Monday, April 1, 2013

Amaryllis Flower


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!
You Will Need
Six, 6 inch pieces of pipe cleaner
6 strand embroidery floss
Size 1.275 mm steel crochet hook
1 thin wooden or bamboo meat skewer
1 bead big enough to fit over pointed end of meat skewer
2 – 4 pieces of green pipe cleaner (dependent upon how long you make your stem)
Petals – Make 6
Step 1:  Fold pipe cleaner around and twist at bottom to make a petal frame.


 



Step 2:  Join thread at twisted end of 1 petal. Single crochet evenly around pipe cleaner to outline petal



Step 3:  Double crochet into 1st single crochet, working over pipe cleaner loop
Step 4:  Slip stitch into next single crochet and repeat Step 3 across, into next stitch on other side.
Continue working Steps 3 & 4 across frame of petal, to tip of flower petal. Gradually increase stitch size as you work, so that larger stitches cover the center part of the petal, and smaller stitches cover the outer sides of the petal. Stitches used should include: single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, quadruple treble crochet.



*Note that no two flowers are exactly alike, nor are their petals. Creating your petals is not an exact science or exercise in reading patterns and counting stitches. Use these instructions as a guide to make individual petals for your amaryllis flower.
Step 5:  When you get to the tip of your flower petal, turn and single crochet between stitches, all the way around, back to the base end of your pipe cleaner. Slip stitch into the other side; chain 1, single crochet in same space. Keep right side up and make single crochet stitches on this side of your petal.



Step 6:  Join with slip stitch to 1st single crochet; chain 1, single crochet in same place
Step 7:  Repeat Steps 3 & 4 on back side of petal
Note:  Variations in this are what makes each petal and flower unique, just like they are in nature.
Finish off, leaving the tail to be secured when adding your stem.



Step 8:  Shape pipe cleaner by gently pulling stitches and pinching tip for point of petal.
Note:  I purposely used yellow pipe cleaner, to create a pollen effect. Every amaryllis I’ve ever seen has been covered in pollen. As you know, I firmly believe colors are a personal preference.
Assembly
Step 1:  Take all 6 petals and overlap them in your hand, just like playing cards or holding a fan.
Step 2:  Place wooden meat skewer in center, point sticking up about a 1 – 1 ½ inches.



Step 3:  Spiral green pipe cleaner around outside of all petals and meat skewer, wrapping in all loose ends and threads as you work.



Step 4:  Cut off excess meat skewer
Step 5:  Shape petals again as necessary.
Step 6:  Add a small bead to the tip of meat skewer in center of flower.



Special Thanks to Arlee Bird for starting this amazing Challenge!
Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches.
M. J.
Photo credit:  M. J. Joachim (All Rights Reserved); Amaryllis Belladonna, Bidgee, Creative Commons Attribution
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