Lapel Flower Pattern #2634

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1 ball of White or Ecru will make 2 flowers.

Steel crochet hook No. 12 or 13.

Keep gauge as tight as possible.

PETAL ... Starting at center, ch 25. 1st row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 3, sc in same place as last sc; now working along opposite side of foundation ch, make sc in each ch across to last 3 sc, do not work in last 3 sc (this is tip of petal). Ch 5, turn. Hereafter work only in the back loop of each sc. 2nd row: Sc in each sc across to ch-3 loop; in ch-3 loop make sc, ch 3 and sc; sc in each sc across to last 3 sc. Ch 5, turn. Repeat the 2nd row 6 more times. Now work sc in each sc across to ch-3 loop at base of petal. Sl st in loop. Fasten off. This completes 1 petal. Make 5 more petals same as this. Starting at base, sew adjacent sides of petals to within last 5 sc. This completes one layer of petals. Make another layer same as this.

CENTER ... Ch 2. 1st rnd: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join rnds. Work in both loops of each sc. 2nd rnd: 2 sc in each sc (12 sc in rnd). 3rd rnd: * Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around. 4th and 5th rnds: Sc in each sc around. 6th rnd: * Sc in next 2 sc, skip 1 sc. Repeat from * around. Repeat this rnd, stuffing with cotton be­fore opening becomes too small. Close opening and fasten off.

STEM ... Ch 8. 1st row: Sc in 2nd and each following ch across. Ch 1, turn. Work only in the back loop of each sc. 2nd row: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. Repeat the 2nd row until piece measures 3½ inches. Fasten off.

Measure off 32 strands of same thread, each strand being 3½ inches long. Twist these strands. Fold stem-piece lengthwise over these strands and sew the two long edges together. Place petal layers over each other and sew center in place (see illustration). Sew one end of stem to under part of flower.

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