Would you like to learn how to crochet gorgeous three-dimensional roses and flower motifs? If so, these free instructions, tutorials and crochet patterns will help.
Crochet Two Single Flowers and Then Layer Them on Top of Each Other
There are many possible ways to crochet a three-dimensional flower motif. One of the easiest ways I can think of is to simply make two flowers and then layer them on top of each other, staggering the petals a bit to add extra visual interest. That's the method Erica Jackofsky used in her delightful (and delightfully easy!) 3d crochet flower, which features a pretty button in the center.
Crochet Rounds Starting at the Flower Center, and Then Build up Layers of Petals
Crocheted flowers are often worked in rounds; with this type of flower, the crochet work is started in the center of the flower and it continues to radiate outwards from there. This is true for some three-dimensional flowers and also for some flatter crocheted flowers. When crocheting a three-dimensional flower in this manner, you usually build layers of petals in some creative way.
If you understand how to use and manipulate loops, a whole new world of possibilities opens to you; at that point, you can start building two different layers of crocheted flower petals into the same stitch, by working a layer of petals into back loops of stitches and then a separate layer of petals in the front loops.
This is the method used for my frost flower motif, pictured at left. I've posted a tutorial for how to crochet the frost flower motif so that you can see every step of this process.
Sandi Marshall's two-layer Irish rose is another example of a three-dimensional flower that is worked from the center outwards.
Sandi Marshall adapted this three-tier crocheted rose from a vintage crochet pattern. The rose features several layers of petals and a three-dimensional effect that is both visually interesting and fun to crochet.