Monday, 19 June 2017

AN EXQUISITE ROSE MOTIF and then some...

free crochet pattern for rose motif


AN EXQUISITE ROSE MOTIF and then some...


I have made rose motifs before, and am always on the lookout for cute little motifs that can be used in a different set of ways.

I found this chart and it makes quite a large rose – so tweaking it just a bit, I made two roses .. smart eh? One chart, two flowers.. well, three if you go the whole hog with the chart.. so let’s get started.

As usual, let me point out that this is not my chart and not my pattern.  These are just my notes as I make my own project with the chart that I found on the internet.

Materials used : Today I’ve used a little bit of our Indian Oswal Cashmilon acrylic 3-ply yarn with a 3 mm crochet hook
For Indians : I’d also suggest using our Anchor knitting , Red rose , White Rose or Alize knitting cotton yarns – and you can get all of this with an easy mouse click on the top right hand side of this blog (read : Click here to buy yarns Online)

I used acrylic to match a dress I’ve made with the same yarn – (and yes, hold your horses, I will upload the pattern for the dress shortly).  So do not worry about the yarn – just get the pattern going.

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

dc 5-tog : Double crochet 5-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 5 times (6 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 5-tog made.

dc 4-tog : Double crochet 4-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 4 times (5 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 4-tog made.

How to do a picot stitch :A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8

How to join with whip stich : Check the links below :

For my earlier patterns on headwear and little motifs, do visit me at https://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2017/01/some-more-fun-curly-wurlies-scrunchies.html


1.       Small rose


free crochet rose motif pattern

free crochet rose motif pattern

free crochet rose motif pattern





Start with a fsc and a chain in multiples of 2 + 1.  Turn.
I started with a ch of 39 fsc like in the chart.
(Oh, note that the pearls in the photo above are only for photographic value.  I have not used pearls in my rose)

For our following row, we will use a “V”-st which is (dc ; ch 1, dc) all in the same st or ch-sp.  Work a slightly loose ch-1 as we will need to work a lot of sts into it
Row 1 : “V”-st in the 1st fsc ;
*sk next fsc, “V”-st in the next fsc* ;
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

In our following row, we will work 11 dc in the ch-1 sps of the Shell st all through.
Row 2 : sl-st into the 1st Shell st , 11 dc in the 1st ch-1 sp and in each Shell st ch-sp all through. 
Fasten off and leave a tail.

Now comes the fun part.  As you have been working the 11 dc, (which is a lot I know..) you will notice that it all starts getting frilly and wonky.. but that just adds to the beauty of the flower – so don’t panic.

Now if you have made a rose like this before, you know what do – Basically you need to start rolling the strip you’ve made and start attaching the  bottom of the flower together, and magically when you reach the end of ther rolled strip, you will have a beautiful rose ready to use!  Play with how loose or tight you want to keep your roll, and you will get a different flower with each roll. 

Now I am not sure how you want to use this motif, so what I’d suggest is work a small loop at the back of the motif.  You can then either thread this onto a ribbon / metal headband or use a small safety pin to attach it onto the dress or cap.

free crochet rose motif pattern

free crochet rose motif pattern




For a slightly larger flower, all we’re doing is adding one row. 

2.     Slightly larger rose

free crochet rose motif pattern

free crochet rose motif pattern


free crochet rose motif pattern

Start with a fsc and a chain in multiples of 2 + 1.  Turn.
I started with a ch of 39 fsc like in the chart.

For our following row, we will use a “V”-st which is (dc ; ch 1, dc) all in the same st or ch-sp.  Work a slightly loose ch-1 as we will need to work a lot of sts into it
Row 1 : “V”-st in the 1st fsc ;
*sk next fsc, “V”-st in the next fsc* ;
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

For our following row, we will use a Shell-st which is (2 dc ; ch 1, 2 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp.
We will work our Shell st in the ch-1 sp of our “V”-st all through.
Row 2 : Shell-st in the 1st “V”-st  and in each “V”-st till the end.  Turn.

In our following row, we will work 11 dc in the ch-1 sps of the Shell st all through.
Row 3 : sl-st into the 1st Shell st , 11 dc in the 1st ch-1 sp and in each Shell st ch-sp all through. 
Fasten off and leave a tail.

If you see the chart, there is yet another rose you can make, adding another rows.. but that’s for another day.  For my cute little (well, not that tiny) rose, this is as far as I’m headed today.

For the leaf, you can either check out my earlier blog for an Irish crochet leaf at https://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2017/03/irish-lace-leaf-pendant.html

OR here’s what I did for my leaf here.

3.     Leaf motif - 1

free crochet leaf motif pattern

Start with a 4 chain.  Turn and work 3 more dc into the 4th ch from hk.  Turn.

For this pattern, I've tweaked a little bit off the tiny doily pattern - as you may have guessed if you have worked that pattern from my blog before ;)

Row 1 : dc in the 1st dc and the next 3 dc.  Turn.

In our following row, we will work a dc 4-tog.  For a “how to” check the top of this blog for a link.
Row 2 : dc4-tog over all 4 dc.  Fasten off and leave a long tail to attach the motif onto the base of the flower.


To make a slightly wider leaf, work 4 dc (instead of 3), which means you will need to work a dc 5-tog.  Once again, check the top of this blog for a “how to”.  You will also need to work in all 5 dc from one end to the other (i.e Row 1 says work next 3 dc, you will work in the next 4 dc)


4.     Leaf motif – 2

For a slightly longer leaf, just add one row, and ta da.. it groweth ! ;)

Start with a 4 chain.  Turn and work 3 more dc into the 4th ch from hk.  Turn.

Row 1 : dc in the 1st dc and the next 3 dc.  Turn.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc and the next 3 dc.  Turn.

In our following row, we will work a dc 4-tog.  For a “how to” check the top of this blog for a link.
Row 3 : dc4-tog over all 4 dc.  Fasten off and leave a long tail to attach the motif onto the base of the flower.

Once again, to make a slightly wider and longer leaf, work 4 dc (instead of 3), which means you will need to work a dc 5-tog.  Once again, check the top of this blog for a “how to”. Of course I needn’t add that in rows 1 and 2, you will work in all 5 dc end to end.


5.     .. and just a little something more

free crochet tiny doily pattern

free crochet tiny doily pattern

free crochet tiny doily motif

 Oh, just for kicks I decided to remake the little motif I’ve made before – a tiny tiny doily of sorts, which I think will make a neat backdrop for the lovely flowers.. whatcha think?  So head on over to https://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2017/01/some-really-cute-toy-furniture-4.html
for the doily pattern.

Remember that you can either attach all your motifs off one to another, OR you can work that lil loop.. Read through this blog again if you don’t know what I mean by ‘lil loop’ ;)

And that’s done.. yet another set of exquisite projects brilliantly executed ! J

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