I’ve been making this flower forEVER and have done a zillion variations on it – hook size, number of stitches per petal, number of petals per flower, etc. It’s extremely versatile and is fantastic for a last minute embellishment on any of your awesome yarn accessories. You can sew it directly onto your project, or I have also lined the back with a felt circle and French clip for a removable accessory. The possibilities are endless!
For this tutorial I’m using just a basic worsted weight yarn and a size I hook.
Some tips I’ve picked up over the years:
- When I sew the flower on, I fasten around the loops of the edges of the petals of each row, but in the last row (with the largest petals) I also sew a tiny stitch into the middle of each petal. This keeps the flower from curling up, and then it looks a lot smaller.
- I prefer to leave the long tail for fastening at the beginning (before you ch4 into a loop) and work my way out when I fasten, but that’s a matter of preference.
- If you do choose to attach the flower to a clip, depending on how big the flower to clip ratio is, I tend to attach the clip towards the ‘top’ of the flower in the back. This way the flower doesn’t flop over and look very sad.
- If you want to make it bigger, you can just increase the hook size. I’ve gone all the way up to a K hook on the last row of petals and added a few extra dcs in each petal.
The quick and dirty typed out pattern:
Row 1: ch4, sl st to form a loop. *ch3, sl st into loop* repeat 5 times for a total of six ch3 loops. This forms the basis for your first row of petals.
Row 2: Sl st, ch1 into first ch3 loop. In each loop: hdc, dc, hdc, ch1, sl st. Sl st, ch1 into next loop and repeat.
Row 3: ch1, turn flower over. *Insert hook, sl st into middle of the back of the petal. Ch4.* Repeat * five times – 6 ch4 loops.
Row 4: Sl st, ch1 into first ch4 loop. In each loop: hdc, 3 dc, hdc, ch1, sl st. Sl st, ch1 into next loop and repeat. If you want to be done at this point, fasten off and leave a long tail to sew onto your finished project. OR…
Row 5: repeat rows 3-4, increasing the ch loop to 5 and dc in each petal to 5.