Back when I first started crocheting flowers, I searched around for a pattern for a crocheted rose because roses were such a big inspiration for me.
There are a lot of patterns out there and it was hard to find just what I was looking for, a realistic-looking, three dimensional crocheted rose. Eventually I found one that I liked, but it still wasn't just what I had in mind. I wanted to go further and have a more realistic look for my roses, more like the roses I enjoy growing and painting, so I modified the pattern.
After that I used crochet roses for many, many projects. I made small roses with fine crochet thread for necklaces and larger roses as brooches or to embellish purses. I even made some out of wool yarn and felted them. What's fun about my pattern is that you can modify it and make many different kinds of roses. I've tried lots of variations and I'm going to share the basic pattern with you today and some thoughts on how to modify it further if you want to experiment.
Because I originally found the pattern online for free I want to return the favor and share my modified pattern for free, too. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have. If you don't crochet, now is the perfect time to learn. Don't want to learn? Share the pattern with a crocheter you know, instead.
In order to make this pattern as easy as possible for beginning crocheters, I've included step-by step photographs as well as written instructions. (The patterns available in my shop are very similar to this.
The main difference is that I use abbreviations in the written instructions for the sake of brevity).
If you have any questions or need clarification at all, please let me know in the comments or feel free to email me. I'm always willing to help!
As long as you match your fiber with the correctly sized crochet hook you can use just about any weight of thread or yarn to make these roses. I love using the DMC Coton Perle size 5 that look like this:
to make the roses for my necklaces. They come in so many different colors and are readily available at just about any craft store.
For this example, though, I'm using a mini skein of worsted weight yarn and a size G hook (4.25 mm) because it's much easier to see the stitches.
Let's get started!
Foundation Row: Chain 55 (leave a long tail).
Row 1: Double crochet into 4th chain from hook. This makes your first V stitch.
Chain 1. Skip 2 stitches. Double crochet into next stitch. Chain 2. Double crochet into same stitch.
Now you have 2 V stitches.
Chain 1. Skip 2 stitches. Continue making V stitches (Double crochet. Chain 2. Double crochet into same stitch), separating each with a single chain stitch and 2 skipped stitches, across to the end of your foundation chain. You will have 18 V stitches.
Row 2: Chain 3 (counts as 1 double crochet). Work one double crochet into the first V stitch space of Row 1. Chain 2. Work 2 double crochet into the same V stitch space.
This is your first large V stitch.
Chain 2. Make another large V stitch (2 double crochet. Chain 2. 2 double crochet) in the next V stitch space. Chain 2. Continue making large V stitches in each of your Row 1 V stitches, separating each with 2 chain stitches. You will have 18 large V stitches.
What you've created so far is the base for your petals. Each of the V stitches forms the base of a single petal (so you will have 18 petals in this rose). In the original pattern all of the petals are made up of the same size stitches. In my adaptation the petals vary in size, both in the number of stitches that make up each petal and the height of those stitches. I start with the smallest petals as the center of the rose and then crochet progressively larger petals so that the outside petals are the largest.
Let's continue and finish up this rose.
Row 3 (the petals): Chain 2 (counts as first half double crochet). Half double crochet 6 times into first large V stitch space.
Single crochet in the 2 chain space between the first two large V stitches. Make 7 half double crochet stitches in next V stitch space. Single crochet in next 2 chain space.
Make 7 half double crochet stitches in next large V stitch space. This gives you a total of 3 small petals. Single crochet in next 2 chain space.
Now we'll move on to the next size petal. Make 9 double crochet stitches in next large V stitch space. Single crochet in next 2 chain space.
Make 3 more petals with 9 double crochet stitches in the next 3 large V stitch spaces, separating them with single crochet stitches made in the 2 chain spaces between the large V stitches of row 2.
For the next size petal, make 11 triple crochet stitches in next large V stitch space. Single crochet in the next 2 chain space.
Create 4 more petals with 11 triple crochet stitches, remembering to separate the petals with single crochet stitches in the 2 chain spaces between the large V stitches.
For the next size of petal you will crochet 13 double triple stitches in the next large V stitch space. Single crochet in next 2 chain space.
To finish your rose create 5 more petals with 13 double triple stitches, again, remembering to separate the petals with single crochet stitches in the 2 chain spaces between the large V stitches.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail (6-8 inches should be enough. Mine is a bit shorter because I came to the end of my skein).
To finish your rose you will roll it into a rosette shape. Take the end with the smallest petals and begin rolling from the center out. Be sure you are rolling in the direction that the larger petals are curving (counter clockwise).
Line up the original chain stitches from your foundation row to create the base of the flower.
The front will look like this as you begin to roll:
until you have wrapped the largest petals around the rose, making sure to keep the base of the flower flat.
Leave the tail from the last largest petal loose for now. Thread an appropriately sized needle with the beginning tail.
You will want to check the front to make sure that your petals are arranged nicely. Adjust them if necessary.
Now you will secure the rose by working the tail back and forth through the base of the flower.
Continue until you have only a couple inches of tail left.
Turn your rose over and look at the last large petal to see where you want to secure it to the flower.
For mine I want to secure it to the middle of the petal above.
Thread the needle with that tail end and secure the final petal to the petals above it,
working your stitches down to the base of the rose.
Work the yarn through the base of the rose as you did with the first tail and finish by sewing up into the center of the base
and through the center of the spiraled petals in the front of the flower.
Work the rest of the other tail end up through the center as well.
Alternatively, you can work with longer tails and leave them loose on the back of the flower so you can attach the rose to another piece (a purse or a hat or necklace or scarf...) or to a pin back to create a brooch.
To further adapt the pattern, you can increase or decrease the number of petals. To do this you will change the length of the foundation chain. Just be sure your chain is a multiple of 3 plus another 4 stitches.
Whether or not you adjust the number of petals, you can adjust the size and number of each size petal. For this rose there were 3 petals made of 7 half double crochet stitches, 4 petals of 9 double crochet stitches, 5 petals of 11 triple crochet stitches and 6 petals of 13 double triple crochet stitches. Playing around with the number of stitches and their heights will give you different looks for your flower, so experiment with changing these numbers.
You can even make pointed petals (like the dark flowers in this necklace) by varying the heights of the stitches within each petal (for example for the small petals you may want to make a petal with 2 half double crochet stitches, 3 double crochet stitches and another 2 half double crochet stitches).
Experiment and see what different petal shapes and sizes you can create. For inspiration take a look at the crochet page on my website.
Edit (5-16-2016): And if roses are your thing and you like to sew, you might like my Bed of Roses fabric available as part of my Summer Bliss collection now on Spoonflower:
Whatever you create, I'd love to see it!
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