17 August 2015

Iris Monday

Irises

I didn't get a lot of irises this year. Instead, we had slugs. LOTS of them.

slug

Snow did a number on many of my irises, as well.

Snow made my Rare Treat Iris a Rare Treat Iris

Deer don't eat irises. But they do trample them when iris stalks block the way to tasty delphiniums.

Not my delphinium, too!!!

We get happy visitors, too...

one of my favorite visitors

This fall, I'll be digging up many of my irises and re-spacing them. Perhaps one of the reasons they didn't bloom this year is because they couldn't breathe. The leaves have been very prolific.

I'll be anxious next year to see if some of the breeds that didn't bloom this year or last might finally make an appearance: Lights Camera Action, Mariachi Music, Miles Ahead, Sheer Ecstasy and Starship Enterprise. I still have to decide if I want to try again to buy the ones I didn't get last year because the supplier ran out before filling my order: Millennium Meltdown, Terri de Feu, Volcano Spectacular and Yosemite Sam.

Don't they have awesome names???

Siberica Strawberry Fair Iris
Siberica Strawberry Fair Iris

Other flower flakes in this series include:

Mother's Day Snowflake Motif
Sunflake III
Daisyflake
Picotee Snowflake
Chamomile Snowflake
Lobelia Snowflake
Hoyaflake
Daffodil Snowflake
Windflower Snowflake
Blue Flax Snowflake
Spiderwort Snowflake
Love in a Mist Snowflake

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

electric shock iris

Finished Size: flower, 1.75 inches across; snowflake, 5.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in 3 to 6 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

Iris Instructions

With lavender or upper petal color, make magic ring.

Round 1: * Ch 2, 1 dc in ring, ch 2, sl st in ring; repeat from * 2 more times for a total of 3 upper petals. Do not pull magic ring too tight yet.

Round 2: * Ch 3, sl st in top of next dc, ch 2, 2 dc in same dc, ch 2, sl st in same dc, ch 3, sl st into ring over next sl st; repeat from * around 2 times.

Round 3: * Ch 3, 1 sc in same dc as next 2 dc, ch 2, 1 sc in next dc, 1 hdc in same dc, 1 dc in same dc, 1 dc in next dc, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 sc in next dc, ch 2, working back down petal 1 sc in same dc as Round 2 2/dc, ch 3, 1 sc into ring over next sl st; repeat from * around 2 times; bind off. Weave in ends. Do not pull magic ring tight yet.
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 4: With white or lower petal color, 1 dc into ring over any sc, * ch 3, working behind upper petal 1 dc into ring over next ring dc; repeat from * around 2 times, omitting last dc of final repeat. Now you can pull magic ring tight.

Round 5: Sl st in starting dc, * ch 2, 3 dc in same dec, ch 2, sl st over next ch 3 sp, sl st in next dc; repeat from * around 2 times, omitting last sl st of final repeat, for a total of 3 lower petals.

Round 6: * Ch 3, sl st in next dc (1st dc of next lower petal), ch 2, 3 dc in same dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 2, sl st in same dc, ch 3, 1 sc over next ch 3 sp st between petals; repeat from * around 2 times.

Round 7: * Ch 3, sk next 3 ch, 1 sc in next ch (working up lower petal), 5 sc in next ch, 5 sc in each of next 6 dc, 5 sc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, sk next 3 ch, 1 sc in next petal joint sc; repeat from * around 2 times; bind off. Weave in ends.

Iris Snowflake

Iris Snowflake Instructions

Work Rounds 1-7 as above.

Round 8: With white, or green if making leaves, 1 dc in any petal joint sc, ch 5, working underneath petals 1 dc in next petal joint sc, ch 5, 1 dc in next petal joint, ch 2, 1 tr in starting dc to form 3rd ch 5 sp of Round.

Round 9: Ch 7 (counts as 1 dc and ch 5), 1 dc over post of tr directly below, [ch 5, 1 dc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, 1 dc in same sp] 2 times; ch 2, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 7 to form 6th ch 5 sp of Round.

Round 10: 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; 1 sc 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 11: 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.
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 12: 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.

Round 13: 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 14: 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.

Iris Snowflake

Melodrama Iris

grand old opry

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

6 comments :

  1. The Siberica Strawberry Fair Iris is beautiful. Iris are awesome, they tend to grow on you as a favorite flower too.

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    1. Yes, they do, Lizard. Thank you for letting me go a little iris crazy in our garden! LOTS of inspiration!!!

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  2. haha hey, the critters and the nasty slugs have to eat too.

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    1. When I got home tonight, Pat, after another six straight days of scattered thunderstorms, I found bite marks on my iris leaves again. I think the slugs are back. Grrrr...

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  3. Deb, you're brilliant. The iris is such an intricate flower but you've translated it perfectly to crochet.

    Yes, I think your irises will be much happier if they get a little elbow room. :)

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    1. Thanks, Sue! It won't be long now. We could have snow in just a couple of weeks. Where on earth did this summer go?!?

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