Crocheting while staying at home: that has definitely been the motto of this spring. And while I have enjoyed having some extra crochet time, there have been a few things that I have missed during the lock down. One of my favourite spring-time activities is our annual pilgrimage to Upper Teesdale to visit a very special spring flower. The Spring Gentian is a vivid blue Alpine flower, which although being found in the Alpine regions of Europe, only grows on the Teesdale Fells in the UK. They come into flower at the end of April or start of May each year and the hike up to their “exclosures ”is filled with clean fresh air and beautiful scenery. However, not being able to get up there this year, I decided to make myself a crochet gentian brooch in honour of their beauty.
You can find the free brooch pattern below and add it to your Ravelry queue.
For the brooch, you will need:
Scheepjes Catona in Electric Blue, Kiwi and Old Lace (4ply 100% cotton)
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The pattern is written using UK terminology, for a conversion chart to US terminology click this link.
The stalk and petals are worked in the round. Each round is joined with a slip stitch followd by a chain. The chain is not counted as a stitch on the next round.
3-ch- picot – This stitch is worked on top of a dc. Ch 3 and the slip stitch into the first ch to form the picot.
mc – magin circile
Foundation: mc with 5 dc
Round 1-6: 5 dc. (5)
Round 7: [2dc]. 5 times. (10).
Round 8: slip stich, dc with 3-ch-picot. 5 times. Fasten off leaving a long tail for assembly later. (10)
Foundation: Use Old Lace. Mc with 5 dc. Fasten off. (5)
Round 1: Use Electric Blue. [2dc]. 5 times. (10)
Round 2: Slip stitch, dc, ch 5, then start working into second ch from hook and down the chains as follows [dc, htr], [2tr], [htr, dc], slip stitch in final chain. 5 times. Fasten off. (5 slip stitch and five petals)
Foundation: Ch 11.
Row 1: Start in second ch from hook. 1dc, 1htr, 4tr, 2htr, 2dc. Fasten off leaving a long tail for assembly later. (10)
Before assembling you may want to block the flower and the leaves to help them maintain their shape. I also used a sugar and water solution when blocking to make the petals more stiff.
Using the tail sew the stalk to the flower so that the picots are positioned between the petals. You may also want to bend the stalk back on itself and tack into place so that the brooch will lay flat.
Using the tail, sew the leaves into place.
Use sewing thread, sew the brooch finding vertically into place.
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