Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Ixiolirion Flower

by M. J. Joachim
Creativity led me to using two threads together for the ixiolirion flower. I chose a pretty royal blue size 10 doily thread combined with a plum purple size 3 doily thread for my petals on this flower. My hook was a 1/2.75 mm steel hook. Mind you, there are no hard and fast rules. You can use a variegated 4-ply yarn, solid color, larger or smaller hook. Let these flowers express your unique and individual personality, something I’m discussing on my Effectively Human blog today for Letter I in the A – Z Challenge.
You Will Need
Six 8 inch pieces of pipe cleaner & six 4 inch pieces of pipe cleaner (approximate sizes – adjust as necessary for individual purposes)
6 clear or white (small) beads
Crochet thread and hook
Make Flower
Step 1:  Chain 4, make ring by slip stitching into 1st chain
Step 2:  Chain 1, single crochet 6 times in center of ring; join with slip stitch to 1st single crochet
Step 3:  Chain 1, single crochet (twice) in each single crochet around; join with slip stitch to 1st sc.
Step 4:  Chain 8, use the following sequence beginning with 2nd chain from hook to last chain:  {1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc}; slip stitch into next single crochet at center and following sc

[Repeat Step 4 around, ending with a slip stitch to 1st sc]

Finish off. Weave in loose ends.
Step 1:  Take 1 long piece of pipe cleaner. Poke it up from bottom of flower through center round and 1st petal. Poke it behind and into tip of 1st petal, lengthening petal as much as possible while you work

[Repeat Step 1 for each petal.]

Step 2:  Place a bead on one end of each short piece of pipe cleaner, and insert it from the top, into the center of the flower, making it snug and secure.
Step 3:  Wrap all pipe cleaner ends at bottom of flower for stem tightly. While they seem like a lot, they will slim down during this process, creating a sturdy and slender stem.
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:  Ixilirion tataricum, Gideon Pisanty, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
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