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How to Crochet the Christmas Poinsettia Flower Applique

Updated: Apr 5, 2022

Everyone is in decoration mode as Christmas quickly approaches and I thought this would be a perfect crochet pattern to share for this holiday season! It works up so easily and is gorgeous with the use of a bold red worsted 4 yarn and a beautiful contrasting green to compliment it!

This poinsettia flower looks beautiful on table runners, on door hangers, and even in shadow boxes as a statement piece! With a little Mod Podge applied to the back of the flower, you can even decorate a tree with this poinsettia flower!


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When assembled the entire piece is approximately 9 inches x 9 inches. It will vary slightly based on how you assemble and your tension. You can make as many leaves and different-sized petals as you like to make your poinsettia.

In the cover photo, there are 3 small petals and 5 large ones. You can make any number of each size as desired.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to poinsettias! The photo below shows how poinsettia petals come in a variety of random shapes and sizes.

For this applique, I made a “foundation piece” to attach the leaves to and build on. This will be further explained in the assembly instructions.

You can make this flower larger or smaller by changing your hook size to a larger or smaller size or by using different weight yarn. One tester made hers with a finger weight yarn and it came out great too!

Here are the dimensions of each part of this crocheted poinsettia.

  1. Small Petals are approximately 4 inches tall x 1.5 inches wide

  2. Large Petals are approximately 4 inches tall x 2 inches wide

  3. Leaves are approximately 5 inches long by 2 ¼ inches wide

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Enough about that, let's get to the decorations and deck the halls! Here is how you make the "Christmas Poinsettia!"

“Christmas Poinsettia”

Crochet Pattern


  • Yarn: Worsted Weight 4

  1. Red

  2. Green

  3. Light/Lime Green

  4. Yellow

  • Hooks: G 4mm and E 3.5mm

  • Needle

  • Hot glue if gluing applique

  • Stitch Marker

  • Scissors

  • Mod Podge *optional if you want to make flower stiff


  • MR - Magic Ring

  • Ch - chain

  • Sp - space

  • Dc - double crochet

  • Sc - single crochet

  • Sl st - slip stitch

  • Hdc - half double crochet

  • Hdc2tog - half double crochet 2 together or invisible decrease

  • Sts - stitches

  • * * - repeat instructions between asterisks

  • #st - complete # of sts in same space

  • St# - complete stitch in next number of spaces

Skill level / Language- Beginner/Intermediate: If you are unsure of any stitches Youtube is a great resource! Pattern is written in American Standard Terms.

Pattern Instructions

Note: use G 4mm hook unless otherwise noted

Note: beginning/turning chains do not count as st

Leaf: Green - make as many as desired - 6 if matching the cover photo

  • Begin: MR, ch 1

  • Row 1: 2Hdc in MR, pull tight to close, DO NOT sl st to join, ch 1. (2st)

  • Row 2: Turn, hdc 2, ch 1. (2st)

  • Row 3: Turn, 2hdc in each st, ch 1. (4st)

  • Row 4: Turn, 2hdc, hdc 2, 2hdc, ch 1. (6st)

  • Row 5: Turn, hdc 6, ch 1. (6st)

  • Row 6: Turn, 2hdc, hdc 4, 2hdc, ch 1. (8st)

  • Row 7: Turn, hdc 8, ch 1. (8st)

  • Row 8: Turn, 2hdc, hdc 6, 2hdc, ch 1. (10st)

  • Row 9 - 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, hdc 6, ch 1. (6st)

  • Row 14: Turn, hdc2tog, hdc 2, hdc2tog, ch 1. (4st)

  • Row 15: Turn, hdc 4, ch 1. (4st)

  • Row 16: Turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, ch 1. (2st)

  • Row 17: Turn, hdc 2, ch 1. (2st)

  • Row 18: Turn, hdc2tog, ch 1. (1st)

  • Row 19: Turn, hdc, fasten off. (1st)

Foundation Base: Green

  • Begin: MR, ch 1.

  • Round 1: 10Hhdc in MR, pull tight to close, sl st to join, ch 1. (10st)

  • Round 2: 2Hdc in each st around, sl st to join, ch 1. (20st)

  • Round 3: *Hdc, 2hdc*, repeat *to* around, sl st to join, fasten off. (30st)

  • Note: The foundation base piece is used to attach the leaves during assembly. Example in photo below

Petals: Red - make as many as desired - 8 (3 small and 5 large) if wanting to match the cover picture exactly

Note: I recommend using slightly less tension on the sl sts

Note: if you have trouble working into the sl st you can work in the front loops to make it easier

  • Begin: Ch 17, place a st marker in the 2nd ch from the hook.

  • Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st, sc, hdc, dc 7, hdc, sc, sl st 3, ch 1. (16st)

  • Row 2: Turn, sl st 3, sc, hdc, *dc, 2dc*, repeat *to* 2 more times, dc, hdc, sc, sl st 2, ch 3. (19st)

Note: will be working in the ch 3 and unworked side of ch for row 3

  • Row 3: Turn, sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook, sl st in the next ch, sl st into the ch sp marked with the st marker, continue working in the unworked side of the beginning ch, sl st, sc, hdc, dc 7, hdc, sc, sl st 3, ch 1. (18st)

Note: for small petals, stop after Row 3, fasten off. For larger petals continue to Row 4

  • Row 4: Turn, sl st 2, sc, hdc, *dc, 2dc*, repeat *to* 2 more times, dc, hdc, sc, sl st, leave rest of sts unworked, fasten off, weave in ends. (17st)

Stamen: Yellow & Light Green - E 3.5mm hook - make 3 of each or more if desired

  • Begin: Yellow, MR, ch 1

  • Round 1: Sc 3 in MR, pull tight to close, sl st to join, fasten off. (3st)

Green of Stamen: Green

  • Begin: Cut 6 inch pieces of yarn, make a double knot. If you want them a little bigger you can add more knots.


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, as well. 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.

Note: If you want your poinsettia to be stiff for display, such as in a shadow box, you can put a couple coats of Mod Podge on the back of the leaves and petals. Let dry before assembling. I tried Aleene’s Stiffen quick spray and it made the pieces “rough” but not hardened enough to truly keep shape - which is why I recommend Mod Podge as a stronger agent.

How I assemble the Poinsettia:

  1. I lay out all my pieces to get the look I want first. You can use pins to hold it together if you desire and/or take a picture of your layout with your phone to reference as you are putting it together.

  2. First, I laid down the “foundation base” and then started attaching my leaves one by one in a windmill fashion.

  3. Next, I started adding the layers of my different-sized petals to give it the look of a poinsettia. Petals are naturally sporadic on real poinsettia plants so there is no right or wrong way to assemble your petals!

  4. Last, I attached my stamens pieces in the center.

Here is an up-close photo of how my stamen are assembled but there is really no right or wrong way to do it! Just have fun!

That's all there is to it! I hope you had fun making this! I bet these are going to look wonderful in your homes this holiday season! I would love to see if your photos with how you decorate with these if you get a chance!

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