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How to crochet the African Flower

Updated May 20, 2024

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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.

African Flower crochet with scissors, dk yarn and darning needles.
African Flower

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pattern notes

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.

3 Africa Flower crochet pieces, 2 as African flower granny squares.
African Flower

african flower video tutorials

additional african flower video

Learn how to turn your African flower into a square following the tutorial below.

Love the African Flower? Why not check out some other achievable granny square design inspiration in this blog or the Circle of Hope design?

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  • Elizabeth
    May 12, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Can’t wait to make this today! Working on a blanket for my little girl and is going to love it! Thank you for your tutorials!

    • BellaCocoTeam
      May 14, 2019 at 7:38 am

      You’re very welcome 🙂

  • Jane Lunn
    November 16, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Dear Bella, Im am a complete beginner at crocheting and think I might be able to follow your tutorials and give it a crack! I was just wondering if you would have a graph for the Part 1 and Part 2 of the African Flower Hexagons. This would compliment the tutorial helping me understand as you go along. Thanks so much for sharing your artistic flair

    Many thanks, Jane (Australia)

    • BellaCocoTeam
      December 5, 2019 at 11:42 am

      Hi Jane I am so sorry for the late reply, unfortunately I don’t have a graph for the African Flower 🙂

  • Fiona Whiteley
    April 3, 2021 at 9:08 am

    I have almost finished my African flower blanket. Do you have a pattern or video for the half African flower hexagon do straighten off the edges?

    • BellaCocoTeam
      April 9, 2021 at 6:15 pm

      I’m really sorry but I don’t have a tutorial for this at the moment; you can make a half square by working back in forth in rows instead of rounds and making half of the stitches only.

  • Merran
    February 10, 2022 at 10:13 am

    Thankyou Bella Coco, love your pattern for the African Flower.

    • BellaCocoTeam
      February 10, 2022 at 4:47 pm

      You are very welcome 🙂

  • Abby
    May 1, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks for such a beautiful design! I’m currently working on turning them into a wash cloth. Which yes is kinda odd, but I think it will look kinda neat!

    August 8, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    How can I get a written pattern for pt 2. I’ve managed pts 1 & 3

    • BellaCocoTeam
      August 9, 2022 at 8:36 am

      All the information for parts 1 & 2 can be found on my blog at 🙂


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