Craft & DIY

African Flower Crochet Pattern

Dear Yvestown readers,

I feel like I’ve lost you through my blog publisher moves. The stats (as far as I understand those) tell me that you still read me but the comments are missing out and I miss your comments.

I have to admit that for the past few months my blog has not been what my blog has been all about. That’s because I’m expanding …  I do literally 4 up to 6 different jobs a day. I’m a home maker, photographer, blogger, stylist, writer, cook, accountant and toilet lady all in one day. So sometimes after I cleaned the bathroom, edited photos for my book, did some crochet for my blog, planned a fair and done all my husband’s business admin, I find myself really tired and drained.

I need to find a balance between all those jobs as it’s not a 9-5 office job where I exactly know what I have to do that day.

But most of all I want to be a good blogger as that’s what I mostly love to do and what lets me do all those other jobs.

So as from today I’ll try harder, do some wiggling and will eventually settle back here. Kicking off with a pattern I’ve been asked about a million times over the past few months. I haven’t invented it but I always do make my own versions.

The Stitches

sl st=slip stitch
dc=double crochet
sc=single crochet

The Pattern

Foundation chain:
ch 6, sl st to make a round or use a magic ring.

Round 1:
(colour 1) ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, *2 dc, ch 1, * repeat until you have six spaces and six 2 dc. sl st into the 3rd chain of the beginning round. Fasten off.

Round 2:
(colour 2) start in a space. ch 3, 1 dc in same space, *ch 2, 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in next space – repeat * 5 times. sl st into the 3rd ch of the beginning round.

Round 3:
sl st in the first 2 ch to reach the first 2 ch space of the prevoius round. ch 3, dc 6 in the 2 ch space, ch 1, * dc 7 in next 2 ch space, ch 1, repeat * 5 times. sl st into the 3rd ch of the beginning round. Fasten off.

Round 4:
(colour 3) ch 1, sc around and make a long stitch down in round 2 between each flower petal. End with sl st. Fasten off.

Round 5:
(colour 4) ch 3, dc around and place dc twice in the ch of the petal that sticks out most. End with sl st. Fasten off.

Update 15-04-2016:

I’ve been quite bullied about the way I’ve attached the squares into a pillow. It’s really simple, you use a common slip stitch to attach all the pieces. After that you turn your work and sew it on a pillow.

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  • Nel
    09/09/2013 at 13:51

    Hi, the pattern looks beautiful. Have to give it a try, although it’s been ages since last time did any crocheting. BTW, I have been reading your blog for couple of years now but lately have really missed your posts. You are very inspiring! Thank you 🙂

  • Janin
    09/09/2013 at 13:52

    Thanks for the tutorial, beautiful pictures (I should do that with my patterns too!). I will share it!

  • Silly Old Suitcase
    09/09/2013 at 14:05

    Dit is een tutorial waar we wat aan hebben, mooi op de foto gezet en heerlijk duidelijk.
    Hoewel ik altijd bang wordt van patronen en werkbeschrijvingen, word ik van deze errug blij!
    Ik ga ‘m zeker gebruiken!


    ps was het kussen niet wat vochtig? had er aardig lopen kwijlen hoor 😉

  • Mamen
    09/09/2013 at 14:06

    What a coincidence! Just yesterday I was looking for something like this. Thank you for sharing!

  • DeBe
    09/09/2013 at 14:29

    heel leuk! ga het proberen! Nooit meer iets gehaakt na de basisschool, is dit iets voor beginners?

  • Tineke
    09/09/2013 at 14:30

    Bedankt voor het delen van dit leuke patroontje, ga ik zeker maken. Evenwicht is het geheim.
    Maar hoe pak je dat aan? Succes

  • Marcela
    09/09/2013 at 15:06

    thank you for the pattern !


  • Wija
    09/09/2013 at 15:12

    Dank je wel voor het delen van dit mooie patroon 🙂

  • Rach
    09/09/2013 at 15:52

    Hi, your new blog format doesn’t fit my iPhone screen which is where I spend most of my time. I’m sure most people view it on something bigger, but just thought I’d give some feedback. I always look and enjoy all your posts but don’t really comment, thought you might want to know that too 🙂

  • mamasha
    09/09/2013 at 16:06

    Veel succes in het zoeken naar een goede balans. Het is niet altijd makkelijk. Je blog blijft een pareltje, hoe je die ook aanpakt!

  • Revlie
    09/09/2013 at 16:54

    gorgeous!!! en je blog blijft enorm inspireren, don’t forget!

  • Marianne
    09/09/2013 at 16:59

    Maak je maar niet druk over de blog, het blijft gewoon een topblog! Maar je moet wel een balans vinden anders krijg je straks een burn-out. Bedankt voor het patroon. Ik zal het eens uitproberen!

  • Moodkids
    09/09/2013 at 17:38

    Ik kan echt totaal niet haken maar heb een hele lieve moeder! Wat een prachtig patroon weer. Ik denk dat steeds minder mensen op de ‘oude’ manier blogs lezen er zijn zoveel mogelijkheden om het te vinden volgen en bekijken. Hoop dat jullie een fijne fair hebben gehad los van het weer, mocht het volgend jaar niet in dit weekend vallen hoop ik te komen, afgelopen jaren ging verjaardag dochter voor. Groetjes ,Maike

  • Rebecca
    09/09/2013 at 18:13

    Ik was zo blij dat ik je huis en jou heb gezien zaterdag! Je bent zo aardig en sociaal! Bedankt voor de leuke fair! I adore your blog and always will!
    Liefs Rebecca

  • Christy DeKoning
    09/09/2013 at 18:39

    Hi there, I found your blog via Mollie Makes, and it’s beautiful! So inspiring.
    I feel your frustration with trying to do what is true to you, and not enough hours in the day. I haven’t blogged in ages – but I do try to connect as much as possible with my customers via Facebook, and so far they seem to understand the challenges of "real life as a creative person" vs blogging.
    Glad to have found you!


  • Susana@citrusandorange
    09/09/2013 at 19:35


  • Heather
    09/09/2013 at 19:37

    beautiful, thank you! Heather x

  • Lun
    09/09/2013 at 20:38

    Thank you for the lovely pattern. Sorry, I’m one who’s just been lurking and reading but not commenting.!

  • Marjolein
    09/09/2013 at 21:24

    So very very beautiful…. Once I have found the store where additional hours for the day are sold I’ll give it a try 🙂
    No seriously, with this explanation I’m sure it’ll work.

    On another matter, how do I subscribe to your blog?? Can’t seem to find it anywhere. Or am I being very blond….

    Take care with keeping all balls up!


  • Gillian
    09/09/2013 at 22:09

    Hello – I always read (and enjoy what I read) but don’t always comment…I will pop up and say hi more often! Thanks for sharing your pattern and tutorial. x

  • Gemma Roberts
    10/09/2013 at 06:14

    Im so trying this! I am yet to learn to crochet, its on the list of projects, but as soon as I whip out my crochet hook, this is first thing I’ll attempt! Gorgeous pattern 🙂
    I am currently staying with my boyfriend and his lovely family in the Netherlands, testing the water a little, kind of a trial before the big move (… Not too big, only across the water from England). So I’m not working at the moment, which means every crafty project I can get my hands on is gold to me! I appreciate the tutorial and free pattern. I’ll be sure to let you know how mine turns out!


  • Devon Holzwarth
    10/09/2013 at 09:27

    Thank you for sharing this pattern! We’ll be starting a road trip through France in a couple of weeks and maybe I can knock out a bunch of crochet while also keeping the kiddos happy in the car. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for a few years now (first found you on flickr) and now that we live in Germany I think maybe we’ll meet sometime 🙂 Wish we could have made it to the fair, hopefully next year! With much admiration for your style and the lovely inspiration you share, Devon xoxo

  • Nynke van der Laan
    10/09/2013 at 09:29

    Hoewel ik je naam al vaak voorbij had zien komen op social media en in magazines, ben ik pas twee weken geleden een kijkje gaan nemen op je blog. Geen idee waarom ik er zo lang mee gewacht heb want ik vind je stijl geweldig! Ik heb meteen je hele archief gelezen en bekeken. Ik vind het eigenlijk wel prettig dat je niet heel veel post, wel zo overzichtelijk en wat je post is ook mooi en voegt iets toe. Het blogaanbod is al zo overweldigend. Hoe dan ook, ik zal je blijven volgen en wat vaker een comment plaatsen!

    Liefs uit Groningen

  • Leslie-Anne
    10/09/2013 at 10:29

    That pillow is gorgeous! Simply beautiful!

  • Claire Robinson
    10/09/2013 at 12:59

    Oooo… updating blogs to read has been one of those summer jobs that still hasn’t happened! And now I shall just have to make a coffee and sit and catch up with your lovely blog before going out to collect my little one from school… Oh, and I mentioned your dreamy Danny Deckchair on my blog today!

  • jennifer
    10/09/2013 at 14:58

    Everything you create and arrange is beautiful. It is inspiring to me to try to make my own nest more beautiful – a difficult job back when we had 3 little boys at home. Now with just one teenage son and a husband, it’s easier to keep things calmer and more orderly. I hope to begin crafting again after years of being too busy to sit down and focus. I probably speak for many other lurkers out there when I say your blog is just gorgeous and I love your aesthetic. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

  • Annette
    10/09/2013 at 16:44

    I always love your crochet. That pillow is beautiful. Maybe I missed it within the post but how many foundation chains do you start with? Thank you for all the inspiration you provide.

  • Yvonne Eijkenduijn
    10/09/2013 at 20:17

    Thanks guys, I love all your feedback so much!!!

    • Bruna
      14/08/2015 at 21:46

      I tried to read through a lot of the comments but couldn’t find anything about how to put together the flowers to make that beautiful pillow up there. Any tips? Do you have another tutorial?

  • Laura Rogerson
    10/09/2013 at 23:33

    Yvonne, one of the things I remember from taking the "Blogging your Way " course from Holly at Design Sponge was her advice to comment on blogs you read regularly , enjoy, that inspire you, and that make you smile – as your blog does. Did I ever initiate the process of writing a blog , NO – one post made me appreciate the tremendous effort involved in generating material. So here I am , commenting – LOL

    Your blog is LOVELY – I so enjoy it. Thank you for sharing your crochet, and life. Laura

  • Heather Erickson
    11/09/2013 at 04:49

    Wow! Gorgeous pillow. I must make one (or two?) for myself. So darling and I love the colors.

    Heather @

  • Cathy
    11/09/2013 at 05:12

    I SO understand what you are saying – between running the house, keeping everyone happy, blogging, running my business from home, preparing for markets, and finding some " fun creative time" for myself – there are never enough hours in a day!! I think we are all super women!!! And your new blog is beautiful! Thank you!

    11/09/2013 at 07:43

    superblog – net ontdekt!!!

  • Julie Horn
    11/09/2013 at 14:25

    Keep blogging! I’m in my 50’s going on 60 crafty woman from Australia living in Germany with my English husband who I met and married while working in China. I sew during the day to maintain my sanity and love to read your blog!

  • cathy
    11/09/2013 at 15:05

    Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern. I am sure this will be my next yarn and my next order to your beautiful shop ! Cathy

  • jonavin
    11/09/2013 at 17:04

    Thank you for this lovely pattern, I can feel a new blanket coming on! I am also guilty of lurking, I have been reading your beautiful blog for a few months and I enjoy it immensely. Thank you for all the inspiration and for using pink so much, it’s my favourite colour. I was also wondering how many stitches are in the foundation ring you crochet round one into? Please could you give info about which yarn you used and details of the four colours used in the flower in the tutorial? They look great together and I’d love to use them too. Thanks! Jo.

  • José
    11/09/2013 at 18:01

    Still following your blog and LOVING it! José

  • Kirsten
    12/09/2013 at 05:43

    This pattern is great! You can so easily change the whole feel of the square by using one, two or multiple colours. I’ve used it in a baby blanket in a rainbow fashion but I’m thinking to do it again but this time creme with yellow and pink maybe. Just something spring-like, something bright and not so busy for a change 😉

  • Berna
    12/09/2013 at 09:37

    Still following your blog 🙂

  • Loraine
    12/09/2013 at 10:11

    just to say, really enjoying your blog. Thanks for sharing, xx

  • ellis & higgs
    12/09/2013 at 21:51

    This pillow is beautiful!! If I just had the time to make one…:)

  • Ahu
    13/09/2013 at 09:18

    thanks for sharing 🙂 love from İstanbul


  • Caro
    16/09/2013 at 00:06

    I"m a new reader from New England. I love what I see here. I’m always shy about commenting, but here I am. Love this crochet pattern. I must see if I can remember how to crochet, because its so pretty.

  • Kelly
    16/09/2013 at 00:43

    Never commented before but I love your blog!! We are out there – please keep up the stunning work. I’m off to buy some more wool, I love this pattern!!

  • Pauline Bellingham
    17/09/2013 at 10:04

    Thank you for this lovely pattern – I can’t wait to try it out as I have been collecting yarn for a crochet cushion for a wee while. I love your blog – I so enjoy your posts, but am very poor at commenting – so here goes! Do keep up the wonderful work you are doing – I always leave inspired?!

  • Sharon Blignaut
    22/09/2013 at 20:17

    Your tutorial is fabulous, thank you very much :-). I am very new at crocheting and would like to convert the your hexagon African Flower to a square. All the other patterns have 8 petals (with a tutorial to make it a square) and this one has 6 petals. I much prefer your pattern, but can’t fathom out as to how to convert it to a square. Can you help. Thank you

  • Lisa
    24/09/2013 at 17:51

    Great pattern I was looking for something other than a granny to make a new pillow for the camper and this will work wonderfully – Thank You

  • Yvonne Treacy
    24/09/2013 at 22:01

    I love this pattern and the beautiful variety of colours. Please can you tell me what yarn you used and size of hook?? Thank you!

  • Laura Gaskill
    28/09/2013 at 15:11

    Thank you for the pattern — and the post! I’ve literally just started to crochet after years of drooling over your posts, and made my first granny square cup cozy a few weeks ago…will definitely be saving this pattern for my project file!

    AND I completely feel your pain on having many different jobs, and something always has to give…right now I am Mama, freelance writer, blogger, and…yes, toilet cleaner 😉 Good luck on finding your own balance…it’s tricky, isn’t it?


  • yvette fanciulli
    28/09/2013 at 21:44

    Hello, I was at my friends home last night and spotted a basket full of beautiful cotton yarn, I dived in and drooled over her gorgeous granny squares, asking her a bunch of questions about where, how, what lovely colours, and here Iam, reading your wonderful blog!
    We live in Australia and Summer is almost upon us but Im still wanting to do a bit of crocheting! Im a bit excited about getting some of the pretty colours, cant wait!
    Love your garden by the way.Yvette

  • Kathleen
    01/10/2013 at 04:02

    Hi Yvonne, I want to make one now too, beautiful!

  • Estelle Sacre
    14/10/2013 at 08:33

    My grandmother used to do the same kind of outfit for kids – she did that for me, my brother and all of my cousins. I don’t know why they call them African since they have been available in Europe for a long time. If you are able to make them and with a bit more imagination, you can produce beautiful items.
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    • dencro
      05/04/2014 at 03:39

      African is more a reference to the African Daisy that pattern looks like than an origin of the pattern

  • Janet
    20/10/2013 at 08:35

    Love the pillow and have mastered the African flower. How are you joining the pillow up? Could you explain please. It’s beautiful and want to make one!!! X

  • Tiffany
    25/10/2013 at 13:07

    You have skills! SO, SO ,SO PRETTY!

  • Hana
    25/10/2013 at 15:08

    I love this! But how do you connect the hexagons if I want to make a pillow like on the picture? Is there tutorial on that? Are those dc all round and then slip stitch to join them? I will have to experiment a little, I’m still a beginner at this! 🙂

    • abbie
      26/10/2013 at 13:18

      Heidi bears blog has tht with photos but I cant find the print off instructions

  • JoAnn
    16/11/2013 at 20:48

    Wow I just saw this and fell in love with this pattern. You do it so beautifully. I’m going to get out my yarn stash and tak a break from my knitting. Thanks so much for your blog. jody Sac. CA.

  • Christi
    14/01/2014 at 00:40

    What would be your recommendation to someone wanting to learn to crochet? Where to start? Thanks!!

  • Pat
    29/01/2014 at 12:55

    Thank you for your tutorial on the African flower, Your cover is absolutely beautiful.

  • Janéne Steenkamp
    10/03/2014 at 13:14

    Thanks. I made two and used them to make a support cushion for my daughter’s violin.

  • maria lopez
    11/03/2014 at 16:33

    Hermoso! me encanta! Gracias!

  • Claudia
    11/03/2014 at 16:43

    Divina y fácil!!!!! Ya le encontré destinó!!!! Gracias x compartir!!!!

  • Carol McGuigan
    18/03/2014 at 02:01

    Thanks so much for this beautiful pattern!! 🙂

  • Mari from
    19/03/2014 at 18:34

    I found your lovely blog today and subscribed! Thank you so much for sharing your African Flower Crochet Pattern. I loved the colors you picked for your pillow and your technique…it’s your details that make the difference! I recently fell in love with crocheting African Flowers. Can I share a link to your pattern in my new crochet blog named

  • Crystal
    23/03/2014 at 15:19

    Dear Yvonne, thanks for sharing the pattern. I have crocheted more than 60 pieces of African Flower last year and decided to make a blanket, but I have no idea about how to link them together. Could you please tell me how you make it? Thanks a lot 🙂

  • Beverly
    23/03/2014 at 17:20

    Thank you for putting out this pattern, as I have been looking for it. It is very pretty when you edged it with white.
    Please do a tutorial about joining.

  • Wendy
    26/03/2014 at 16:27

    I am loving this! Will start on the flowers tonight but really, really need to know how to put them together! I have done granny squares and just sown them together but they did not look as clean as this. Please help! Thanks!

  • Kathy
    27/03/2014 at 00:28

    Thank you! this is beautiful. I love how you showed each step, very nice!

  • Kathy
    27/03/2014 at 00:28

    Thank you! this is beautiful. I love how you showed each step, very nice!

  • Theresa Noble
    27/03/2014 at 00:56

    What about the last row shown in white?

    • dencro
      05/04/2014 at 08:28

      row 5 ! the cushion is representative of the pattern

      • dencro
        05/04/2014 at 08:29

        rather …….ISN’T representative

  • Fareeda Ikram
    28/03/2014 at 13:29

    Could you please please please show us all how to put these flowers together for a blanket or cushion because I now have lots of these beautiful flowers but don’t know how to crochet them together xxxxx thanks a million xxxxz

  • Erica
    04/04/2014 at 23:21

    Are you whip stitching the flowers together? Is there a printable version of this pattern anywhere?

    Also, I LOVE it!! It’s so lovely and cheery! I want to make a million of them!!

  • jo warner
    07/04/2014 at 14:21

    hi I love this pattern…as a newbie pls csn you recommend a yarn and hook size. …you have inspired me to be brave and try a big project x

  • jo warner
    09/04/2014 at 13:00

    is this us or uk pattern pls….I very confused 🙁

  • Valerie
    22/04/2014 at 05:01

    I’m using Rowan handknit cotton and a size E (3.5mm) hook.

  • Paul
    26/04/2014 at 00:00

    jo, it’s U.S. – the pattern uses sc instead of the UK dc

  • Minervca
    09/02/2015 at 07:28

    Thank you for the pattern and the tutorial. They are very easy to follow and the pillow looks stunning.

  • Jody Killam
    16/03/2015 at 06:43

    This is my first time on your blog and I must give you a big "Thank You!" Your pictures are absolutely fabulous! The writing is simply heartfelt and the information is straight forward! Having the ability to share ones passions in life is a wonderful gift, and those who share your passions will certainly wait while life happens and will return when you do! Remember, there are those who will " window shop" , those who will be " one time buyers" and then those who will be " return customers" ! Don’t worry when the numbers are low, those who appreciate your work will return because they truly appreciate what your doing! Even the greatest of artists have had periods of time that they needed to become inspired so that they could return to the canvas and explode with passion! Best of Luck to you! ( Although by the looks and the content of your blog you don’t need luck 🙂 you have talent! )

  • LYN
    26/03/2015 at 14:25

    Hi. May I know if you sell these cushion? I would like to purchase it. Thank you.

  • Beverly Feher
    09/04/2015 at 21:49

    I’ve plenty of squares made now what is the best way to put together,? They are more like an octagon, I’ve never put those together before?

  • Sadie
    24/05/2015 at 08:01

    Thank you so much, this pattern was so helpful. Love your blog

  • Stefanie
    24/05/2015 at 19:08

    I have not been able to get this gauge correct – my flower square is all correct but it is bunching up. Should I increase the hook size? I am using the hook size that is recommended for my yarn. I am hoping to make the beautiful pillow too! Thank you for posting this!

  • Shirl
    21/06/2016 at 20:53

    I am looking forward to making this for my daughter

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