Monday, April 15, 2013

Nicotania Flower


by M. J. Joachim
Nicotania is an ornamental flower. Like its name suggests, it is related to tobacco plants. My biggest challenge in making this flower was creating the line down the center of each petal. Once I figured out how to do that, the rest of the pattern worked up fairly easily.
I used sized 10, cream colored doily thread and size 1/2.75 mm steel crochet hook for the flower you see pictured.
Petals – Make 5
Step 1:  Take one 12 inch piece of grayish colored pipe cleaner and divide it into 5 equal parts. Each part will make 1 petal.
Step 2:  Make 12 single crochet around 1 piece of your pipe cleaner
To make the petal, you will work down one side of the single crochet first, and then down the other side, meaning you will be working in only 1 loop of each stitch at a time.


Step 3:  Chain 1, turn; working in front loop only, make the following sequence in each single crochet stitch, down one side:  {Make 1 single crochet in each of the next 3 stitches, make 1 half double crochet in next stitch, make 1 dc in next stitch and 1 triple in each of next 2 stitches, followed by 1 dc, 1 hdc and 3 sc}
Stitches should look like this:  {3sc + 1 hdc + 1 dc + 2 tr + 1 dc + 1 hdc + 3 sc}
[Turn and repeat Step 3 on other side of single crochet stitches.]


Step 4:  Chain 1, turn; single crochet in each stitch around flower petal; chain 3 and join with slip stitch to first sc on opposite side of petal.
Finish off. Poke tip of pipe cleaner through chain 3, to make point on tip of flower petal.
Assembly
Step 1:  Twist together 2 pieces of green pipe cleaner, leaving a “v” opening at one end. Twist “v” into a circular loop.


Step 2:  Insert petals in center of loop. Take 1 more piece of green pipe cleaner and warp it securely around base of flower, spiraling it down to mold into the rest of the stem, and securing petals in center of flower.

                                      

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Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches.
M. J.
p.s. Nicotania has many varieties and colors. Here's a link to some images, so you can choose your favorite.
Photo credit:  M. J. Joachim (All Rights Reserved); Nicotania alata, Swaminathan, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
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