Sunday, 21 October 2012

Beginners crochet tutorial - tiny flower


I can't bear just practising something for the sake of it, I always want to get on and make something. So, whether you have ever crocheted before or not, I am hoping my tutorial will help you to make your own tiny flower. We'll learn the required stitches as we go... Oh, and please forgive the marker pen that I can't get off my thumb and the fact that a manicure wouldn't go amiss.

I learned to crochet with the help of two books, a Beginners Guide to Crochet

and 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet

I can recommend them both. I also began by trying a very complicated pattern for a lily of the valley. This I do not recommend! (The pattern is great, just not as your first go - it made my ears bleed with concentration).

A word about yarn: I use a mishmash of yarns for making wee bits and pieces such as flowers. They are usually found in the bargain bin of the wool shop. I tend to buy for colour rather than anything else although it is worth watching for yarns that won't split when you poke them with the crochet hook as that is plain annoying.

A word about hooks: For this tutorial I have used a 4.5mm hook and some DK yarn. I would have preferred the 4mm but I think it must be packed because I can't find it. For a tighter and more solid result use a smaller hook. 3.5mm is about the smallest you can get away with using DK.

Slip ring: This flower begins in the middle with a slip ring. You crochet round the ring then pull it tight at the end making a solid middle.

Wind the yarn round your finger

Then slip it off

 and pull a loop through.

Put your hook through the loop

then transfer the long end attached to the ball behind and to the left.

The ball should sit on your left.

Holding your work: Next you have to pick the thing up which makes it hard to photograph at the same time! You have to wind the yarn around your left hand in such a way that you can control the tension and manipulate the bit of the yarn you are about to work with. I didn't feel comfortable with the way they did it in the book so I do it my way. Try my way and do it however you like...

Hook it over your last two fingers,

twice, then behind your first two.

You manipulate the yarn with your middle finger and use your first finger and thumb to pinch the work. This pinching does a lot to control the tension.

You then hold the hook with your right hand like a dinner knife. {Addendum: or like a pencil}

Making 1 chain: All crochet stitches involve the move 'yarn over hook'. This means lifting the yarn a little with the middle finger of your left hand and moving the hook end of the hook down, back and up. In this case you are going to create one 'chain'.

Yarn over hook , then pull through the loop that was already on the hook.

Double crochet into the ring: Next you are going to make six dc stitches round in a circle. Each stitch is going to cover a little of the yarn used to make the slip ring.

First poke your hook into the centre of the slip ring.

Yarn over hook

and pull through the ring so you have two loops on your hook.

Yarn over hook

and pull through both the loops on the hook.

Brilliant -  that's your first double crochet right there!

Now do five more.

Now grab hold of the short end of the yarn and gently pull it to tighten the ring. Your mess of stitches should transform into  a pretty little ring.

You can tighten it a bit more when you sew in the ends.

Joining with a slip stitch: Next you have to join the stitch on the hook to the first stitch of the ring. If you count back, including the stitch on the hook until you have six stitches, poke your hook under both the loops of this sixth stitch. (it was the first dc you made, not the chain you made before the dcs)

Yarn over hook.

Pull through the dc stitch and the loop on the hook.

One little ring of perfection! Now, you can carry on from here with the same colour or you can change to a different colour. If you want to change, snip the yarn from the ball,

Yarn over hook (this is quite fiddly since it is a wee end)

Pull through the loop on the hook

then pull tight.

You should be able to count your six stitches clearly.

Next you are going to make a petal into each of these stitches.

Poke the hook under both strands of one of the stitches.

Pick up the new yarn in your left hand.

Yarn over hook

and pull through the stitch to make a loop.

Make one chain (remember YOH then pull through)

Making a Half Treble: Ok, were going to move onto a complicated sounding half treble. Really you do nothing you have not done before.

Start with a yarn over hook,

then poke the hook back into the SAME stitch as it went into before.

Yarn over hook,

pull through the stitch so you have three loops on the hook.

Yarn over hook

pull through all three loops on the hook.

Make a second half treble into the same stitch (YOH, poke into stitch, YOH, pull through stitch, YOH, pull through all three loops)

Slip stitch into the next dc stitch (poke the hook in, YOH and pull through everything on the hook)

Great, one petal done! To make each of the other petals, make one chain, make two half trebles into the same stitch then slip stitch into the next stitch.

Yey! Six petals. After the second half treble of the last petal you need to slip stitch into the stitch you used for the first petal, snip the yarn and pull through to fasten off, just like you did with the first colour.

Ta-da! Now you need to sew in the ends and you have one tiny flower to make your heart sing.

In a book this would all be condensed into:

Make a slip ring,
Round 1 - 1ch, 6dc into ring. Fasten off.
Round 2 - Join new colour, [1ch, 2htr into same stitch, slst into next st] six times. Fasten off.

Maybe we'll tackle a bigger flower with the exciting components of a chain ring and double treble and even triple treble crochets next time...



  1. Super tutorial! You've solved the mystery of the slip ring for me, yay! never been able to master that :) Thank you.
    Victoria xx

  2. I'll try this, can't promise the same results though! Ada :)

    1. i'd love to know how you get on. Let me know if there are any probs with it. xx

  3. Great tutorial. The only thing I noticed was you said to hold hook like a dinner knife. I hold mine like a pencil. Maybe add this as an alternative? New follower.

  4. at last I can now do a slip ring, the first instructions I have fully understood. thanks for the flower too and look forward to further instructions

  5. Thanks so much for this tutorial! It's so nice to see a step by step being a complete crochet newbie, I get a bit confused without the photos as a guide. I will try this out for excited :)
    Magie x

  6. As a very novice crocheter, I really love to see tutorials like this, thank you. It makes such a pretty flower and the step by step pictures really help. x

  7. you have made this so clear, can not wait to have a go but think I will have to wait until tomorrow as I am off to our monthly meeting of the Embroiderers Guild today, thankyou.