This is such a beautiful vintage motif. For this example, I used crochet cotton thread size 8 and 1mm crochet hook. The motif measures 3" across.
I think this motif is special because it is a strong, sturdy construction, with the sc all around the chain loops, and yet a fine and dainty design because of the picots.
This motif came from a vintage pattern book and was used to make a doily by connecting 37 motifs together, worked join-as-you-go at the last round, making a 6-sided doily.
Because of the sturdiness of this motif, this can also be used to make crocheted jewelry - a pendant, or joined to make a bracelet. If you are patient and can make many motif and weave in many ends, this motif can also be used to make a blouse or dress. The motif can also become part of a freedorm project, joining with other motifs of flowers, leaves and the like. Something to try next!
Motif from The Melody Doily
Starting at center, ch 10. Join.
Rnd 1: Ch 4, holding back on the hook the last loop of each dtr make 3 dtr in ring, thread over and draw through all loops on hook, (ch 6, holding back on hook the last loop of each dtr make 4 dtr in ring, thread over and draw through all loops on hook - a 4 dtr cluster made) 11 times; ch 6, sl st in top st of ch-4.
Rnd 2: *4 sc in next sp, ch 6, 4 sc in next sp. Rep fr * around. Sl st in first sc.
Rnd 3: Ch 6, *5 sc in next ch-6 sp, ch 4 - a picot made - 5 sc in same sp, ch 4, dc between 4-sc groups, ch 4. rep fr * around, ending with ch 4, sl st in 3rd st of ch-6. Break off.