How to Crochet a Flower (Part 1)comments (24) July 16th, 2008
One of the most common questions I get from new crocheters is "How do I make those cute layered flowers?" In this two-part tutorial, I'll show you how to work in the round in layers to make the flower and (next week) how to embellish the flowers to really make them yours.
Please note: This pattern uses standard crochet abbreviations. You can find a list of all standard abbreviations here.
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To begin, wrap the yarn around your finger once and make a magic ring. If you're not familiar with the magic ring, you can also just work into the first slipknot—I do this quite often.
Work the first round into the ring.
Round 1: Ch 5 (counts as hdc, ch 2), (hdc, ch 2) in ring 5 more times, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch to join—6 ch-2 sps.
Next, you'll work the same stitches into each ch-2 space around to form the petals. Generally, when I am designing flowers, I like to go from a short stitch (like a sl st, sc, or hdc) to tall stitch (dc, tr) and back to short again in the same space.
Round 2: (Sl st, hdc, 2 dc, hdc, sl st) in each ch-2 sp around, sl st in first sl st to join—6 petals.
This next step is where it can get a little tricky. You're going to work the next round on the back side of the flower. Ch 1 to prepare. If you like, you can also fasten off the yarn from the first set of petals and change colors, which I did to more clearly illustrate the next steps. If changing colors, join the new color around any dc post from round 1.
Begin by bringing the hook under the post of the dc, yarn over, and draw a loop to the side of the post closest to you. Bring the hook over the dc post, yarn over, and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on your hook. Work round 3 into the dc posts of the first round.
Round 3: Ch 1, sc around first dc from round 1, ch 5, (sc around next dc from round 1, ch 5) 5 times, sl st in first sc to join—6 ch-6 loops.
To make the second layer of petals, you'll work into the ch-5 loops you just created on the back side of the flower. Work round 4 with the right side of the flower facing you, as shown above.
Round 4: (Sl st, hdc, 5 dc, hdc, sl st) in each ch-2 sp around, sl st in first sl st to join—6 petals.
And there you have it—a simple crocheted flower! I left a long yarn tail because I will use it to attach some embellishments in next week's tutorial. If you like your flower just the way it is, use the tail to sew on a pin back before weaving it in.
You can add more layers to your flower by working a 5th round of scs and ch-5s (or ch-6s, or higher) around the same dc posts from round 1, and working a 6th round of petals into those ch-spaces. Experiment with the number of stitches in the petals of the later rounds to see what kind of effects they give your flower.
Here are three different ways to embellish this flower. If you end up making one, please leave a comment and a link (or post your photo in the gallery)—I'd love to see it!
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