While looking for ideas for a crocheted purse I found a photo tutorial by Heidi Bears on the African Flower Hexagon. It’s a great how to, but not exactly the kind of instructions one can put in a project bag for a take along project.
I made a written instruction page for the pattern and decided I’d share it, in case anyone else might want “instructions to go”. Thanks to my crochet buddies Mary Ann, Ellen, and Jannis who checked over the instructions.
Here it is. Let your imagination run wild, see how many uses you can find for these motifs.
African Flower pattern by Lounette Fourie & Anita Rossouw
originally published in a South African magazine
instructions by Kathy Kelly from the picture tutorial by Heidi Bears.
For worsted weight yarn I used Cascade 220 yarn and a 5 mm hook. Adjust your hook size as appropriate for your yarn.
U.S. Terminology used.
Begin: Ch 5 and join with sl st to form a ring.
1st Round: Chain 3, 1 dc in ring, (ch 1, 2 dc in ring) 5 times, ch 1, join with sl st to top of ch 3 (six 2 dc clusters). Fasten off.
2nd Round: With new color, starting in a ch 1 sp, pull up a loop of new color then (ch 3, dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same ch 1 sp, make (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in each of the five remaining ch 1 spaces. Join with slip st st to to top of ch 3. Fasten off. (Or make rows 2 & 3 same color. Sl st to next ch 1 sp and continue with row 4).
3rd Round: With new color, starting from where you just fastened off, sk the first 2 dc and in the next ch 1 sp, pull up a loop of new color then (ch 3, 6 dc) in ch sp. Continue with 7 dc in each of the 5 remaining ch 1 spaces. Join with sl st to to top of ch 3. Fasten off.
4th Round: Insert hook into top of ch 3 from previous row, with new color pull up a loop, ch 1, and sc in same st. Then sc each of the next 6 dc. Next make a long dc – yo hook and reach down to the 2nd round and insert hook between the 2 dc clusters of the second round, yarn over and pull up a long loop then finish as for a dc. Continue with (sc in next 7 dc of round 4, long dc between the 2 dc clusters in row 3) 6 times. Join with sl st to 1st sc and fasten off.
5th Round: Insert hook into sc you just stitched into, with new color pull up a loop, ch 3, dc in each of next 2 sc, *(dc, ch 1, dc) into next sc, dc in each of next 3 sc, dc in dc, dc in each of next 3 sc, repeat from * 4 more times, then (dc, ch 1, dc) into next sc, dc into each of next 4 sts. Join with sl st to to top of ch 3. Note: (dc, ch 1, dc) will be worked in the center sc of each flower petal. Fasten off.
6th Round (optional)
Insert hook into ch that you just slip stitched into, with new color pull up a loop, ch 3, dc in each dc until you get to ch 1 sp, then do (dc, ch 1 dc) in ch 1 sp, continue around in this manner. End with a sl st in top of ch 3. Fasten off.
Weave in ends.
standard crochet abbreviations
sc= single crochet
dc= double crochet
sl st= slip stitch
yo= yarn over
Please feel free to use these instructions for your personal use. Please do not sell the instructions or claim them as your own.
© Kathy Kelly 2012