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Irish Crochet Rose Round Medallion Free Pattern

The grayscale photo above is from the year 1917 publication. The color photo shows an example that I crocheted with worsted weight yarn to give you an idea what this medallion could look like when made in multiple colors. The pattern gives instructions for a medallion all in one solid color. If you want to start a round with a new color, attach the yarn where the pattern stitches begin (skipping the slip stitches at the beginning of a round that are only used to take the yarn or thread from the previous round's ending point to the starting point for the new round).

You could join multiples of this medallion to form various items. For example, if you make the medallion with thread, you could make a table runner, tablecloth or bedspread from the joined pieces. If you make it with yarn, you could make a circular pillow front with just one medallion or join multiples to form a decorative afghan.

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Pattern Directions -
Abbreviations:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
ea = each
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch
sp = space
st = stitch
sts = stitches

How To Slip Stitch (sl st) = Insert hook in stitch, thread or yarn over hook, pull thread or yarn through the stitch and through the loop on the hook, at the same time. A slip stitch does not add any height and is used to join a chain or stitch to another place in the crochet piece.

Materials: Use thread size of your choice or yarn weight of your choice. Some of the most commonly used sizes are:
Size 10 cotton thread with a size 8 steel hook
Sport weight yarn with a size F hook
Worsted weight yarn with a size G hook
I made a sample with worsted weight yarn and a size G hook, which resulted in a medallion that is 11" in diameter. Achieving an exact finished size is not crucial to this project.

Directions For Rose Center
The photo on the left shows the rose center crocheted in various colors, so that you can more easily see the different petal rounds. The pattern gives directions for crocheting the rose all in one solid color. Make your rose center whichever way you prefer.
Rose, Starting Chain: Chain 7. Join (with a slip stitch) to form a circle.
Rnd 1: ch 6 (counts as first ch-3 and first dc), * Dc in circle, ch 3 **, repeat from * to ** 4 more times, join with sl st in the 3rd ch of the beginning ch-6 of round. (There should be 6 ch-3 spaces in this round.)
Rnd 2: * sl st in next ch-3 sp, then work (sc, 4 dc, sc, sl st ) all in same ch-3 sp, skip next dc, **, repeat from * to ** around.
Rnd 3: * ch 4, sl st in last sl st of next petal **, repeat from * to ** around. (If the ch-4 loops are in front of the petals, pull on the chain-4 loops so that they are behind the petals, before working the next round.)
Rnd 4: * sl st in next ch-4 sp, then work (sc, 6 dc, sc, sl st ) all in same ch-4 sp **, repeat from * to ** around.
Rnd 5: * ch 5, sl st to last sl st of petal **, repeat from * to ** around. (If the ch-5 loops are in front of the petals, pull on the chain-5 loops so that they are behind the petals, before working the next round.)
Rnd 6: * sl st in next ch-5 sp, then work (sc, 8 dc, sc, sl st ) all in same ch-5 sp **, repeat from * to ** around.
Round Medallion Directions -
After crocheting rose from directions above, continue with Rnd 1 of Round Medallion directions.
Rnd 1: Sl st in first sl st of next petal, sl st in ea of next 2 sts of same petal, * ch 12, skip 4 sts, sc in next st, ch 12, sc in 3rd st of next petal **, repeat from * to ** around, last repeat will end with an sc in the 3rd st of first petal (same place as where first ch-12 begins).
Rnd 2: Sl st in next ch-12 sp, (7 sc, ch 3, 7 sc) in ch-12 sp, * (7 sc, ch 3, 7 sc) in next ch-12 sp, **, repeat from * to **, end with a sl st in beginning sc of this round.
Rnd 3 Note: In Rnd 3, if you are using worsted weight yarn, it works out best to make 2 chains in between each 10-dc fan. If you are using thread, follow the Rnd 3 directions, as written.
Rnd 3: Sl st in ea of next 6 sc to reach the next ch-3 sp * sc in ch-3 sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 9 dc in same ch-3 sp (fan made), ch 1, * 10 dc in next ch-3 sp (fan made), ch 1 **, repeat from * to **, end with a sl st in beginning dc of this round.
Rnd 4: * ch 9, sc in center st of the next 10-dc fan, ch 9, sc in ch-1 between fans **, end with a sl st in beginning st of this round.
Rnd 5: 12 sc in ea ch-9 sp around, end with a sl st in beginning st of this round.
To finish: End off. Weave in ends.

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Based on an antique pattern from the year 1917 (the original pattern instructions are now old enough to be in the public domain). Pattern instructions reworked, rewritten by and copyright 2003 by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com, Inc. Free for your own personal use only. If others would like to have the pattern, please give them the URL of this page, so that they may come here for themselves. Thank you. Copyright Myths Explained, U.S. Government Copyright Office - http://www.loc.gov/copyright

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Just FYI - Per copyright laws, a person can't legally claim any copyright of their own for rewriting instructions to another designer's pattern that is currently under copyright protection, since variations of that copyrighted pattern are also protected for the copyright holder. You can read for yourself how copyright law protects variations of a copyrighted work, at the U.S. Government Copyright Office web site - http://www.loc.gov/copyright.
If a pattern (copyright before the year 1923) has fallen into the public domain, then new copyright can be applied to variations of (also called derivitive works of) that public domain pattern.

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