All the Irish Roses: Small Variations
Previously I talked about how to make a basic Irish rose in crochet. Well, how to make 80 different basic Irish roses, but they were all very closely related.
Clearly, 80 Irish roses is nowhere near enough, because actually almost none of the Irish roses I’ve made are included in those 80. Instead, most of the ones from before I got carried away and started being eccentric look like this:
That’s the largest center, with 8 petals, one added row joined in the middle of the petal below, a modified petal shape we’ll get to in the moment, and an extra round of added to the center after the fact.
If you want to add that extra middle round, you can pick up around the posts in the center from the top. Here’s how you put the hook through:
In the red rose shown above, I picked up the stitches of the first single crochet round, as: chain 4, single around next post, chain 3, repeat until you do a last single around the post you started with. And stopped. That outrageous thread I was using did not need any more.
However, if you have a more conservative thread for the center added petals, or a less attractive color for the center, you can work a small petal over the chain bars. Single, half double, double, half double, single, is the center petal that matches the classic Irish rose (and most variations). Here’s one like that:
So now you know how to do at least 240 Irish roses (the previous 80 times 3 center variations — plain, with chains, and with petals — ignoring the fact that you might leave off the outer row of petals because if you leave off the outer row and make the center plain the result is going to be awfully dull.)
But I did mention that these petals aren’t actually usually the traditional petals.
For reference, here’s a chart of the tradition petals (optional inner row, first row, second, third):
Here’s the variation I most commonly use, which makes a higher arch on the petals. The inner row is just like the traditional way, but the first row is single, half-double, double, half-triple, double, half-double, single. The half-triple, or half-treble if you prefer, is rarely seen and doesn’t have a common stitch symbol. I made this one up. Here’s a good discussion of the half-triple, and why it comes in handy. You start a half-triple just like a normal triple, but when you get down to three loops on the hook, you pull through them all, just like a half-double.
In this variation in each row, you go one stitch size up in the middle, so the second row is single, half-double, double, half-triple, triple, half-triple, double, half-double, single. I show the last row here as having what I think of as a quadruple but am supposed to call a double-treble, which is to say a stitch just like a triple but with the three initial wraps instead of two. I really work it as a half-quadruple, using the same trick as for the half-treble.
This variation keeps the flatter arch of the traditional petals, but still gets taller every time. The inner row and the first row are traditional, but in the second row it goes single, half-double, double, three half-triples, double, half-double, single.
This variation makes more pointed petals, at the cost of also fitting in one more stitch per petal. It is just like the first variation, except that the middle stitch is done twice with two chains in between, so the first round is single, half-double, double, half-triple, 2 chains, half-triple, double, half-double, single.
This variation makes petals with straighter sides (they get higher faster). They are correspondingly somewhat floppier:
By my count, that enables you to make 20 centers * 5 possible center rows * 4 first rounds * 2 ways to attach the second round * 5 petals for the second round * 2 ways to the attach the third round * 5 petals for the third round = 40,000 different Irish roses, unless you decide to do something outrageous like mix petal styles in the same round at which point I’m not bothering to calculate. But we haven’t even gotten outrageous yet!