Although I am UK-based I have written the pattern using USA crochet terminology – here are the conversion terms:
- Slip stitch (ss) = slip stitch
- Single crochet (sc) = double crochet
- Double crochet (dc) = treble/triple
As you can see, I’ve made this flower with so many different yarns! A DK yarn and a 4mm hook will give you a flower which measures about 3 inches across – but feel free to experiment! I particularly like use slightly fuzzy Rowan felted tweed (available at my blog sponsors Black Sheep Wools – with 10% off with the code VB10 until 31 March 2016)) because it comes in such a gorgeous range of colours, and the finish is so pretty. But cottons are also a brilliant choice (I really like Rico Essentials Cotton DK – great range of colours, great price, and lovely to work with) because you get such beautifully defined stitches.
Start with a magic circle and make 4 single crochet (sc) in the circle and close the circle (4 stitches).
R1: 2 sc in each sc round, join last sc to top of 1st sc with a slip stitch (ss) (8 stitches)
R2: 2 ch then 1 ss in next sc, 2 ch. Repeat all round then join round with ss (8 chain spaces)
R3: In each chain space make 1 ss, 1 chain (ch), 2 double crochet (dc), 1 ch, 1 ss. Complete the round with ss into 1st ss. (8 petals created)
R4: Holding flower facing you, take your hook to the back of the work & insert it round the 1st chain made in R2. Make ss round the chain, ch3, ss round the 1st chain underneath the next petal then repeat 7 times & complete the round with ss into 1st ss (8 chain spaces).
R5: Into each ch sp make 1 sc, 1ch, 3 dc, 1ch, 1 sc. Complete round with ss into 1st sc. (8 petals created).
R6: As in R4 take your hook to the back of the work and make ss round the 1st post of the 1st petal created in R5, ch 4, ss round next post then repeat 7 times & complete the round with ss into 1st ss (8 ch sp).
R7: In each ch sp created in R6 make 1sc, 1 ch, 5 dc, 1 ch, 1 sc. Complete the round with ss into 1st sc.
Fasten off & weave in ends.
If you want to make a brooch out of the flower, you can get little metal brooch backs that you can sew directly onto the flower. I like to back the brooch with a piece of wool felt, then sew the brooch back to the felt.
I hope you enjoy using this pattern – feedback is always appreciated, and I try to reply to everything.