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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Reverse Engineering? In Crochet? You bet your hooks!

So I've been searching for approximately 2 weeks for a particular motif pattern. I only have a picture, no name and no idea who the creator is. I can't even remember where I saw it the first time but I thought it was so pretty. I posted to some Google+ pages asking if anyone knew the name or where I could get it. No reply on that front but I did get a few remarks to try reverse engineering the pattern. Well, why not? We crocheters have been doing that since crochet came to be! And I've done it a few times myself, with scarfs and hats and such, but not with anything like this. Here is the picture I have ------ THAT is beautiful!
 
Motif found online.
No pattern name or creator listed with this picture.

I looked on Ravelry, Etsy, Crochetville, and a few other places to no avail. So I set about examining this picture until my eyes crossed. Then I did it some more. After a couple failed attempts, here's what I came up with!



Well I think it's pretty darn close and I'm very happy with it. You can see the draft copy of the original in the background, with some of my notes scribbled on it! Now I'm going to attempt to convert what I did with hook and yarn on to virtual paper for you to give it a try. Here goes!


Materials:
  • Peaches & Creme 4 ply Worsted Weight 100% Cotton yarn in Sunshine
  • size G hook
  • scissors
  • embroidery needle for weaving in the ends
Keep this in mind: Your yarn choice will make a difference in the look of this pattern. I started with I Love This Yarn (Hobby Lobby's brand) and a size J hook. It was nice but definitely not the crisp motif that the cotton yarn provided.

The size of the motif is approximately 8.5" from point to point.

 

Pattern notes:
Chain 3 counts as a Double Crochet unless stated otherwise.

Stitches used:
  • Slip Stitch - sl st
  • Chain - ch
  • Single Crochet - SC
  • Double Crochet - DC
Begin pattern:

Chain 6 and join to form a circle.
Row 1: Chain 4 (counts as 1 double crochet and a chain 1), *DC in loop, ch 1.* Repeat 10 more times from * to * around. (total of 12 dc and 12 ch 1 spaces)

Row 2: Chain 3, 2 DC in next ch 1 space, DC in next DC, ch 2; *skip next ch 1 space, DC in next DC, 2 DC in next ch 1 space, DC in next DC, ch 2*. Repeat from * to * around. Join to top of first ch 3.

Row 3: Chain 3, DC in same space, 1 DC in next 2 DC stitches, 2 DC in next DC, ch 2; *2 DC in next DC, 1 DC in next 2 DC stitches, 2 DC in next DC, ch 2*. Repeat from * to * around. Join to top of first ch 3.

Row 4: Chain 3, DC in same space, 1 DC in next 4 DC stitches, 2 DC in next DC, ch 2: *2 DC in next DC, 1 DC in next 4 DC stitches, 2 DC in next DC, ch 2*. Repeat from * to * around. Join to top of first ch 3.

Row 5: Chain 3, 1 DC in next 7 DC stitches, ch 3; *SC in ch 2 space, ch 3, DC in next DC and in next 7 DC stitches, ch 3*. Repeat from * to * around. Join to top of first ch 3.

Row 6: Slip Stitch to top of second DC, ch 3, DC in next 5 DC stitches, ch 3, *SC in next ch 3 space 2 times, ch 3, DC in second DC and in next 5 DC stitches, ch 3*. Repeat from * to * around. Join to top of first ch 3. 

Row 7: Slip Stitch to top of second DC, ch 3, DC in next 3 DC stitches, ch 3, *SC in next ch 3 space 3 times, ch 3, DC in second DC and in the next 3 DC stitches, ch 3*. Repeat from * to * around. Join to top of first ch 3.

Row 8: DC between the second and third DC of previous row, ch 2, DC in same space, ch 3. *SC in next ch 3 space 4 times, ch 3, DC between the second and third DC of previous row, ch 2 DC in same space*. Repeat from * to * around. Join to top of first ch 3.

     
NOW, hopefully you have a completed flower-in-a-hexagon motif! Golly I hope that's all correct. I've made a total of 2 so far, but after I make a few more I will adjust the pattern as needed.

And about reverse engineering? I'm a little less afraid of it now. LoL!

You guys have a great week and keep on Crocheting!!!!!!!

Peace and Love,
 ~~Karen~~

 

12 comments:

  1. You're awesome! I was looking at those kind of patterns in a book Mother had the other day...it was one of her catalogs where you can order the yarn and pattern for the project :-) Love you!

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  2. Hi Karen ..... Can you translate the size of crochet hook used? I'm only aware of sizes 2.00 to 5.50 but G and J, I don't know what size they represent.

    Like I said via Google+, and because I know you like to hear it "You are sooo clever!" ha ha ha!!

    Margaret XX

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    1. Hi Maggie! And thank you!
      The size hook I used is a G/6-4.25MM
      And looking at it again I think I might try a size smaller with the next batch I make. Right now I've gotten 14 or 15 motifs made for a blanket.

      Hope that answers your question, and please hit me up on Google+ with pics! I'd love to see your version!

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  3. Oh, Karen!!! Thank you so very much!!! Beautiful & can't wait to try!! :)~Tess

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    1. Thank you TJ! Let me know how they turn out!

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  4. It looks awesome. You did a great job reconstructing the pattern.

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  5. You totally rock! It's a beautiful pattern and you did an awesome job. Thank you so much for sharing. I'll give this a try when I get back from travels!

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  6. Found the pattern here too :)

    http://scrapyarncrochet.blogspot.com/2011/07/free-grannys-garden-hexagon-crochet.html

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  7. Hi Karen I think it might be a Victorian pattern originally just came across your post looking for original designer....the earliest I can find is in Jan Eatons book 2008 the encyclopedia of crochet several copies of in on the net...I have one my Mum did years and years ago so guessing It's a very old pattern originally hope that helps?

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    1. Just checked and yes Jan Eatons book from January 2007 encyclopedia of......earliest I can find on line but several vintage patterns similar

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