I love the “ripple” effect that is created in these pretty little flowers by using front and back post double crochets. A fun new twist to a simple flower. I hope you enjoy it!
Crochet Hook: US I (5.5 mm)
Any worsted weight yarn
(sl st) slip stitch)
(sc) single crochet
(hdc) half-double crochet
(fphdc) front post half double crochet
(bphdc) back post half double crochet
(fpdc) front post double crochet
(bpdc) back post double crochet
Note: If you have never used a post stitch, there are lots of video tutorials online, including this one from Mooglyblog.com.
Chain 5. Join to the first stitch to create a circle (or create a magic circle if you prefer that method)
Row 1. Ch 1. *Sc. Ch 1.* (Repeat from * to * 4 more times). (Note: if you used a chain 5 for the circle, as opposed to a magic circle, then hold the yarn tail next to the circle so that you single crochet around the circle AND the tail as you go. That way, when you complete the flower, you can pull the center tight by pulling on the tail, similar to the magic circle technique. See photo below.) Use a sl st to join the last chain to the first sc.
Row 2. Ch 1. In first ch 1 space, hdc, 4 dc, hdc (see photo below). Repeat (hdc, 4 dc, hdc) in each chain 1 space around, creating 5 petals. (Note: Your last petal will be chained in the last chain space that also joins to your first chain in the previous row. This makes it feel like you’re working in your joining stitch, but don’t let this confuse you. You’re in the right spot!) Use a sl st to join the last hdc to the first hdc.
Row 3. Ch 1. Bphdc in same stitch (your first hdc from the last row, see photo below). Fpdc. Bpdc. Fpdc. Bpdc. Fphdc. Repeat same pattern (bphdc, fpdc, bpdc, fpdc, bpdc, fphdc) in each petal around (5 petals). Use a sl st to join the last fphdc to your first bphdc.
Row 4. Ch 2. Fpdc in the first fpdc (this means you’re skipping the bphdc, see photo below). 2 bpdc in next stitch. Fpdc. 2 bpdc in next stitch. Ch 2. Sl st into next stitch (which should be a fphdc). *Sl st into next stitch (bphdc of next petal). Ch. 2. Fpdc. 2 bpdc in next stitch. Fpdc. 2 bpdc in next stitch. Ch 2. Sl st. into fphdc.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times to complete the 5 petals. (Note: each front post stitch should be done in a previous front post stitch and each back post stitch should be done in a previous back post stitch. This creates the continuous ripple. So, if you find yourself doing a back post in a front post stitch or vice versa, you know you’re off track) Join with a sl st to the first petal. Finish off and weave in ends.
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