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Free Crochet Pattern for an Abstract Flower Motif

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Free Crochet Pattern for an Abstract Flower Motif
Red Wool Crocheted Flower With Ribbon Bow Tied in the Flower Center

Learn How to Crochet This Flower Using the Free Pattern and Tutorial Provided. This Version of the Flower Was Crocheted Using Red Wool Yarn, and the Center is a Pretty Ribbon Bow. There Are Many Other Possible Ways to Embellish the Flower.

Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

Some crocheted flowers are designed to resemble real flowers, like roses or daisies. Not this one; this is an abstract flower motif, although it did occur to me that this flower could be made to look like a sunflower. This flower's abstract appearance makes it suitable for use in a wide variety of craft projects.

Materials:

You’ll need a small amount of yarn, crochet thread, or fiber, and a crochet hook of appropriate size.

Crocheted flowers are a fantastic way to use up scrap yarn, and to experiment with different materials. You can try crocheting this flower with any fiber you like.

So far, I’ve tried crocheting this pattern with medium weight wool and cotton yarns. I like the results both ways.

You’ll also need some pretty baubles for embellishing the flower – perhaps ribbon, buttons, or jewels. Additionally, you’ll need a tapestry needle for weaving in ends. You might also need a regular needle and thread for attaching embellishments such as buttons or bows.

Gauge:

Crocheted flowers can be worked at any gauge. Your gauge will vary depending on several factors.

Finished Size:

My sample flowers measure about 3 inches each. The size of your finished flowers will vary, depending on the materials you choose and other factors.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

Project Instructions:

Ch 4. Sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: SC in ring by working 1 ch st for the first part and then finishing the sc st as usual. Work 10 more sc sts into the ring for a total of 11 sc. Sl st to join to first sc in round.

Round 2: (Ch 9. Sc in 4th ch from hook. Work 5 more sc, one in each of the next 5 ch sts. Sc in back loop of next sc from round 1.) Repeat sequence in parentheses 9 more times for a total of 10 flower petals. Join with a sl st to the base of the first petal formed.

Round 3: In this round, you’re going to fold each flower petals forward and then secure it with a sl st. Start by folding the first petal in half. Each of the petals has a little open space in its tip. Find this space and insert your hook into the space, then through the little hole in the base of the flower itself. Work a slip stitch by grabbing the yarn with your hook, and then pulling it up through both the flower and the flower petal and the active loop on the hook. Do this for each flower petal all the way around. Join with a sl st.

If this pattern seems confusing, please don’t worry – I’ve prepared an illustrated step-by-step tutorial with pictures of every step.

Embellishing the Abstract Flower Motif

You can use the flower as it is, but it’ll be prettier if you embellish it. Stitch on a ribbon bow as shown, or use your choice of embellishments. I’ve included some more embellishment ideas, as well as some color variations, at the end of the tutorial.

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