MOTHER’S DAY FLOWER BOUQUET CROCHET PATTERN
Celebrate Mother’s Day, or any occasion, with this free crochet flowers pattern to make Carnations. Carnations are the traditional flower for Mother’s Day in many countries around the world. They express love, fascination, and distinction, making them the perfect Mother’s Day gift.
Carnations are known for being long lasting as a cut flower, but now you can crochet a pretty bouquet to last forever. These simple yet beautiful flowers can also brighten up a room for any occasion, and could even make a gorgeous wedding bouquet! You can adapt this pattern to make hair clips or pin badges as well, instructions given at the end of the pattern.
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WHAT WILL I NEED?
I have used DK weight (US Light Worsted) Acrylic yarn and 4mm hook to create realistically sized Carnations measuring approximately 3″ in diameter, the stem can be any length you choose.
You can use other types of DK yarn instead, eg. cotton. You can also make Carnations in other yarn weights, but the ﬁnished size would differ depending on your choice. Exact gauge isn’t important for this project.
To make these Carnations, you will need a Green yarn and your chosen petal colours. Traditional colours include shades of Pink, Red and White.
You can also create variegated varieties by simply changing colour for the petal trim.
For this free crochet flowers pattern, I have created a bouquet of Carnations using 3 shades of Pink and some Cream acrylic yarn in DK weight. Mixing and matching the colours to create variegated varieties to blend the shades. I have used a 4mm hook for this project.
You will also need some heavy duty Garden Wire. I have used some basic, green plastic coated, garden wire that I picked up from the supermarket. You can used other types of sturdy bendable wire, if you can’t find this type. You will also need your yarn needle and scissors.
Let’s get started!
FREE CROCHET FLOWERS PATTERN
This free crochet flowers pattern, uses the following US crochet stitches and terms:
(ch) Chain, (sl st) Slip Stitch, (sl st) Slip Stitch, (sc) Single Crochet, (hdc) Half Double Crochet, (dc) Double Crochet.
We will also be crocheting around wire, explained within the pattern.
Carnations Crochet Pattern:
Using Green yarn, ch4 and sl st into the ﬁrst chain to form a circle,
ch1 (does not count as a st), sc x9 into the circle, sl st into the ﬁrst sc to join (9)
ch3 (counts as a dc for the st below), dc in each remaining st, sl st into the top of ch3 to join (9)
ch3 (counts as the ﬁrst dc), dc in the same top of ch3 below, 2dc in each remaining st, sl st into the top of ch3 to join (18) Cut yarn leaving a tail approx 5” long and fasten off Green. This makes the calyx section (sepals).
Join your chosen petal colour to any stitch. ch3 (counts as the ﬁrst dc), 3dc in the same st as join, 4dc in each remaining st, sl st into the top of ch3 to join (72)
ch3 (counts as the ﬁrst dc), dc in the same top of ch3 below, 2dc in each remaining st, sl st into the top of ch3 to join (144)
Now turn your piece to work the frilly trim along the wrong side. It may seem unnecessary to turn, but it does make a big difference to the ﬁnished look.
For a variegated carnation colour effect, change colour for the next round fastening off the previous colour and joining your new colour in any stitch. Or just continue with your previous colour for a single coloured Carnation.
*ch3, skip the next st, sl st,* repeat between * all the way around (72 ch3s and sl sts) Fasten off and weave in your ﬂower colour.
Using your yarn needle and the previous Green tail end, prepare the ﬂower for the stem. With the right side of the main ﬂower facing out, weave the end in and out through the tops of the last 18 Green stitches (at the base of the petal stitches), ﬁnishing under the yarn of the starting point. Leave aside without tightening yet and make your wire stem.
Cut a piece of wire, approx. 3” longer than you want your overall stem.
Twist one end over to make a circle in the wire, then cross the wire over the circle to make a ball shape at one end of the wire. This will sit inside of the ﬂower.
Feed the straight end of your wire down through the wrong side of the ﬂower, coming out through the centre of the starting circle. Pull the woven Green tail end tight to close the calyx around the wire ball shape. Tie and weave in the end to secure in place.
You can leave the wire as it is for your stem, or crochet around it and add leaves.
Crochet stem & leaves:
Join Green yarn to the base of the calyx, holding your wire horizontally, crochet around the wire. To do this, hook under the wire and yarn over to make 2 loops on hook, with your hook above the wire yarn over and pull through both loops to make a sc around the wire.
sc x15, *ch8, from the 2nd ch from hook, sl st x3, sc x4, sc around the wire in the opposite direction than you were previously working to join,* repeat between * for a second leaf.
Continue sc x20 around the wire, *ch11, from the 2nd ch from hook, sl st x3, sc x4, hdc x3 along the ch sts, sc around the wire in the opposite direction than you were previously working to join,* repeat between * for a second leaf.
Continue sc around the wire until you have reached your desired length, leaving approximately 1 inch of bare wire. Fasten off yarn, weave in end, and fold the end of wire over to secure.
For a more realistic display, you can vary the number of sc stitches before the leaves on each ﬂower by around 1-5 sts. You can even vary the size of your leaves, by chaining a few more or less and adjusting the number of sc stitches along the chains.
You have now ﬁnished the free crochet flowers pattern for Carnations. Make some more to create a beautiful bouquet.
I have created 10 blooms and arranged them into a heart formation, securing them in place with a piece of wire.
Adapting the pattern for clips or pins:
To use these Carnations as hair clips or pin badges, simply skip R2. of the main flower pattern, working R3. directly into R1.. Then just close the calyx as instructed, without the wire stem, and use the remaining tail end to fasten onto your hair clip or pin setting.
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