New Zealand Christmas Bush crochet pattern
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The New Zealand Pohutukawa Tree flowers (Metrosideros excelsa) she posted on her wall is the inspiration for my next pattern. Better known as NZ Christmas Bush, the Pohutukawa Tree is an evergreen shrub with grey leaves and a dense cluster of red brush-like flowers.
The photo shows the flowers in the bud stage, the silver grey sepals covering the petals almost entirely and that is what the pattern will represent as well.
New Zealand Christmas Bush Flower Crochet Pattern
Yarn: kid mohair yarn in colour A= light grey, colour B= green and kid mohair & silk mix yarn colour C= red/pink
Wire (3pcs.) : 1pc. 20cm, 1pc. 9cm, 1pc. 6cm. The wires need to be bent at 90degree angle, about 1cm for the shorter wires and 3cm for the long wire.
Crochet hook: 2.5mm
Details of components:
– a stem (colour A) branching into 3 perpendicular shorter stems
– a cluster of flower buds (colour A, B C) arranged on each of the short stems
Using A and 2.5mm hook, make 4ch, join with sl st and using the long wire as a core continue in round with sc until the length of the 20cm wire is covered. Finish off.
For the shorter stems proceed in the same way working the required length.
Flower Bud (9pcs.)
– Using A and 2.5mm hook, make 3ch and join with sl st, 1ch
– Work 2 rounds = 6sc, then work 2sc in each of the top 3sc = 6sc, increase again by working ((1sc, 1sc), 1sc)x2, (1sc, 1sc)x2 = 10sc; work (1 picot, 2 sl st)x5. Finish off.
R1: Using B and 2.5mm hook, make 3ck, join with sl st
R2: make 6sc in the ring, join with sl st, continue in round
R3: increase by working ((1sc, 1sc), 1sc)x3 = 9sc; R4: same
R5: decrease to 6sc
R6: decrease to 3sc and finish off the ball.
Insert the red ball into the flower bud, cover slightly with the picot edge and stitch with colour C.
After all elements are done, group 3 flowers and stitch them together to the end of the steam. Stitch the short stems to the main stem, after inserting and bending the wire aligning it to the main stem’s wire.
And here it is our creation!
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