Monday, December 29, 2014

my crocheted rose pattern, a gift for you

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 

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and painting

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so I modified the pattern. 

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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. 

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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.

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Because I originally found the pattern online for free I want to return the favor and share my modified pattern for free, too. 

Because of the popularity of the pattern and repeated requests for a printable version, it's now available for at a modest cost in my original Etsy shop.


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I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have. If you don't crochet, now is the perfect time to learn. 

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 other patterns available in my shop are very similar to this. 

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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).

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Row 1: Double crochet into 4th chain from hook.  This makes your first V stitch.

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Chain 1. Skip 2 stitches. Double crochet into next stitch. Chain 2. Double crochet into same stitch.

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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.

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Turn.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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You can see that the fabric is already wanting to spiral into a rose shape and that the larger petals are beginning to curve. With these large petals it will be a bit of a squeeze to get all of the stitches to fit in the V stitch space; that's what creates the curved shape of the petal.

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).

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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).

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Line up the original chain stitches from your foundation row to create the base of the flower.

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The front will look like this as you begin to roll:

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Continue rolling

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until you have wrapped the largest petals around the rose, making sure to keep the base of the flower flat.

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Leave the tail from the last largest petal loose for now. Thread an appropriately sized needle with the beginning tail.

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You will want to check the front to make sure that your petals are arranged nicely. Adjust them if necessary.

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Now you will secure the rose by working the tail back and forth through the base of the flower.

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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.

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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,

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working your stitches down to the base of the rose.

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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

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and through the center of the spiraled petals in the front of the flower.

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Work the rest of the other tail end up through the center as well.

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 Fasten off.

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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.

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:

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Whatever you create, I'd love to see it!

Happy crafting!

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22 comments:

  1. This is so pretty! Now, if only we lived closer so you could teach me how to crochet. ;)

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  2. Such a cheery post on a grey day here in Vermont!

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    1. I think I was overcompensating for the dreariness by choosing such a bright yarn. It was really hard to photograph. Hope you're on to some brighter days now!

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  3. Your rose is so beautiful and detailed! Thank you for sharing the pattern and step-by-step instructions with us. Like Hedgerow Rose, I need to learn to crochet first before attempting a rose but your pattern is great incentive :) Happy New Year to you and your family!

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! I'm sure you'd be able to easily learn. And then think of all the crocheted bits you could make for your fun stuffed dolls!

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  4. Thank you so much, Anne. My rose turned out beautiful and I've shared it with my Facebook followers. Wonderful tutorial with wonderful results ♥wendy

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! So glad you had success with my pattern!

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  5. Pretty, pretty. Am I able to pin this for later?

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  6. Will the Bon Bon yarn by Lion Brand be enough yarn for one rose?

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    1. I'm not 100% sure as I don't have experience with that yarn. I used a mini skein that had about 50 yards and was able to make a rose from that. If you're unsure you might want to try making a slightly smaller rose. Start with a chain of 46 which would reduce the number of petals to 15. Have fun and experiment!

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  7. Anne , I have a question , I finished the 7 hdc shell now am I suppose to within the same row continue 9dc petal,11tcs petal,13dts petal? And not with starting a new rows? I have this makes scene.

    TIA Judy

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    1. Hi, Judy, yes, you do make all of the different sized petals (shells) in one row. The whole rose is just one long strip that gets rolled up to make the flower. I hope this helps. Thanks for stopping by and happy crocheting!

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  8. This pattern was amazing! It was easy to follow and my flower turned out beautifully! I cannot wait to make more in different colors and yarn weights! Thanks again.

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    1. Hi, Andrea! Thanks for stopping by! I'm so glad that my pattern worked well for you. Have fun crocheting your garden of roses! :)

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  9. Do you have a printable pattern? Can you tell me how big this flower is when completed?

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    1. Hi, Sandra, I don't have a separate, formatted to print version of this pattern. There are a few ways you could go about printing it. Copying and pasting it into something like Word would work and allow you to choose which of the photos and text you need. Using the print dialog in your browser (depending on which browser you're using) can give you control of things like which pages, or specific selections of the page you can print.

      The size of the completed rose will vary by material and size of hook you use as well as what tension you're crocheting with. Little perle cotton roses made with a tiny hook could be as small as an inch across. Worsted weight yarn crocheted with a size G hook would give you a rose that's maybe 4 inches across. I've used bulky yarn and a large hook to create roses that are as big as 10 inches across. It's really up to you how big your rose will be.

      Have fun crocheting and let me know if you have any other questions!

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    2. Also, I noticed that your profile is set to "no-reply". This happens when you link your account to Google+. Even after you've fixed it blogger reverts to "no-reply" at times. I've had to fix my profile a few times. There's a simple tutorial on how to fix that here: http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2014/08/are-you-no-reply-blogger.html

      If not for the "no-reply" setting, I would have contacted you directly!

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  10. Absolutely Beautiful and delicate.

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    1. Thank you, Mary! I hope you enjoy crocheting some roses!

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    2. I have made a couple of them now and plan to make more. They are fun and beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing them.

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