ch, skip the ch-space, Even Inc, [ch, skip the ch-space, dc 2] twice, ch, skip the ch-space, Even Inc, [ch, skip the ch-space, dc 3] twice, turn.
    Row 19:  Ch 3, skip the first dc, dc2tog, [ch, skip the ch-space, dc 3] twice, [ch, skip the ch-space, dc 2] twice, [ch, skip the ch-space, dc 3] twice, dc2tog, dc, turn.
    Row 20:  Ch 3, skip the first dc, dc, [ch, skip the ch-space, dc2tog, dc] twice, [ch, skip the ch-space, dc 2] twice, [ch, skip the ch-space, dc, dc2tog] twice, dc 2, turn.
    Row 21:  Ch 3, skip the first dc, dc, ch, skip the ch-space, dc 2, [ch, skip the ch-space, dc, cluster [2 dc] next two dc ignoring the ch-space, dc] twice, [ch, skip the ch-space, dc 2] twice, turn.
    Row 22:  Ch 4 (counts as the first tc hereafter), skip the first dc, cluster [tc, dc] across the next two dc ignoring the ch-space, dc, ch, skip the ch-space, dc2tog, hdc, ch, skip ch-space, hdc, dc2tog, ch, skip ch-space, dc, cluster [dc, tc] across the next two dc ignoring the ch-space, tc, turn.
    Row 23:  Ch 4, skip the first st, cluster [tc, dc, hdc] across the next 3 stitches ignoring the ch-space, sc, skip the ch-space, sc, cluster [hdc, dc, tc] across the next 3 stitches ignoring the ch-space, tc.

    Edging:
    Row 24:  Continuing in the same direction as Row 21. Ch, skip the next st, sl st 4, ch, 4 sc around the tc, sc 3 around the second tc, alternate sc 2 and sc 3 around the side f each dc to the first row of dc, [hdc, dc] in the first sc, [dc, hdc] in the second sc, continue [sc 2 or sc 3] in dc around, sc 3 round the first tc, sc 4 around the second tc, sl st 2.
    Row 25:  Continue without turning. Sl st into the center ch-space of Row 21, [ch, sl st into the next center ch-space, ch] repeat to the end (Fig. 2).
       Tie off. Weave ends in.






    Fig. 1:   Cluster Stitches.



    Fig. 2:   [Sl st, ch] down the center ch-spaces to create the central vein.



    Fig. 3:   Completed leaf.



    Fig. 4:   Backlighting to show vein pattern.



    Fig. 5:   Orchid leaf with flower.






    Phaleonopsis orchid branch with leaf, flower, baby flower, and bud.





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