I’ve been trying to find a flower pattern I like for ages, and after trying tons of them and making some really awful flowers, I got fed up. I actually totally made this pattern up as I went and it turned out okay. It’s kind of a compilation of many other patterns I’ve used- too many to go back and find them all. I don’t lay claim and say this is MY pattern, mainly because I feel like it’s dumb to try to claim something that anyone could come up with. Feel free to use this however you want! There is only one condition, if you follow this pattern and start to make millions of dollars from these flowers, I want a cut.
I found some spools of ribbon at Michael’s for 50 cents each. (They go on sale 3/$1 every so often.) I started with pink and purple to test this pattern out, and then I found some red and black I already had at home. There are 10 yards on a spool, and a double-layered flower will use just enough that you can’t really make two flowers from one spool, but at 50 cents, I can’t really argue, especially IF YOU USE A COUPON! Always use a coupon at Michael’s. If they don’t have a good one in a particular week, you can pull up the Hobby Lobby coupon on your phone for 40% off and they will honor it. Also, if you’re a teacher, you get an extra 15% off with an ID, pay stub, or insurance card.
For this size ribbon, I used an F and a G needle. This pattern will use the following stitches
dc- double crochet
tc- triple crochet
2 sc in each sc around to make 12 sc. SS into that ch 1 from the previous “row”
Now for the petals. In the first sc from your hook, you need to dc, tc, tc, dc, then ss in the next stitch. Repeat that pattern all the way around and you should have six petals. Feel free to stop here, or switch colors for a two-tone flower.
Here’s the tricky part. Instead of slip stitching in the front to tie down the last petal, we’re going to start working in the back of the flower. From where you are, ch 1, then ss into the hole seen in the picture. Basically, you’re going between the holes created by the 2nd row and the stitch that each petal is in.
Once you’ve made that ss, ch 2 and repeat all the way around. As you complete the 5th petal, ch 1 and ss to your first ch1. (Instead of the ch 2 you did everywhere else, you did one ch at the start of the circle and one at the end.) You’ve just anchored a chain circle around the back of the flower for us to add the second layer to.
On the back side, you aren’t working into the actual chain stitches. You’ll just be working through the loop they make. Does that make sense? Don’t go through the stitch, go under the chain you’ve made. In each hole, you’re going to do the following- dc, tc, tc, tc, dc, ss. Repeat all the way around. Important note- there are multiple ways to do this. On the pink flower, I just kept working with the F needle. On the purple and red examples, I used a G needle for the back petals to make them just a bit bigger. You decide what you like better. You could even go up another needle size and see what happens.
Ignore all of my example pictures and finish off. I am a slacker when it comes to weaving in ends and I always put it off.
For fun, I found some other ribbon I snagged from a craft box at a garage sale. It came in 10 yard cuts as well and is your typical ribbon size. I followed the same pattern with an I needle and stopped after the first layer. I wouldn’t have enough of the same color to add a second layer, but the flower is big enough as it was. I’d like to note that in the smaller flowers, twisted ribbon didn’t really affect the flower at all. In the bigger flower, the first petal wasn’t twisted, but each petal after got twisted. It made it a bit poofier than the other petals.
I hope all of this was easy to navigate and understand. If I wasn’t clear or if you have any questions, just let me know and I would be happy to help!
Sophie wasn’t impressed with my flowers.