I have just fallen in love with so many projects on Pinterest that feature the African Flower motif. It is such a versatile embellishment. Much like my Popcorn Stitch Flower, you can turn the African flower into a motif and create blankets, pillows, handbags…the possibilities are endless. It is also a beautiful embellishment all on its own. For these reasons I thought it would be perfect to feature a pictorial and spread the African Flower love!
Before we get started, I must add that this is not a B.hooked original pattern. The African Flower has been around for quite some time and the instructions below are how I created the flowers shown in the photographs.
With that out of the way, let’s get started!
- Crochet hook size G (4.25mm)
- Any worsted weight yarn (4)
- Darning needle
- Chain (ch)
- Single Crochet (sc)
- Double Crochet (dc)
- Slip Stitch (slst)
For this tutorial you need to be familiar with crocheting in the round. If you are new to crochet, refer to this video to learn the basics of crocheting in the round. You will also need to know how to do the magic circle to start off your round. If you are unfamiliar with this, refer to this video for guidance.
Create a magic ring. Sc 7 times and pull the tail to close your circle. Slst in the first stitch to join.
Ch 3. Dc into the same stitch as your ch 3. *Ch 1. Dc two times in the next stitch* Repeat all the way around. Join the last chain with the third chain from the start of the round. You should have 8 groups of two double crochets.
If you intend to make a multicolored flower, this is the perfect opportunity to change colors. When you start your new color do so in one of the chain one spaces. If you will not be changing colors at this time, slst until you reach a chain one space.
Ch 3. *Dc two times in the chain one space. Ch 2. Dc two times into the same chain one space. Ch 1.* Continue this repeat into the next chain one space and all the way around. Join the last chain with the third chain from the start of the round. You should still have 8 groups of double crochets.
Slst into the chain two space to start this round. Ch 3. Double crochet 6 times into this chain 2 space. *Dc 7 times into the next chain 2 space*. Repeat this all the way around. Join with a slst to the first double crochet.
If you are crocheting a multicolored flower, switch to your third color now. Ch 1. Sc until you reach the space in between two petals. Make a long single crochet by inserting your hook one round down. Continue with this pattern of regular single crochets over the petal and a long single crochet in between the petals. Join with a slst to the first single crochet. Fasten off.
Weave in your ends and your flower is complete! It couldn’t be any simpler!
For my African flowers I used I love this Cotton from Hobby Lobby in rosy, white and brown. I made a variety of flowers alternating the color pattern and I am thrilled with how they turned out. This cotton yarn is one of my favorites to crochet with! It is very soft compared to other worsted weight cotton yarns which makes crocheting a little easier plus it makes your project silky soft.
I would love to see your flowers! Ravelry users can share their pictures questions or comments in the African flower tutorial discussion thread.