How could I do crochet flowers without doing dahlias, with their lovely colours and being such different shapes and sizes I just had to make some! However, I couldn’t quite decide on which dahlia types to make to start with – there are just so many to choose from!
Eventually after a long time looking at pictures of different dahlias (of which there are a ridiculous amount!) I managed to narrow it down to 4 different flower heads to attempt to make. The shape and size of some of these flower heads did pose me some problems when thinking about how to make a pattern for them, but I think I have managed to get them right in the end!
After the flurry of flower makes recently, I will be taking a break from any more crochet flowers for now – I have so many other makes I need to get on with – along with actually dealing with the real flowers in my garden outside! I do still have a few in mind I would like to make, and I know they will sneak their way in to be made at some point!
All using a 4mm hook
One colour, pointed petals
Dc into second chain from hook, into next stitch :dc, trb, double treble, ch2 slip stitch into second chain from hook, double treble, trb, dc. *dc into next stitch, into next stitch: dc, trb,double treble, ch2 slip stitch into second chain from hook, double treble, trb, dc. Repeat from * along rest of row.
Using a long piece of wool, attach to the start of the row, then sewing as you go roll the row around to give the flower shape, tighter at the start and getting looser as you go around. If you sew from the back it makes it easier as when you roll the row you can see where you need to go next as a spiral will form on the back as you go, and you won’t be fighting the petals as much if you sew from the back.
Yellow middle, pointed petals, different colour edging
For the yellow middle
Dc into second chain from hook,* into next stitch : 2dc, dc into next stitch. Repeat from * along rest of row.
In chosen Petal colour Ch57
Row 1: Dc into second chain from hook, * into next stitch :dc, trb, double treble, ch1. Into next stitch double treble, trb, dc. dc into the next 2 stitches. Repeat from * along rest of row.
Row 2: In different colour join onto first dc of the previous row, ch1, 5dc, in ch space:dc ch2 slip stitch into second stitch from hook, dc. 3dc, dc2tog. *3dc, in ch space: dc, ch2, slip stitch into second stitch from hook, dc. 3dc, dc2tog. Repeat from * to end of row (ending on a dc2tog). Fasten off.
Stitching as you go roll around the yellow centre section, fasten off. Then again stitching as you go roll the petal section around the yellow middle and continue rolling to create the flower
In chosen colour: Ch76
dc into second ch from hook, dc, *ch7, dc into second ch from hook and remaining 5ch, dc into foundation ch at the base (the same stitch you started the ch7 in) dc. Repeat from * to end of row. Fasten off
Stitching as you go, roll around to make the flower.
Round 1: 8dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into each stitch
Change to yellow
Round 3: *into next stitch: dc, ch3, dc into 2nd chain from hook and remaining 1dc, slip stitch into stitch at base of ch. repeat from *around
dc into second ch from stitch, *into next stitch: dc, trb, double trb, triple trb, ch2, slip stitch into 2nd ch from hook, in next stitch: triple trb, double trb, trb, dc. Repeat from * along row. Fasten off
Sew petals on around the outside of the orange centre, aligning up the red petals so the yellow inner petal is in the middle of each petal.
You could also add another colour along the edge of the petals. Join another colour in the first dc of the petal row, ch1 and dc into each dc along the rest of the row, putting 1dc, ch2, slip stitch into 2nd ch from hook, 1dc into the ch space at the top of the petals.