It isn’t every day that you learn something crafty from your 10-year old.
Especially when it’s a craft you’ve been practicing for more than 4 of her lifetimes.
But that’s exactly what happened, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it.
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A few weeks ago I noticed Hannah bent over a hook and yarn, totally focused on what she was working on.
When I asked about it, she showed me the cutest little flowers that she had just “made up” herself! She agreed that they’d be the perfect spring To Work with My Hands Mini project and now we’re excited to share them with you too.
These flowers crochet up fast and easy – even for beginners. Similar to Crocheted Christmas Wreaths, you can stitch them up in a matter of minutes.
Following Hannah’s design, I whipped up 24 flowers in 3 sizes and 4 colors to match her room decor.
I also crocheted a pale green chain to string them on.
When the chain was long enough, I wove it through the center of half of the large and medium flowers. It’s easy to see the chain on the front of the flowers, but a second layer will fix that.
These bright flowers remind me of one of my favorites – portulaca. The truth is that I enjoy growing them because they are incredibly forgiving when I forget to water them. In fact, they actually thrive with little water.
I once grew some that had double blooms, so I decided to stack the crocheted flowers to resemble them.
It only took a few stitches with sewing thread to hold them in place. It’s a good idea to only stitch the flowers – and not the chain – so you can slide the flowers along the chain and reposition them if you want.
The garland was a fun project for us, but here’s some other ideas for these little flowers that you can enjoy with your little crafting friend:
- attach to Barrett’s or headbands
- embellish gift boxes and bags
- glue to a basic wood photo frame
- glue to a foam wreath and add a matching ribbon
- applique to a doll or baby afghan
Ready to get making?
Instructions for Large Flowers:
- Chain 4. Slip stitch in first chain to form a ring. Chain 1.
- Work 8 single crochet stitches in ring. Slip stitch in top of first single crochet. Chain 4.
- Slip stitch in top of next single crochet; chain 4. Repeat 6 times. Slip stitch in beginning chain 1; chain 1.
- Slip stitch in first chain 4 space; chain 6. Slip stitch in top of next chain 4 space; chain 6. Repeat 6 times. Slip stitch in beginning chain 1; chain 1.
- Slip stitch in first chain 6 space; chain 8. Slip stitch in top of next chain 6 space; chain 8. Repeat 6 times. Slip stitch in beginning chain 1. chain 1. Finish off.
Work steps 1 – 4 for large flowers. Finish off at the end of row 4.
Work steps 1 – 3 for large flowers. Finish off at the end of row 3.
If you’re not yet a crocheter, these flowers are a great little project to start with, and Craftsy’s Crochet: Basics and Beyond is a great way to learn. It’s my preferred online crochet class. Read my full review of the course here.
How would you use crocheted flowers?