10 May 2014

Gardenia Flower and Leaf



For my second Mother's Day flower, I have a gardenia for my mother in law. She taught me how to crochet and encouraged me with books and inspiration.

The flowers have about a 3 inch diameter and are 0.75 inches tall 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.

    Disclaimer:
    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 around. (12 sts)
    Row 3:  In the back loops only, [2 sc, sc] repeat 6 times. Turn. (18 sts)
    Row 4:  Ch 2, dc in the first st, ch 4, skip 2 sts, hdc, [dc in the second skipped st (Fig. 1), ch 4, skip 2 sts, hdc] repeat 5 times (Fig. 2). The last st should be in the front loop of Row 2.
        Note: Here you are crossing the dc behind the hdc and stitching it in the st before the hdc. This way the petals will look like they are overlapping.

    Row 5:  Continue spiraling toward the middle, working in the front loops of Row 2. Dc in the second skipped stitch from the previous petal loop, ch 4, skip 2 sts, hdc, [dc in the skipped st, ch 4, skip 2 sts, hdc] repeat 5 times (Fig. 3). The last st should be in the front loop of Row 1.
    Row 6:  Continue spiraling toward the middle, working in the front loops of Row 1. Dc in the skipped stitch from the previous petal loop, ch 4, skip 1 st, hdc, [dc to the left of the hdc in the same stitch (Fig. 4), ch 4, hdc in the next st] repeat 5 times. The last hdc should be in the same st as the previous petal loop.
       You should now have 18 ch-4 petal loops spiraling from the center to the outside (Fig. 5).

       Continue on to the petals without breaking the string.

    Petals:
    Row 7:  (Sc 2, hdc 2, dc, hdc 2, sc) in the ch-4 loop, sc 2 around the dc, sl st around hdc behind the petal (Fig. 6), pull the working loop through the next ch-4 loop to the back, sl st in the top of hdc behind the petal (Fig. 7), turn back to the front] repeat 6 times (Fig. 8).
    Row 8:  [(Sc, hdc, dc 2, tc, dc 2, hdc) in the ch-4 loop, sc 2 around the dc, sl st around hdc behind the petal, pull the working loop through the next ch-4 loop to the back, sl st in the top of hdc behind the petal, turn back to the front] repeat 6 times.
    Row 9:  [(Sc, hdc, dc, tc 2, dtc, tc 2, dc, hdc) in the ch-4 loop, sc 2 around the dc, sl st around hdc behind the petal, pull the working loop through the next ch-4 loop to the back, sl st in the top of hdc behind the petal, turn back to the front] repeat 5 times, (sc, hdc, dc, tc 2, dtc, tc 2, dc, hdc) in the ch-4 loop, sc 2 around the ch-2, sl st in the last st of Row 3 (Fig. 9).
    Row 10:  Sl st 2, sc, 2 sc, hdc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the dtc, hdc, 2 sc, sc 2, sl st 2, ch, sc in the same stitch as the dc from Row 4 (Fig. 10), [sc 4, 2 sc, hdc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the dtc, hdc, 2 sc, sc 2, sl st, ch, sc in the same stitch as the dc from Row 4] repeat 5 times (Fig. 11).
       Tie off. Weave ends in.

    Gardenia Leaf:
    Row 1:  Ch 21.
    Row 2:  Skip first st, sc 15, sl st. Leave 4 ch unworked. This forms the stem.
    Row 3:  Ch 2, dc 2, ch, tc 6, dc 7, (hdc 2, dc, hdc 2) in the last sc.
    Row 4:  Working the other side of the starting chain, dc 7, tc 6, ch, dc, hdc, sc, sl st 3, ch (Fig. 12).
    Row 5:  Working up the other side of the stem, sl st 2, sc, sc 2 around the ch-2, sc 5 including the ch-space, (sc, hdc) in the next st, 2 hdc, hdc 5, (hdc, sc) in the next st, sc 5, (sc, hdc, ch 2, hdc, sc) in the next st, sc 6, (sc, hdc) in the next st, hdc 5, 2 hdc, (hdc, sc) in the next st, sc 3, sl st 2 (Fig. 13).
       Tie off. Weave ends in.

       You now have a beautiful gardenia flower and leaf (Fig. 14)!






    Fig. 1:   Start the 2nd ch-4 loop with a dc in the 2nd skipped st.



    Fig. 2:   Outermost round of ch-4 loops complete.



    Fig. 3:   Middle round of ch-4 loops complete.



    Fig. 4:   Dc to the left of the hdc in the same stitch in the last round of ch-4 loops.



    Fig. 5:   Foundation for the petals complete.







    Fig. 6:   Slip stitch around the hdc behind the current petal.




    Fig. 7:   Pull the working loop through the ch-4 loop to the back and sl st in the top of hdc behind the petal.




    Fig. 8:   First round of petals complete.




    Fig. 9:   Second and third round
    of petals complete.




    Fig.10:   Sc in the same stitch
    as the dc from Row 4.




    Fig. 11:   Gardenia flower!




    Fig. 12:   Body of the leaf
    complete.




    Fig.13:   Gardenia leaf!




    Fig. 14:   Gardenia and leaf!




    I hope you enjoyed this free crochet flower and leaf pattern!