Cornflower

Updated: Jan 25, 2019

Difficulty: Advanced ✦✦✦✦✦

For my final free Mother's Day flower crochet pattern, I have a blue bachelor button or cornflower for my mom. This is her favorite flower. I remember growing it as a kid and wondering at its beautiful blue color. Happy Mother's Day, aiti!

The flowers have about a 2 inch diameter and are 1.5 inches tall when made with fingering weight cotton yarn and a 2mm hook. The flower is about 5 inches tall with the stem.


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Special Stitches: Single Crochet 3 Together (sc3tog) = a decrease over 3 stitches. Pull up a loop in the each of the next 3 stitches, then pull a loop through all 4 loops on the hook.


Flower:

Foundation:

Row 1:  6 sc in a magic circle.

Row 2:  In the back loops only: 2 sc in each st. (12 sts)

Row 3:  In the back loops only: 12 sc around.

Row 4:  In the back loops only: 12 sc around.

Row 5:  In the back loops only: sc2tog 6 times, sl st. (6 sts)  


Each petal will be formed between each pair of front loops on this foundation sphere.

   Continue on to the petals without breaking the string.

Petals:   Each petal is made following the same pattern:

[Ch 5, dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, ch 2, sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook, [dc, ch 2, sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook] twice, sl st with the starting ch, ch 2, sl st in the 3rd st of the starting ch, sl st 2, sl st with the next front loop on the foundation] repeat 30 times, sl st in the next st.  

Tie off. Weave ends in.


Top Left: Slip stitch in the starting chain. Middle: Slip stitch in the 3rd stitch of the starting chain. Right: First petal complete. Bottom: adding more petals.


Embellishment:  Add pistil and stamen with a darker color. Use a half hitch to attach twelve 1.5 inch long pieces of yarn to the remaining front loops of the foundation. Trim to about 0.5 inches in length.

Stem and leaves:

Row 1:  Join with a sc (counts as the first sc). sc in the same loop, 2 sc in each front loop from Row 5 on the underside of the flower. (12 sts)  

Note: It may be difficult to find the front loops from Row 5. Sc wherever a loop is available.

Row 2:  12 sc around.

Row 3:  12 sc around.

Row 4:  12 sc around.

Row 5:  Sc3tog 4 times, sl st in the side of the first sc3tog.

Left: For the stem, cast on to a front loop from Row 5 of the petals.

Right: Sepal of the stem complete.


Row 6:  Ch 10 (top stem); ch 11, sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc 8, sl st (first leaf); ch 15, sc 14 starting with the 2nd ch from the hook (bottom stem, make longer and add leaf sections as you like); ch 11, sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc 8, sl st (second leaf); sc 10, sl st into the side of the closest sc3tog from Row 5.  

Tie off. Weave ends in.

Left: Crochet the stem around wire to add stiffness. Middle: Slip stitch into a sc3tog from Row 5. Right: Wire support for a vase.



   In this case, I wanted the flower in a vase but do not want to make the stem that long, so I have crocheted all of the stem sections around a piece of gardening wire to create a stand for the flower on the inside of the bottle. If you do this, don't forget to curl the ends of the wire with a pair of jewelry pliers so it won't snag on the yarn. Alternatively, you could single crochet around a pipe cleaner to achieve a similar effect.

Your blue bachelor button or cornflower is ready for a vase!

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