78. A MAT FOR A FLOWER-VASE. (CROCHET.)
Material—Raworth's crochet thread No. 40.
Centre Flower.—12 c s, unite, work into this ring 5 c s, 1 l s, * 2 c s, 1 l s; repeat from * eleven times, finish with 2 c s, s c into third
stitch of first, 5 c s.—
2d round. D c into first space, * 5 c s, d c into next space; repeat
from * into every space, finish with 5 c s, s c into first d c of the
3d round. 5 d c round every loop of 5 c s in last round.
The eight Leaves round this Flower.—Commence on one of the stitches
at the edge of this flower, 25 c s, s c back (this is for the stripe in
the centre of leaf), * 5 c s, miss 3, d c into fourth; repeat from *
five times, which brings it to top stitch of leaf, 6 c s, d c into same
stitch, 5 c s, miss 3, d c into fourth six times down the other side of
the stripe, draw out the loop on the needle a little, pass the thread
under the leaf, 1 d c round the first loop, 5 c s, d c round the next
loop, * 6 c s, d c round the next; repeat from * four times, which
brings it to top loop, 7 c s into same top loop, 6 c s into five more
loops down the other side, 5 c s, d c into last loop, pass the thread
under the leaf, d c three times round the loop next to stripe, five
times round next loop, six times round every loop up to the top, 2 d c,
5 l s, 2 d c round the top loop, 6 d c round every chain of six down the
other side, 5 d c round chain of 5, 3 d c round the last loop at bottom
of leaf next to the stripe; fasten off. Make another leaf in the same
manner at the opposite side of the centre flower, and one at an equal
distance between these two; another on the other side to correspond,
which will make four leaves, then work four more leaves between these 4,
and the eight leaves will be finished.
For the rounds of open work proceed thus: Commence on the point of one
of the leaves, work 29 c s, d c into point of next leaf; repeat this all
round, not making the c s too tight.—
2d round. D c into every stitch of this round.—
3d round. 1 l s, * 3 c s, miss 2, 1 l s into third stitch; repeat from
4th round. D c into every stitch of last round.—
5th round. 1 l s, * 3 c s, miss 2, 1 l s into third stitch; repeat
6th round. D c into every stitch of last round.—
7th round. 1 l s, 2 c s, miss 2, 1 l s into third; repeat from * all
8th round. D c into every stitch of last round. Work on the inside of
the first round of 29 c s a ring, thus: commence on centre, c s
between the leaves, 16 c s, unite on foundation-stitch, d c
twenty-four times round this ring; repeat these rings between every two
leaves, making eight in all.
The Leaves on the outside of the open Rounds.
— Commence on stitch opposite to the point of one of the large leaves.
18 c s, 1 l s into sixth stitch, * 2 c s, miss 2, 1 l s into third;
repeat three times more from *. 1 s c into foundation-stitch, then 4 d c
round first loop; 1 d c, 2 l s, 1 d c round next three loops, 1 d c, 4 l
s, 1 d c round top loop; 1 d c, 2 l s, 1 d c round three loops on the
other side of leaf; 4 d c round last loop. Make another leaf in the same
manner, beginning at the same foundation-stitch. Fasten off. Then two
more leaves exactly the same, opposite the points of all the large
centre leaves. Then two more leaves opposite each of the d c rings
inside the open rounds (which will be at an equal distance on each side
from the others). There will now be thirty-two small leaves, two and
two, the upper point of each leaf to be turned outwards, and to be
tacked with needle and thread to the point of the next leaf, which it
will meet easily. (Care must be taken to refer to the engraving for the
manner in which the mat is to be finished, as it will greatly assist the
For the small roses between the leaves, which are made separately: 9 c
s, unite, 5 c s, 1 long stitch into ring, * 2 c s, 1 l s; repeat from *
seven times. 2 c s, s c into third stitch of first 5 c s.
2d round. 1 s c round first space, 3 c s, 3 l s, into same space, * 5
c s, miss 1 space, 4 l s into next space; repeat from * all round.
Finish with 5 c s, s c into third stitch of 3 c s. Fasten off sixteen
roses for the round. Place one of these roses between every pair of the
leaves which proceed from the same foundation, and sew it at the edge to
the third scallop of the leaves; then commence between the points of the
leaves which were sewn together, * 24 c s, d c into centre of edge of
small rose, 24 c s, d c between the points of the leaves; repeat from *
all round, then 26 d c stitches round every 24 chain.
Sprigs between the 24 C S.—18 c s, unite on twelfth. D c round this
loop twenty-two times. S c up remaining c s for stalk. Fasten off,
leaving an end to sew the sprig on the mat. Turn wrong side up. Commence
on fifth stitch from stalk on the right-hand side of the flower, * 10
c s, unite in same stitch. Turn again. Into this circle work 18 d c
stitches *. Turn wrong side up. S c up to top of ring formed by 18 c s;
repeat from * to * for another ring. Turn wrong side. S c down to fifth
stitch from stalk. Repeat another ring, when the work will be on the
right side. Bring the cotton to the side of this last ring nearest to
stalk. 13 c s, s c into top of last ring. 6 c s, s c into same stitch.
13 c s, s c into foundation close to the lower part of ring. 5 c s, s c
into foundation-ring, close to centre ring, at the top. 13 c s, s c
into top of ring; 6 c s, s c into same stitch; 13 c s, s c into
foundation at bottom of ring; 5 c s, s c into foundation at lower part
of next ring; 13 c s, s c into top of ring; 6 c s, s c into same stitch;
13 c s, s c into foundation at the other side of ring. Fasten off.
Sixteen of these sprigs are required, and sixteen more small roses.
Place one sprig between each of the chains of 24 d c, where they meet at
the points of the leaves, and sew them by the thread which was left at
the end of the stalk. Confine them to the 24 d c by the lower 13 c s.
Place a small rose between each of these sprigs, fastening them together
where they meet. The best way is, to cut out a circle in coloured paper,
and (after the crochet work is completed) place the mat wrong side up
upon it, and fasten the flowers to it and to each other, as it will then
be quite flat and smooth.
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