Let Freedom Bloom Flower
Summer holidays, flowers, and berries mean that red, white and blue are all over my radar right now. I decided to pick up those colors and doodle with yarn a little, and I came up with this little cutie. The center is stuffed to give it an extra pop. It makes a great accessory to attach to a purse or a hair clip. It’s quick to make, so you can make a whole bunch of ’em for your friends, in time for the Fourth.
Of course, this flower doesn’t have to scream Americana. I can see these being made in more natural flower colors, to represent your own country, or in the colors of your favorite team. I’d love to see what you come up with.
- Worsted weight acrylic yarn, small amounts of red, white, and blue. I assume cotton would work as well.
- Small amount of fiber-fill stuffing, scrap yarn, or something else to stuff the center.
Hook: G-6 (4 mm)
Gauge is not too important; with this yarn and hook, mine came out about 4-5 inches in diameter.
Work in a spiral, without joining unless otherwise indicated.
I used tapestry crochet to achieve the white stitches, which loosely represent stars. If you’re not familiar with the technique, Moogly has an excellent tutorial. It looks complicated, but it’s not much harder than straight single crochet. Promise! 😉
If you prefer, you could use one solid color instead. Or try a blue and white speckled yarn. Or add beads, sequins, or embroidery as stars. Your creativity is the only limit.
With blue, make a magic ring.
R 1: 6 sc in magic ring. Tighten ring. – 6 sc
R 2: Starting with blue, sc in next sc. Switch to white, one more sc in same sc. Continue around, working 2 sc in each sc around, alternating blue and white each stitch. The final stitch should be white. – 12 sc
R 3: Switch to blue. Sc in next sc. Switch to white, one more sc in same sc. Switch to blue, sc in next sc. Continue around, working one blue sc and one white sc in one st, then one blue sc in next sc. Finish off white. – 18 sc
R 4: With blue, working in back loops only, work one sc in each sc around. – 18 sc
R 5: Work (sc2tog over next 2 sc, sc in next sc). Repeat in () around. – 12 sc
R 6: Work sc2tog over each 2 sc around. – 6 sc
At this point, lightly stuff the flower center. If your yarn tails are long enough, stuffing these in will be enough. If not, you can use a few bits of scrap yarn or a small amount of fiber-fill.
R 7: Work sc2tog over each 2 sc around. – 3 sc
Finish off blue leaving a longish tail (5-6 inches should be plenty). Use the tail to sew up the hole.
Here, we begin joining each round with a slip stitch.
R 8: Join red with a sl st into the front loop of any sc in round 4. Working in the front loops of round 4, sc in each sc around. Join with a sl st – 18 sc.
R 9: Work in front loops only of round 8. *Work 3 hdc in next front loop, sl st in next front loop. Repeat from * around (9 petals total). Join with a sl st in same st as joining. Finish off red.
R 10: Work in back loops only of round 8. Join with a sl st in the back loop of any sc that has a sl st in its front loop from round 9. *Work 3 dc in next back loop, sl st in next back loop around (9 petals total). Join with a sl st in same st as joining. Finish off white.
R 11: With red join with a sl st in back loop of any sl st in round 10. *Work 5 dc in the back vertical loop of the middle dc of the next 3-dc cluster (see photo). Sl st back loop of next sl st. Work from * around (9 petals total). Join with a sl st in same st as joining. Finish off red.
Enjoy the pattern! I welcome questions or comments!