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How to Crochet Roses

By Pam Hillestad

Flowers are the perfect decoration for your home or hair or neckline, and they are super easy to create on your own. Once you learn how to crochet roses, you can use them in a hundred different ways, from making a bouquet that will stay fresh forever to adorning your little girl's hair with tiny flower barrettes or a flowered headband.

Start the Chain

Leave an 8 inch tail of yarn and begin your chain. Chain 59 stitches.

Long tail plus the initial chain row.

Crochet Row One

Double crochet (DC) in 4th chain from hook. Continue to DC in each stitch across the row. 56 stitches. The row will lightly curl up as you go.

The first double crochet row.

Crochet Row Two

Turn. DC 6 times in the second stitch. Skip the next stitch and single crochet (SC) in the following one. Skip the next stitch and DC 6 in the following one. Continue in this pattern all the way across the row. Each one of these scallops is a petal of the rose. Bind off.

The second row creates the petals.

Creating the Rose

Thread the initial tail of yarn through a craft needle. Starting with this tail end, roll the row inward, starting from the beginning stitch and following the natural path of the curl. Roll one petal and hold the roll in place at the bottom. Run a stitch through the chain row in order to hold the rose together. Continue rolling and stitching until the whole roll is wrapped around and stitched together. Finish the ends by pulling them through.

Roll each scallop and sew at bottom edge.

Tip

Roll the row together tightly for a tight, smaller rose and loosely for a large one. Also experiment with different size crochet hooks. A smaller hook will create a smaller rose, while a larger hook will result in a larger rose.

The finished rose is rolled and then sewn.

Tip

Roses can be made in a number of ways and can be used in so many forms: sew them on a hat or a headband, set one at each place setting for a dinner party, use them as button covers on a sweater or decorate a pillow with them. Simply use your imagination. Once you've mastered this rose, you can move on to hundreds of other flower patterns.

About the Author

Long-time writer, quilter, knitter, crocheter and all-around crafter, Pam Hillestad also teaches high school English, and helps high school seniors get in touch with their creative genius before they head out into the real world.