How to Crochet a Flower Applique

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    Getting Started

    Crocheted Flower Applique in Blue and Green Wool Yarn
    The Spruce / Amy Solovay

    Need a free pattern for a crocheted flower applique? Try this one. This flower applique lies reasonably flat, making it ideal for stitching to a variety of surfaces. While there is some texture and dimension here, as there is with all crochet work, the real "oomph" comes more from the colorwork.

    In addition to the free crochet pattern, you'll find work-in-progress photos that show you how to do the color changes for the flower center.

    The finished flower will come in handy for use in many different types of craft projects.

    • Skill level: Intermediate


    Our sample is worked with Cascade 220, which is a worsted weight wool yarn.

    This is a good project for using up scrap yarn. You’ll need 3 different colors of yarn:

    • Color A: In our sample flower, color A is the royal blue color; its official color name is “Cobalt Heather.”
    • Color B: In our sample flower, color B is the vibrant lime green color, named “Primavera.”
    • Color C: In our sample flower, color C is the light blue color, named “Robin Egg Blue.”

    Feel free to substitute other colors, brands, fibers, and weights of yarn when you crochet your own flower appliques.

    When choosing different colors, keep in mind that the color you choose for the flower center should contrast with the other two colors you'll be using.

    Crochet Hook

    We used a size H / 5.0 mm crochet hook to crochet our sample flower, but you can use any hook that works well with your chosen yarn or thread.

    Other: Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends

    Finished Size

    Our sample flower measures about 4” in diameter across its widest point. Your flower measurement will vary depending on the supplies you use and other factors such as your individual style of crocheting.

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  • 02 of 03

    Project Instructions

    Round 2 of the Crocheted Flower Applique
    The Spruce / Amy Solovay

    Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

    • ch = chain
    • sc = single crochet
    • sl st = slip stitch
    • st = stitch
    • yo = yarn over = wrap the yarn over the crochet hook

    Crocheting the Center of the Flower

    You'll be working with two different colors of yarn to create the flower center; one color will be inactive, and one will be active at any given time. There are a couple of different ways you could handle the inactive yarn. You could just drop it when you're finished with it and then pick it up again when you need it next. This will result in small floats across the back of the work. Or, you could use the tapestry crochet technique to crochet overtop of the inactive color. You won't have floats this way, so if you want the flower to be two-sided this technique is preferable.

    1. Using color A, Ch 5. Sl st to form a ring.
    2. Round 1: Work 10 sc in ring. Sl st to join to first sc in the round.
    3. Round 2: In this round, you’re going to switch back and forth between colors A and B. Work 2 sc sts in each sc from the previous round—2 sc in color A, 2 sc in color B, repeat all the way around for a total of 20 sc. To accomplish this, work the first sc as usual, but when you do the second sc, switch colors before you complete the stitch. (See photos above.) Sl st to join to first sc in the round.
    4. Cut color A and end off; do not cut color B yet.

    Crocheting the Flower Petals

    This flower has 5 petals total. You will work the flower petals using color C. Crochet the petals directly into the last round of the center of the flower and work each petal separately before starting the next petal. Work through both loops of each stitch.

    We suggest taking a look at a photo of the flower with petals added before you actually start this part.

    1. Flower petal, row 1: Using color C, work 3 sc in any 3 sc sts from round 2.
    2. Ch 1, turn.
    3. Flower petal, row 2: Sc in first sc, work 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc (4 sc total.)
    4. Ch 1, turn.
    5. Flower petal, row 3: Sc in each sc across the row (4 sc total.)
    6. Ch 1, turn.
    7. Flower petal, row 4: Sc in first sc, draw up a loop in next sc, draw up a loop in the following sc, then yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook. (1 decrease worked.) Sc in next sc.
    8. Ch 1, turn.
    9. Flower petal, row 5: Work 3 sc, 1 in each st across.
    10. Ch 1, turn.
    11. Flower petal, row 6: Skip first sc, draw up a loop in next sc, draw up a loop in the following sc, yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
    12. If working one of the first 4 petals, end off and weave in the loose end. For petal #5, do not end off.
    13. Begin the next flower petal by attaching color C to the flower center, leaving one st in between each petal.
    14. When you’ve worked all 5 petals, it will look like this.

    Slip Stitch Outlines

    To make the flower center "pop," pick up color B and work a round of sl sts around the outer perimeter of round 2.

    Then pick up color C where you left off, and add slip stitches around the outer edges of your flower petals too. This isn’t going to be a precise process; there isn’t any obvious formula for where to put each stitch. Think freeform crochet here.

    Try to place your stitches as evenly and carefully as possible, keeping them close to the outer edges of the flower petals. This will tidy up the crooked-looking edges nicely so the outer edge of your flower has a smooth, uniform look.

    When you’ve worked sl sts all the way around, pull the loop left on your hook through your first sl st to the back of the work, then cut the yarn and end off.

    Weave in all your loose ends securely using a tapestry needle.

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  • 03 of 03

    Unfinished Flower Applique

    Crocheted Flower Motif Before All the Finishing Touches Have Been Added
    The Spruce / Amy Solovay

    This photo gives you a closer look at the unfinished flower applique. At this point, all the petals have been crocheted, but the final details have not yet been added.

    Visit the first step in this article to see a photo of how the flower looks when it is complete.