'Tis the season for flowers! Spring is here in the Northern Hemisphere and so is my urge to embellish all my projects with flowers. Let's talk about one of the most recognizable flowers out there: the rose. Follow along and learn how to crochet a rose with me!
I love crocheting roses because you don't really see the flower take shape until you reach the finishing stage. When you're done, it's like a little surprise!
The main flower is comprised of two rows, after the foundation chain. The first is a set of V-stitches. My example pattern has 10. The next row is your petal row and you create a series of petals that get larger as you go, by making consecutively larger scallops into the V-stitches.
The reason for this is the center of a rose is generally smaller and more snug, so you want the small petals on the inside. My pattern has two scallops of each size (6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 DC). You can change the look of the rose by changing the size of these scallops. You can also add petals by adding V-stitches to the first row by adding an even number of chains to the total count (+2 for each additional petal). For example, a foundation chain of 25 gives you 11 petals, 27 gives you 12, and 29 gives you 13. It continues as such, however large you want your flower to be.
How to crochet a rose
- 5 mm (US H/8 hook)
- worsted weight yarn in a rose color
- worsted weight yarn in a leaf color, optional
- yarn needle
Abbreviations (US terminology)
- CH: chain
- slst: slip stitch
- SC: single crochet
- DC: double crochet
- HDC: half double crochet
- V-stitch: the chain 1 of [DC, CH 1, DC]
- Beginning Chain 3 equals 1 DC.
Leaving an 18" tail, chain 23.
Row 1: DC in 5th ch from hook, CH 1, DC in same ch, *CH 1, skip next ch, [DC, CH 1, DC] in next ch; repeat from * across. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, 5 DC in first V-stitch, SC in next ch-1 space and ALL other ch-1 spaces (that are not V-stitches), 6 DC in next V-stitch, 7 DC in next two V-stitches, 8 DC in next two V-stitches, 9 DC in next two V-stitches, 10 DC in next two V-stitches, SC in last chain space.
Row 2 will begin to spiral onto itself because there are more stitches in that row than the previous one.
If you've decided to make a flower with more or less petals, you can change the scallop sizes evenly across. Remember to start with smaller petals and increase to larger ones. I would make the biggest scallops/petals 10-12 stitches.
Fasten off, leaving an 18" tail.
Starting at the smaller scallops, coil the petals around each other, creating the rose shape. I start by folding the first (6 DC) scallop in half and sewing around the V-stitch below it, using my beginning tail yarn.
Continue to wrap the flower in on itself and making stitches through/around the V-stitches. When you get to the outer scallops, they will begin to flare out. You can secure the petals by sewing through the entire flower. If you run out of yarn from your beginning tail, switch to the end tail. You can also use that tail to make more secure stitches at the end, or to sew the rose onto another project.
Adding a leaf to your crocheted rose (optional)
With your green yarn, CH 6.
SC in second ch from hook, HDC in next ch, DC in next ch, HDC in next ch, 2 SC in last ch, CH 3.
Rotate your work clockwise so we can crochet down the back of the foundation chain.
2 SC in back of first chain, HDC into next ch, DC in next ch, HDC in next ch, SC into next ch, slst in same space.
Ch 3, slst in second chain from hook and next chain, then slip stitch down center of leaf, through foundation chain. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew leaf onto back of rose.
I hope these photos help you to understand the construction of a crocheted rose. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments!
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