I created the patterns for these little flowers and leaves and am SO happy to be sharing it with you. They are wonderful and quick to make and can be put to all sorts of pretty uses :: use them to embellish bags, hats, make them into brooches. Try making lots of them and string them together as a scarf or to make your own flowery bunting decoration.
I've used Rowan Handknit DK cotton with a 4mm hook for these as it's what I had to hand and also an easy and clear yarn to work with for photographs. But I've also made these flowers using wool (both Cashmerino and Aran wools) and they work just as well. Just use whatever yarn tickles your fancy, with whatever hook goes with it.
As is my usual fashion, I'm going to write this pattern out as a tutorial so that hopefully even if you are just beginning to learn crochet, you will be able to give these a go.
I will be using UK terms throughout.
As well as making chains, you will need to use slip stitch (sl st), double crochet (sc), half treble crochet (htr) and treble crochet (tr. As follows ::
sl st :: insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch, then through the loop on your hook.
dc:: insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (two loops on hook), yarn over and pull through both loops on hook (this is equivalent to US single crochet)
htr :: 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 (this is equivalent to US half double crochet)
tr :: 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 (this is equivalent to US double crochet)
OK..ready??? Here we go.....
To begin, chain 4 and join into a ring. You will be working out of the ring for the fist round, even though the ring looks small.
Round 1 :: Chain 3 (counts as 1 tr), tr 11 times into ring, join with a sl st to 3rd chain of initial chain 3 (12 stitches/spokes in the wheel). Fasten off.
Round 2 :: You are working out of the stitches in this round. Join in a new colour (make a tight knot to the old colour and pull the new colour through a stitch to the front).
Chain 4 (counts as chain 3, plus 1 dc), miss a stitch, then make 1 dc into next stitch.
*Chain 3, miss a stitch, then dc into next stitch*
Repeat between **, four more times until you get back to the beginning. Sl st into first chain.
You should have 6 chain-3 loops around your middle wheel.
Round 3 :: In this round, you are working out of the chain-3 loops you just made. Keep same colour as in round 2.
To make the first petal, work the following stitches, all under the first chain-3 loop ::
*sl st, htr, tr, tr, tr, htr, sl st*.
You can use the flower like this, maybe adding a button to the centre if you wish.
Or, you can add in a second colour and make an additional round of smaller petals as follows ::
Round 4 :: you are working out of the missed stitches from the first round (see above pic)
With yarn held at the front of the flower, pull a loop through any central "missed stitch" from the first round (as above)
You may find it easier to bend the petal back as you work (as above)
For each small petal, work out of the missed stitch as follows::
*dc, htr, tr, htr, dc*.
Repeat between **, five more times, working your way round the flower and creating each small petal out of the central "missed stitches" of the first round.
Join to first sc with sl st.
And there you have it, your double-petalled flower, isn't it cute?? Did you have fun??
You can stitch a button in the centre if you like, or leave as it is, tis up to you.
OK leaves now :: same stitches as for the flower.The leaf is made in two rows.
If you are new to crochet, you may find this a little tricky. I know it can sometimes be hard to know which exact loop/stitch you should be putting your hook into. I always work through both loops of each stitch (see pic above). It just takes practice, trust me.
Start by leaving a longish tail end as you can then use this to stitch the leaf in place at the end.
Row 1 :: Beginning in 2nd chain from hook, work the following stitches to the end of the row ::
dc, htr, htr, tr, tr, htr, htr, dc.
Chain 1, and turn. Row 1 should like like half a leaf, as in above pic.
Row 2 :: Beginning in 2nd chain from hook, work the following stitches to the end of the row ::
dc, htr, htr, tr, tr, htr, htr, dc. Fasten off, leaving a tail end long enough to darn with.
The leaf should look fairly leaf-shaped, but hey-ho it doesn't have to be perfect.
Using a darning needle, thread the tail end down through the centre of the leaf (as above). You can use the yarn from the beginning of the leaf to stitch it to the back of the flower, or wherever you want the leaf to be.
When I made my bag, I made up these flowers with two leaves attached and a yellow button sown in the centre, but you can do with them what you wish.
I love them, love making them, love having them about the place and hope you will too.
Now go on, go grab a hook and some yarn and have yourself some flowery, leafy, hooky fun!
And don't forget to let me know how you get on?
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