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Springtime Flower Assortment – Free Patterns (9 Assorted Flowers, 3 Assorted Leaves)


 To favorite this and look at it later, here is the ravelry link:  
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/9-assorted-flower-and-3-assorted-leaf-patterns
 

I just made A Crocheted Simplicity’s Batman Easter Basket for my son and he LOVED it! Very easy pattern to follow. I even didn’t have to drag my feet on the handle. lol It was very easy to understand and easy to do. I decided I didn’t want anything character for my daughter, as she really doesn’t know anything other than Elmo, and frankly, I’ve WAY outdone Elmo in this household so far this year. lol So, I am crocheting my daughter a plain Easter basket in Lavender (go figure… lol) using the Batman Easter basket pattern as a base for reference and I am planning to just embellish it all over in spring flowers and maybe some butterflies or dragonflies, bees or some other spring type appliques. I sat down to crochet one flower and they just kept coming! I could not stop until I got some creations out. I still have a dragonfly, butterfly and bumble bee in there somewhere, but unfortunately, I also have a few orders… so…. lol I decided there are ENTIRELY too little REAL free flower patterns on Pinterest (in English) and I would like to give it a go. Of course, you can change colors, nix the yellow centers or add them if you’d like. Be creative! Go down or up hook sizes for bigger or smaller sizing. I’ve included sizing on each flower and a hook size to make it easier to size these. I hope you enjoy! If you find a mistake, please feel free to bring it to my attention. As always, I accept constructive criticism and if you enjoy the patterns, please let me know in the comments!


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3 inches in diameter

This first one is my ABSOLUTE favorite. I used Red Heart Petal Pink and an H hook.

Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as first dc, ch1) (Mark 3rd ch as first st)
(Dc, Ch1) 5X in 4th ch from hook, join to first st in the round. (6 dc, 6 ch 1 sps)

Round 2: Ch 4 (counts as first dc, ch1) (Mark 3rd ch as first st)
(Dc, Ch1) in each st, join to first st in the round. (12 dc, 12 ch 1 sps)

Round 3: [Sl st around the post of the next dc, ch 3, (Dc, Hdc, Dc) all in next ch 1 sp]
Repeat [] 11 more times to create 12 petals.
Sl st to first dc post to join. 


Round 4: (Worked in front of last round, this is a base for the inner petals) 

[Ch 2, sl st to next dc post]
Repeat [] 11 more times to create 12 petal bases.
Sl st to first dc post to join. 

Round 5: [Ch 1, (Sc, Hdc, Sc) all in ch 2 sp, sl st to next dc post]
Repeat () 11 times to create 12 inner petals
 

FO

If you’d like this one to have a yellow center, then complete round 1 in yellow. Color change to Pink in join of round 1. Or if you aren’t familiar with how to color change, just FO and sl st in at the join.

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3 inches in diameter

This one is very similar to that last one, with subtle changes. Instead of an H hook like the pink one, I followed the same pattern above, except I used an F Hook. I used Red Heart Bright Yellow and I believe the name of this dark purple Red Heart yarn is Amethyst. The only thing I did differently with this one is, the yellow center, (instructions for how to get the center yellow above) and I changed some of the numbers. Here is a written out pattern for this one.
Center-
Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as first dc, ch1) (Mark 3rd ch as first st)
(Dc, Ch1) 5X in 4th ch from hook, join to first st in the round. (6 dc, 6 ch 1 sps)
Either color change to purple in the join of round 1 or FO yellow and sl st in with purple in join of round 1. 
 
Petals-
Round 2: Ch 4 (counts as first dc, ch1) (Mark 3rd ch as first st)
(Dc, Ch1) in next st, (Dc, Ch1) 2x in next st, join to first st in the round. (15 dc, 15 ch 1 sps)

Round 3: [Sl st around the post of the next dc, ch 3, (Dc, Hdc, Dc) all in next ch 1 sp]

Repeat [] 14 more times to create 15 petals.
Sl st to first dc post to join.


FO

So, very similar, but with subtle changes and absolutely a different flower. 

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Next, I did a Daisy. If you need a Magic Circle Tutorial, there’s one here. You will start using Red heart Bright Yellow and an F hook.


4 inches in diameter

Center-
Round 1: 6 sc in mc, join to first sc (6)


Round 2: Ch 1 (2sc, sc) Repeat () around, join to first st. (9) 

Either color change to white in the join of round 2 or FO yellow and sl st in with white in join of round 2. 

Petals-
Round 3: (Ch 8, and then working backwards along the ch 8, sl st, sc hdc 5x, sl st to same st as ch 8 is made in, sl st in next st to start next petal) 
Repeat () around, join to first st. (9 petals) 

FO

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 The next is a pin wheel. I really was reaching for this one, and did a lot of fiddling but it turned out REALLY cute!  I will use this one again! For the Blue Flower, I used Red Heart Blue yarn and Bright Yellow Yarn and I just went up to an I hook.

3 1/4 X 3 inches

3 1/4 X 3 inches

3 1/4 X 2 1/2 inches
3 1/4 X 2 1/2 inches

Pink Pinwheel flower: 

(Red Heart) Baby pink and Bright Yellow and G hook

Round 1: 8 sc in mc, join to first st (8)

Either color change to Pink in the join of round 1 or FO yellow and sl st in with pink in join of round 1. 

Round 2: Ch 1, sc around, join to first st (8)

Round 3: From here we’re making petals. Petals are done in rows. Complete Petal Rows 1-7, then repeat 3 more times.
Petal Row 1: Ch 1, 2sc in next 2 sts, (Leave remaining sts undone and continue with petal) turn (4)
Petal Row 2-6: Ch 1, sc across, turn (4)

Petal Row 7: Ch 1, sc, dc, dc, sc (4) sl st in next st of round to complete this petal and start a new one.

FO

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For the orange, pink and the red flowers, I used the same pattern, I just changed it up a bit for these as well. 

3 inches in diameter
2 3/4 inches in diameter
2 1/4 inches in diameter
I did the Pink flower using Red Heart Petal Pink, Bright Yellow. I color changed from yellow to pink in the join of Round 2. (or you may FO and sl st in with new color at join). 

For the Orange, I color changed from Bright Yellow to Red Heart Pumpkin at the end of round 1 and I used a G hook.  

For the Red Flower, I used an F Hook and I color changed at the end of round 1 from Bright yellow to Red Heart Red.

Round 1:             6 sc in mc, join to top of first dc (6)
Round 2:             Ch 1, sc in same st, ch 1, (sc in next sc, ch 1) around; join to first sc (6 ch1 spaces)
Round 3:             (Working in each ch 1 sp)
                                Sl st, ch 1, sc, ch 2, sk next sc
                                (Sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, sk next sc)
                                Repeat () around and join to first sc (6 ch 2 spaces)
Round 4:             With right side facing, sl st into the next ch 2 sp
                                Ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, sl st in same sp
                                (Sl st, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, sl st)
                                Repeat () around in each ch 2 sp and join to first sl st (6 petals) 
FO

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3 3/4 inches in diameter

 I have decided not to include this pattern in this compilation. I use it in many of my patterns. I was not entirely impressed with the way this turned out with sc rounds of a lighter color anyway. If you would like to purchase my pattern may do so. Here are some of my patterns that use this pattern:

Pretty Petals Sun Hat
Stunning Shells Beanie

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I have included a few leaf patterns as well. I have SUCH a hard time finding one that I like, that is in the English language and that looks nice and is easy to follow. Hopefully these give a few options and are all those things above. 🙂 

2 1/2 X 2 7/8 inches

Big Leaf: I used Red Heart Spring Green and an F hook

Row 1: Ch 8, and working backwards along the chain you just made, sl st, sc, hdc, hdc, dc, dc then all in the last st, tr 3 and sc.
 

Row 2: Turn the leaf and work along the other side of the original chain. (You’re just doing everything backwards.) [sc, ch4, tr2x] all in the same st, then dc, dc, hdc, hdc, sc, sl st. Sl st in that top point and sc, ch 1, sc in the same st to make a bigger point. 

Sc around the outside of the leaf. You will need to just skip the first 3 sts of the ch 4 and join to the first st. 

 FO

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2 X 1 1/4 inches

Single Leaf: I used Red Heart Spring Green and an F hook

Row 1: Ch 8, and working backwards along the chain you just made, sl st, sc, hdc, hdc, dc, dc then all in the last st, tr 3 and sc.
 

FO

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Double Leaf: I used Red Heart Spring Green and an F hook

Row 1: Ch 8, and working backwards along the chain you just made, sl st, sc, hdc, hdc, dc, dc then all in the last st, tr 3 and sc.
 

Do Not finish off like in the single leaf pattern. instead ch8 again and finish row one again. 

FO

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I have not completed my daughter’s Easter basket yet, but here are some others that I plan to use as filler. These designers are amazing! I’ve been excited to use their flower patterns for a while now!


From Home’s Sunflower  
Hodge Podge’s Springtime Pansy
The Crafty Geekette Floral Headband
Attic 24 May Roses
Snappy Tots Flower

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I hope that you found what you were looking for here. I hope that I gave enough information and the patterns are easy to follow. Please feel free to let me know if you find a problem. I would be happy to help you if you’d like. New crocheters: There are no silly questions. I am happy to help! Feel free to message me if you are having trouble.

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Stunning Shells Beanie Pattern Release

I never know if I’m showing off how cute my baby is or my crochet skill! I think this would look good for a boy if done in masculine colors without a flower. This hat works up QUICK, within 30 minutes even the adult size. Check into Facebook for ways to win this one!

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Meeky Mouse Amigurumi Pattern Release

My Meeky Mice!  My children’s faces when I handed these to them were priceless! Options for any style. Angelina Ballerina is my favorite. I thought in the future to put a vest or some sort of clothing on the male meeky. Share with me your suggestions on clothing options for him in the comments below. 



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5 Assorted Size Skull Applique Pattern Release

Have a kid who isn’t all about bows and flowers? I do. lol 5 different sizes included in this pattern so that you can embellish dolls, wristbands, hats, blanets, jackets. The possibilities are endless with this set.

Sizing is as follows:

Small (Measures 1 5/8” Tall X 2” Wide)
Medium (Measures 2 1/4” Tall X 2 1/2” Wide)
Large (Measures 3” Tall X 3 1/2” Wide)
Extra Large (Measures 3 1/2” Tall X 4 1/4” Wide)
Jumbo (Measures 4 1/2” Tall X 5 1/2” Wide)

There IS a gauge swatch included in the pattern for those that have specific sizing requirements. I use an F hook in the pattern. This will work with any worsted weight yarn. It will also work with sport weight or lace if you lower your hook sizing, note if you do this, your skull will be smaller than the pattern says.

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Pretty Petals Sunhat Pattern Release

This hat… I LOVE this hat! I get so many compliments on this hat when my daughter wears it out. There are so many color combinations that would do well with this one. Take a look at the pattern tester photos on the Ravelry sale page for inspiration (and to see the adorableness!). This hat works up (even the adult size) in about 40 minutes.

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Amigurimi Technique that will always work and will change the way you crochet FOREVER!

Are you a Lifter, Rider or a Yanker?


I have been trying to explain to my sister in law, who also crochets, why our gauges seldom match. I have carpal tunnel, so I have always said that I crochet loosely to compensate. My sister in law, crochets tightly. I had thought that’s just what it was, she must clutch her yarn ridiculously tight to get that stitch that tight! Lately, we’ve become more comparable in our gauge swatches. That is because I’ve begun to do amigurumi and I’ve changed the technique that I have been using to complete stitches. Getting the stitches tight enough so that the stuffing did not show through for me has been a struggle, but the reason I started crocheting is because I was intrigued by amigurumi. Call me a weirdo, but I want to crochet eggs and bacon and toast on a plate. What am I going to use it for?? I have no earthly idea, but it’s interesting to me lol Only to find once I started crocheting that it was impossible for me! One day though, it just clicked! My stitches didn’t need to become tighter. No matter what I did using the same technique, it was going to be the same, just tighter, and my hands were going to ache because I was doing it wrong. By changing my technique, I was able to perfect amigurumi and my hands never ached.

Most amigurumi are done using single crochet. After putting your hook through the next stitch in your row, yarning over and pulling through, you will have two loops on your hook. Those loops get tighter or more loose depending on the way you complete your next yarn over and pull through to complete the single crochet stitch. Here’s what I noticed that I did incorrectly after my first yarn over and pull through of the single crochet stitch: When I crochet normally, the loop at the front of my hook, closer to the hook, somehow got to be double the size of the other loop, which made my STITCHES too large. I have learned recently that this is called being a “lifter” and that I was lifting the front loop up to be the same height as the back loop. When doing amis, once the stitch was completed, I would then yank on my tension yarn to make my tension tighter to accommodate for crocheting loosely. Or, what I thought at the time was crocheting loosely. Which made me a lifter AND a what is called a “yanker”! It’s not that I crocheted any more loosely than my sister in law. It’s just that I made my stitches differently. Tension had little to nothing to do with it.

The trick to making an amigurumi successfully is: If you tilt your hook up at the back end instead of pulling straight to the side, when completing the last yarn over and pull through of your single crochet stitch, those loops left on the hook never get any bigger. This is called riding the stitch. Those that are “riders” don’t have any more undue stress on their hands than lifters do, which is what I desperately needed to avoid, having carpal tunnel. And they also are able to match gauge more closely than someone who is a lifter or a yanker, like me.

However, you can also do your stitches too close to the stitches below them, by holding your tension TOO tightly, or yanking on the tension yarn to get your tension as tight as you think it has to be, which is what I found that I did when trying to crochet more tightly. And then any stitch in subsequent rounds is going to be a terror on your hands trying to get the hook and yarn through. Your yarn’s going to snag… and the stuffing still will show through because you’ve crocheted so tightly. If you’re having trouble putting your hook into the stitch below it might be indicative that you are yanking on your tension yarn. If you’re like me then you don’t even know you do this.

I thought I had an “a-ha” moment that no one had had before. I didn’t realize there were names for the different techniques for completing the stitches, I just knew that in order to complete an ami correctly I had to tilt up my hook at the end when completing my stitch so as to keep the two loops the same size and that if I DID this, I would then not feel the need to yank on my tension yarn to get it tight enough to start my next stitch. This has slowly moved over into my other non-ami projects and has changed the way that I crochet forever. I hope it has for you as well!

How this information can help you when trying to obtain gauge:

If you are having trouble matching gauge, especially if your width matches and not height, but possibly both: it might be possible that the designer of the pattern you are following is a lifter and you are a rider a yanker, or that they are a yanker and you are a rider or lifter.

I am NOT telling you that you must change the way that YOU crochet to match their gauge. What I AM telling you, is that it might mean you will need to change hook size, up or down, in order to match it, and at least you will know the reason that you need to do that when using the same yarn and hook size as the designer. There is no shame in doing so. Neither rider, yanker or lifter is the “correct” way to crochet, even if being a rider might be more efficient in my opinion. It just means you’ll understand the different ways there are to crochet and how to help yourself match gauge. Call it an advanced lesson on gauge; the next step. You may even be able to tell by a quick look at photos now and know what kind of crocheter you are and other designers you love.

This is specifically the reason that I write my patterns and include so many measurements in leiu of a row or round count. If I am a lifter, and you are a yanker, then my round count will give me a different length than you crocheting the same round count. For this reason, as long as you match my width on most patterns, your item will work out perfectly, because the height aspect is replaced by a length or height measurement. I take out the need to match height completely. I find this is a much more efficient way to design. You might find that many other designers offer a hat height or item height like this as well, and if you are having no trouble matching width, but can’t match height, it might not matter, depending on how the design is written! Isn’t that great news!?

Thank you for following along! I hope this has helped you. If it has let me know! You can always ask me questions in the comments or private message box below.


Below is a video from Crochet Ever After that has helped me to visualize the different stitch techniques. She also tells you how to change these habits.

Crochet Ever After – Lifter/Rider/Yanker video

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