Vivid red poinsettia motifs are framed in white and green while a pretty little join resembling a snowflake fills in the holes between motifs in this festive holiday throw. This intricate pattern makes a fun holiday decoration for any couch or chair this Christmas season.
Skill Level: Advanced
Size: 40 x 40”
Gauge: One motif = 5” diameter
Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock (75% merino, 25% nylon; 437 yards [400 meters]/100 grams): #5619 Christmas Red (A, 2 balls), #5618 Snow (B, 2 balls), #5656 Christmas Green (C, 1 ball)
Hook: US size E/4 (3.5 mm) hook
There are many ends to weave in. Therefore, be disciplined and weave them in as you complete motifs.
With A, ch 5.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in ring, *ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next 4 ch, hdc in next ch sc in next ch, sc in ring (petal made), rep from * working 8 petals altogether.
Rnd 2: Sl st in next 8 ch of first petal (into the base of sts), ch 1, sc in side of sc at top of petal, *ch 7, sc in top of next petal, rep from * around, ch 7, sl st to top of starting sc. Change to B.
Rnd 3: Ch 6 (counts as dc, ch 3), dc in same sc, *7 dc in ch-7 sp, (dc, ch 3, dc) in next sc, rep form * around, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch 6, fasten off.
Rnd 4: Join C in any ch-3 sp, ch 1, *(sc, ch 5, sc) in ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc (ch 3, sk next dc, sc in next dc) 2 times, ch 3, rep from * around, sl st to top of starting sc.
All other motifs are joined in the last rnd as follows:
Rep First motif up rnd 4:
Rnd 4: Work same as rnd 4 above till reaching side to join. In corner ch-5 sp (sc, ch 2, sc in ch-5 sp of 2nd motif, ch 2, sc) in ch-3 sp, (ch 1, sk next dc, sc in ch-3 sp where joining, ch 1, sc in next dc) 3 times, ch 1, in next corner ch-5 sp (sc, ch 2, sc in ch-5 sp where joining, ch 2, sc).
You will be joining via slip stitches to 8 points on surrounding motifs.
1. There are a series of ch-5 spaces that join motifs at the side in rnd 4. When working this center join, sl st in the side of sc that joins the ch-5 spaces. This is join 1.
2. Between the joins discussed above, there are 4 free-standing ch-3 spaces and 3 sc stitches on each motif. Sl st in the center sc of these 3 sc. This is join 2.
With B, ch 8, sl st to close ring.
Ch 1, (sc in ring, ch 6, work join 1, ch 6, sc in ring, ch 5, work join 2, ch 5) 4 times, sl st to top of starting sc.
Feel free to vary the number of chains above, as small differences in gauge and size of motifs can affect how many chains are needed here.
Work 8 Poinsettia motifs across, joining one to the next in the last round as described. On first row of motifs you will be joining into the sides on last rnd. On subsequent rows of motifs you will join in the sides and also at the top. Work 8 rows of motifs in total.
Then work Snowflake Join in spaces between motifs, joining into 4 motifs as you work around. You can also work Snowflake joins as soon as you have completed 2 rows of motifs if you prefer.