Saturday, April 6, 2013

Foxglove Flower


by M. J. Joachim
Foxglove flowers are tall, stalks with loads of bell flowers covering them. I made my stalk big, using 4-ply cotton yarn and a size G crochet hook. I also used a fairly large cone and several wooden skewers for the stem.
You can use doily thread and a smaller hook, cone and stem material. This pattern provides general instructions for how to make foxglove petals and assemble a simple foxglove flower. Foxgloves also come in many colors and crocheted flowers can be embellished with beads and sequins as desired.
You Will Need
2 – 3 skeins crochet yarn (or thread)
Crochet hook – size determined by size of petals you want to make
1 green Styrofoam (floral) cone
Floral tape
6 – 8 wooden cooking skewers
Straight pins
Beads and sequins (optional)

Petals (make enough to cover your cone – approximately 15 to 20)
Step 1:  Chain 2, make 3 single crochet in 2nd chain from hook
Step 2:  Make (1 hdc, 3 dc, 1 hdc) in same place; join with slip stitch to 1st sc in round
Step 3:  Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc), turn; double crochet in same space; double crochet in next stitch; make 1 hdc in each of the next 2 stitches; make 1 dc in next stitch and 2 dc in next stitch
*Row looks like this:  2 dc, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 dc
Step 4:  Chain 1, turn; single crochet in each stitch across and in, top of turning chain
Step 5: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn; double crochet in same space and in each stitch across, making 2 dc in last stitch
[Repeat Steps 4 & 5 two more times.]


Step 6:  Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), turn; make 4 more double crochet in same space (beginning shell stitch); make pineapple stitch in next stitch; make shell (5 dc) in next stitch and pineapple stitch in next stitch
Step 7:  Make 1 single crochet in each of the next 5 stitches
Step 8:  (mirror image of Step 6) Make 1 pineapple stitch in next stitch and 1 shell in next stitch (twice)
Step 9:  Chain 1, turn; single crochet in each dc of shell stitch and in each pineapple stitch, until you reach 5 sc in center of petal
Step 10:  Single crochet decrease over next 2 sc stitches, skip center sc stitch, sc decrease over last 2 sc stitches
Step 11:  Single crochet in each pineapple stitch and in each dc of shell stitches


Step 12:  Fold flower in half and slip stitch to top stitch on opposite side, joining sides together
Step 13:  Chain 1; slip stitch evenly down both sides to seam both halves of flower petal together and make a cone shape; minimize bulkiness by working in only 1 loop from each side of flower.


Finish off. Weave in loose ends. Turn petal inside out, so seam is on the inside of flower.
Assembly
Step 1:  Wrap wooden skewers in floral tape, leaving points untaped; center bundle of skewers and insert it in the bottom center of Styrofoam cone


Step 2:  Using straight pins, cover cone in foxglove flowers, overlapping petals as desired. It’s okay if a little green shows through, to look like foliage in your background.


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M. J.
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