Lotus Flower – Part 1

 

04/05/2019 – Latest update: I have just found out that the designer of this awesome pattern is a very talented Russian lady named Evgenia Tychenko.  I am blown over by her talent! If you would like to see more of her wonderful designs then you should visit: https://vk.com/tychenko_crochet .

I came across this most beautiful project on a Russian site (https://www.liveinternet.ru/users/5915568/post413209748/) – and not surprisingly, the pattern was in Russian. So, like all non-Russian speakers, off I went to translate it using Google Translate . Let’s just say that the outcome was not what I hoped for. While Google Translate is an awesome tool, it is not geared towards specialist terms used in crochet – so this was quite a challenge. With lots of searches on pinterest, and other Russian sites, I managed to make some sense of the pattern. The rest was then fine-tuned using trial and error – and boy, did I have to redo large parts or what! Nonetheless, I would say that it was worth it!

I posted the end result on my facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/manjrisplace) and also in a number of crochet groups – and have been asked by many for the pattern. So, I have now published my translation of the pattern here in parts (Thank you Evgenia for your permission to do so!!). It has taken some time to do as I followed her method by photgraphing the project step by step as I went along, to make the pattern easier to follow. You can use your own colour scheme , but I have used for this instructionsal project brown, white (actually cream), purple and light blue. If you do try this project out, I would love to see some photos!

You will need 4 colours of yarn. I used acrylic DK yarn and a size 4mm hook. The end result is a mat which is approximately 75cm in diameter. I dont know exactly how much yarn I used, but I would say around 200-250g of each colour will do the trick.

Instructions – Part 1

Legend:

CH – Chain Stitch
SC – Single Crochet
HDC –Half Double Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
TR – Treble Crochet
PC – Popcorn – 5 DC together in one loop. CH 1.
Cluster stitch – (Yarn over, insert hook into designated stitch, loop through) 3 times – now you will have 7 loops on the hook – yarn over and pull through all the stitches.

Method to join a new colour:

  1. Leave the last loop or colour free. Join new colour into 2nd stitch to the right from the free one with a SC.join colour - 1
  2. Insert hook into the next stitch (next to free loop of previous colour) and pull yarn through. Insert hook into free loop of previous colour. YO and pull through all 3 stitches. SC all the way round.join colour - 2join colour - 3

When you get to the start of the row, insert hook into the same loop as in step 1 and make an SC

 

Pattern

Step 1 – Brown Yarn

  1. CH 5. Close into ring
  2. 10 SC into the ring.
  3. 16 DC into ring over SCstep 001

Step 2 – White Yarn

  1. 2 DC in back loop of each DC from previous step, all the way round and close by slip stitch into first DCstep 002

Step 3 – Brown Yarn

  1. 2 SC
  2. 2DC in brown front loop
  3. skip 2 stitches (white loops), 2 SC, skip 1 brown front loop
  4. 2 DC in the next front loop
  5. repeat from (3) all the way round – close with slip stitchstep 003

Step 4 – Brown Yarn

  1. SC in each stitch. When doing SC in brown DC, capture also the back loop of white DC from previous row all the way round and close with slip stitch.

Step 5 – White Yarn

  1. 2 SC (1st on 2nd brown DC)
    step 005-1
  2. 2 FDC on white DC from row 2, 4 SC , repeat all the way round. N.B. in the last repeat, finish with 2 SC instead of 4 SC. Close with a slip stitchstep 005-2step 005-3

Step 6 – Brown Yarn

  1. SC in 2nd white DC.step 006-1
  2. FDC in leg of brown DC.step 006-2
  3. DC in front loop of 1st brown DC
  4. DC in front half-loop of 2nd brown DCstep 006-3
  5. FDC in leg of 2nd brown DC
  6. Skip 4 white stitches. 2 SC, repeat from (2) all the way round. Close wth slip stitchstep 006-4

Step 7 – Brown Yarn

  1. SC in back loop of brown stitches from last row all the way round.step 007

Step 8 – White Yarn

  1. 6 SC.step 008-1
  2. FDC – immediately under both white DC from Previous rowstep 008-2step 008-3
  3. repeat from (1) all the way round. Close with a slip stitch.step 008-4

Step 9 – Purple Yarn

  1. 2 SC (1st in white DC)
  2. DC in front loop of the 2nd brown DC, skip SC from previous row, SC
  3. DC in front loop of the following DC, SC
  4. DC
  5. 3 SC (2nd on white DC), repeat from (2) till the end. N.B. in last repeat, finish with only 1 SC instead of 3 SC and slip stitch to closestep 009-1step 009-2

Step 10 – Brown Yarn

N.B. For all SCs falling on Purple DCs, work in the back loop.

  1. SC (in the 2nd purple SC).
  2. FDC in 1st brown DC, skip SC, SC
  3. FDC in 2nd brown DC, skip SC, SC
  4. FDC in 3rd brown DC, skip SC, SC
  5. FDC in 4th brown DC, skip SC,step 010-1
  6. repeat from (1) all the way round and close with slip stitch.step 010-2

Step 11 – White Yarn

  1. SC (in brown DC)
  2. FDC in white DC, skip stitch,
  3. 7 SC, repeat from (2) all the way round – N.B. in last repeat , finish with 6 SC instead of 7 SC. Close with slip stitch.step 011-1step 011-2

Step 12 – Purple Yarn

  1. 3 SC (starting at the last white SC)step 012-1
  2. Do (DC in front loop of purple DC, DC in leg of the same DC, skip stitch, SC) 3 timesstep 012-2
  3. 2 SC,
  4. repeat from (2) all the way round. N.B. In last repeat, finish with 1 SC instead of 2 SC. Close with slip stitchstep 012-3

Step 13 – Brown Yarn

For all SCs falling on purple DCs, work in back loop

  1. SC on 2nd purple DCstep 013-1
  2. FDC on brown DC, skip stitch
  3. SC, FDC on brown DC, skip stitch, 2 SC
  4. FDC on brown DC, skip stitch, 2 SC
  5. FDC on brown DC, skip stitch, 2 SCstep 013-2
  6. FDC for brown DC, skip stitch, repeat from (3) all the way round – and close with slip stitchstep 013-3

Step 14 – White Yarn

  1. 3 SC (3rd on brown DC)step 014-1
  2. repeat (FDC in white DC, skip Stitch, 10 SCs) all the way round. N.B. in last repeat finish with 7 SC instead of 10 SC and close with a slip stitchstep 014-2

Step 15 – Purple Yarn

  1. SC.step 015-1
  2. FDC in leg of purple DCstep 015-2
  3. DC in Front loop of the next purple DC
  4. FDC in the leg of the same DC, skip 2 white stitches, 3 SC
  5. Repeat (FDC in the leg of the purple DC, DC in Front loop of the next purple DC,FDC in the leg of the same DC, skip 2 white stitches, SC) 3 times
  6. 2SC
  7. Repeat from (5) all around. N.B. in the last repeat, do step 5 only twice instead of 3 times and skip the SC in second iteration. Close off with a slip stitchstep 015-3

Step 16 – Brown Yarn

For all SCs falling on Purple DCs work on back loop

  1. SC on 3rd purple DC in 2nd cluster of DCs from previous rowstep 016-1
  2. FDC in brown DC, Skip purple stitch, 3 SC
  3. FDC in brown DC, Skip purple stitch, SCstep 016-2
  4. Repeat (FDC in brown DC, Skip purple stitch, 3 SC) 3 times
  5. FDC in brown DC, Skip purple stitch, SC
  6. Repeat from (2) all the way round. N.B. in the last repeat, finish with the FDC (i.e. miss the last SC from step 5) and close with a slip stitch.step 016-3.jpg

Step 17 – White Yarn

  1. 6 SC (2nd and 6th on brown DC)
  2. FDC in white DC
  3. Skip stitch, 6 SCstep 017-1
  4. Cluster stitch in front loop of 2nd purple DC of middle cluster of purple DCsstep 017-2
  5. Skip stitch, and repeat from (1) all the way round, and join with a slip stitchstep 017-3

Step 18 – Purple Yarn

  1. Start with SC on cluster stitch from last roundstep 018-1
  2. FDC into leg of 3rd purple DC, Skip stitch, SC
  3. FDC into each of the purple DC (total 3 FDC), Skip 3 white stitches, 3 SC
  4. FDC into each of the purple DC (total 3 FDC), Skip 3 white stitches, SC
  5. FDC into 1st purple DCstep -18-2
  6. Skip 1 white stitch, repeat from (1) all the way round and close with a slip stitchstep 018-3

Step 19 – Brown Yarn

Start in SC before cluster stitch from last row.

  1. 3 SC (2nd SC into cluster stitch back loop only)step 019-1
  2. FDC into brown DC, skip purple stitch, 3 SC
  3. FDC into brown DC, skip purple stitch, SC
  4. FDC into brown DC, skip purple stitch, 3 SC
  5. FDC into brown DC,step 019-2
  6. Skip purple stitch, repeat from (1) all around and close with slip stitchstep 019-3

Step 20 – White Yarn

  1. 9 SC (1st on brown DC)
  2. FDC into white DCstep 020-1
  3. Skip brown stitch, 13 SCs
  4. Repeat from (2) all the way round. N.B. on last repeat, finish with only 4SC instead of 13 SC and join with slip stitch.step 020-2

4 thoughts on “Lotus Flower – Part 1

  1. Victoria James

    I have been trying for weeks to translate this exact pattern. There is no way to express hiw grateful i am for all your HARD work in translating this. I have became a fan of Evgenia Tychenko’s work. I came across her online diary on a Russian site for moms and have been trying to recreate this same piece using just her photographs. Now thanks to you i can finally finish it. THANK YOU so much.

    Reply
    1. manjrisplace Post author

      Thank you for you kind message! I’m really happy that you and others now can enjoy her design too – She is a truly gifted artist and I love her work. One day, I will hopefully have more time and ask her permission to translate some more 🙂

      Reply

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