Friday, May 22, 2009

Simple Crocheted Flower: How To Tutorial

This crocheted flower is a simple design great for beginners. I learned this pattern years ago. Many flowers later, I now know it off by heart.

Crocheted flowers can be made by the dozens and sewn or slip stitched together during crocheting at the tips of the petals to make scarves, shawls or throws. Your imagination is your only limitation on what you can create.

My pretty blue flower was crocheted in a soft merino wool using a size 4.5 mm or 7 crochet hook.

You can use whatever fiber you like. This flower is also nice crocheted in soft cotton yarn or a fuzzy mohair. Use whatever you have in your yarn stash to practice. For this single flower, gauge is not important. Yeh!

To start: Chain (ch) 4 and join with a slip stitch (st st) to form a ring.

Round One: Ch 4. Then make *1 half double crochet (hdc) into the ring and ch 3*. Repeat from * to * 5 times. Join to the beginning (beg) of the round with a sl st into the 2nd ch of the ch 4 that you started the round with. You should have 6 loops. Your work should now look like this:

Round 2: You are now going to add petals to your blooming flower. In each of your 6 loops, make 1 single crochet (sc), 1 hdc, 1 double crochet (dc), 1 hdc, 1sc. Join to the beg of the round with a sl st in the 2nd ch of the ch 4 you started the round with. I hope your flower now looks like this:

Round 3: In this round, you will be making chains behind each petal. As in the photo below, ch 4.

Then, taking the chain behind the petal, insert your hook into the front of and between the 2 sc of that petal and the next petal.

Now, make a sl st between the 2 petals.

Repeat this around the flower creating a ch 4 behind each petal. When you reach the end of the round, join with a sl st in first sc at the beg of the round. The back of your flower should look like this:

Round 4: The last one! You now have 6 loops created by your series of ch 4s. Into each of these loops make the following group of stitches: 1 sc, 1 hdc, 3 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc. Once again, at the end of the round, join to the beg with a sl st into the first sc at the beg of the round.

Ta dah! Now cut that yarn, lock that chain and neatly sew in your ends.

If you are looking for a good online instructions for how to crochet, you might want to visit Crochet Guild of America. Happy crocheting.