The Irish Rose

The Irish Rose pattern is old, old, old, as old as Irish lace.  Of course the lace roses were done with thread and a tiny hook, but you can use yarn and a much bigger hook to make bigger flowers faster.  Bonus: no working into stitches, the Irish Rose petals are all worked into chained loops.  If you can chain, sc, hdc, and dc, you can make an Irish Rose.

IRISH ROSE

First/3 Ch Loop Row:
Chain 4 for anchor loop and to stand in for the first double crochet, then another three for the loop you’ll need to crochet the petals.

 

 

 

 

Then double crochet in the first chain.
Then chain 3.

 

 

 

 

Repeat five times for six petal loops, ending with a slip stitch in the middle of the beginning ch 6.   Six loops made.

 

 

 

 

First/Small Petal Row:
In each ch 3 loop, make one petal– sc, hdc, three dc, hdc, sc– working around until there are six petals, one in each loop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second/4 Ch Loop Row:
Turn the flower over and slip stitch around that first ch 3 from the first loop row.  [Ch4, slip stitch around the next dc from the first loop row], repeating six times to make six ch3 loops.

 

 

 

 

 

Second/Medium Petal Row:
Working behind first/small petal row, make one medium petal– sc, hdc, five dc, hdc, sc–in each 4ch loop until there are six petals, one in each loop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third/5 Ch Loop Row:
Turn the flower over and slip stitch around that first dc from the second loop row.  [Ch5, slip stitch around the next dc from the first loop row], repeating six times to make six ch5 loops.

Third/Large Petal Row:
Working behind second/medium petal row, make one large petal– sc, hdc, seven dc, hdc, sc–in each 5ch loop, working around until there are six petals, one in each loop.
After you’ve done a couple, they’re so easy, you can do them while you talk, watch TV and movies, brainstorm books, anything.  I keep a basket of leftover yarn and a crochet hook by my TV chair so that I have something to do with my hands.
 What can you do with Irish roses?
Attach them to hats.

Attach them to hats.

 

Glue one to each side of a tape measure.

Glue one to each side of a tape measure.

Sew them together to make a scarf.

Sew them together to make a scarf.

Tie the roses to packages instead of bows,
pin them on a coat in place of a corsage,
make a ring for the center instead of using the first chain and put them over buttons as button covers or over knobs as backing plates on drawers,
glue one to your stick shift,
thread the laces on your kids’ sneakers through the center holes,
sew them to your dog’s collar
or . . .
actually, pretty much the sky’s the limit with Irish roses.  Knock yourself out.
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