Saturday, 21 February 2015

Flower Crochet Tutorial


Since posting a picture of a flower pattern I designed, I have had numerous requests for the pattern, so, I have finally got round to writing it up



There are many flowers out there, but I didn't want one that I had to physically sew onto blankets. My pattern is formed in such a way that it is easy to turn into a granny square, and it's lovely and neat from the back..........and as it hasn't had to be sewn on, is a great time saver too 

You will notice that I am using a huge hook compared to the weight of my yarn.  This is purely so you guys can hopefully see the stitches clearer.  I am using a DK yarn and would normally use a 4mm or maybe even a 3.5mm hook



1st Round - To begin, use the magic ring method and work 8 double crochets into the centre of the ring. Close the ring with a slip stitch into the first double crochet worked

For the next round, I like to think of it as creating a basket to put the petals in.  We only need 5 petals in the first set, but we need to be prepared for future rounds which will each have 8 petals, so this is why we start with 8 double crochets in the first round

2nd Round - Work a 3 chain (this counts as a half treble and a 1 chain), We now need to work the sequence (1 half treble, 1 chain) into the remaining 7 stitches in this round, finishing on the 1 chain.  To close the round work a slip stitch in the 2nd stitch of the 3 chain worked at the beginning.






3rd Round - As we only need 5 petals in this round, we do not need to work our petal sequence in every space as 5 into 8 simply doesn't go.  As you will see in the video above, we work our petals as even as we can in the 8 spaces. Personally, I like to do the 5th petal in the last remaining space, so that I can easily work the slip stitch that closes the round. My 5 petals are worked in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 8th spaces.  Remember the sequence for each of the petals in this round are (1dc, 1ch, 2tr, 1ch, 1dc)





4th Round - In this round we need to work another basket for the next round of petals.  In the next and subsequent round of petals we will have 8 in each round, so we need to create 8 spaces.

Work a one chain and turn your work around so that you have the wrong side facing you. We will use the half treble stems from the 2nd round and work behind them with our treble stitches. To start, we need to get the yarn at the back of our work so we do a slip stitch behind the half treble stem directly below.  Next, work a 5 chain (this will count as a treble and a 2 chain) which is the sequence for this round.  Work a treble behind the next stem and then do a 2 chain.  Keep doing this sequence (1tr, 2ch) for the remaining 6 half treble stems, ending on a 2 chain and close the round with a slip stitch into the 3rd chain of the 5 chain worked at the beginning 






We now have our basket to work our next round of petals in.  

5th Round - Work a 1 chain and turn your flower so that you have the right side facing you. For this round we work into each of the 8 spaces we created in the last round and the sequence for each petal is (1dc, 1ch, 3tr, 1ch, 1dc) repeat this 8 times into each space. Close the round with a slip stitch into the 1st petal space of this round






6th Round - Work a 1 chain and turn your flower, so you have the wrong side facing you. As in previous basket round do a slip stitch into the stem directly below your yarn. The next round creates another basket, but we start with a 6 chain this time, as we will have more stitches worked in each space.  Working the extra stitch allows for this and will make the petal sit nice and flat. So work a 6 chain (this counts as a treble and 3 chain) Work this sequence (1tr, 3ch) behind each of the remaining 7 stems ending on a 3 chain.  Close the round with a slip stitch into the 3rd stitch of the 6 chain worked at the beginning of the round






7th - Round - For the final round of petals, the sequence is slightly different in the fact that the middle stitch of the petal is a double treble.  This gives it a bit more height in the centre and changes the look of the petal.  Work a 1 chain and turn your flower so that you have the right side facing you and work the following sequence into each of the 8 spaces in this round (1dc, 1ch, 2tr, 1dtr, 2tr, 1ch, 1dc) and as usual complete the round by slip stitching into the 1st petal space 


The tutorial on adding the leaves and turning it into a granny square will follow shortly but in the mean time if you have any questions, please message me and I look forward to seeing all of your pretty flowers

Happy flowering

The Crafty Co
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