African Flower Tutorial

African flower tutorial

African Flower Tutorial




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Hey guys! I am making something big! Well at least in my world. It feels like it is taking forever because I have to learn a lot of new techniques. So the project will take a week or two to finish! But when I’m finished I know a lot of you crocheters will have to learn the same techniques too, if you want to make it. Sorry I’m being so secretive but I promise it’s gonna be great!

The first thing you need to learn is to crochet an African Flower. The African Flower is kind of like the granny square, the same basic pattern can be modified and crocheted into thousand of different projects.

I decided to make a very detailed  tutorial of the African Flower so you (hopefully) don’t have to do and undo it as many times as me before you can make it flawlessly.

I used a 8/4 cotton and a size 2 mm crochet hook for my flowers, but as with the granny square you can use whatever yarn and hook you want. I used the cotton because the finished project needs to be cotton and a size 2 mm hook because I don’t want any big holes in the flower. You can get a great deal on cotton here: Loveknitting 10 ball value pack

Some of this will be over-explaining to seasoned crocheters but I have tried to make the tutorial as detailed as possible.

Row 1

Time for the first row.
Now I haven’t included a tutorial for the magic ring (sorry about that), but if you don’t know it yet I highly encourage you to learn it, I use it in ALL my patterns that isn’t flat pieces. Just google “magic ring crochet” there is some great tutorials out there. Seriously I know a lot of crocheters hate the magic ring but do your self a favor and put in some time to learn it.

If you really don’t want to use the magic ring you can chain 5 and slipstitch into first chainstitch to make a ring and then work the stitches from picture 2-5 into it.

african flower tutorial
1. Start with a magic ring without stitches
African flower tutorial
2. Chain 3
African flower tutorial
3. Make a double crochet in the ring, then chain 1 (Now you have 2 dc and 1 chain)
African flower tutorial
4. Make 2 more dc into the ring and chain 1. Now you have 2 “clusters” of dc with a chain in between them
African flower tutorial
5. Make 4 more dc “clusters” with chains between them so you end up having 6 “clusters”
African flower tutorial
6. Tighten the magic ring (This is not fully tighten, just illustrating what to do)
African flower tutorial
7. Make a slip stitch in the 3rd chain you made at the start (picture 1) This is obviously only half a slip stitch, but again it’s for illustrating.
African flower tutorial
8. Cut yarn and pull trough the loop on your hook to fasten off.

That is row 1, the center of the flower.




Row 2

You can obviously use what ever colors you want for all rows (or the same color all the way) but I use different colors for all rows so it’s easier to illustrate.

African flower tutorial
1. Tie the new color with a simple knot to the yarn from the last round

 

Now a bit of explaining that is a bit long for the caption under the next pictures: For whatever number of petals you are making (here 6, for a hexagon), you essentially just copy the same “clusters” all around the flower. In this round it 2 dc, 1 chain, 2 dc, for each petal and each petal have 1 chain in between. And you crochet the petals in the chain spaces you made in the last row.

African flower tutorial
2. Make a slipstitch right behind the “chain 3” you made in the last row. So you make the petal in the chain spaces all around.
African flower tutorial
3. Chain 3. This is the first dc of the round.
African flower tutorial
4. Make another dc in the same chain space and chain 1.
African flower tutorial
5. Make 2 more dc in the same space and chain 1.
African flower tutorial
6. Make a “2dc, 1chain, 2 dc” in the next chain space from the last row. Chain 1.
African flower tutorial
7. Repeat 4 more times. You’ll end up having 6 “2 dc, 1 chain, 2 dc” petals with one chain between them.
African flower tutorial
8. Make slip stitch into the 3rd “chain 3” from the start of the round. Cut yarn and pull trough.

Row 3

I always make row 2 and 3 the same color. That way it resembles a flower more closely. Look at it this way: Row 1 is the flower center, row 2 and 3 are the petals, row 4 are the contour and row 5 is the background. But in this tutorial I use different colors for all rounds so it’s easier to see.

African flower tutorial
1. Tie new color and slipstitch to middle of next petal. The blue V’s illustrate the “2 dc, 1chain, 2 dc” of row 2. You crochet in the middle of the V’s in this round.
African flower tutorial
2. Chain 3 and make 6 more dc’s in the same space (7 dc in total)
African flower tutorial
3. Make 7 dc’s in the next petal space (illustrated with the blue V’s). There’s no chain between the 7 dc’s of each petal in this round.
African flower tutorial
4. Continue all the way around.
African flower tutorial
5. As in every round slip stitch into the first stitch and fasten off.




 Row 4

This row is the most difficult in my opinion. Mostly because of the start of it. It is very important that there are 7 single crochets between each long double crochet. And the first one you have to make can be difficult to see since it’s were you slip stitched from last row and joined the new color. So be sure to count that you actually make 7 sc before the first dc.

African Flower Tutorial
1. After joining the new color you need to make the first sc. It’s very easy to make a mistake and make the first sc where the second is supposed to go so be sure to count! I made the picture bigger so it’s easier to see what I mean.

 

African Flower Tutorial
2. Make 7 sc
African Flower Tutorial
3. Make a long double dc all the way down in the chain space you made in row 2.
African Flower Tutorial
4. Repeat with 7 sc on the petals and 1 long dc between all the way around.
African Flower Tutorial
5. After the last long dc, slip stitch into the first sc. Again it can be difficult to see so be sure you choose the right one.

Row 5 (last one)

African Flower Tutorial
1. Tie new color and slip stitch in the first sc of last row. Again it can be difficult to see so be sure to count and double-check. Chain 3 (Not illustrated)
African Flower Tutorial
2. Make 3 more dc (the chain 3 counts as the first dc)
African Flower Tutorial
3. Chain 1 and make one more dc into same stitch. This is the top of the flower petal.
African Flower Tutorial
4. Make 8 more dc. Chain one and make one more dc in the last same stitch. You will have 9 double crochet between each chain space (or 7 dcs between each “dc, chain1, dc” depending on how you look at it)
African Flower Tutorial
5. Continue all the way around. with 7 dc between each “dc, chain1, dc in same stitch”. Slip stitch into the chain 3 you started the row with and fasten off.

 

Tadaaa! You made your first African Flower! I really hope this tutorial made it easy, I tried to make it as detailed as I could. If you only want a pentagon (5 petals) or maybe even want 7 petals you just start row 1 with how ever many repeats you want and continue with that up the rows.

If you like this pattern you can follow me on Pinterest and/or Facebook so you wont miss the next.

/Love Sara




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