Week 11 – Irish Rose

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  In honor of this holiday, I’ve decided to bring a bit of Ireland into our squares with this beautiful Irish rose.  This block is worked by creating the center flower first, then creating the square around it.  Our pattern is based on Ferosa Harold’s Irish Rose Afghan Square.  Here is a photo of my completed square.

Week 11 Completed Square

Week 11 Completed Square

The Pattern, With Tutorial Photos

I used a size H hook to complete this square.  It measures 6 inches by 6 inches, as all squares will need to measure.  Please select the appropriate size hook for your squares to measure 6 inches as well.

I used 2 colors (color A, B), so the pattern is written for 2 colors.  If you use less/more colors, make the appropriate adjustments.

Abbreviations (for a tutorial of each stitch, see the links page in the menu):
ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet

Often times, a group of stitches are combined to create a single stitch.  Many pattern writers use this notation to create easier to read patterns.  This pattern contains the shell stitch.  However, not all shell stitches are the same.  It is important to check the description of the combined stitch to ensure that it is the same as the one that you are familiar with.

Shell Stitch: In next space, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc.

Flower:

To begin, ch 6 with color A.  Join to first ch with a sl st.

Round 1: Continuing with color A, ch 1, 16 sc in ring.  Join with a sl st to first sc.

Round 1

Round 1

Round 2: Continuing with color A, ch 4, *Skip st, sl st in next st, ch 3.*  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to first ch of beginning ch-4.

Round 2

Round 2

Round 3: Continuing with color A, work (sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc) in each ch-3 space.  Join with a sl st to first sc.

Round 3

Round 3

Round 4: Continuing with color A, sl st to the back of the rose between petals, to the post of the row below.  Ch 5, sl st between next 2 petals, to the post of the row below. *Ch 4, sl st between next 2 petals, to the post of the row below.*  Repeat from * around.  Ch 4, join with a sl st to the first ch of beginning ch-5.

sl st to the back of the rose between petals

sl st to the back of the rose between petals

Round 4

Round 4, view from back of flower

Round 5: Continuing with color A, work (sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc) in each ch-4 space.  Join with a sl st to first sc.

Round 5

Round 5

Round 6: Continuing with color A, sl st to the back of the rose between petals, to the post of the row below .  Ch 6, sl st between next 2 petals, to the post of the row below.  *Ch 5, sl st between next 2 petals, to the post of the row below.*  Repeat from * around.  Ch 5, join with a sl st to the first ch of beginning ch-6.

sl st to the back of the rose between petals

sl st to the back of the rose between petals

Round 6, view from back of flower

Round 7:  Continuing with color A, work (sc, hdc, 5 dc, hdc, sc) in each ch-5 space around.  Join with a sl st to first sc.

Round 7

Round 7

Round 8: Continuing with color A, sl st to the back of the rose between petals, to the post of the row below.  Ch 6, sl st between next 2 petals, to the post of the row below.  *Ch 5, sl st between next 2 petals, to the post of the row below.*  Repeat from * around.  Ch 5, join with a sl st to the first ch of beginning ch-6.  Cut yarn and fasten off.

sl st to the back of the rose between petals

sl st to the back of the rose between petals

Round 8

Round 8

Square:

Round 9:  With color B, join with a sl st to the middle of any ch-6 space.  Ch 3, 2 dc in same space.  *Ch 2, (2 dc, ch 2) twice in next ch-6 space.  Work shell (see description above) in next ch-6 space.  Repeat from * 3 times.  Ch 2, (2 dc, ch 2) twice in next ch-6 space, 3 dc in next ch-6 space, ch 2.  Join with a sl st to the top of beginning ch-3.

Round 9 Join

Round 9 Join

Round 9 Back View

Round 9 Back View

Round 9 Front View

Round 9 Front View

Round 10: Continuing with color B, ch 3, 2 dc in same space.  *Ch 2, dc in last dc of shell.  Ch 2, dc in next dc, skip next dc, 2 dc in ch-2 space, skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 2.  Dc in first dc of next shell, ch 2, shell in ch-2 space of shell.*  Repeat from * 3 times.  Ch 2, dc in last dc of shell, ch 2, dc in next dc, skip next dc, 2 dc in ch-2 space, skip next dc, dc in next dc.  Ch 2, dc in first dc of next shell, ch 2, 3 dc in ch-2 space of shell, ch 2.  Join with a sl st to the top of beginning ch-3.

Round 10 Back View

Round 10 Back View

Round 10 Front View

Round 10 Front View

Round 11: Continuing with color B, ch 3, 2 dc in same space.  *Ch 2, dc in last dc of shell.  Ch 2, ^dc in next dc, 2 dc in ch-2 space, dc in next dc, ch 2,^ skip next 2 dc.  Repeat from ^ to ^.  Dc in first dc of next shell, ch 2, shell in ch-2 space of shell.*  Repeat from * 3 times.  Ch 2, dc in last dc of shell, ch 2, ^dc in next dc, 2 dc in ch-2 space, dc in next dc,^ skip next 2 dc.  Repeat from ^ to ^.  Ch 2, dc in first dc of next shell, ch 2, 3 dc in ch-2 space of shell, ch 2.  Join with a  sl st to the top of beginning ch-3.

Round 11 Back View

Round 11 Back View

Round 11 Front View

Round 11 Front View

Round 12: Continuing with color B, ch 1, sc in each stitch around, working 1 sc in each ch-2 space and 3 sc in each corner. Join with a sl to to the first sc.  Cut yarn and fasten off.

Round 12 Back View

Round 12 Back View

Round 12 Front View

Round 12 Front View

Finishing: Weave in all ends, making sure that they are very secure.  You do not want the ends to come unraveled when you wash the blanket.  If you need help with weaving in the ends, check out the tutorial posted in the links page above.

Feel free to send a photo of your finished square to littlebirdknits0@gmail.com to have it added to the photos page.

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7 thoughts on “Week 11 – Irish Rose

  1. I’m getting started late… on round 9 shouldn’t it read ” *ch 2 (2dc, ch2) twice in Nxt ch6 space? Because that’s what the photo shows?

  2. I’m new to crochet… When you say to slip stitch into the post below???? I’m not sure exactly what to do. I thought I had it figured out but my flower is sort of curled up…. Any suggestions?

    • In the row below, you should see “posts” between the petals of your flower. You just slip stitch around that “post” and then chain to create the base for the next row of petals. Hope this helps 🙂

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