Crochet roses are one of my favourite embellishments to make at the moment.
The fluctuation between the individual roses makes for a more natural embellishment, especially when you use them in a large quantity.
I have been on a rose marathon for the last few days because I am right in the middle of ‘project cushions’.
Themed only around the colour red, I am producing half a dozen different cushions for my living room.
The latest one will be covered in these simple but gorgeous flowers.
Why Crochet Roses are Great
Crochet roses work well a flower of choice for several reasons. Obviously, roses are a very popular flower for celebratory occasions. Frequent guests at weddings and Valentine’s celebrations.
They are also a distinct shape, which is fairly easy to copy in stitches. Not to mention the colour. Show anyone even a poorly constructed red flower and rose will be in their first three guesses!
How to Crochet a Rose – instructional video
How to Crochet a Rose Embellishment
To make a simple rose you will need some red yarn, a 3.5mm hook, two yarn needles and some scissors.
- Make a chain of 49 stitches
- Single crochet into the second stitch from the hook
- Single crochet into each remaining stitch
- At the end of the row, chain one
- Single crochet into the second stitch from your hook
- Into the next stitch make four double crochets. Hook through the same loop
- Single crochet into the next stitch
- Slip stitch into the following stitch
You have now completed your first petal. You will now repeat this pattern for the remainder of the petals as follows:
- Single crochet
- Double crochet 4 times into the same stitch
- Single crochet
- Slip Stitch
- Repeat until the end, where you need to slip knot and cut off, leaving a long tail.
You should now have a long string of rose petals.
Take the end you feel is the least tidy and pull the first two petals to join each other.
Then slowly and loosely wrap the rest around this center. To get the rose effect, make sure that the petals don’t just form two lines from the middle of the flower. Place them so that they have an overlapping pattern.
Take your second yarn needle and thread it with the loose tail.
Sew that tail around the middle of the rose. Make sure you push gently through the bottom half of each petal. When you come out the other side, sew back in two stitches along and repeat until your rose feels secure.
Pull out your securing yarn needle when you are done.
Congratulations, you have made a beautiful rose embellishment!
Uses for your Crochet Roses
Now that your crochet rose is complete, you get to decide what to do with it. Even with a size 3.5mm hook this rose is quite a large embellishment. This has some influence over what you might want to do with it.
For the more conservative among us, it’s perhaps best used as a signature broach, or epilette on a coat or blazer.
A nice way to use these bolder pieces on clothing in larger numbers is to produce them in a more conservative colour, cream or a pale yellow for instance.
These are still colours that roses come in, and can be an easier transition to showing off your work on your body.
There is no end to the home items you can embellish with crochet roses. Blankets, throws, cushions, drapes and even curtains can be livened up and given a real sense of personality with creative crochet flowers.
Crocheting your roses onto yarn based items can be achieved with your large needle and some matching coloured yarn. If you are attaching them to textiles though, you will need some thick cotton in a corresponding colour instead.
These roses make lovely broaches, key chains or even fun hair decorations.
What are you going to do with yours? Why not let us know in the comments section below.