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Cluster Flower Small Motif Pattern

Inspired by an Antique Flower Motif

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Crochet Motif With Cluster Flower Center

Cluster stitches form the flower center in this crocheted motif.

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Materials: I made the sample with size 10 crochet cotton thread and a US size 8 steel crochet hook.

Finished Size, With Thread: When made with the above materials, the finished size is 1 5/8 inches in diameter. If yours turns out smaller or bigger, that's no problem, as this motif does not have to be any certain size.
Finished Size If Made With Yarn: When made with worsted weight yarn and a US size G hook, finished size is 4 1/2 inches in diameter.

Color Shown: The color thread shown in the example is Southmaid color #421 Goldenrod (size 10) crochet cotton thread. Substitute any color of your choice.

Special Stitch Used: Cluster Stitch - See diagrams showing how to crochet a cluster (shows a cluster made up of 4 double crochet, while this motif pattern uses a cluster made of 4 trebles ... but it is the same principle, with the last loop of each double crochet or treble stitch left on the hook, then a final loop pulled through all loops left on the hook, to form the cluster).

My inspiration for this motif was a similar flower motif in a year 1920 pattern book (that book is now in the public domain, having been published in the US before the year 1923). I changed parts of that antique pattern to result in this different motif, which is not a public domain pattern.

Rnd 1: Chain 11, join (with a slip stitch) to form a ring. Chain 5 (counts as first treble), make a cluster consisting of 3 more trebles, * chain 7, make a cluster consisting of 4 trebles, repeat from * until you have 7 clusters total (these are the 7 petals of the flower), chain 7, join with a slip stitch in the top of the first cluster of this round.
Rnd 2: * 3 sc in next chain-7 space, chain 5, 3 more sc in same chain-7 space, repeat from * around. At end, slip stitch in first sc of this round. End off. Weave in ends.

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