by Annette Petavy
The inspiration for these simple but colourful flowers didn’t come from my garden as much as from my children’s drawings. It was clear to me from the start that both colours and shapes should be bold.
They can be worked up in the yarn of your choice, and used in any way you want. Sew them on a garment, a bag, a pillow, a hat… I spread them on a table cloth, to make sure my kitchen table will remind us that is summer, even during grey and rainy days.
These flowers can be varied almost endlessly. Play around with different colours, different-sized centers or petals, and mix them with other motifs.
I used DMC Petra, which is a #5 cotton thread which comes in plenty of colours. To my knowledge Petra is sold only in Europe, but substitution should be easy since no considerations of gauge need to be made. I worked with a 1.75mm/size 6 hook.
- All colour changes should be initiated in the last stitch before the change of colour noted in the pattern. This means that the last “yarn-over-and-pull-through” in the last stitch of the previous colour should be made with the new colour. In this way, the last stitch of colour A will be completely made up with colour A, and without any “spilling over” to the first stitch in colour B.
- Flowers 1, 2 and 3 start with a loop, instead of a chain in the center. This technique has been clearly explained in a previous issue of Crochet me.
- The centers of flowers 1, 2 and 3 are worked in sc.
- Do not join rounds, except where indicated. Put a marker (e.g. a safety pin) in the first stitch of every round as a guide. Move this marker every round.
This pattern uses US terminology
Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet
Inc = increase, work 2 sts in the same st, increase made
Sl st = slip stitch
St(s) = stitch
Hdc = half double crochet
Dc = double crochet
Sc dec = single crochet decrease: insert hook into next st, yo, pull up loop, insert hook into following st, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.
Round 1: (fuchsia) Ch 1, 6 sc.
Round 2: (yellow) Inc 1 sc in each st (total number of sc in this round: 12).
Round 3: (fuchsia) Inc 1 sc in every 2nd st (total number of sc in this round: 18).
Round 4: (yellow) Inc 1 sc in every 3rd st (total number of sc in this round: 24).
Round 5: (fuchsia) Inc 1 sc in every 4th st (total number of sc in this round: 30).
Round 6: (yellow) Inc 1 sc in every 5th st (total number of sc in this round: 36).
Round 7: ( fuchsia) Inc 1 sc in every 6th st (total number of sc in this round: 42). Join this round with a sl st.
Round 8: (fuchsia) Ch 1 ( counts as 1 sc), *17 ch, skip 5 sts, 1 sc*, repeat from * to * throughout the round. Finish the last repeat with a sl st in the first st.
Round 9: (fuchsia) Ch 1 ( counts as 1 sc), around the chain arch from previous round work 1 sc, 2 hdc, 9 dc, 1 ch, 9 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc, in next arch: *2 sc, 2 hdc, 9 dc, 1 ch, 9 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc*. Repeat from * to * around all chain arches from previous round. Join with a sl st in the first st.
Round 10: Continue with fuchsia and work sl sts in the sc and hdc’s. Change to medium-blue and work *1 sc in each dc, (1 sc, 3 ch, 1 sc) in chain space, 1 sc in each dc*. Repeat from * to * for every petal throughout the round. (Skip all sc’s and hdc’s). Join with a sl st in the first sc.
The center is worked using the same method as for Flower 1, but with a different use of colours.
Rounds 1 – 4 are worked in black. Join round 4 with a slip stitch.
Rounds 5 – 7 are worked in tan. Start round 5 with 1 sc instead of the first sc. Join round 7 with a slip stitch.
Round 8: (yellow) *Ch 13, work 1 sc in 4th chain from hook, 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 7 ch, skip 2 sc from previous round, sl st in next sc from previous round*. Repeat from * to * throughout.
The center is worked using the same method as for Flower 1, ending after round 6. Colours are used differently.
Rounds 1 – 3 are worked in pink. Join round 3 with a slip stitch.
Rounds 4 – 6 are worked in turquoise. Start round 4 with 1 sc instead of the first sc. Join round 6 with a slip stitch.
The petals are worked one by one, back and forth in rows starting from the center and working outwards. Every row starts with 1 ch (not indicated below). Whenever possible, increases and decreases (see sc dec) are made in the second and second to last stitch of the row.
Petal 1 (pink)
Rows 1 – 2: 4 sc.
Rows 3 – 4: 6 sc.
Rows 5 – 6: 8 sc.
Rows 7 – 10: 10 sc.
Rows 11 – 12: 8 sc.
Rows 13 – 14: 6 sc.
Rows 15 – 16: 4 sc.
Row 17: 2 sc.
Row 18: 1 sc.
Cut the yarn and fasten off.
For petal 2 (turquoise), skip 2 stitches between the base of petal 1 and the start of petal 2.
Work all petals in this way, alternating colours.
Final round: (fuchsia) Sc all around the flower. Work 1 sc in every row of the petals. At the base of each petal, work 1 sc in the closest stitch of the center together with 1 sc in the first row of the petal. Do this on both sides of each petal. Work 3 sc in the top stitch of each petal.
If, like me, you want to make several of these flowers and scatter them over a surface, you may want to make some smaller flowers, using only one colour, to put between the larger ones. This is a simple, small flower, with rounded petals as a contrast to the larger, pointier ones. And this one starts with a chain.
Ch 8 and join with a slip stitch.
Round 1: ch 3 ( counts as 1 dc), work into the ring 1 dc, *6 ch, 3 dc*, repeat from * to * 5 times, 6 ch, 1 dc, join with a slip stitch in the 3 rd ch of the ch-3 worked in the beginning of the round.
Round 2: * 1 ch, work (1 sc, 1 hdc, 7 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc ) all into the chain arch, 1 ch, skip 1 dc, slip stitch in next dc*, repeat from * to * throughout the round.