Friday, April 19, 2013

Quesnelia Flower

by M. J. Joachim
The quesnelia is an interesting looking flower. The one I made for this challenge is simple, in hopes that many crocheters will indulge and attempt to make it too. I used materials I had on hand – size 10 red doily thread, little blue glass beads and green pipe cleaner. My hook was size 1/2.75 mm steel.
You Will Need
Crochet thread and hook
Cotton or filling
Sewing needle & thread
Pipe cleaner for stem
Step 1:  Chain 2, make 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook
Step 2:  Make 2 hdc in each sc just made
Step 3:  Make 1 hdc in next hdc and 2 hdc in following hdc (6 times) à count 18 stitches
Step 4:  Half double crochet in each stitch around, for 90 stitches – count to 90 as you crochet each stitch, around and around you go.

Step 5:  Half double crochet decrease over next 2 stitches (9 times)
Step 6:  Make 1 hdc in each of next 10 stitches
Step 7:  Stuff cotton ball into center to fill quesnelia

Step 8:  Single crochet in next 10 stitches. Finish off.
Step 9:  Insert 1 piece of green pipe cleaner into center of flower, from bottom opening. Take 2nd piece of pipe cleaner and spiral it down around the first.

Step 10:  Join thread at top of flower. Chain 2, sc in next stitch, making loops and spiraling down to base of flower repeatedly
Note:  Step 10 is not an exact science. These loops are your petals – make them how you will.

Step 11:  Take a small beading needle and hand sew beads all over 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!

Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches.
M. J.
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