A beginner’s guide to crocheted African flowers

Guest post by Jamie Anderson

I learned this pattern from my roommate, who taught me the technique despite the fact that I had no prior knowledge of crocheting terms like chain stitch, slipstitch, single crochet and double crochet. It’s a testament to how easy African flowers are to master.

If you’re like me and can’t read patterns or understand crocheting abbreviations, you can still use the following beginner’s long-form pattern to make afghans, stuffed animals or one of the other great projects with crocheted African flowers.

You’ll need:
- 4 different colours of any worsted weight yarn
- A 4.5mm crochet hook

Colour 1:

To get started, make a slipknot and place it on the shaft of your crochet hook. Next, make 5 chain stitches; it will look like 6 including your slipknot. Join these together with a slipstitch to make a circle. Now make 3 chain stitches (the chain stitch counts as a double crochet)—it should look like a little loop with a tail. Through that loop, make 1 chain stitch. Still in the same loop, repeat 1 double crochet and 1 chain stitch 5 more times to create the centre of your flower. To complete your circle, slip stitch to the top of the original 3 chain stitches. Now chain 1; cut the yarn and pull to tighten the knot. Change colours.

Colour 2:

Slip your hook through the same chain 1 loop that you just closed. Now make 3 chain stitches (this will count as a double crochet). Double crochet through that same loop and make 1 chain stitch followed by 2 more double crochets. Repeat this series (2 double crochets, 1 chain stitch, and 2 more double crochets) through each of the remaining 5 holes. To close, join your final double crochet and the top of your 3 chain stitches with a slipstitch.

With the same colour, make another slipstitch through the hole that you just created. Make 3 chain stitches and then 6 double crochets. (Remember: Your chain counts as a double crochet, so it should look like you have 7.) Now double crochet 7 times through each of the remaining 5 holes. Again, slipstitch through the chain to close.

Colour 3:

When attaching your next colour, do it through the top of the 3 chain stitches made using your second colour. Make 1 chain stitch (this will count as your first single crochet); single crochet through the next 6 stitches. When you reach the seventh, drop down to the row below to complete the single crochet—the long single crochet will begin to define your flower. Repeat this until you have 6 petals in total. To close this round, slipstitch through the top of the first single crochet.

Colour 4:

Attach your new colour to the top of the first single crochet from the previous row. Make 3 chain stitches; do 3 more double crochets in the holes created by the single stiches in the last round. Once you reach the fourth stitch, do 1 double crochet, 1 chain stitch and then double crochet again through the same stitch. This will define the points of the hexagon. Complete 7 more double crochets and then at the eighth, repeat the double crochet, chain stitch and double crochet combination. Repeat these steps until you’re all the way around the flower. Finally, connect the ends with a slipstitch, chain 1. Cut your yarn and pull tight. You can sew the ends to ensure they won’t unravel.

Huzzah! Your first—of hopefully many—crocheted African flower!