11 May 2014

Cornflower



For my final Mother's Day flower, I have a blue bachelor button or cornflower for my mom. This is her favorite flower. I remember growing it as a kid and wondering at its beautiful blue color. Happy Mother's Day, aiti!

The flowers have about a 2 inch diameter and are 1.5 inches tall when made with cotton 4-ply yarn and a 2mm hook. The flower is about 5 inches tall with the stem.





    This pattern special stitches:
      Single Crochet 3 Together (sc3tog) = a decrease over 3 stitches.

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



    Gardenia Flower:
    Foundation:
    Row 1:  6 sc in a magic circle.
    Row 2:  In the back loops only: 2 sc in each st. (12 sts)
    Row 3:  In the back loops only: 12 sc around.
    Row 4:  In the back loops only: 12 sc around.
    Row 5:  In the back loops only: sc2tog 6 times, sl st. (6 sts)
       Each petal will form between each pair of front loops on this foundation sphere (Fig. 1).

       Continue on to the petals without breaking the string.

    Petals:
       Each petal is made following the same pattern (Figs. 2 and 3):
    [Ch 5, dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, ch 2, sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook, [dc, ch 2, sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook] twice, sl st with the starting ch (Fig. 4), ch 2, sl st in the 3rd st of the starting ch (Fig. 5), sl st 2, sl st with the next front loop on the foundation (Fig. 6)] repeat 30 times, sl st in the next st (Fig. 7).
       Tie off. Weave ends in.

    Embellishment:  Add pistil and stamen with a darker color. Use a half hitch to attach twelve 1.5 inch long pieces of yarn to the remaining front loops of the foundation. Trim to about 0.5 inches in length (Fig. 8).

    Stem and leaves:
    Row 1:  Cast on with a sc (counts as the first sc, Fig. 9). 2 sc in each front loop from Row 5 on the underside of the flower. (12 sts)
       Note: It may be difficult to find the front loops from Row 5. Sc wherever a loop is available.
    Row 2:  12 sc around.
    Row 3:  12 sc around.
    Row 4:  12 sc around.
    Row 5:  Sc3tog 4 times, sl st in the side of the first sc3tog (Fig. 10).
    Row 6:  Ch 10 (top stem); ch 11, sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc 8, sl st (first leaf); ch 15, sc 14 starting with the 2nd ch from the hook (bottom stem, make longer and add leaf sections as you like); ch 11, sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc 8, sl st (second leaf); sc 10, sl st into the side of the closest sc3tog from Row 5 (Fig. 12).
       Tie off. Weave ends in.

       In this case, I wanted the flower in a vase but do not want to make the stem that long, so I have crocheted all of the stem sections around a piece of gardening wire (Fig. 11) to create a stand for the flower on the inside of the bottle. If you do this, don't forget to curl the ends of the wire with a pair of jewelry pliers so it won't snag on the yarn (Fig. 13).

    Your blue bachelor button or cornflower is ready for a vase!





    Fig. 1:   Foundation complete.



    Fig. 2:   Diagram for making the petals.





    Fig. 3:   Detail of the petals.



    Fig. 4:   Slip stitch in the starting chain.



    Fig. 5:   Slip stitch in the 3rd stitch of the starting chain.







    Fig. 6:   First petal complete.




    Fig. 7:   All petals complete!




    Fig. 8:   Embellishment added.




    Fig. 9:   For the stem, cast on to a front loop from Row 5 of the petals




    Fig.10:   Sepal of the stem complete




    Fig. 11:   Crochet the stem around wire to add stiffness.




    Fig. 12:   Slip stitch into a sc3tog from Row 5.




    Fig.13:   Leaves and stem complete.




    Fig. 14:   Wire support for a vase.





    Cornflower complete!




    Flower detail.




    I hope you enjoyed this free crochet pattern!

    2 comments:

    1. just gorgeous! I'm going to pin and share it as well!

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