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How to Crochet Flowers of Affection Carnations/Hydrangeas

Updated: Apr 4, 2022

Spring is almost here! It has been giving us little teasers here and there but soon it will be here for good! In the meantime, we can help make our homes feel a little more spring-like with some homemade decor.

These flowers are sooooooooooo easy to make and look gorgeous in a variety of colors. Also, they are super easy to make in different sizes by simply going up and down in hook sizes.

They can easily pass as carnations or as hydrangeas, but really they are just pretty flowers in general that can be used for many different things like wreaths, signs, centerpieces, bouquets, blankets, etc, etc. The possibilities are endless.

If you want to make a wreath with them you can check out your local dollar tree or look up wire wreaths on Amazon. They have some really cool "shaped" wreaths on Amazon that I recommend checking out.

Below are a few shapes I found on Amazon that are really neat. There are cross, rabbit head, and Easter egg shapes. How fun!


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VIP Group Member Whitney D. made a bouquet for Mother's Day with her flowers last year. What a sweet thing to do!

I guess the name "Flowers of Affection" fit the bill for her gift. I really wanted these to have an "affectionate feel" and that is why I named them that. Seems like their purpose definitely came to fruition!

There are so many great ways to use these flowers. I can definitely see these as table decor or even on a mantle, and as you saw above they make lovely gifts as well! So here is how you crochet these super simple beauties.

“Flowers of Affection”

Crochet Pattern


  • Worsted 4 weight yarn

  1. Green

  2. Choice of colors

  • Hook

  1. G or 4mm for small

  2. H 5mm - K 6.5mm for larger flowers (choice of larger hook)

  • Needle

  • Scissors

  • Stitch Markers *optional

  • Hot Glue/Fabric glue *optional if you want to glue the leaves on or attach a stem


  • MR - Magic Ring

  • St(s) - stitch(es)

  • Sp - space

  • Hdc - half double crochet

  • DC - double crochet

  • TR - treble crochet

  • Hdc2tog - half double crochet two stitches together

  • 4DC - work 4 dc in the same stitch

  • 4TR - work 4 tr in the same stitch

  • Sk - skip

  • * * - repeat *to* around

  • FLO - front loop only

  • BL - back loops

  • #st - complete # number of sts in same space

  • St # - complete stitch in next # number of spaces

Skill Level / Language - Beginner. If you are unsure of any stitches, YouTube is a great resource! American Standard Terms are used throughout the pattern.

Pattern Info - This pattern is quick and easy to make and is perfect for using up scrap yarn! The small flowers are approximately 2.5 inches in diameter and the larger flowers are approximately 3.5 inches in diameter.

Pattern Instructions

Note: Beginning/turning chains do not count as a st unless otherwise noted

Note: For larger petals you can replace the (ch 2, 4dc , ch 2) with (ch 3, 4tr, ch 3)

Note: For larger flowers you can increase the number of HDC in Round 1 and then do the *to* in each st around on Round 2A and 2B.

Note: Use G Hook 4mm for the smaller flowers or H 5mm - K 6.5mm for larger flowers


  • Begin: Choice of color, MR, ch 2.

  • Round 1: 10 Hdc in MR, pull tight to close, sl st to join in front loop only, ch 2. (10st)

  • Round 2A: Note: you can place a stitch marker in the back loop of the first st to help you know where to start Round 2B. FLO 4DC, ch 2, sl st in same sp, first petal made, *sl st in FLO of next st, ch 2, 4dc, ch 2, sl st in same sp*, repeat *to* 8 more times. (10 petals)

  • Round 2B: *see photo below for assistance with Round 2B

  • Turn flower over and repeat *to* from Round 2A 10 times in the unworked back loops of round 1. You will begin in the stitch where you left a stitch marker. After the last petal is made, fasten off and tie the two tails together in a knot. (10 petals) Petals will curl and turn in all different directions similar to a carnation flower.

*An alternative to turning the flower over is to continue in the round in the back loops of round 1 if desired

*For Larger petals and flowers see the notes under the Pattern Instructions header at top of page.

Small Leaf: Green - G 4mm

  • Begin: MR, ch 2.

  • Row 1: 2dc, pull tight to close loop, ch 1. The MR gives it a nice pointy tip. (2st)

  • Row 2: Turn, 2hdc, 2hdc, ch 1. (4st)

  • Row 3: Turn, 2hdc, hdc 2, 2hdc, ch 1. (6st)

  • Row 4: Turn, 2hdc, hdc 4, 2hdc, ch 1. (8st)

  • Row 5 - 6: Turn, hdc 8, ch 1. (8st)

  • Row 7: Turn, hdc2tog, hdc 4, hdc2tog, ch 1. (6st)

  • Row 8: Turn, hdc2tog, hdc 2, hdc2tog, ch 1. (4st)

  • Row 9: Turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, ch 1. (2st)

  • Row 10: Turn, hdc2tog, ch 1, fasten off. (1st)

Large Leaf: Green - H 5mm or choice of hook

  • Begin: MR, ch 2.

  • Row 1: 2dc, pull tight to close loop, ch 1. The MR gives it a nice pointy tip. (2st)

  • Row 2: Turn, 2hdc, 2hdc, ch 1. (4st)

  • Row 3: Turn, 2hdc, hdc 2, 2hdc, ch 1. (6st)

  • Row 4: Turn, 2hdc, hdc 4, 2hdc, ch 1. (8st)

  • Row 5: Turn, 2hdc, hdc 6, 2hdc, ch 1. (10st)

  • Row 6 - 10: Turn, hdc 10, ch 1. (10st)

  • Row 11: Turn, hdc2tog, hdc 6, hdc2tog, ch 1. (8st)

  • Row 12: Turn, hdc2tog, hdc 4, hdc2tog, ch 1. (6st)

  • Row 13: Turn, hdc2tog, hdc 2, hdc2tog, ch 1. (4st)

  • Row 14: Turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, ch 1. (2st)

  • Row 15: Turn, hdc2tog, ch 1, fasten off. (1st)


Note: I assemble my appliques with hot glue which is a fast and safe method. The glue adheres to the fibers quite well and the applique is very secure. The hot glue packaging that I use says non-toxic so it is safe in my opinion. In addition, you can machine wash on cold and lay flat to dry or tumble dry/lowest heat setting. You may also use other fabric-safe glue or use the traditional method of sewing your pieces together.

How to attach flowers to your desired project piece:

  1. Fluff and shape your flowers to get your desired look.

  2. You can weave in your tails if you want to use hot glue to attach your petals and flowers to a wreath, frame, sign, blanket, etc or you can use the tails of your petals and flowers to tie onto whatever you are choosing to decorate with your flowers! By the way, check your Dollar Tree for wreaths that work perfectly for these flowers if you want some budget-friendly decor!

  3. You could easily grab some wire and floral tape and add stems to put them in a vase as well!

I hope you enjoyed this pattern, and I would LOVE to see how you use your flowers this Spring! Please share photos in the comment section of this post or share them in the VIP Facebook Group! If you share them on your page or on other social media platforms be sure to tag me! #Orchidandbees #flowersofaffection

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Karen E. (aka Sonshine)

Orchid and Bee's

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