CROCHET PATTERNS (Pattern #12 White Gardenia) – 365 Crochet Flowers Bouquet Project

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I don’t think I’ve seen gardenias growing in Ireland. They wouldn’t grow here… it is a tropical tree, after all. Louise’s photo (Louise Docker Photography) shows an impressive flower with white, thick, large petals. I’d say it smells gorgeous…

Wikipedia comes to the rescue, so for any other readers that don’t know much about this flower, I’ve put together a few facts…

–          Gardenia was named after Dr. Alexander Garden (1730-1791), a Scottish-born American naturalist.

–          It is the national flower of Pakistan.

–          It can be cultivated as a house plant, but it demands quite special conditions. It is a princess, after all :-)

Inspiration

White Gardenia Flower Crochet Pattern

INSTRUCTIONS:

Yarn: cotton thread colour A= white, colour B= dark yellow, colour C= yellow

Crochet hook: 2.5mm

Details of components:

– round shape petals laid in rows; petals are larger in the lower row

– big yellow stigma in the centre and 6 darker yellow stamens.

METHOD:

Lower Row of Petals (6pcs.)

Start: using A and 2.5mm hook, work 17ch

R1: make 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, 14sc = 15sc, 1ch

R2: in front loop only, make 1sc, 1hdc, 2dc, 2tr, 8dtr, 1dc, (1sc, 1picot, 1sc), turn and continue on the other side with 1dc, 8dtr, 2tr, 2dc, 1hdc, 1sc, 3ch. Repeat from Start to R2, 5times = 6 petals.

 

Middle Row of Petals (3pcs.)

Start: using A and 2.5mm hook, work 14ch

R1: make 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, 11sc = 12sc, 1ch

R2: in front loop only, make 1sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 1tr, 6dtr, 1tr, 1dc, (1sc, 1picot, 1sc), turn and continue on the other side with 1dc, 1tr, 6dtr, 1tr, 1dc, 1hdc, 1sc, 2ch. Repeat from Start – R2, 2times = 3 petals.

Upper Row of Petals (3pcs.)

Start: using A and 2.5mm hook, work 11ch

R1: make 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, 8sc = 9sc, 1ch

R2: in front loop only, make 1sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 1tr, 3dtr, 1tr, 1dc, (1sc, 1picot, 1sc), turn and continue on the other side with 1dc, 1tr, 3dtr, 1tr, 1dc, 1hdc, 1sc, 2ch. Repeat from Start – R2, 2times = 3 petals. Change to B, finish off A.

Stamens

(R1: using B, make 6ch, turn, make 5sl st, 1ch)x6. Change to C, finish off B.

Stigma

– using C, make 4ch, join with sl st and continue in round

R1: 1ch, 6sc in ring, join with sl st;

R2: 1ch, 6sc, join with sl st; R3: same as R2; R4: same as R2

R5: 1ch, (skip 1st, 1sc)x3 = 3sc, skip 1 st, 1sl st. Finish off and hide the tails.

Assembly

Start building up the flower by laying 3 large petals, first, then lay another 3 petals in between the petals from the first row. We continue with the next petals in the same way, then the stamens and finally the stigma. Thread A and secure the petals in the centre of the flower.

White Gardenia is ready!

 

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_Camelia

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13 Responses to CROCHET PATTERNS (Pattern #12 White Gardenia) – 365 Crochet Flowers Bouquet Project

  1. Thelma says:

    The freesia reminds me of my Nana’s place as they where everywhere and the gardenia is one of the flowers I love and I have two outside the kitchen window so in spring time the kitchen smells nice…They are getting a bit battered with the cold winds here in Queensland as it’s winter here.

    • meli_b says:

      Fresias are my favourite spring flowers. So delicate, but so powerful with their mesmerising perfume.

  2. Katerina says:

    You are incredible! Thank you again! Would you like to have me send you some photos of flowers? I live in Greece, so I might have some you don’t.

  3. Bindhurani says:

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  4. Kris says:

    I have a question. I made the Gardenia pattern, and it looks good, but is there anything special you do to the flowers to make them lay flat? I wanted to put it on a hat, but the petals keep curling, so it won’t lay right. Thanks for any info!

    • Camelia says:

      Hi Kris,

      as far as I remember, I didn’t need to flatten out the Gardenia petals. In any case, if they do curl, you have a few options to choose from:

      1.  spray them lightly + a quick iron, or steam press for a sec. The petals will curl back if they get wet.
      2.  spray them with a hair spray and shape them teh way you want. This stiffening method maintains the softness of the piece, but stiffening might not last long.
      3.  stiffen the flower with a sugar or flour solution (i.e. boil 1 tablespoon of flour + 1/2 cup water until translucent, apply to crochet piece, shape and let dry). This method gives the best results at holding the shape.

      I would suggest to try each of these methods and see which one would give the result you’re after.

      Good luck!

      _Camelia

  5. kris says:

    Thank you very much!! I will try them!

  6. Chezie says:

    This is just beautiful

  7. Sally Ann Edwards says:

    When I first saw these they took my breath away! They look so real you did a great job reproducing them in crochet! I love gardenias, I once had one that had 36 blossoms on it at one time! Which is very unusual! They love the deep south here in USA and hot sultry nights! Fine misting with tepid water! they are delicate ladies and don’t like hot direct sunlight! Only morning light! They like hot nights also! We can grow them in northeastern Pa. But must keep them indoors in winter! Did you ever crochet a purple catalaya orchid Meli?? That’s my favorite flower of all! I would love to see that!

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