Wednesday, 3 June 2015

How to Crochet Realistic Roses

There is nothing that delights me more than trying to recreate nature through crochet, and with the wonderful excuse of it being my parents 40th wedding anniversary, I thought what better than trying to design some roses. Why not make up a whole bunch to make into a bouquet!

This pattern requires the following materials, but all should be available via eBay or Amazon, even your local florists.

  • 3.5mm crochet hook
  • DK/Light worsted weight in pink or red etc, and green
  • Yarn needle and scissors
  • Florist tape
  • Florist wire (approx. 12” length)

You can watch the video tutorial here too, if you prefer.


This pattern is in US terminology.

Stitch Library

ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet stitch
** = repeat instructions between asterisks for as long as stated
() = total stitches

P = pink  
G = green

Petals

Round 1
Using P and a 3.5mm crochet hook, ch7, 2sc in second ch from hook, 1sc in next ch, 1hdc in next ch, 1dc in next 2 chs, 5dc in last ch, now turn your work clockwise and work back into your chains again in the opposite direction, the last chain you worked in with the 5dc now becomes your first ch, skip this ch, 1dc in next 2 chs, 1hdc in next ch, 1sc in next ch, 2sc in last ch – (17 total sts from both rows)

Round 2 – you are now working in the round, do not join ends or chain at beginning.
1sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next st, 1hdc in next st, 1dc in next 3 sts, 3dc in next st, 2dc in next 2 sts, 3dc in next st, 1dc in next 3 sts, 1hdc in next st, 1sc in next st, 2sc in last st – (25)

Round 3
1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next 2 sts, 1hdc in next 4 sts, 2hdc in next 9 sts, 1hdc in next 4 sts, 1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in last st – (36)

Sl st in next 2 sts regardless of round, fasten off and tie in all tails. Repeat another five times so you have six petals in total, leaving a long tail for sewing on the last petal.

Finishing
Roll up petal with long tail and sew into place, over-lap another petal and sew into place, repeat overlapping petals until you have a rose shape. It helps to overlap petals not quite opposite each other as you then create a more natural effect.

Green Stem Base

Round 1
Using G and a 3.5mm crochet hook, ch4, sl st in first ch to form a loop, crochet 6sc into centre of loop, sl st in first sc to join – (6)

Round 2
Ch1 (don’t count as st), 2sc in same st as previous sl st, 2sc in ea st around, sl st in first sc to join – (12)

Round 3
*Ch11, sl st in second ch from hook, sl st in next ch, 1sc in next 2 chs, 1hdc in next 2 chs, 1dc in next 2 chs, 1tr in last 2 chs, sl st in next 2 sts on main circle, ch7, sl st in second ch from hook, 1sc in next ch, 1hdc in next ch, 1dc in next ch, 1tr in last 2 chs, sl st in next 2 sts on main circle*, repeat from * to * once more.

Finishing
Sew green stem base onto bottom of rose, making sure to sew tail ends through centre of green stem base.

Leaf

Row 1
Using G and a 3.5mm crochet hook, ch15, sl st in second ch from hook, *1sc in next ch, 1hdc in next ch, 1dc in next ch, 1tr in next 6 chs, 1dc in next ch, 1hdc in next ch, 1sc in next ch, sl st in last ch*, now turn your work clockwise and work back into your chains again in the opposite direction, the last chain you worked in with the sl st now becomes your first ch, sk this ch, repeat from * to * once more. Fasten off and repeat twice more or for as many leaves you need.

Finishing

Leaves
Take three leaves, and one length of your florist wire and cut your wire into three pieces, double the length of one leaf. Thread your short wire pieces through the centre chains of your leaves, in a concertina style, and twist together to join. Cover in florist tape.

Rose
Take one length of your florist wire and bend the end twice into a loop, thread wire through centre of rose so that the looped end catches on the inside of your rose. Twist your wired leaves onto your rose stem and cover everything in florist tape.

And now you’re done! Any questions just pop by our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/happyberrycrochet 



    

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