08 June 2015

Lobelia Monday

lobelia

When I first began planting my (mostly blue) flower garden, I bought seeds for every variety of blue flower I could find. Lobelia was one. I'd never seen the species before (didn't know it was in every hanging basket in every nursery, grocery store, home improvement shop...), but it supposedly was intense blue. Good enough for me!

I've now planted lobelia seeds three consecutive years. I've yet to see a single lobelia in my yard.

I feared today's pattern may be the only lobelia I ever produce.

Leave it to Lizard!

Unable to select one variety already growing and ready for transplanting from a local nursery, he brought home six varieties, and I'm very to happy report that as of the day I wrote this blog post, all six are still thriving and blooming! Lotsa Blue!

Lobelia

My first attempt at crocheting a lobelia was aboard the train after a long riding weekend and a long day of work. My counting was off...

Lobelia

Other patterns in my flower flake series include:

Mother's Day Snowflake Motif
Sunflake III
Daisyflake
Picotee Snowflake
Chamomile Snowflake

You may do whatever you'd like with flowers and/or snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

Lobelia

Finished Size: flower, 2 inches across, snowflake, 5.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in three or four colors, size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

NOTE: This pattern starts out in the round but then works in partial rows until the snowflake stage, if desired, before returning back to in the round.

Lobelia Instructions

With gold or flower center color, make magic ring.

Round 1: 5 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Pull magic circle tight. Top of ring is right side; bottom of ring is back side.

Row 2: Working on right side with blue or flower petal color, * sl st in any sc (or next sc in repeats), ch 2, 3 dc in same sc, ch 2; repeat from 2 more times for a total of 3 petals; sl st in same sc; turn.

Row 3: Ch 5, [3 dc in middle dc of next petal, ch 2, 1 dc in next gap between petals, ch 2] 2 times; 3 dc in middle of dc of next petal, ch 5, sl st in base of same sc as Row 2 starting sl st; bind off.

Row 4: Working on right side with white, pull hook out of loop (dropped loop) and insert in top loop of 1st dc of this 5/dc group, insert in dropped loop, pull dropped loop through top loop of 1st dc (popcorn stitch made), ch 3, popcorn stitch in next Round 1 sc; bind off.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Row 5: Working on right side with blue or petal color, sl st in top of 1st popcorn, ch 2, 3 dc in same sp, ch 2, sl st in same sp, ch 3, sl st in top of next popcorn, ch 2, 3 dc in same sp, ch 2, sl st in same sp; bind off. Weave in ends.

Lobelia Snowflake

Lobelia Snowflake Instructions

Work Round 1 and Rows 2-5 same as above.

Round 6: Working on back side of motif, with white (or green if making leaves), [1 dc in bottom loops of middle dc of 1st Row 3 petal (or bottom loops of middle dc of next Row 3 petal in repeats), ch 5] 3 times; 1 dc in next gap between petals, ch 5, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp between petals, ch 5, 1 dc in next gap between petals, ch 2, 1 tr in starting dc to form 6th ch 5 sp of Round.

Round 7: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of tr directly below, 2 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, * 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 dc in same sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, 2 hdc in same sp; 2 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 dc in same sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round. (If making leaves, bind off green here and work remainder of Rounds in white.)

Round 8: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, 1 dc in gap between next 2 sc, ch 3, 2 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 2 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, 1 dc in gap between next 2 sc, ch 3, 2 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 9: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 3 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 10: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, [1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5] 2 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 4 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 4 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, [1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5] 2 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 4 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 11: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, [1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5] 3 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 5 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), 5 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, [1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5] 3 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 5 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin snowflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. Sprinkle lightly with glitter. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel snowflake from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one spoke, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch the snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

lobelia

4 comments :

  1. I was just being a good little lizard.

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    1. Thank you for my beautiful blue lobelia, Lizard! I love seeing them every day!

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  2. Wow, that is some blue they shine away. And nice job going all blue at your bay

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    1. Thanks, Pat! They really do have intense color. Even though the flowers are tiny, the color is spectacular!

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