This crochet tutorial shows you how to make your own Crafternoon Treats flower. These little flowers can be used to string together to make a garland, or to decorate bags, shawls or blankets. Anything you like! Including flowers for Yarndale 2015!
What you’ll need
- DK (light worsted weight) yarn of your choice in a variety of colours, including plain white. I used Deramores Studio DK. Remember you can use TREATS as a discount code to get 20% off this yarn in July 🙂 (just individual colours, not the colour packs)
- Crochet hook a little smaller than the one you would normally use with DK yarn. I used a 3.75mm Clover Soft Touch hook.
- Blunt ended darning needle
Each Crafternoon Treats flower has three rounds. Choose two bright or toning colours for the first and third, and then use white for the second round. This really makes the colours pop.
Stitches and abbreviations
- Chains (ch), slip stitch (sl-st), treble (tr), half treble (htr), double crochet (dc) [UK terms]
UK terms are used throughout.
Converting to US terms:
- Double crochet = single crochet
- Half treble = half double crochet
- Treble = double crochet
Let’s get started!
- With your first colour, make four chains and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.
- Make 2 chains then start working trebles (dc) into the ring, crocheting over the tail end.
- Complete 11 trebles in total.
We aren’t going to close round 1 with a slip stitch. I want to encourage you to use a neater, better way.
- Cut your yarn and pull it through the working loop.
- Thread the tail end onto a blunt darning needle and pass through the two top loops of the first treble in the ring. (Labelled 1 in the photo above). Note: do not go through the third chain of the first ch3!
- Then pass the needle through the top of the last treble, from front to back, between the front and back loops.
- Pull the yarn through, not too tight, adjusting the tension so that the sewn stitch you have just made looks exactly the same as the top loops of all your crocheted trebles. Weave in the ends neatly into the back of the circle.
No ugly slip stitch and knot!
In this flower, you won’t notice too much of a difference but when you are crocheting in circular bands of colour, this technique makes such an improvement!
- Take your white yarn, and putting your hook through the space between two of the trebles stitches, pull through a loop.
- Hold the tail end securely with your left hand and make three chains.
- Make a treble into the same space.
Continue around the circle making two trebles into each space between the treble stitches of round 1.
You will have 12 pairs of stitches in total by the end of round 2.
Do not join with a sl-st. Pull the yarn through the loop of the last treble in round 2.
Thread the yarn onto your darning needle and make the last stitch as you did in round 1. Put the needle through both loops of the first treble of round 2 (not the top of the ch3 that you started the round with). Then put the needle through between the front and back loops of the last treble of round 2.
Adjust the tension to make the loop look like the ones at the top of the stitches at either side and then weave in the ends neatly into the back. Your flower should now look like this:
In the third and final round, its time for the petals.
- Into one of the spaces between the pairs of treble stitches in round 2, pull through a loop of the next colour yarn and make two chains.
- Into the same space make one half treble, one treble, one half treble and one double crochet.
- For the next petal make one dc, one htr, one tr, one htr and one dc.
- Repeat the last step another 10 times so that your flower has 12 petals.
Pull through the yarn and use the darning needle to close round 3 in exactly the same way as you did for rounds 1 and 2.
Your flower is finished!
Now you can choose loads of different colours and play around and make more.
A video tutorial!
Eeeeek, I’ve put this at the bottom because its a big experiment for me. I have thought about doing video tutorials and having a You Tube channel for a while, so this is the start. There is a lot wrong, huge improvements can be made, but it feels good to have produced something! I’ve used my tiny camera as my phone doesn’t ever seem to have enough memory to film a complete video, which is very annoying.
You should have heard me swearing when I realised that I’d gone through a fifteen minute explanation yet again and the phone had only recorded the first 1 minute and 38 seconds….
Let me know what you think… Technically the sound and lighting is not great, but how about my approach and the overall tutorial. All your feedback will be very useful xxxxxxx