09 May 2014

Dogwood Flower and Leaf

Mother's Day is coming up, and to celebrate I am working on a series of flower for the mothers in my life. My first flower is dogwood for my best friend who is a mother to two of the most adorable little girls ever (no, I'm not biased or anything...).

The flowers have about a 2.5 inch diameter when made with cotton 4-ply yarn and a 2mm hook. The leaves are about 3 inches long and 1.5 inches wide.

    This pattern special stitches:
      Double Treble Crochet (dtc) = Yarn over 3 times and then proceed like a treble crochet with one extra round of loops on the hook.
      Spike Single Crochet (spike sc) = Single crochet into a stitch several rows below the working row.

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

    Dogwood Flower:
    In light green:
    Row 1:  8 sc in a magic circle.
    In White:
    Row 2:  In the back loops only, [sc, ch 3, sc] repeat 4 times, sl st with the first st (Fig. 1).
    Row 3:  [Sc, ch, dc, tc, ch 2, tc, dc, ch, sc] in each ch-3 loop around (Fig. 2).
    Row 4:  [Sl st in the first sc of the next petal, sc in ch-space, dc 2, (2 tc, ch, dc, ch, 2 tc) in the ch-2 space, dc 2, sc in the ch-space, sl st in the last sc of the petal] repeat 4 times around (Fig. 3).
    Row 5:  [Skip the sl sts between petals. Sl st 2, sc, 2 sc, (sc, hdc) in the next st, (hdc, dc, hdc) in the ch-space, ch, sl st, ch, (hdc, dc, hdc) in the ch-space, (sc, hdc) in the next st, 2 sc, sc, sl st 2, spike sc in between the 2 sc from Row 2 (Fig. 4)] repeat 4 times around, sl st with the next st (Fig. 5).
       Tie off. Weave ends in.
    In light green:
    Row 6:  Cast on to a front loop of the center ring (Fig. 6). Sc 8, sl st (Fig. 7).
       Tie off. Weave ends in.

    Dogwood Leaf:
    Row 1:  Ch 16.
    Row 2:  Skip first st, sc 11, sl st. Leave 3 ch unworked. This forms the stem (Fig. 8).
    Row 3:  Ch 3. Starting with the first sc of the stem, tc 2, dtc 4, tc 4, (tc 2, ch, dtc 2, ch, tc 2) in the last sc.
    Row 4:  Working down the other side of the starting chain, tc 4, dtc 4, tc 2, ch 3, sl st into the stem, sl st 3 to the tip of the stem (Fig. 9).
    Row 5:  Ch, sl st 3 along the other side of the stem, sc 3 around the ch-3, sc 2, 2 sc in the first dtc, sc 2, 2 sc in the last dtc, sc 7 (including the ch-space), (sc, hdc) in the first dtc, picot, (hdc, sc) in the second dtc, sc 7 (including the ch-space), 2 sc, sc 2, 2 sc, sc 2, sc 3 along ch, sl st (Fig. 10).
       Tie off. Weave ends in.

       You now have a beautiful dogwood flower and leaf!

    Fig. 1:   Beginning petals of the flower.

    Fig. 2:   Second round of the petals.

    Fig. 3:   Third round of petals.

    Fig. 4:   Spike sc into Row 2.

    Fig. 5:   Petals complete.

    Fig. 6:   Cast on with a sc into
    a front loop.

    Fig. 7:   Completed dogwood flower!

    Fig. 7:   Center stem of leaf
    with ch-3.

    Fig. 8:   Filling out the leaf.

    Fig. 10:   Completed dogwood leaf!

    I hope you enjoyed this free crochet pattern!