This is my own pattern for these cutesome little crochet daffodils and leaves. I raided my dwindling stash of merino dk weight yarn (two shades of yellow, a nice orange and a spring green) and used a 3.5mm hook. They measure approx. 7cm across.
Before we begin, a little summary of the basic stitches. I'm writing using UK crochet terms ::
sl st [slip stitch] :: insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch, then through the loop on your hook.
dc [double crochet] :: insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (two loops on hook), yarn over and pull through both loops on hook (note :: this is equivalent to the US sc stitch)
htr [half treble]:: yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook (note :: this is equivalent to the US hdc stitch)
tr [treble] :: yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops on hook (two loops left on hook), yarn over and pull through remaining two loops (note :: this is equivalent to the US dc stitch)
When you make your slip knot to begin, make sure you leave yourself a lengthy tail end (approx. 20cm) as you will need this length of yarn later on.
To begin :: chain 4, join with a sl st to form a ring. The first round is worked out of the ring.
:: Round 1 ::
Chain 2 (counts as 1 dc), then work 11 dc into the ring. Join with a sl st to top of initial chain-2 to close round. You will have twelve stitches to work out of in the next round.
:: Round 2 ::Slip stitch into first stitch, then chain 6. Work 1 dc into second chain from hook (as above)
*chain 6, then work 1 dc into 2nd chain from hook, htr, htr, tr, tr. Skip 1 st, then sl st into next stitch*
:: Round 3 ::
The next stage is to work dc stitches around each petal. When you work up the right hand side of the petal, you'll be picking up the single loop of the chain (as above). And when you work down the left hand side of the petal, you'll be working under both loops of the stitches.
At the very tip of your petal, you should be able to see a loop that isn't quite a stitch, I've pointed it out with my needle in the above picture.
Now work 1 dc into each of the stitches (5 in total) down the left hand side of the petal.
Continue working your way around the petals :: 5 dc's up the right hand side, 2 dc's to form the point, then 5 dc's down the left hand side, with a slip stitch right at the base.
:: Round 4 ::
You'll be working this round out of the skipped stitches of round 2, the ones that sit directly at the bottom centre of each petal. Insert your hook under the first skipped stitch (as shown above) and pull a loop of new colour yarn through.
You'll find it easier to work these stitches if you bend the petal right back as you work.
Chain 2 (counts as 1 dc), then work 1 dc into same stitch.
Work 2dc into each skipped stitch around until you have 12 stitches in total and are back where you started (picture above).
The rest of this round is worked continuously as a spiral, so you will either need to use a stitch marker, or count!! Go straight into the first stitch and work a dc, then carry on making 1 dc in each stitch around (12 in total)
Lastly, you'll be making a little frilly edging for the daffie trumpet.
Remember those long tail ends you left? Thread both of them onto a darning needle, then push the needle up through the hole in the very centre of the daff (from back to front) so that it comes up inside the trumpet.
....then trim them so that they sit just inside the trumpet.
Most likely your petals will be a bit curly and wayward and will now need a little attention. What I've found works best is to fold up a towel so that it's thick enough to stick pins into and pin out the petals (as above). Spray a fine mist of water over the flower, and use your fingers to gently shape the petals. If you are as impatient as me, you will then get a hairdryer and blast hot air over it until it's dry. If it is still looking a bit on the curly side, turn it over and give the petals a light steam press on the wrong side. Sorts them out nicely.
Chain 2, then sl st in 2nd chain from hook (picot point).
On the reverse side of the leaf, darn in the tail ends by running them right up the centre of the leaf (as shown above). By doing this, you strengthen the leaf and help to stop it going all floppy.
These really are lovely to make, and quite quick once you get the hang of them. A little fiddly at first maybe, but I hope you can get the measure of it ok.
You can use your hooky daffs to bring a bit of Spring cheer to your home or outfit. I've been making mine to add to a large Easter Wreath I'm creating, but they would look lovely clustered around in a small circle as I did with my Springtime Wreath.
Lovely little things.
As with all my patterns, I totally love creating them and get a huge buzz out of sharing and inspiring. I am happy to give them for free, but I'm sure you can appreciate it does take a lot of time and effort to create this sort of picture-heavy tutorial. I hope that if you've been inspired to give these sweet daffodils a go, that you might consider making a small donation to help support what I do here in the Attic. Thank you as always for your hooky love, it's very, very much appreciated.