Recently I was asked by the incredibly talented NaomiRag to help with her next yarn bomb project, a field of crocus flowers for a fence in East Harlem. She is making one or two of her signature large-scale versions of the flower, but wants to make a field of flowers surrounding them.
Naomi doesn't typically work in the "small scale" (which for many of us is normal scale, really), so she asked me to help design a pattern for the smaller version of the crocus. I'd never designed a flower pattern before and at first I was completely stumped. But I looked at about a zillion pictures of crocuses and finally managed to come up with something. Naomi is looking for contributors to help create more crocuses for this installation. If you're interested in helping, please contact her for the mailing address for the flowers. I've posted the pattern below. Your finished crocus should look similar to this picture:
Larger (6 in) crocus pattern Supplies: Purple yarn in 2 different shades. Small amount yellow yarn H (5 mm) hook Darning needle Front Petals (make 2) With one shade of purple, chain 25. Round 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 ch; hdc in next 2 ch; dc in next ch; tr in next 3 ch; dtr crochet in next 8 ch; tr in next 2 ch; dc in next 2 ch; hdc next ch; 2 hdc in last ch. Rotate work so that you’re working in the bottom edge bump of the starting chain. hdc in same ch (this ch should now have 3 hdc in it); dc in next 2 chains; tr in next 2 ch; dtr in next 8 ch; tr in next 3 ch; dc in next 2 ch; hdc in next 2 ch; sc in next 2 ch; 2 single crochet in last ch. Join with slip stitch to first single crochet of round. Fasten off. Stamen: With yellow yarn, chain 7. Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook; sc in next ch. Sl st in remaining 3 ch. Fasten off. Back petal: With contrasting purple, chain 5. Row 1: dc in 3rd chain from hook and remaining 2 ch. Ch 2, turn.(3 dc) Row 2: 2 dc in first st, dc in next st, 2 dc in last st. (5 dc) Row 3: Chain 2, turn. 2 dc in first stitch, dc across until last stitch, 2 dc in last st. Ch 1, turn. (7dc) Row 4: Sc in first 2 st, sc2tog, sc in last 3 stitches. Ch 1, turn. (6 sc) Row 5: Sc2tog, sc in next 2, sc2tog. Ch1, turn. (4sc) Row 6:sc2tog twice. Ch 1, turn.(2 sc) Row 7: sc 2 tog. fasten off. (1 sc) Arrange all 4 pieces as desired and sew together. Weave in ends. This pattern has only been tested, so far, by me and by Naomi. If you need help or find an error, please let me know.