How to Make a Large Crochet Flower
Easy How to Make a Large Multi Color Flat Crochet Flower Embellishment
Taking the main part of a standard African Flower quilt block pattern forms a really super large floral crochet embellishment that you can add on to other projects. I needed a design large enough to look good on the front of my cushion covers and this easy pattern (worked mainly with a simple US Double Crochet stitch) really is exactly what I wanted to create.
See how to work this 3 color embellishment with a step by step photo tutorial as well as handy videos at the end in US and UK terms. I'm still a beginner at this yarn craft so I'd rate it as an easy make providing you know how to change colors. Come and see how it is done.
All Personal Images belong to the author of this article: Marie Williams Johnstone
Make Your Own Flowers to Add onto Projects
After completing my very First Set of Crochet Cushions made using a simple Granny Square technique, I wanted a large, central flower design to add to the middle.
Since I'm still fairly new to this craft, I needed a pattern that was pretty easy to make and so I've just taken part of a common design which is actually for a hexagonal floral quilt block (African Flower) but adapted it to make this simple 3 color embellishment instead.
For this design, you'll need to know how to add in new color yarns because this has 3 separate colors which really help to create the look of a 6 petal flower; working this in a single color really will not look nearly so good. So if you don't know how to work in or change to new yarn colors, I really suggest looking for a YouTube video that will show this or referring to an instructional book you may already have.
US Double crochet (DC) or Treble Crochet (TR) in UK terms is the main stitch you need to use. I love this stitch because it's a very easy one to master. You'll also need to know US Single Crochet (SC) / UK Double Crochet (DC) as well as being able to make a foundation chain. These are all basics of this yarn craft.
The resulting design makes a large flower - mine measure 3 inches wide approx when worked with a medium weight acrylic yarn and a 4mm hook. You can use a bigger hook and thicker yarn to get an even larger finished result. It's a good design to add as a motif for cushions and pillows (how I've used it) as well as headbands and as a way of embellishing clothes or home decorations. Worked smaller with a thinner yarn and hook, I can see how it would look cute teamed up on a handmade card.
Supplies to Make the Crochet Flowers
I used plain, medium weight acrylic yarn in 3 different shades (pale pink for the inside, spring green for the main petals and turquoise for the edging) along with a 4mm hook which is just my favorite size. You can use your favorite combination of hook and yarn for this project but I'd recommend a size 4 - 5.5mm with a normal worsted weight yarn.
My Favorite Hooks to Use for Projects
I've used so many different hooks for crochet in a bid to find some comfortable ones. These Clover Amour are the very best I have tried and are really good all rounders.
How to Make a Large Crochet Flower
Using 3 separate colors and an easy set of stitches, you can make a large 6 petal floral motif that you can use to embellish other projects. I stitched mine in the middle of my cushion covers using buttons in the middle as added detail. What will you do with yours?
Or proceed to the basic written instructions below.
- 3 Separate Yarn Colors all Medium / Worsted Weight
- Scissors / Thread Snips
- Stitch Markers (optional)
- Crochet Hook Size 4mm - 5.5
Instructions Part 1
1. Here are the essentials of what you need to make these flower embellishments. I chose colors that matched in with the project (cushion cover) that the end motif would be added to. You can pick out 3 colors you like to use for the middle, the 6 petals and the edging.
2. Make your slipknot and then a foundation chain of 5 stitches. You're going to close this chain length up into what is called a closed ring. If you have not made one of these before, take the end of your chain and pop the very first chain (not the slip knot) onto your hook as shown in the image. At this point, I like to use a little stitch marker to help me easily locate the hole to crochet through once the circle is closed. To close the ring, make a slip stitch into the first chain stitch which is on your hook.
3. Work 2 Double Crochet (dc) stitches into the middle of your closed ring - you'll now see why I like to use a stitch marker to help since this hole can be a bit small - and then 1 Chain Stitch (ch).
4. Repeat 2 Double Crochet (dc) and 1 Chain Stitch (ch) another 5 times round the ring. Then Slip Stitch to close this circle off. If you're not sure where to make your SS, it is where I have the stitch marker located in the photo. Fasten off this color of yarn.
5. With the color of yarn you want to use for your 6 petals, you need to crochet into every space that was created by making your Chain Stitch in the previous step. You should be able to locate these spaces easily by carefully stretching your crochet circle.
6. Crochet this pattern into each Chain Stitch space: 2 Double Crochets (dc) then 1 Chain Stitch (ch) then 2 Double Crochets (dc). Doing this a total of 6 times helps to form the bottom of your flower petals.
7. When you get to the end of the circle, Slip Stitch (ss) to the beginning of the circle.
8. Keep your petal color yarn the same because you now need to shape your petals. As before, you'll be working into the empty spaces formed by the chain stitches made in the previous row.
My Favorite Book on Crocheted Motifs
This book which I have on my color Kindle Fire is packed with motifs to try out. Great for working up blankets and throws.
Instructions Part 2
9. Work 7 Double Crochet Stitches (dc) into each chain stitch space. There are 6 of these spaces around the circle to work into. You can see this makes a scalloped edge on the top of each petal.
10. Chain 1 (ch) and use Slip Stitch (ss) to close off the flower shape. Fasten off this color yarn.
11. This final part of the edging really defines your flower. If you leave the stitches quite loose, you'll get a completely flat design; if you pull quite firmly, you can shape the petals a little which defines the floral shape better.
12. With your final color of yarn work 1 Double Crochet (dc) between every petal shape just above the first color which was pink in my example (that's where I pull firmly to shape) and then work a single crochet edging around the rest of the petal stitches. Fasten off the yarn when done and work in any loose threads of yarn at the back.
13. You can easily use buttons in the middle of each design as an easy way to attach or sew these completed motifs onto another project. I hope you've enjoyed reading my lens or article today, thanks for your visit. Find some book suggestions below on this craft as well as where to find me for more projects.
This Video Should Help if You Get Stuck!
You don't need the final part unless you want to make a hexagonal block to use for a quilt or blanket design. The video uses US terminology just so you're aware.