Thanks for the lovely comments about the crochet flowers I've been making. Their purpose is a bit of a secret, but I thought I would share the pattern here with you so that you can use them as you wish. Perhaps for pretty hair clips, a flowery garland or stitched to a blanket?
I'm using bella baby layette bamboo and wool mix, which is an 8ply, and a 3.5mm steel crochet hook.
Start by making 4 chain stitches. Slip stitch to form a loop.
Chain 3 stitches, which will be counted as 1 double crochet. Then crochet 15 double crochet into the loop. (16 in total)
Slip stitch to join circle of double crochet stitches and bind off. Change colour and chain 3.
Skipping next stitch, slip stitch into the top of the 2nd double crochet stitch, chain 3, skip next stitch and slip stitch into second stitch, continue until end. Slip stitch into first slip stitch to complete.
(So you are chaining three and anchoring your chains at every second stitch to make the gap that you will be working the petals into.)
To make flower petals work into the gap and not the chain stitches.
Work 1 single crochet, 3 double crochet, 1 single crochet, into each gap the whole way around. Slip stitch from final petal into first petal to join them up.
(So 1 single, 3 double, 1 single = one petal. No need to chain stitch to get to the next petal. Just start your next single crochet stitch into the next gap.)
Your finished flower!
Turn flower over and from the back weave in the ends. I like to pick up stitches moving away from the work, then pick up the alternating stitches back towards the work.
Cut off ends close to your piece and your done!