Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Crochet Daffodil

Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of Amjaylou designed crocheted daffodils
Spring is thankfully here in the North at last, and what better way to welcome in this wonderful season than by hooking up some cute crochet daffodils!  They are high on my list of floral favourites so I just had to design my very own pattern for them.
My crochet daffodil is simple to make and because they are made in one continuous round there is no added hassle of sewing each individual piece together at the end. If you are making an all yellow daffodil - the trumpet section just carries on in rounds without the need to fasten off from the petal section.
It's been hard work in designing an easy pattern to create a realistic looking daffodil. I've tried to keep the design true to the actual layout of the petals, so each one alternates from sitting at the front of or behind the next one.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of Adriafil yarn
My choice of yarn for this project is a fine mercerised crochet cotton by Adriafil (orange and yellow) and Anchor (white and cream) worked on a 1.5mm hook. I really like the smaller daffodil this yarn produces, it measures 3 inches or 7.5cm across, and the stitch definition is neat and clear. Plus I didn't need to block the work afterwards - an absolute time and labour saving bonus! Of course, you can use any type of yarn you prefer, but you may have to block the work at the end.

This comprehensive tutorial includes detailed instructions with lots of photos to help guide you along the way - so is especially useful for those of you who may be new to crochet.

(written in U.K. crochet terms).

Abbreviations:   
ch - chain. 
sl st - slip stitch
dc - double crochet (U.S. terms sc - single crochet).
Htr - half treble (U.S. hdc - half double crochet).  
tr - treble (U.S. dc - double crochet)

To start 
Ch 4, sl st into the 1st ch made to form a ring (just remember to crochet over the tail end and pull it tight to close the centre hole). 

Round 1
Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr). Make 11 tr's into the centre of the ring. Sl st into 3rd ch of initial ch-3. (12 sts).

Round 2
Ch 1. Working in back loops only make two dc in each loop around. Sl st into 1st dc - see photo below. (24 sts)

Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of round 1 & 2
Petals - Round 1
*Ch 7. Starting in 2nd ch from hook work a dc, work a htr in the next, and 1 tr in the next four chains. (6 sts). Sl st in the 3rd st along from round 2 (see photo below - I've made the st loose so you can see where the sl st goes). Sl st in next st *. Work * to * till all six petals made, omit the last sl st in last st.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of crochet petals

Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of 1st stage of petals complete
You should now have something resembling a starfish.

Petals - Round 2
Turn the work so that the reverse side (wrong side) is facing you. Now you will be making the same sts as those along side the ones you made in round 1. 
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of wrong side of work Worked the first tr on reverse side of petal.
Ch 1, work 1 tr in the next 4 sts, htr in the next, dc in the last (6 sts), make a picot point (ch 2, sl st in 1st ch made), sl st into same st as the dc to secure the picot point. Now you will be working in the loops down the other side of the petal to complete it (6 sts)  - see photo below.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of crocheting petal
Dc in the first loop, htr in the next, 1 tr in the next 4 sts (6 sts). Sl st into one of the sts from Round 2 behind the next petal (see photo below).
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of securing the completed petal into previous round
 Sl st into the sl st made from the first round of petal work - see photo below.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of position of slip stitch
Ch 1 and continue on around the next petal using the same st pattern as the first. But this time secure with a sl st in front of the next petal. Ch 1 before making a sl st into sl st from previous round of petal work.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of securing the next petal
Continue around in this way where each petal alternates from sitting in front of or behind the next one. Your last petal should finish at the front. If you are continuing on with the same colour then make a sl st into the nearest loop made from the initial two rounds in the centre - see photo below.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of starting trumpet section
If you are changing colour for the trumpet section then you should have finished with a sl st in front of the next petal to secure, then fasten off. Attach yarn to hook with a slip knot, sl st into any loop, ch 1 and dc in same st, make a dc in each loop around - 12 dc's in total.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of loops for trumpet section
Sl st into 1st dc, ch 1 - this ch 1 acts as your st marker. Continue around making 12 dc's on each row. I crocheted four rows, but you can do as many as you like depending on the thickness of your yarn.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of 1st trumpet row complete
After you have completed your final row of dc's, sl st, and ch1, in same st make a *dc, htr, ch 3*. This final row will give your daffodil it's frilly edge.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of stitches for frilly daffodil edge
Work * to * another 11 times, sl st into 1st ch made. Fasten off weave in trumpet tail ends.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of frilly edge complete
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of making daffodil stamens
With the long tail ends from your petal section thread them onto an embroidery needle and bring them through the hole in the middle to the front of the daffodil. Pop the needle back through the centre hole till the yarn fits snugly around your finger like a ring, or you could use a chunky pen or anything to hand that will stop it going all the way back through the hole.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of loops in centre of flower
Knot it tightly on the reverse to secure, then weave in the ends.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of finishing off tail ends
Snip the yarn to the desired length to make the four stamens. That's all there is to it! Then you can have fun making them in a variety of colours...
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of four different coloured daffodils
Here's my collection of daff's looking pretty and suitably stored in my yarn bombed basket...
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of Amjaylou's crochet daffodils
Do you remember my Autumn wreath? Well I'm going to take all the autumn crochet off  and put my daffodils on there with maybe some other spring themed crochet - I haven't decided yet. I'll be sure to let you know how I get on with it.

I've also made two of them into brooches and attached them to a hand made birthday card. A simple great idea to combine a card and gift in one. I think they would look very appropriate on a home made Easter card too.
Crochet Daffodil pattern and tutorial: image of crochet daffodil brooches on a home made birthday card
They really are lovely and simple to make, and once you've made your first one, you'll want to make a whole bouquet of them!

I Daffodils!

9 comments:

  1. They look beautiful, great tutorial too! xx

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  2. Awesome tutorial, gorgeous daffodils! Chrissie x

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  3. Really well done and great tutorial, it must have taken you an age to perfect that intricate pattern! Joy x

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  4. Those are fantastic! I've crocheted some daffs in the past, but I think yours look sturdier, and prettier in fact. I'm impressed that you got the petals to interleave!

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  5. Very pretty, and not too difficult too! :) Pat

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  6. Your dafs are gorgeous - thank you for the fabulous tutorial, I think that I shall have to have a try at one of these.

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  7. Wow! Wonderful daffodils. Lovely. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

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  8. What beautiful little flowers! Great idea adding them to the front of the card. Would brighten anyone's day.
    Would love if you shared this at our Yarn Fanatic Link Party - http://eyeloveknots.blogspot.com/2015/03/yarn-fanatic-linky-party-26.html.
    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.blogspot.com

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