How to: crochet flowers & leaves

Crochet Flowers on Granny Squares

Who doesn’t love the look of the traditional Granny square?  They are so versatile and very quick and easy to make. We also love crochet flowers and although they are great as a stand alone embellishment, they look fabulous added on to cushions or pillows.  The downside to this is it takes time and effort to sew them on. So, we came up a nifty idea of working the two together.
At the Crafty Co, we like to make all the flowers at once, adding the back chains at the same time, but not the leaves or granny squares.  This means we will always have a stash, and can then decide if we  want to add leaves or squares once we have decided what to make
The reason the chains are added at the same time is we are already working with the yarn. It saves having to rejoin yarn later.
There are 9 tutorials, from working the magic ring and first round, right through to adding the leaves and working the granny square.

You can find all of them here on our YouTube Channel, just click on the picture below:

Once you have made your flower, follow the instructions in the tutorial below:

As explained in the video,  we are working with a different coloured yarn purely so that you are able to see what is being done.  You should use the same colour yarn as your petals, as once the leaves and square have been added, the chains will blend in and not be too visible.  We will add leaves to the outer chain and use the inner chain to create the granny square.

In the tutorial below we will be adding the leaves to the flower.

As we have 8 chains in our outer round, and are creating 4 leaves, each leaf will be worked over 2 chain spaces.  Once you have mastered the basic leaf sequence, if you prefer, you can change the number of leaves worked.  You could work in every chain space and make 8, although it would look very busy, or you could add 1 or 2, either next to or opposite each other.  The great thing is, that the choice is yours.

To recap, the sequence for the leaves are – 1st half (worked in 1st chain space) 1dc, 1ch, 2tr, 2dtr, 1trtr, 1 quadtr, 2ch and then slip stitch into the bottom of that 2ch. This creates a cute little bobble at the top of the leaf.  To complete the other half of the leaf, work this next sequence into the next chain space. 1 quadtr, 1trtr, 2dtr, 2tr, 1ch, 1dc. Then, secure your leaf by working a slip stitch into the next chain space.
Once you have added your leaves, you can stop there if you like and maybe add a brooch finding to the back or if you haven’t got one, perhaps a safety pin.  You ave now created a gorgeous embellishment for a coat or to jazz up a cushion.
However, the whole point of designing this flower was to be able to join it effortlessly to a granny square.

In the tutorial below you will see how easy it is to achieve this

The professional result that it gives will make admirers wonder how you did it.

Just to clarify that we only used a large hook purely so that it would be easier for viewers to see and follow how the stitches were worked.  We worked with a double knit yarn and would normally use any size from a 3mm to a 4.5mm hook.  This will make the flower look much more compact and neater.  If you are a beginner, we would always advise practising with a larger hook than needed. This means you can see the stitches better and hopefully understand what the pattern is telling you to do.  Once you understand and are happy with the pattern you are making, you can then use the correct hook, and hopefully you will be more confident and achieve the results you want.

As you can see in the picture below you don’t have to add the leaves to the flowers.

We hope you enjoy making these flowers and we love seeing our designs so please tag us in your creations.  If you need  help with any of the instructions, please feel free to ask
Happy flowering
The Crafty Co

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