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.
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.
That is row 1, the center of the flower.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Row 5 (last one)
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.
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