A few weeks ago, my friend, Christelle, (admin of the highly popular Ons Hekel; a South African FB crochet group) sent out an SOS. She was looking for the pattern to a very special vintage motif. After an exhaustive Google Image Search, and us scouring every single vintage (and modern) crochet book we could find, we eventually gave up. The motif pattern seem to have been lost over the years. I then offered to rewrite the pattern as much as I could from a photo.
The motif is pretty big (but in the old days this would probably have been crocheted with a much thinner yarn and a much smaller hook than what we do today.) I quite like the modern feel this has when crocheted with the super soft Nikkim from Vinnis Colours, a proudly South African, 100% cotton, super soft yarn.
- Advanced beginner
- 1x ball of Vinnis Nikkim (1 ball will give you approx 2.5 motifs)
- 1x 3.75mm hook
- Each motif measures approx 18cm in diameter.
- The pattern is written in UK terminology.
- Replace the ch3 at the beginning of rounds with a standing tr. This will give a much neater look. (Check out YouTube for a number of excellent tutorials)
- The post of a stitch refer to the actual body of a stitch.
- ch – chain
- chsp/s – chain space/s
- dc – double crochet
- slst – slip stitch
- sk – skip
- tr – treble
Make a magic circle OR ch8, and close with a slst.
Round 1: Ch3, work 23tr in the ring, close with a slst in the 3rd ch. (24sts)
Round 2: Ch1, 1dc in the same st, ch5, sk next st, *1dc in next st, ch5, sk next st, *, rep from * all around, but omit the last ch5 in the last rep, ending with ch2, work 1htr in the first dc. (this will ‘create’ a ch5) (12 5chsps)
Round 3: Ch1, 1dc around the post of the htr of the prev round, ch5, *1dc in the next 5chsp, ch5*, rep from * all around, close with a ch2 and work 1htr in the first dc. (12 5chsps)
Round 4: Rep round 3.
Round 5: Ch3, work 2tr around the post of the htr of the prev round, ch1, *(3tr, ch2, 3tr) in the next 5chsp, ch1*, rep from * all around to first 5chsp, work 3tr in the first 5chsp, close with a htr in the 3rd ch. (12 shells)
Round 6: Ch3, work 2tr around the post of the htr of the prev round, ch1, 1dc in the next 1chsp, *ch1, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in the 2chsp, ch1, 1dc in the next 1chsp*, rep from * all around, ch1, work 3tr in the starting 2chsp, close with a htr in the 3rd ch. (12 shells, 12dc’s)
Round 7: Ch1, 1dc around the post of the htr of the prev round, ch4, *1dc in the next dc, ch4, (1dc, ch3, 1dc) in the next 2chsp, ch4*, rep from * all around, work 1dc in the last dc, ch4, 1dc in the beg 2chsp, ch3, close with a slst in the first dc.
When joining motifs, use the (1dc, ch3, 1dc) from round 7. Work 1dc, ch1, slst in the 3chsp of a finished motif, ch1, work 1dc. Continue until 2 points are joined per motif.
If you’re an eagle-eyed hooker, you’ll probably notice that the green motif at the bottom is bigger than the two white ones on top. The bottom one was crocheted with a 4.00mm hook. I must say I prefer the more closely hooked stitches when using a 3.75mm hook.