Thursday, April 25, 2013

Vinca Flower


by M. J. Joachim
More than ten years ago, when we were living in another house, another city, we had vincas displaying beautifully in our front yard. They were pretty pastel purples and pinks, delicate salmons and various shades of creams and white. Their blooms never seem to fade, regardless of the extreme heat in summer. They were drought hearty and thrived in almost any weather condition.

You Will Need
Crochet yarn and hook – I used 4-ply cotton yarn and a size D hook
Yarn needle + yarn for sewing
Stem colored pipe cleaner
Button or bead – I used a little round yellow button
Petals – Make 5


Foundation:  Chain 8; single crochet in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across
Step 1:  Chain 2, sc in each stitch across row
Step 2:  Turn, sc in 1st stitch and in each stitch across row
Step 3:  Chain 1, turn; make 1 sc in turning chain; make 1 sc in each stitch across row, except the very last stitch; slip stitch in the last stitch of the row
Step 4:  Turn; slip stitch in 2nd stitch from hook; single crochet in each of next 5 stitches, make 2 sc in next stitch
Step 5:  Turn; slip stitch in next stitch; sc in next 6 stitches
Step 6:  Turn; slip stitch in next stitch; sc in next 5 stitches
Step 7:  Turn; slip stitch in 1st stitch; sc in next 4 stitches; slip stitch in last stitch
Step 8:  Turn; slip stitch in 1st stitch; sc in next 3 stitches; slip stitch in last 2 stitches
Step 9:  Turn; slip stitch in next stitch; sc in next 2 stitches; slip stitch in last stitch
Step 10:  Turn; slip stitch in 1st stitch; sc in next 2 stitches; slip stitch in last stitch
Step 11:  Turn; slip stitch in 1st stitch, sc in next stitch; slip stitch in next stitch
Step 12:  Turn; slip stitch in next 2 stitches; finish off
Part 2
Take yarn needle with sewing yarn and sew center of flower together with a straight stitch, working your way over and under around the center of the flower (2 times) to secure petals together. Finish off. Weave in loose ends.


Next, using threaded yarn needle, start half way up 1st petal and whip stitch to center; then work your way up next petal in same way, securing loose ends behind stitches as you work.


[Repeat for all petals.]
Do not finish off last petal. Instead, continue and sew round button or bead to flower center.


Wind piece of stem colored pipe cleaner around your finger to make stem. Attach to back center of flower.
Note:  Vinca flower stitches are very tight. Steam petals if desired to relax them.
All patterns for A – Z Challenge 2013 are originals designed and created by me, so please abide by all copyright laws. However, you are more than welcome to link to my work. In fact, I would very much appreciate it if you do. Thank you!


Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches.
M. J.
Photo credit:  M. J. Joachim (©2013 All Rights Reserved); Vinca, Kelly Martin, GFDL
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