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!

    5 comments:

    1. Absolutely superb. I love your pattern! Thnanks a lot.

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    2. Thanks for the Gardenia. Your flowers are gorgeous.

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    3. My mothers favorite flower was a gardenia, and every time I pay my rent at the bank I think of her, because all out in front of the bank are gardenia bushes. They smell so good and only last if you keep them refrigerated and don't touch the petals. I am glad you posted this because now I can crochet gardenia's and place them in a small vase spray them with the gardenia oils you can purchase at a lot of different stores and have the memory of my mother around all the time. Thank you for sharing this most precious flower. Once again thank you for my past memories. Kathy

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    4. So I cannot come up w/24 sts in rd 3. Sure wish a video was available as I got the 24 sts but now stuck completely on rd 4, but it is beautiful.

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      1. Thank you for bringing this up! There are two typos. I can't believe it wasn't caught until now.

        Round 3 should finish with 18 sts.

        Then in Round 4, the repeated section should say "[dc in the second skipped st (Fig. 1), ch 4, skip 2 sts, hdc]".
        In Round 4, you are crossing the hdc and dc so that the petals look like they are overlapping. So, the dc is placed in the stitch before the hdc (the 2nd skipped st).

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