Crochet Flower Patterns

After you’ve learned your basic crochet stitches, you’ll probably want to make something useful—not quite a sweater or a dress just yet, but something you can wear or show off. One of the easiest first projects is a crochet flower. You can make a whole bunch of them and put them up on your wall, or use them as appliqués for some of your existing clothes. In any case, they’re easy to make and come in a variety of styles, so they’re perfect for practicing your hard-earned skills.

The most common crochet flower patterns, as well as the simplest, are those that are done in rounds. This makes the design flexible; you can make the flower as big or small as you like. However, the center remains more or less the same size, so if you want to keep things in proportion, a good size would be two to four inches across. You can go with the standard two-color plan (one color each for the center and petals) or break away from the norm and try more or fewer colors.

Five-petal flowers are the most symmetrically attractive, and work well as decorations for bags, hats, scarves and tops. They also look really nice on girls’ dresses—if you’re looking for a gift, get a simple shift and just stick some of these on. They’re probably the first designs you’ll find when you start looking for crochet flower patterns. They take no more than 20 minutes to make—even less if you’re really good—so you can make an entire garden with just a day’s work.

A typical crochet flower pattern starts out with a chain-6 ring for the center, then surrounds this ring with about 15 single crochet stitches for the petals to hang on with a slip stitch. The sides of the petals are made with about three chain stitches and joined with a double crochet running down each one. There are variations to this pattern, of course, and if you’re brave enough you can even tweak them on your own.

More complicated designs often include several layers, so you have a more “three-dimensional” finished product. You may be able to find patterns for these at a craft store or a knitting specialist, sometimes even as part of a kit. These usually require light yarns, as the work is more intricate and thick strands will just drown out the design. You can use them as adornments for headbands, women’s hats, or sofa blankets, or even give them away as souvenirs for parties.

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