30 April 2014

Young Orchid Flower, Buds, and Branches



When I crochet something from nature, I like to make it as realistic as possible. I rarely see a single orchid flower on a stem with a single leaf. So, to complete your Phaleonopsis orchid project, here are a young, newly opening orchid flower and two flower buds that are still developing, and a pattern to attach all the pieces together on a branch.



Here is the pattern for the Mature Orchid Flower.
Here is the pattern for the Orchid Leaf.






    This pattern special stitches:
      Even Increase (Even Inc) = increase symmetrically over 2 stitches: [dc in the first stitch, dc2tog over the 1st and 2nd stitches, dc in the 2nd stitch].

    Disclaimer:
    In this pattern, 2 sc = 2 sc in the next st
       sc 2 = sc in each of the next 2 sts



    Young Flower:
    Foundation:
    Row 1:  6 sc in a magic circle.
    Row 2:  In the front loops only, [(sc, ch 3, sc) in the first sc] repeat 6 times, sl st with the first st (Fig. 1).
    Inner Petals:
    Row 3:  Ch, [(sc, hdc, dc 3, hdc, sc) in ch-3 loop, skip next ch-3 loop, sl st in back loop of the first st (Fig. 2)] repeat 3 times.
    Row 4:  Skip the first ch. Sl st, [sl st, ch, 2 hdc, 4 dc, 2 hdc, ch, sl st, skip next 3 sts] repeat 3 times along the inner petals, sl st in next st. Continue to the Outer Petals (Fig. 3).
    Outer Petals:
    Row 5:  Ch 2, [(sc, hdc, dc 3, hdc, sc) in ch-3 loop] repeat 3 times around.
    Row 6:  Skip the ch, [sl st, 2 sc, 2 hdc, (2 dc, ch, 2 dc) in middle st, 2 hdc, 2 sc, sl st] repeat 3 times.
    Row 7:  [Skip first sl st and sc. Sc 3, hdc, dc, 3 dc in ch-space, dc, hdc, sc 3, skip last sc and sl st] repeat 3 times.
    Row 8:  [Skip first sc. Sl st 2, sc 2, hdc, (hdc, dc, hdc), hdc, sc 2, sl st 2, skip last sc] repeat 3 times, skip next 2 sts, sl st (Fig. 4).
       Tie off. Weave ends in.

    Large Flower Bud:
    Row 1:  6 sc in a magic circle.
    Row 2:  In the back loops only. 2 sc in each sc around.
    Row 3:  Ch 2, [2 hdc in the next st, hdc 2] repeat 3 times, 2 hdc, hdc, sl st with the first st.
    Row 4:  Ch 2, [fpdc, dc, Even Inc, dc] repeat 3 times, sl st with the first st.
    Row 5:  Ch 2, [fpdc, dc 2, bpdc, dc 2] repeat 3 times, sl st with the first st.
    Row 6:  Ch 2, [fpdc, dc 2, bpdc, dc 2] repeat 3 times, sl st with the first st.
    Row 7:  Ch 2, [fpdc, dc2tog, bpdc, dc2tog] repeat 3 times, sl st with the first st.
       Stuff lightly.
    Row 8:  Ch 2, [fpdc, dc3tog] repeat 3 times, sl st with the first st.
       Tie off. Weave ends in.

    Small Flower Bud:
    Row 1:  6 sc in a magic circle.
    Row 2:  In the back loops only. 2 sc in each sc around.
    Row 3:  Ch 2, hdc around, sl st with the first hdc.
    Row 4:  Ch 2, [fpdc, dc, bpdc, dc] repeat 3 times, sl st with the first st.
    Row 5:  Ch 2, [fpdc, dc, bpdc, dc] repeat 3 times, sl st with the first st.
       Stuff lightly.
    Row 6:  Ch 2, [fpdc, dc3tog] repeat 3 times, sl st with the first st.
       Tie off. Weave ends in.

       You now have two developing flower buds to complete your orchid branch (Fig. 5).

    Stems:
    Young Flower and Buds:
    Ch 10, sc6tog around the exposed loops on the flower/bud (Fig. 6), sl st 9 along the chain.
       Tie off. Weave ends in.
    Mature Orchid:
    Ch 19, sl st in the 4th ch from the hook, ch, sc in side ch-3 support of the flower, ch, sc in ch-4 loop, ch 5, sc in bottom ch-3 support, ch 5, sc in ch-4 loop, ch, sc in side ch-3 support, ch, sc in ch-4 loop, sl st 5 along beginning ch, sl st into a central loop of the top rear petal, sl st 10 along beginning ch (Fig. 7).
       Tie off. Weave ends in.

    Branch:
    Ch 16, sc into stem of orchid, ch 14, sc into stem of baby flower, ch 12, sc into stem of bud, turn.
    Sl st in second ch from hook, sl st 4, sc 6, sc3tog, sc 12, sc3tog, sc 15.
       Tie off. Use a needle to attach to the base of the leaf. Weave ends in.





    Fig. 1:   Young Flower Foundation



    Fig. 2:   First inner petal complete. Slip stitch in the front loop in the center of the flower foundation.





    Fig. 3:   Top: Three inner flower petals complete. Bottom: Continue directly to the outer petals.





    Fig. 4:   Completed Young Orchid Flower.



    Fig. 5:   Completed Flower Buds.


















    Fig. 6:   Sc into exposed back loops of the young flower (left) and buds (right) to attach a stem.




    Fig. 7:   Sc around the ch-3 supports of the mature orchid to attach a stem.





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



    5 comments:

    1. Absolutely gorgeous. You're the best flower-maker!!! Thank you.

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    2. Really love your flower - and the mature orchid is very easy to make :) but the bud ..
      i'm danish - so the english terms confuse..
      "fpdc, dc, Even Inc, dc" in round 3 is totally over 4 stitches - and the "even inc" alone is also over 4 ..
      or do i miss something ?
      and what is "fpdc"

      kind regards Jannie

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      1. Hi Jannie,
        In the large flower bud, after Round 3, you should have 15 stitches.
        fpdc is a front post double crochet (video: http://newstitchaday.com/fpdc-front-post-double-crochet/).
        The "dc, even inc, dc" should be stitched over the next 4 sts (the even inc takes up 2 sts). dc in the first 2 sts, dc2tog over the 2nd and 3rd sts, then dc in the 3rd and 4th sts. The dc2tog is made in the same sts as the dc's made in the 2nd and 3rd sts.
        Does that make more sense?
        ~Suvi

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    3. Thank you for sharing your beautiful designs.
      I think I understand your approach to increases: you would like them to be symmetrical. But I think there may be a language problem when you give the instructions with the explanation:
      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].

      You say there are four stitches to increase over, but you only describe two stitches to increase over, not four.

      In general it might be helpful to say EVEN 4 - 5 INCREASE or
      EVEN 2 - 3 INCREASE.

      Once again, thank you,
      naomipaz.

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      1. Hello Naomi,

        This is a typo. Thank you for catching it. It should say "when there are 2 stitches to increase over". In the even increase, you are increasing from 2 stitches to 3 stitches (from an even number to an odd number symmetrically). I have edited the text to make it more clear.

        ~Suvi

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