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Clematis Crochet Pattern

from Rainbow Valley Crochet
(4) Name: 'Crocheting : Clematis Crochet Pattern
Clematis Crochet Pattern
Clematis Crochet Pattern
Clematis Crochet Pattern
Clematis Crochet Pattern
Clematis Crochet Pattern

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • crochet

Pattern Description:

The original Clematis started off as a summer project for my local Craft and Lace group. I didn't plan on it taking me all summer to make - and that was after I had made the original frame smaller!

It is 79cm x 52cm. It has a total of 270 leaves, 9 flowers, 15 buds and 9 fluffy heads. It cost well over 60 in thread alone in 2010 and took between 200 and 250 hours over 6 months. In the Clematis I used to write the pattern, the bamboo poles used are 40cm for all sides.

The first part of the pattern is not specific instructions but guidelines for planning and creating any size frame and the stem system to fit it. The leaves, flowers, buds and fluffy heads are conventional patterns with plenty of pictures to help explain some of the more difficult bits. The colours in the pattern are different to the original as DMC have changed their colour range since I made it.

I have used a combination of DMC Petra and Perle in both No.5 and No.8. Perle and Petra are the same but Petra comes in bigger balls making it more economical. The colour range, however, is a lot more limited.

While making your clematis, please remember - Size Matters! You can make your frame as big or as small as you wish. However, the bigger you make it, the more stems you have to make and the more leaves you have to make - you get the idea.

I have used a variety of techniques including thread painting, short row crochet and loop stitch to create the finished effect.

Thread painting is where two or more strands of yarn or thread are used together. When changing colours, only one strand at a time is changed. This gives a shaded effect rather than an abrupt colour change.

Short Row Crochet can be used for a variety of reasons, but here I use it purely for shaping, to get the desired shape for the petals. When a short row finishes part way along the previous row, it ends with a slipstitch. There is no turning chain at the beginning of the next row and the slipstitch is missed. When working past the end of a previous short row, a stitch is worked into the same stitch as the slipstitch.

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  • Frame: Bamboo Poles and Jute twine, pins and some strong clear glue
  • Stems: DMC Petra No.5 in 5895 and a small amount of Petra/Perle No.5 in 5384
  • Leaves: DMC Petra No.5 in 5700. 1 ball makes around 80 leaves so you will need to count your leaf stems to work out how many you need
  • Seed Heads (2), Closed Buds (2 in each size), Opening Buds (2) and Flowers (1 in each size): DMC Perle No. 5 (814 - 1 ball) and (3823 - 2 balls). DMC Perle No. 8 in colours (A-208 - 2 balls), (B-209 - 2 balls), (C-210 - 3 balls), (D-211 - 4 balls), (E-B5200 - 2 balls) and (G-594 - 2 balls).
  • Also: Florists wire. I used green lacquered 28g x 12inch (0.38mm x 310mm)

You Will Also Need:

  • 4.00mm hook
  • 3.00mm hook
  • 2.00mm hook,
  • 1.50mm hook
  • needle for sewing in ends

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Hello! I am Helen Free and I design unique crochet patterns under the name of Enfys. I love colour and my favourite things to crochet are Rainbows. I love designing bright and cheerful things for ...

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