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Gardeners say that the Crucifix Orchid (Epidendrum ibaguense), a reed-stem epidendrum, is one of the easiest to grow Orchid. I’d love to get one and grow it as an indoor plant. I wonder if that would work. The plant has long lasting flowers appearing in globular heads of 30 to 40 flowers at a time with a bright, vivid colour (a purple hybrid in Louise’s photo).
Crucifix Orchid Crochet Pattern
Yarn: tapestry cotton colour A= purple, colour B= white, colour C= yellow
Crochet hook: 2.5mm
Details of components:
– 5 purple sepals held flat
– the lip is a long tube projecting from the centre of the flower; it bears three fringed lobes, resembling a cross.
Start: using A and 2.5mm hook, make 5ch, join in ring with sl st, 1ch
R1: 10sc in ring, join with sl st
R2: (7ch, turn and make 1sc, 2hdc, 3dc; we are at the ring now, skip 1st and join sepal with base using 1sl st) x5 = 5 sepals.
Using a 1mm hook, pick up stitches on top of ring: make 6sc, join with sl st, 1ch
Continue working in round for about 1.5cm (about 20sc).
After finishing the tube continue with:
R1: make 3ch, 1tr, 1dtr, 1tr in next st, make 4ch and join to the cylinder with sl st = left hand side petal is finished; change to B, cut off A, make 1ch and sc in the next 2sc of the tube, 1ch, turn work
R2: change to C and make 3sc; change back to B and cut off C, join middle petal with left hand side petal using sl st (see below in the photo), 1ch, turn work
R3: 1sc, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1sc, change to A and finish off B, turn work
R4: 5sc, 1ch, turn work
R5: (1picot, 1dc, 1picot), (1tr, 1picot, 1dtr, 1picot, 2sl st on edge of dtr), (1dc, 2ch, 1picot, 1sl st), (1tr, 1picot, 1dc, 1picot, 2ch), join to petal using sl st; continue with 2 sl st going down on edge of petal = middle petal is finished; continue with right hand side petal and working in a st of the central tube, make: 1dc, 1tr, 1dtr, 1tr, 3ch, join to tube using sl st. Finish off A. Hide tails.
Shape up petals and the orchid is ready!
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