How to Crochet a Simple Flower

crochet flower

There are so many ways to crochet a flower, but this basic double crochet technique will start you at square one. It’s perfect for sewing on your clothes, making a headband or even topping a wrapped gift.

Good to Know: This pattern is written out so beginners can easily follow. If you’re a pro at reading crochet patterns, we’ve included an abbreviated pattern below the tutorial.

Crochet Flower

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • Yarn
  • Hook in corresponding size
  • Abbreviations

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • Instructions

    Start With a Circle

    crochet circle

    Crochet a flat circle by creating a magic ring. Crochet a chain and slip stitch into the first chain stitch to close the circle (as shown in the image above).

    Crochet another chain and then begin immediately on round one of the flower by crocheting stitches into the first chain.

    Round 1

    dc crochet flower

    Crochet a chain that is long enough to be the first stitch in a round. In our example, we’re going to crochet a round of dc stitches so we need to crochet a chain that is 3 + 1. Crochet all of the other double crochets for the entire round into the first chain. In the image above, you can see that there are three dc stitches in that first chain; in the image below, you’ll see the whole round.

    dc circle

    How many stitches should you make into this spot? It varies depending on the density or openness of the crochet flower you’d like to create. It’s common for the first round to have between 6 and 12 stitches. In our example, we are going to crochet 10 dc stitches so we’ll crochet nine extra (the first chain counts as the first dc) into that first chain space. Slip stitch into the top of the first chain to close the round.

    Increase on Round 2

    dc circle

    The most common way to increase on round two is to crochet two stitches into each stitch from round one. In our example, we’ve crocheted ten dc stitches. We’re going to do another round of dc stitches so we’ll chain 3 (which counts as the first dc) then crochet two dc into each dc from the row below for a total of 20 dc stitches. Slip stitch into the top of the first chain to close the round.

    Increase in Round 3

    dc circle

    In round 3, you’ll modify the increase with a 1, 2 repeat around. This means you’ll crochet one stitch, then two stitches in the next, as you work.

    dc circle

    Chain 3 (which counts as the first dc), then crochet 2 dc into the next stitch. Repeat 1 dc, 2 dc around the flower for a total of 30 dc stitches in round three. Slip stitch into the top of the first chain to close the round.

    Pro Tip: You can continue to make your circle bigger by increasing the number of single stitches per round. So in round four you would do 1, 1, 2 around and in round 5 you would do 1, 1, 1, 2 around, and so on.

    Chain the Petals

    crochet flower petals

    Once the center of your flower is your desired size, begin crocheting the petals. For our flower, we chained 5, skiped one space and sc into the next stitch. Single crochet into the following stitch, chain 5, skip a stitch and sc to anchor the next petal. Continue this stitch pattern all the way around the circle.

    crochet flower chain petals

    Slip stitch into the first stitch to close the round.

    Create a Stem

    crochet flower stem

    You can bind off your flower here, or create a stem.

    Chain 20, then work back up the chain and sc into each stitch. Sl st to the last stitch of the final flower round to close, finish off and weave in your ends.

    Crochet Flower Pattern

    Make a magic ring. Ch 4.

    Round 1: Dc into first chain 9 times. (First chain counts as first dc so you have ten dc.) Sl st to close round one.

    Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Dc twice into each stitch around (for a total of 20 dc). Sl st to close round two.

    Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Dc twice into next stitch. Dc into next stitch, twice into following stitch all the way around for a total of 30 dc stitches. Sl st to close round three.

    Petals: [Chain 5, sc, sc, chain 5] all the way around to create the petals. Close with sl st.

    Stem: Ch 20. Sc in each chain. Sl st and finish off.

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