Similar to a birthstone and an astrological sign, there are birth flowers which have a corresponding meaning and character that is being attributed to the person who was born during a certain month. The January birth flower is the carnation. The name of the flower is derived from the Greek word corone (coronation) and means ‘flower of the Gods’.
Flower Meaning of Carnation: Carnations symbolize deep love, fascination, a friend in adversity and eternal fidelity.
Personality traits associated with carnation: Individuals who have carnation as their birth flower are strongly motivated to succeed and gain a position of power in life. They strive for respect and accomplishment in their careers. They are emotional and sensitive and are very responsible and protective towards their families. But the biggest barrier in their success is their communication skills; they need to learn to openly communicate their deep feelings.
Follow me onto dishcloth #34 and the rest of the story…
Original Design By: Maggie Weldon
Copyright 2011 Maggie Weldon
Size: About 9” diameter.
Materials: Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn:
Variegated Pinks – 2 oz, 100 yd (60 g, 92 m)
White – 2 oz, 100 yd (60 g, 92 m)
Green – ½ oz, 25 yd (15 g, 23 m)
(Sugar ‘n Cream – White, Hot Green; Peaches & Crème – Strawberry Creme)
Crochet Hook: Size H-8 (5.00 mm)
JOINING WITH SC
When instructed to join with sc, begin with sl knot on hook, insert hook in st or sp indicated, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through both loops on hook.
Rnd 1: (Right Side) Starting at center, with Pinks, ch 4, sl st in first ch to form ring; ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout), 11 dc in ring; join with sl st to first dc. (12 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, working in back loops only, 2 sc in next dc, 2 hdc in next dc, 2 dc in next 10 dc; change color to White. DO NOT JOIN. MARK BEG OF EACH ROUND. Finish off Pinks and weave in ends.
Rnd 3: With White, working in back loops only, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) 11 times, 2 hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next st.
Rnd 4: Working in both loops, ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts) 11 times; join with sl st to first dc. (48 dc)
Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 3 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts) 11 times; join. (60 dc)
Rnd 6: Ch 3, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 4 dc, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc) 11 times; join. (72 dc)
Rnd 7: Ch 3, dc in same st as joining, dc in next 5 dc, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next 5 dc) 11 times; join. (84 dc) Finish off White and weave in ends.
Rnd 1: With right side facing, join Green with sc to any dc, ch 2, sc in same dc, skip next dc, * (sc, ch 2, sc) in next dc, skip next dc; rep from * around; join with sl st to first sc. Finish off and weave in ends.
Rnd 1: With right side facing, join Pinks with sl st to first unused lp of Rnd 1, ch 3 (counts as first hdc and ch 1), (hdc, ch 1) twice in same lp, (hdc, ch 1) 3 times in next unused lp around Rnds 1 and 2.
Next Rnd: (Sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) around; join with sl st to first sc. Finish off and weave in ends.
Copyright ©2011 Maggie Weldon
I followed the beginning directions, exactly, to the beginning of this potholder. After doing the flower, it looks nothing like the flower in the picture. I have been crocheting for over forty years, so I am not new to crochet.
When I finished the instructions for the flower, my flower petals are flat. Are the directions for the flower correct for this potholder? If so, why wouldn’t the flower I crocheted look like the results in the picture? I just wondered.
Mine worked out just the same as the photo… it’s a beautiful dishcloth. I’m not sure how the flower would be flat.. I wish I was near you to see yours.. I KNOW we would figure it out!
I had trouble seeing the carnation able to come out… but I read the directions again and now I see.. I missed the ruffle is started from front looks of round one and two… Journeyhawk? maybe you missed it too?? mine came out fine after I re-read the directions… I thought the ruffle was “around” the entire washcloth but it is not… the ruffle is the carnation… thanks for a great pattern!