Thursday, June 10

How to Crochet a Flower!


Wow, this has been a project. 

First, my daughter (#4) has this black crocheted hat with a green crocheted flower on it (it was a gift from a wonderful YW leader).  I loved it and my daughter wanted me to make more for her in different colors.

Second, I was able to crochet the hat without too much difficulty, but I could not figure out the crocheted flower for the life of me. 
Third, I was off to the library to check out crochet books.  Behold! I found a pattern for a crocheted flower. 
Fourth, after crocheting one, it was not the same as my daughters, it was floppier and bigger and had larger holes in it (lacier is a good term). 
Fifth, from the library book and looking at the flower of my daughters, I came up with a version of my own.  The flower in the above pic is what I came up with.
Sixth, I filmed myself crocheting a flower. Filming and re-learning how to edit video in movie maker was an adventure.  I thought I would easily have this posted on Wednesday (yesterday),  but as you know some things just take so much longer than you ever dream they will! 
Seventh, I didn't know how to put video on the blog and I was told to put it in youtube then on the blog.  Eighth, after uploading it to youtube it was rejected because it was 21 minutes long and it only takes a maximum of 10 minute videos. 
Ninth, I cut my video into 3 parts to fit youtube's rules. 
Tenth, I put the links or url's or whatever on the blog.  I hope it makes sense and I hope the link works!!!



Now for the next part of this ubber posty post.  Here are the written instructions for the crocheted flower.  I should have qualified this sooner, but this project needs basic crocheting skills/knowledge.  There are super youtube videos out there that can teach you how to crochet.

Ch (chain stitch) 6, in the sixth ch from hook, work a sl (slip stitch), ch 4.

Work a sc (single crochet) in the loop, ch 2, work a sc + ch 2 six more times. Join with a sl in 2nd ch of previous chain 4 to form the first round with 8 spokes of the round.



Work a petal in the number 1 space. Petal: sc, ch 1, 2 dc (double crochet), ch 1, sc
There are eight spaces, yet you will only work 5 petals, so work the next 4 petals in space 3, then 4, then 6, and the last (or 5th) petal in space 7. Sl in the first sc from the first petal.

Ch 1, then turn the flower over (the back is now facing you). Insert hook under the "spoke" and work a sl.  Ch 5
Work a dc under the next spoke and ch 2, do the same through each remaining spoke and sl in the third ch of the first ch5.

Ch 1 and turn flower back over to the front.  Fold the petals forward to work the middle layer of petals in the loops you just finished.  Work a petal in each loop. These petals are made by working a sc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch1, sc.  Join with a sl in first sc.

Ch 1 and turn flower to the back again, work a sl in first spoke and ch 6, work dc + ch 3 on remaining spokes, then work a sl in 3rd ch of the first ch 6.  Ch 1 and turn flower to the front.


Work petals (sc, ch 1, 4 dc, ch1, sc) in each loop and join with a sl in first sc.  Fasten off.


GREAT JOB!!! You did it! It's adorable and all done!!!

Another thing I really liked about this crocheted flower is that it didn't need to have the clip glued or sewn on.  You just clip it onto the flower and onto the hat.  Or clip it onto your belt, or handbag, or clothing, or bedroom decor.  Or clip it onto your clipboard :-)

If you are interested in crocheting the little leaf, here is a "how to" video:

Thank you for looking at this very looonnnngggg post! I hope it has been fun and useful (hint: super idea for gift giving!!!)



101 comments:

  1. Love this! Is there any way you can type the instructions in a PDF so we can print them out?

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  2. Wow! That turned out really well - good job sis!

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  3. Hi anonymous,
    I don't even know what pdf is. I know, I'm a technological slow poke, but I did just figure out how to leave a comment here for you to answer your question! What can I say it's a beginning.
    Anyway, I do know you can probably copy and then paste it into a word type document. That should work. Let me know if you need any help.
    Lisa (mom of 5 d's)

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  4. Thanks for this! I made it and it's beautiful!

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  5. You are welcome. I'm glad it turned out great!!!

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  6. Thanks for a great tutorial! Saw your videos on YouTube (whenever I want to know how to do something that's where I go!) and my flower came out pretty good. Thanks again for taking time to post that... Merry Christmas!

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  7. Easy to follow directions!! Thanks!

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  8. Do you have a pattern for the hat? I have made several flowers(which turned out adorable) for thicker crochet hats for winter (for my newborn) but yours looks like it would be nice and breezy for summer hats.

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  9. Sorry, I don't have a pattern for the hat. It was a gift. I'm glad you like the flowers!!!

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  10. The flower kinda of complicated and confusing at 1st but I got hang of it in the end...and it turned out great!!! Thank u for the instructions!

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing this! I love how the flowers I made turned out. I put them on caps that I made for my 2 DDs. I posted pictures on my blog and a link back to you here. :)

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  12. Thanks poohgirl, I'm glad they turned out and that you have daughters to share them with!
    Daughters are the best!!!
    Thanks for the link too!

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  13. Lisa,
    I found your youtube videos and your blog on line. Love the crocheting instructions and can't wait to make more head bands. I have created a PDF file of instructions only. If you want me to send it to you just let me know and I can send it to your email, just provide it for me.
    Thanks again from an appreciative mother, grandmother, godmother
    Mariann C. St. Augustine, Fl

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  14. Love your blog. A question what type of yarn do you use? I made the first one yesterday, but it turned out very very big and I was wondering how I could make it a little smaller. Thanks so much for posting these videos they are so helpful. I have taught myself to crochet and these are fantastic.

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  15. To K and Mariann:
    Thank you for your sweet comments and way to go in teaching yourself how to crochet.
    About the flowers, I used a "soft" yarn. There are different brands of "soft" type yarn and it is a little thinner than regular yarn. I also used a size "G" hook.
    Keep up the great work!!!
    I will soon be doing PDF files, thank you for your offer (I personally love the grandmother part!!!).

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  16. Thanks for all of the wonderful crochet "show how of your know how"! :-)

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  17. Just found you via your You Tube videos for this flower. Thank you soooo much for doing the video!! I saw a similar flower on another blog but for the life of me I could not figure it out. Now I know that I was not turning the flower over when I was supposed to. Next up I will try your crocheted headband. Thanks again :)

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  18. I still consider myself a beginner. Came across your website via utube. Watched your video for the flower then went on your site and followed the written instructions. I did it and it looks beautiful. I'm so excited and proud of myself. You just gave me more confidence in my ability to keep learning and making new projects. Thank you so very much. Vivian

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  19. hi! i love it!! the most beautiful flower,thank you!! i like reading your blog! congratulations!!!

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  20. I loved it!! Just made it for a birthday party...it was a hit! Thank you!

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  21. Sandy, Vivian, Agathi, and Parson's wife:
    You are welcome! and thank you for your kind comments. I'm so glad the flowers turned out for you. They are loads of fun - aren't they!

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  22. Where do you buy these clips? Thanks- jessfuqua@gmail.com

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  23. Jessica,
    I just got them in the hair care isle of the local grocery store :)

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  24. Alyssa -
    I just started making these and I am addicted. Your patterns are so easy to follow and I love how "natural" your videos are...like the phone ringing and dogs nail clicking. I would love to see how you make the leaf for the flowers too if you need another idea for a video. Thank you again for taking the time to do these and share them. kathypinaz@yahoo.com

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  25. These flowers are SO addicting! Do you have a pattern for the leaf?!

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  26. What is the pattern for the beautiful hat?

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  27. Carrie,
    The next post I do will be a pattern for the leaf. I found it in a library book that I can no longer get, so I have created my own version. I just need to write it out and take some pics and I will post it for you.
    I don't know who crocheted the hat, it was a gift to my daughter. Maybe I'll get that one figured out someday too.
    Until then, I'm occupied with some adorable crochet boots. I hopefully will get them posted soon too!!!!

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  28. Can't wait!!! Love your patterns!

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  29. This is a wonderful blog. Your work is great and you make it easy for the beginner. Thank you!

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  30. Thank you for a wonderful pattern and for sharing it for FREE! I have used this pattern countless times to add to hats and headbands. I put a link to your blog on my blog: http://www.mymerrymessylife.com/2012/02/crochet-baby-headband-free-crochet.html. Thank you again!

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  31. I've made a number of these flowers ranging from about 1" - 1 1/2" to about a 3" flower using a chenielle type yarn, and my daughter loves them all!! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us!

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  32. Thank you Sara and Lana. You are so nice to take the time to leave such great comments. I really appreciate them!!!

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  33. I followed this tutorial but did a petal for each loop of the original round, and carried that through, used a chenille yarn and it made the best massive floppy flower...
    I instagrammed a pic of the finished project: http://instagr.am/p/KzglK2IvXE/

    Thanks for the tutorial!

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  34. I just found your video for the headband on YouTube. I learned how to crochet from my mom, and I'm so excited to have my headband done. Love the exchangeable flowers!!! Thanks!!!

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  35. I just found your blog and I love this tutorial on how to make this flower, is sensational!! I just watched the videos on you tube and they are excellent, thanks for taking the time to create them. I put them in my pinterest page with a link to your blog and a link to the videos to keep them for future reference and for others to visit you. Thank you again.

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  36. Thank you so much Marisa! I very much appreciate you sharing it with pinterest, you're awesome!

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  37. I want to thank you for this tutorial, it was very useful for me, I could create some nice flowers that I will use in my next project. I made a publication in my blog ( http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/ ) and added a link to this post so that others can take advantage of your tutorial. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

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  38. Thank You for your tutorials. They are super easy to follow. The flower turned out beautiful. Thanks again.

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  39. These are wonderful and were perfect for a project I was working on. I have left this link on Ravelry so that others may have access to this great tutorial. Thank you for taking the time to create this page, and for your clear and thorough instructions!

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  40. Missredd, Marisa, and Barbara,
    Thanks for the sweet comments!!! And Missredd and Marisa thanks for the links!
    All y'all are so kind :)

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  41. This is the best flower that i ever made.clear instruction and super easy to follow.million thanks to you for your great efford preparing the tutorial. My kids and i love it.

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  42. Thank you Ummi! You are so kind, I'm glad your kids love the flowers too!

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  43. Dear Alyssa,

    I just found your YouTube tutorial for these flowers the other day, and I wanted to thank you so much for the awesome pattern and easy explanation to how to crochet these beauties. I already made two, and planning more in several colors. :) If you'd like to see my first two flowers, you can find them here: http://dysfunksjonell.no/graphics/crochet/crochet-flower-11102012.jpg and here: http://www.dysfunksjonell.no/graphics/crochet/crochet-flower2-11112012.jpg - hope you approve! Thanks again. :)

    Hugs,
    Shamini from Norway

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  44. Dear Alyssa,

    I just found your YouTube tutorial for these flowers the other day, and I wanted to thank you so much for the awesome pattern and easy explanation to how to crochet these beauties. I already made two, and planning more in several colors. :) If you'd like to see my first two flowers, you can find them here: http://dysfunksjonell.no/graphics/crochet/crochet-flower-11102012.jpg and here: http://www.dysfunksjonell.no/graphics/crochet/crochet-flower2-11112012.jpg - hope you approve! Thanks again. :)

    Hugs,
    Shamini from Norway

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  45. Hi Shamini,
    Thank you for your sweet comments. I love your flowers (thanks for sharing the pics), the two colors look fantastic.
    You are awesome! Stay warm in Norway :)

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  46. I am Eiza from Malaysia, I did one after watching your utube, and I turn it to brooch, put the beautiful big sequin in the middle and it's really turn very beautiful brooch. Thanks a lot!

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  47. Hi Eiza,
    What a great idea! I think I may make one for myself. Thank you so much for sharing your brooch idea!!!

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  48. Thank u so much for posting this....i have been looking all over for a good pattern for flowers...I just started adding some to my hats I am making..and luv it...but I used a different pattern and its to hard...yours is easier...thnx so much

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  49. Oh Torrie,
    You are so nice. Thank you for your sweet comments!

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  50. I am a very novice crocheter and I just made your flower and it turned out AWESOME! Thank you so much for the videos and detailed instructions! Now I don't have to rely on my friend to make all my crocheted flowers!

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  51. Thank you so much for the video tutorial! I just completed one of these a few hours ago!

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  52. How can I get this onto a scarf I crocheted? Sorry I'm a beginner and have no clue

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  53. One cute way to attach the flowers is by sewing a button onto the item you want the flower on. An example of this is on the video at:
    http://momof5daughters.blogspot.com/2010/07/crocheting-again.html

    I hope this helps :)

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  56. Thank you soo much for the great flower pattern! The videos are awesome and help a lot when first getting started with this project! I have made about 3 of these and they are perfect for adding buttons to the center! Super cute!!!!
    Thanks again and Happy Holidays!

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  57. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and thank you for your kind comments!

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  58. Thank you so much for the easy to follow instructions :) Just made my first flower
    Whoo Hoo so proud :) 1st of many
    Have a great 2013

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  59. I watched your you tube video and made the flower with you. It turned out great, I had not crochet in years but your videos are very easy to follow. Thanks for posting them. I am off to make some more flowers!!! Thank you so much! Kathy

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  60. Hi Kathy,
    Thank you! I'm glad you liked the videos and that the flower turned out. Have a great time covering the world with flowers!!!

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  61. I saw your flower and I think it is the prettiest one I have seen, but I am having trouble trying to figure out the stitch you are calling a single crochet, but it isn't! You are pulling through one loop at time instead of both. Why is that? Anyway, I am back for part two of the video again since I am a bit stuck there.

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  62. Hi Marcia,
    I don't know what I was thinking when I did that video. You are right, I'm not doing a sc, but you may just want to follow what I did and not listen to what I say in the video --- lol!!!
    Sorry about that mass of confusion!

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  63. Do u have a pattern for the little leaf that you put on the flower? I really like the look of the flower and leaf together. I just made one of the flowers and really liked it. Also told my aunt about it and shes excited too. :D

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  64. Wow wonderful flowers, I am a beginner and I have a litte boy and I'm expecting twin girls due this June =) so I will be making these in every colour along with your wonderful headband pattern and the button idea is just perfect to have several flowers and swap them to match their outfits. You are absolutely amazing and it is really nice of you to share your patterns with all of us, thank you very very much God bless you and your family!

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  65. Ohhh, you are so nice and I'm so excited for your baby girls come June!!! Have fun with all the frilly girly things -- daughters are wonderful!

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  66. i followed you flower pattern and it turned out great Thank You! Now i need an easy beginner boys beanie pattern that is quick and easy easy easy LOLOL

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  68. I followed your flower tutorial on u tube and I have just fallen in love with this flower. I have been looking all day for a flower pattern as I want to make hair clips and elastics for my kids school fate
    fundraiser. this is awesome. Thankyou so much.
    Eve from Australia

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  69. Hi Eve,
    Have fun with the school fundraiser down in Aussie land -- I'm so glad you found the flower vid and are having fun making them!
    Alyssa

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  70. found ur instructions very easy to follow as i'm a newbee to crochet. Also hate the word precious after seeing film. Gives me the creeps.

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  71. Yup, that word has never been the same since Gollum :)

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  72. the flower pattern on your blog doesn't give the large centre for button to go through lik when you demo the headband pattern on youtube.

    Can you help?

    I have made the headband and it's effective but that button flower pattern is needed too.

    Help

    thank you

    Heidi UK

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  73. Hmmm, the flowers used in the video and the blog are the same. The difference might be the size hook, or the type of yarn or the tension you use while crocheting.
    To remedy this just buy buttons that are small enough for the flowers to go around.
    Or you can add another chain stitch to the beginning ring.
    I hope this helps :)

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  74. Hi,

    absolutely love the beanie with the edges. I have two small girls and a baby girl. Do you know what the pattern would be for a baby/child's beanie? With the edges.

    Thank you,

    Lisa

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  75. Sorry with the shell or scalloped edges!!!

    Lisa

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  76. Love these videos! I was able to make a flower on the first try and it actually looked like a flower! I never have stuff turn out on the first try! Thank you so much for posting these! Your commentary is also very entertaining - kept me giggling the whole time! Thanks!!

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    1. Maggie, thank you for your note, you made my day. I'm so glad it turned out!!!

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  77. thankyou it is very helpfull for beginners

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  78. I have made a few of these flowers now for hats and diaper covers. I love how they turn out. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern!!!

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    1. Oh my gosh, they would be so cute on diaper covers! Keep it up :)

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  79. I found your video on how to make a flower 2 years ago. I did not know how to crochet but after 3 weeks of trying to make your flower I FINALLY made one, now I can make them with my eyes closed. I just wanted to let you know that because of this video I followed more crochet alongs. Have now been crocheting for 2 years, I love it and have made money selling my crochet hats. Thank you so much for inspiring me to make something that I didn't even know how to do. Have a great day.:)

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    1. Hi Debbie,
      Thanks so much for your sweet note! That is amazing, to make a flower as a beginning crocheter. They are definitely more complex than say a crocheted dish cloth! Keep up the great work and have a wonderful day,
      Alyssa

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  80. Thanks so much! I was trying to make flowers just from directions (no pics) and as a crochet novice, I was having no luck. After watching your video, not only did I make a super cute flower, I now feel confident in following the other directions. Thanks!!

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  81. Hi Mrs Wyo,
    Thanks for the sweet comment. I'm so glad the video helped (I'm more a visual person so it helps me too). Have a great Holiday season!!!

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  82. I've been knitting for a long time and I'm starting to learn crochet with a book written for kids I bought for my daughters that have the basic methods (I recommend all adults - and kids - who want to learn crochet to use simple books written for children, these are the best for starters like me). The reason I wanted to learn crochet was to be able to crochet cute flowers like these to embellish my knitted accessories.
    The first part took me a few tries but after 5 or 6 times, I finally started to see and understand what I was doing: good thing I'm stubborn!
    Thank you for this tutorial which I found on YouTube.

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    1. Hi Sophie,
      Thank you for your message. Persistence is the key to success . . . way to go on figuring out how to do the flower. It is not a beginner project so you should be proud of yourself. Have a Happy New Year!
      Alyssa

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  83. Love, love your tutorial on making these flowers. I'm hooked! I am looking for the hat pattern you also show. Can you share of I will buy the pattern. Thank you.

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  84. Or I will gladly purchase the hat pattern. Thanks

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  85. This tutorial is awesome! Thank you so much for creating it. I've been making a ton of these and adding them to headbands to use as gifts, and I keep getting asked how it's done! Do you mind if I share a link to your post on my blog? Thanks again!

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  86. Thank you for your beautiful flower

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  87. Hi Mom of 5 Daughters

    Yesterday I posted a comment on your blog to ask if I could link to your wonderful tutorial from a blog I'm in the process of creating. However, the comment somehow dissapeared, so I'll ask again :o) Thanks one more time for your great tutorials!

    Kind regards
    Louise

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  88. Hi Louise,
    Thank you for your kind comments. Yes, you can link up to anything you'd like :)
    I'm flattered!
    Great success to you in your blog endeavors,
    Alyssa

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  89. Thank you so much Alyssa! I wont forget to link to your blog :o)

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  90. Alyssa, you taught me how to crochet today... Thank you so much, for taking the time to record, edit, and post this tutorial online! Here is a link to the white flowers I made today if you want to see: http://rocboutique.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/crochet-tutorial-for-beginners.html ;) Thanks again! x

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  91. I stumbled across your blog when I was looking for a flower to crochet. I am so glad I found your blog. Thank you for providing detailed instructions on the flower and posting the pattern! Can't wait to try other patterns and I will most definitely be following your blog!

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  92. This is great! I love your writing! You made me chuckle - not laughing at you at all - just love your light-heartedness! The flower is gorgeous! Will be making these a lot! Thanks for writing it out, the pictures and details are amazing! Can't wait to poke around more on your blog!

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  93. Thank you I have never crocheted before and was able to follow your you tube video and end up with a flower that looked like I'd been doing it for years!!

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  94. Hi Tree, Thanks for your sweet comments. I'm glad I added a chuckle to your day :) Have fun with the flowers!!!!

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  95. Reka and Tracey,
    It's amazing to me that you can crochet these flowers without being an avid crocheter! You are very skilled!!! WAY TO GO!

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  96. Hi Diana,
    Thank you for your kind comments and for following my blog! I appreciate it :)

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