Learn how to crochet the African Flower following a free step by step pattern and two part video tutorial. Inspired by African textiles this pretty pattern looks stunning in bright bold colours but equally looks so pretty in pastels.
The crochet African flower makes a beautiful motif for your projects or you can join them together to create a blanket, cushion, bag, scarf and so much more!
This pattern was originally designed by Lounette Fourie and Anita Roussouw and published in a South African magazine called ‘Sarie’, however this particular pattern featured in this blog post may have been slightly adjusted from the original.
- Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in 4 colours. I have used:
- Colour A: Fondant
- Colour B: Sherbet
- Colour C: Wisteria
- Colour D: Cream
- Hook: 4mm
- Darning Needle
This African Flower pattern is written in UK terms.
terms and abbreviations
- Slip Stitch(s): ss(s): Insert hook, yarn over, pull through stitch and loop on hook.
- Chain(s): ch(s): Yarn over, pull through loop on the hook.
- Double Crochet(s): dc(s): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.
- Treble Crochet(s): tr(s): Yarn over, insert into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.
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African flower pattern
Foundation using colour A: ch6 and ss into the 6th ch from the hook to form a circle.
Round 1 using colour A: ch3, tr, ch1, *2 tr, ch1* 5 times. ss into the third chain from the bottom of the original chain. Tie off.
Connect colour B into a chain 1 space from round 1
Round 2 using colour B: ch5, 2 trs into the same space. *ch1, 2 trs into the next chain 1 space, ch 2, 2 trs into the same space* 5 times. ch 1, tr, ss into the third chain from the bottom of the original chain.
Round 3 continuing to use colour B: ch3, 6 trs into the chain 2 space (you will have 7 stitches including the initial chain 3 which creates a ‘fan’) ss into he chain 1 space. *7 trebles into the chain 2 space, ss into the chain 1 space* 5 times. Insert your hook into the third chain of the original stitch and ss. Tie off.
Connect colour C into a space between the 7 trebles.
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Round 4 using colour C: dc between each treble. Once you reach the ss from the previous row, dc into the space from row 2 in order to crate a longer stitch. continue to dc between each stitch and ss once you have worked your way around. Tie off.
Connect colour D. Find the centre treble of your ‘fan’ and count back 3 stitches. Connect your yarn into the top of the double crochet from round 4
Round 5 using colour D: ch3, tr into the next dc, tr, tr (this should now be your centre stitch) ch1, tr into the same space, tr, tr, tr.
This will be repeated on each ‘fan’. It is crucial that you locate the correct stitch to work your next treble, so if need be, find your centre stitch again and count back three. This is where you will insert your first treble.
*tr, tr, tr, (tr, chain 1, tr) into same space, tr, tr, tr.* 5 times. ss into the third chain from the bottom of your previous row. Tie off.
Blocking may be beneficial but not essential.
Connecting the African Flowers
When it comes to connecting your African flowers lay your hexagons right sides facing and double crochet along one edge starting and finishing in the chain 1 spaces.
african flower video tutorials
additional african flower video
Learn how to turn your African flower into a square following the tutorial below.