Flower Cloth update

Life these days hasn’t been all about Rachel’s CAL.

Apart from the monthly challenge, I have also been working on my flower cloth.

And I have now finished the central part.

This will enlarge for a closer look

Because crochet is so stretchy it was surprisingly difficult to spread it out on the carpet so as to have it exactly square. However that was quite a good thing as it needed stretching to make it properly flat. (Maybe blocking is a good thing?).

When I planned the cloth originally and tried out the squares in DK yarn they came out at 4 inches square but when I got the cotton yarn, because it was a bit thinner although nominally DK, the squares were smaller so instead of being 36 inches the cloth is at present only 32 inches (but it was only 31.5 when I first spread it out!) so I may need to add more edging than I had planned but we will see.

Now for the Patterns

These are the patterns I devised for my Flower Cloth and I have added the hexagon I derived from the three colour twelve-fold flower square that I used for my peg bag.

I have also added them to the top menu.

In order to give a fairly firm finish, the treble groups are worked without the one chain links you find in granny squares but otherwise they have a lot in common with the granny square concept.

A Note about the charts:- I have used the international symbols for the stitches but I could not find one for the half double treble (UK) half treble (US) so I invented my own.

As I have provided charts the patterns are only in UK crochet terms.

As a guide to size: I used a 4.5mm hook and Rico Essentials Cotton DK for my flower cloth. When I had used DK acrylic yarn and a 4.5mm hook the squares came out at about 4 inches but were slightly smaller with the cotton yarn.

Twelve-fold flowers

A: three colour

B: Two colour

Start: First chain 4 and join to form a ring. (Or use the magic loop if you prefer.)

Row 1: Ch3 to count as first tr then work a further 11tr into the ring. Join with a slst (12sts)

Row 2: Join new colour and pull between trs of previous row. Next ch3, to count as 1st tr, tr into same space then continue working 2tr into spaces between each tr in previous rnd. Join with slst (24 sts)

‘A’ rows give the larger three colour flowers.

Row 3A: Join new colour and pull yarn between the two trebles of pairs on previous row, ch3, to count as 1st tr and work 2tr into same space, then work 3tr into every 2nd space. Join with slst. (36 sts)

Row 4A: Join background colour and work as 4B.

‘B’ rows give the smaller two colour flowers.

Row 3B: Join background colour and pull yarn between the treble pairs on previous row, ch3 to count as 1st tr and work 2tr into same space, work 3tr into every 2nd dc space. Join with slst. (36 sts)

Row 4B: Bring the yarn up in one of the spaces between treble groups and ch3 (counts as 1tr), 2tr into same space. Now for a corner, so into next space, (2hdtr, 1dtr, ch2, 1dtr, 2hdtr) [I use double trebles because the circle needs the extra space for a corner.] 3tr into each of next two spaces, then repeat corner sequence. Now, continue around the circle in a similar way to a granny square, just using the hdtr, dtr sequence in the corners and no 1ch between clusters.

Row 5: Work in a similar way to a granny square, starting in the middle of a side, but without the 1ch between 3 treble groups on the sides. Keep the 2ch in the corners.

Eight-fold flowers

Start: First chain 4 and join to form a ring. (Or use the magic loop if you prefer.)

Row 1 : Ch2 , then work 1tr into the ring (making 1st bobble), ch1; ( 1 bobble stitch, ch1) x 7. Join with a slst.

Row 2 : Join new colour and pull through a space between bobbles ch3 (counts as 1 tr), 2tr into the same space, ch1. Continuing to work into spaces between bobbles, (3tr, ch1)x 7. Join with a slst.

Row 3 : Join background colour and working into the spaces – ch3 (counts as 1tr) 2tr into the same space. Then into next space (2hdtr, 1dtr, ch2, 1dtr, 2hdtr) for ‘corner’. Alternate 3tr groups and corners into following 6 spaces then join with slst.

Row 4: Ch3 (counts as 1tr), 2tr into same space. Now continue around the circle in a similar way to a granny square but without the 1ch between 3 treble groups on the sides. Keep the 2ch in the corners. Join with a sl st.

Row 5: Work granny square wise as Row 4. Join with a sl st.

As you can see here if you use only as far as the row with the (2hdtr, 1dtr, ch2, 1dtr, 2hdtr) corners you can get a little mini square which is also attractive.

(This applies to the twelve-fold flowers too.)

Hexagon

First three rows as twelve-fold three colour flower rows. Note the difference between 3A and 3B this is what gives the starlike quality to the second row.

Row 4: Join new colour and pull through space between treble groups, 3ch, 2tr into space. Then work a corner = 3tr, 2ch, 3tr into next space. Alternate 3tr groups and corners into spaces as in the chart and join with a slst.

If you find any typos or mistakes in the patterns please let me know and if you use them I would love to see what you made.

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9 thoughts on “Flower Cloth update

  1. Rainbow that’s a really pretty cloth and wow!!! I love the way you “map” it out.. Is that a program??? I’m nosy lol!!

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    1. If you mean ‘how did I draw the charts?’ I used a program called ‘Corel Draw’ that allows you to draw and combine lines and circles and such. I had to position it all together by hand as it were which is why they are not perfect.

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