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Flower Stitch

by Linda

Here is my interpretation of the stitch pattern used in many of those shawls and ponchos worn by celebrities these days. This is one of the stitches used in my Celebrity Poncho pattern. I've seen variations referred to as Flower Stitch, Petal Stitch, Delta Stitch, Daisy Stitch, Triangle Stitch, etc.

I scoured the web, searching for Jessica Simpson Shawl, Newlyweds Shawl, delta crochet, flower crochet, celebrity shawl, celebrity crochet, mini crochet poncho, etc. etc. I spent much time reading different people's interpretations, blogs, newsgroups, message boards and such, looking at dozens of pictures, poring over stitch dictionaries and books, swatching and ripping out and swatching and ripping out over and over again. It took three days of my vacation to come up with a method that worked for me. So, if you've tried those other web sites but are still having trouble, or you landed here first in your search, please give these instructions a try. It's taken almost as long to type them up into words as it did to get hang of the pattern stitch. :)

Basically, this fabric is a triangular grid of Double Treble Crochet clusters that end up looking like six petalled flowers. It _looks_ easy enough. :) Truly, it's not bad at all once you get the hang of it. My apologies if I get a bit wordy, but I've found other interpretations lacking in some areas. I like 'landmarks', where you can count loops or sts or look at shapes, etc to be sure you're doing it correctly before continuing on, so I've included lots of those.

It's important to note that you absolutely _must_ swatch, first and foremost to practice, and secondly to determine the hook size required to get the gauge that feels right to you - too loose is better than too tight. Work _at least_ 3 or 4 rows on 30 sts (24 plus 6) sts. Make note of your stitch and row gauge when done. I've found it's easier to count 'flower centres' or horizontal petals rather than actual sts.

I highly recommend a medium or loosely spun cotton or mostly cotton blend, preferably varying in thickness. This will most closely duplicate the look, texture and drape we're after.

[Flower Stitch Detail - click to enlarge]
  1. For starting chain, chain 30, or another a multiple of 6 (you need 12 sts per complete 'flower', but it works fine on multiples of 6, ie 30 sts).
  2. Row One:
    First Two Petals - Complete these 2 Dtcl's by drawing a loop snugly through all 6 loops, then tightly working one more ch to hold them together. This chain forms your first 'flower centre'. First 2 petals complete. They should form an upside down 'V' attached to your starting chain.
  3. Next Three Petals - Complete these 3 Dtcl's at the same time by drawing a loop snugly through all 9 loops, then tightly working one more ch to hold them together.* This tight chain forms your next 'flower centre'. Next 3 petals complete. They should form 2 triangles whch are attached to your starting chain, upward pointing on the left side, downward pointing on the right side.
  4. Repeat from * to * til you reach the end of your starting chain. Turn.
    Note: Further instructions (below) refer back to these 5 different petals. Where directions above indicate to skip a number of chains in starting chain, you should skip over to the next 'flower centre' from the previous row if you're not currently working into the starting chain.
  5. Row Two:
    Continue to work Third, Fourth and Fifth Petals til you reach the end of the row, but _do not turn_ yet. Work Third and Fourth petals once more. Turn.

    When finished, be sure to take a gauge measurement, of each flower, of how many Horizontal Petals or flower centres per however many inches, etc., and write it down somewhere.

To Produce a (Relatively) Even Fabric

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 til fabric is desired length. Break yarn and work in ends. This produces a fabric that is consistent in width, though the left and right hand edges are slightly zig zagged.

To Produce a Fabric That Gets Wider as You Work

Make your foundation chain as long as you want your narrow end to be (should be at least 12 or 18 sts). Repeat Row Two for fabric that gets wider as you go.

To Produce a Fabric that Gets Narrower as You Work

Make your foundation chain as long as you want your wide end to be. Repeat Row One as directed above for fabric that gets narrower as you go.
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