This vintage crochet flower is worked in four rounds and has eight petals, each with a little picot on top! They make very pretty coasters:
The piece below has picots made with 5 ch instead of 3. I certainly loved making this one as the yarn was a dream to work with:
I couldn't resist adding a border to to make what I call... the Vintage Crochet Flower Octagon! You'll find the whole pattern written out on its very own page:
The flower is based on a nine-petal vintage design that I liked in this pretty little mat a friend of mine gave me from her heirloom collection:
I'm using USA terminology in this pattern, so for this round, dc = UK treble :)
Ch 5, ss into 5th ch from hook to form a ring, ch 5, 1 dc into ring.
(ch 2, 1 dc into ring) 6 times, ch 2, ss into 3rd of 5 ch to join:
For the rest of the pattern, trc = dtr in UK terms.
Ss into 1st 2 ch space. Ch 4, 3 trc into same space:
(ch 2, 4 trc into next space) 7 times, ch 2, ss into top of 4 ch to join.
32 sts (including the 4 ch at the start) and eight 2 ch spaces :
If you'd like to change color, tie off here. Draw your thread through the same chain you slip stitched into, then continue with round 3 and the slip stitch:
Ss into space between 4 ch and 1st trc, ch 4, 1 trc into same space.
2 trc into each of next 2 spaces between the trc stitches. We now have 6 stitches (including the 4 ch) sitting on top of the 3 spaces formed by the 4 trc in the round below:
To finish the round: (ch 2, skip 2 ch space, 2 trc into each of the next three spaces between the trc stitches) 7 times.
Ch 2, ss into top of 4 ch to join.
We now have 48 trc stitches and 8 spaces of 2 ch.
Ss into space between 4 ch and 1st trc, ch 4.
trc5tog into the next 4 spaces between the trc stitches of the previous round, working as follows:
1 stitch next space, 2 stitches next space, 1 stitch into next, 1 stitch next - 6 loops on hook, yarn over, pull through all loops.
Picot: ch 3 (or, if you prefer, ch 5 for a larger picot as I did for one of my pieces) - then ss into loop
holding cluster together - this is the back loop of your first chain, which I have stitch-marked:
Ch 6, ss into 2 ch space:
*Ch 6, trc6tog into the spaces between the next set of trc stitches working thus:
1 stitch into 1st space between 1st 2 trc - 1 stitch into next space, 2 stitches next space, 1 stitch next space, 1 stitch next space - 7 loops on hook, yarn over, pull through all loops.
Work a picot.
Ch 6, ss into 2 ch space* - two clusters done.
Repeat from * to * 6 times.
Ch 6, ss into the little space below your first picot to join:
Weave this tail end through the same little space to the back of the flower, then weave in securely.
And now you might like to make the Vintage Crochet Flower Octagon: