Saturday, 7 July 2018

Millefiori - A Free Pattern

I've written up a new pattern which includes photos to make it a little easier to see how it progresses as you work through the rounds in the design which was inspired by beautiful colourful Millefiori beads, glass and paperweights.

If you'd like to see the square already made in a variety of different colours, you can see lots more pictures as well as the colour combinations that I chose here and here.

I would love to see what people make with this design, if you're on Ravelry please link your project to the Millefiori pattern page which I'll be adding shortly to the database.

Happy Hooking.



Abbreviations (UK terms)

ch = chain
dc = double crochet
htr = half treble
sp = space
ss = slip stitch
st = stitch
tr = treble

Other Information


The squares pictured in this post were made with a 4 mm hook and Stylecraft Special double knitting weight yarn. Gauge isn't important. Each square measures approximately 3 ½ inches wide, horizontally not diagonally.


Round 1 (light pink) – Begin with ch 4 and join with a ss then ch 3 [counts as first of 16 tr], 15 tr in the ring, ss to join.



Round 2 (orange) – *Ss into a tr of the previous round, ch 2*, rep from * to * 15 times, join using an invisible join.


Round 3 (lemon) – *Ss into a ch 2 of round 2, ch 3*, repeat from * to * 15 times, join using an invisible join.


Round 4 (lemon) – Surface crochet or embroider a chain stitch in the tr stitches in round 1.  [To do this I make a slip knot and remove it from the hook.  Working from the front I insert the hook into a tr in round 1, place the slip knot on the hook and pull it through to the front then ss into the next tr from the front. I repeat this a further 14 times and use an embroidery needle to make the final chain as this creates an invisible join.]

First surface crochet stitch made.




Invisible join.





Round 5 (dark pink)Begin with a slip knot on your hook, use a chainless start *dc into the vertical strands at the back of the ss made in the previous round, ch 3, skip next ss made in the previous round*, repeat from * to * 7 times, ss to join, do not cut yarn. 

The following picture shows the hook being inserted through the vertical strands at the back of the work.



Round 6 (dark pink) – continuing with yarn still attached from the previous round, (ss, htr, 3 tr, htr, ss) into the first 3 ch sp, *(ss, htr, 3 tr, htr, ss) into the next 3 ch sp*, repeat from * to * 7 times, join using an invisible join.



Round 7 (blue)Begin with a slip knot on your hook, use a chainless start dc in the first ss of a petal made in the previous round, *ch 3, dc in the first ss of the next petal made in the previous round, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, dc) in the second of the 3 tr of the same petal, ch 3, dc in the first ss of the next petal in the previous round*, repeat from * to * twice, ch 3, dc in the first ss of the next petal made in the previous round, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, dc) in the second of the 3 tr of the same petal, ch 3, ss to join, do not cut yarn.





Round 8 (blue) – continuing with yarn still attached, begin by pulling each loose petal to the front of its corresponding 3 ch sp in the previous round.


Ss into the 3 ch sp, ch 3 [counts as first of 3 tr], 2 tr in the same 3 ch sp. For the rest of this side and the other three sides, tr in each dc in the previous round and 3 tr in each 3 ch sp in the previous round.  In the 2 ch sp corners of the previous round, (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr).  To finish the round, join using an invisible join.  [You should have 17 tr stitches along each side.]


As you complete each square, sew in all the ends using a needle.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for your clear step by step directions on this beauty. I've admired your colorful creations on Ravelry (I'm Greeneyes) for quite some time! I'm going to give this pattern a try as I sit with your directions leading the way.

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comments, I look forward to seeing your colourful creations with this pattern :-)

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