Spring is in the air and it's time to hook a bloom! Hope you enjoy this free crochet pattern which is the basis for some of the flowers on the large crochet heart artwork that is my homage to Mexican folk art.
This pattern uses uk terms and I have combined two yarns to form one giving added colour and texture.
This particular flower uses 1 x hedgehog fibres skinny single with 1 x lace weight yarn and I've been playing with different colour combinations......I urge you to do the same! Play, experiment and have fun. Go super chunky with a larger hook and see what occurs. That's the beauty of crochet.
Ok let's go!
Yellow threads and a 4mm hook
1. Yellow threads. Work 12 tr into magic loop and if you can't do a magic loop (because until you get it it does seem impossible to master!) simply ch 6 and slip stitch into 1st chain to form a loop.
2. Pink threads. Bobble stitch as follows. Cast on into any stitch and ch4
Into next stitch work 1dtr leaving last stitch on hook, work another 3dtr into same space leaving last stitch on hook = 4dtr. You should have 5 stitches on hook. Yarn over and pull through all stitches = 1 bobble / puff stitch.
Now ch4 and join into next stitch with a slip stitch. You now have 1 petal!
Ch4 and repeat as above until you have made 6 petals.
Your flower should look something like this. Notice how the petals curl over (that's the ch4 on either side of the bobble and if you want a tighter curl try working ch3 instead)
Yellow yarn: Turn your flower and into the back loop of each of the 12 tr stitches from row 1 work 2 tr = 24tr
Don't stress too much if you can't work out which stitch is which. Just so long as you can work 2 treble stitches into 12 stitches from the first round and thus end up with 24 treble crochet stitches everything will be fine!
It should look something like this!
Now turn it back over and still with the yellow yarn continue to work petals just as we did earlier but with one addition......
This time after you've made the bobble petal finishing with ch4 and joined it with a slip stitch into the next stitch (as we did for the pink petals) you need to work a slip stitch into the next stitch before working your next petal. In other words each petal is divided by a slip stitch making 8 petals (not 12!)
Now it's beginning to come together with our 8 yellow petals surrounding the 6 inner pink petals.
Turn your flower and notice where the middle of each petal is. You are going to be working a double crochet into the middle of each petal followed by ch 3
Again, don't get too stressed about exactly which stitch is the precise middle point of each yellow petal just so long as it looks about right it will be!
Pink Yarn: Work 1dc into the 'middle' stitch of a yellow petal then ch3.
Repeat until you have 8 x ch3 spaces
Continuing with the pink yarn as we make our pink petals.
Into each ch3 space work ch4, 4dtr bobble, ch4 and join with a slip stitch all into the same ch3 space.
Slip stitch into next ch3 space and repeat until you have worked all 8 pink petals.
And now for the best bit! Get that silver and or gold crochet thread and, using a 2.75mm hook, work some surface crochet in the centre of your flower
For the final bling embellishment with our gold thread cast on into any of the slip stitches between the outer pink petals and work 1 dc into the first 3 stitches along the outside edge of the petal, 2 dc into each of the following 3 stitches across the top of the petal and 1 dc into each of the remaining petal stitches ending with a slip stitch into the slip stitch from the previous round. Again as with all my patterns - don't worry too much if the gold stitched don't quite add up just work it roughly to my pattern and it should look fine.
And there we have it. Our finished flower....... and no.... there's no such thing as too much gold!!!!!