Types of Crochet Flower Patterns
Easy and Fun Crocheting
Crocheting is a hobby that can be as addictive as chocolate. Forget those granny squares! They are beautiful, but sometimes they look old fashioned. Have you ever tried crocheting flowers? If not, I insist that you should try. Tiny flowers that you could make are so adorable that it is very hard to stop making them. What is more, you do not need much thread to make them. Typically I use leftovers. Also, flower crocheting is not time consuming. Only 5-30 minutes are needed to make a nice flower brooch or several hair pins. You can crochet flowers while riding the metro or bus.
There are two types of patterns that describe how to crochet something. I often find that written patterns are very popular in USA and UK. They can be difficult to understand for beginners. There are two types of abbreviations used in these patterns, so it is quite easy to get lost while browsing the resources on the Internet. I personally love graphical patterns. Graphical crochet pattern is a diagram that explains how to crochet something. I find it much easier to use, because variations and improvements can be done quite easily.
This lens is created to explain and introduce you various types of crochet flower patterns. I hope that you will find this information useful. Please share your opinion and experience in discussion board.
Written Instruction Patterns
How to Read Written Instructions for Crocheting?
Written instructions are very popular, especially in the USA. These patterns may seem too difficult, especially for those, who are new in crocheting. It is quite easy to read amigurumi crochet patterns, because there are not much variations in stitches. Flower patterns are usually more difficult to understand. It may happen that if you choose a difficult project, you will find several pages with written instructions. It may seem quite messy and not understandable. Remember that it takes time to learn something, so be a little bit patient and everything will be OK.
In order to understand the written instructions you should check the abbreviations firstly. There are two systems of abbreviations: American and British. You can read more about Crochet Patterns Terms Differences between British and American English on About.com.
I am trying to use American English terminology. Sometimes it is quite hard not to mess everything up, especially as a non-English speaker. But I am trying to do my best. These are basic abbreviations used in patterns:
ch - chain stitch;
sl st - slip stitch;
sc - single crochet;
dc - double crochet;
tr - triple (treble) crochet.
You can always check for new or unknown abbreviations on the internet. Typically the authors of crochet patterns explain all the symbols that are used in patterns.
This is an example how to crochet a very simple crochet flower with 5 petals:
Rnd 1: ch 6, join with a sl st to form a ring;
Rnd 2: ch 1, work 15 sc around the ring. Join with a sl st;
Rnd 3: * ch 3, 2 dc to the next 2 stitches, ch 3, sl st to the next stitch; * Repeat from * 4 more times. Join with sl st and finish off.
Books I would recommend
There are a lot of books about crocheting in the market. But there are only few on flower crocheting. These books are very good resources not only for beginners but also for expert crocheters. Beautiful flowers, new unexpected ideas and a lot of more can be found in these wonderful books.
I love graphical patterns the most. It is a way to show crocheting instruction in very compact and very visual way. The problem is that is very hard to find graphical instructions on the Internet. I do not know the main reasons for that but I suppose that it can be caused by lack of crocheting software. It is obvious, that the market for such a software is very limited. So, if you have some suggestions on useful programs, please share it with me.
In the picture you can see the example of graphical instruction I made myself. It is drawn by hand and scanned. I believe that it is quite understandable.
Software for Creating patterns
There is not much software for crochet patterns creation. There are many programs for counted stitching, knitting and other crafts. Crocheting is left aside. That is why I will try to introduce the ways for pattern creation.
Microsoft Visio . Professional diagramming tool. It is universal graphical program that allows to realize most technical and engineering tasks. This software can easily be used for crochet flower patterns creation.
The crochet flower diagram you can see below was created using Microsoft vision diagramming tool.