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New Crochet Project

I’ve started work on a crocheted garland.  It’s a bit passé – most other crocheters will have “been there, done that” years ago – but I’ve never been accused of being fashionable so I’m not worried.  Here are my first motifs:

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The flower is my own design which I’m calling peony.  The pattern is below, in UK crochet terminology (e.g. UK dc = US sc).  It’s mainly for my own records because it’s only the second pattern I’ve published and I haven’t had anyone else check it.  If you want to give it a try, or adapt it, then please feel free, and let me know how you get on.  The butterfly pattern can be found by clicking this link.

Peony Pattern
I used a 3.5mm hook, and cotton yarn (which looks like DK thickness)

  1. 5 ch, ss to make ring
  2. 1 ch, 8 dc into ring, ss into first st
  3. 1 ch, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc* repeat around ring (12), ss into first st
  4. Change colour. 1 ch, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc* repeat (18), ss
  5. Change colour. *4 ch, 1 dc in 3rd dc along* repeat, ss into first 4 ch sp
  6. ss along 4 ch, 5 ch and 2 tr into 4 ch sp, 1 ch, *2 tr, 3 ch, 2 tr into next 4 ch sp, 1 ch* repeat 5 times, 1 tr into first 4 ch sp, ss into 3rd ch of first 5 ch, ss into 3 ch sp
  7. 3 ch, 6 tr in 3 ch sp, ss in 1 ch sp, *7 tr in next 3 ch sp, ss in 1 ch sp* repeat 5 times, ss into 3rd ch of 1st 3 ch, finish off
  8. Rejoin yarn in one of dcs of 4th round before a dc of 5th round.  (The trs of these front petals will straddle the dcs that join the edges of the back petals to the ring.)  5 ch, 2 tr into next empty dc of 4th round, 1 ch, *2 tr in next dc, 2 ch, 2 tr in next dc, 1 ch* repeat 5 times, 1 tr in next dc, ss into 3rd ch of 1st 5 ch, ss into sp
  9. 3 ch, 6 tr in 2 ch sp, ss in 1 ch sp, *7 tr in next 2 ch sp, ss in 1 ch sp* repeat 5 times, ss into 3rd ch of 1st 3 ch, finish off
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