Tuesday, May 14, 2013

TUTORIAL: Pin Wheel Flower

I have seen these adorable pin wheel flowers around for a while now and I think they are so cute.  So, I decided to make up my own version of one.  Mine is probably a little bit different than the others, and a little bit smaller.  If you want your flower to be larger you can use a larger crochet hook, a larger weight yarn, or both!  Please be aware before you begin that this is an advanced pattern, and will be challenging if you are a beginner crocheter.  There are some advanced stitches used in this pattern.
ch: chain
dc: double crochet
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
sl st: slip stitch
st: stitch
trc: triple crochet
dtr: double triple crochet
flo: front loop only
Materials Needed:
Size H hook or hook of your choice.
worsted weight yarn or weight of your choice
For this pattern you will not need to check a gauge.  You are not making this as an item of clothing that needs to fit someone, so it is not important.  You can adjust the finished size by changing your hook size and yarn weight if needed.
Ch 11,

Row 1: sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in the next st, hdc in the next 2 sts, dc in the next 2 sts, trc in the next 2 sts, dtr in the last 2 stitches (2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 2 trc, 2 dtr)
Row 2: ch 1, do not turn, reverse sc in the flo of each st across (10 reverse sc)
Row 3: ch 4,
sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in the next ch, hdc in the next ch,
Now working in the back loops from rnd 2, hdc in the next st, dc in the next 2 sts, trc in the next 2 sts, dtr in the next 2 sts (2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 2 trc, 2 dtr)
Row 4: repeat row 2
Row 5: repeat row 3
Row 6: repeat row 2
Row 7: repeat row 3
Row 8: repeat row 2
Row 9: repeat row 3
Row 10: repeat row 2
Row 11: repeat row 3
Row 12: repeat row 2

You should have 6 flower petals when you are done as pictured above.  Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew the flower together.
Now, thread a sharp needle with the long tail and gather the middle of the flower as pictured below with the red arrows
When you are finished gathering the center of the flower, it should look like the picture below.  You will need to sew the seam up where you see the two red arrows.

You are finished!

This flower works great to embellish your various projects.  I have recently used it as a hair accessory by gluing it to a snap clip.  I have also used it in my Paisley Hat Pattern.  Have fun with it!



  1. This is adorable! Thank you so much for the photo tutorial that accompanies the pattern. I haven't been crocheting that long (but am an advanced knitter), but I feel like I could potentially tackle this one. I love the different motif.


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