I have heard it is a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, so being a woman I am claiming this personality trait today. Every time I went to start the eyeglass case for my friend Linda’s birthday, I just could not get excited about it. It is hard for me crochet something without the excitement of wanting to finish the project. So I decided to crochet a doily surrounded by fourteen roses instead and I am so glad I did. She loved it! I was told it would be displayed promptly on her bedside table. Even though I knew her birthday was in March I had to wait till now to post about it otherwise it would not have been a surprise, since she subscribes to my blog.


The doily was pattern number 17 in the “Romancing the Rose” book (pictured above) by Leisure Arts. I chose a heavier weight than was called for – switching from a number 10 bedspread cotton using a Steel hook size 6, to a Caron Baby Yarn “Cuddlesoft”, color Baby Pearls using a F hook. The final measurement was 12 3/4 ” in diameter.


I crocheted the same doily in the cotton back in 2003 for myself (pictured at the top of the page) and wanted to do something a little different this time. This time I also chose to do it all in one color, (pictured above) not knowing Linda’s color schemes or her favorite preferences.

The pattern itself was composed of Treble (Triple/Treble Crochet), picot’s (Picot), dc decreased (Double Crochet decrease) and clusters in the solid part of the doily. Then I made fourteen roses that were attached by crocheting chain stitches from the doily to each rose. I finished by adding three more rows in order to add the leaves and a finished edging appearance.

My experiences in teaching has brought me to the realization that a lot of people find the instructions in crocheting a rose a little confusing. It is my intention to clarify some of this and assist them in this weeks blog by doing a tutorial on crocheting a rose.

I picked a fairly easy pattern to demonstrate this week. This is actually the rose we crochet at the end of my Basic Crocheting Class. It is a rather pretty rose and very basic in decor, as there are some very beautiful and elegant patterns worth exploring once the basics are learned. I will take your step by step through the process, so this is the point when you stop reading and go and get a small ball of yarn and a H crochet hook. Are you ready? Good, now lets get started.

Rose Tutorial

There are only 6 Rounds.

Note: When you are reading a pattern, do not get overwhelmed by reading the whole round at one time. The best advice I can give you is to read from comma to comma, stop, and crochet what it tells you, then repeat this process till you are done. This will help make it easier to complete the instructions.

Note: I got a new camera for my birthday so hopefully the pictures will be clearer. (can you tell? )

Round 1: Ch 2, 8 sc in the second ch from hook; join with slip st to the first sc.

Note: When you are crocheting the 8 sc into the second ch make sure you crochet around the loose tail hang down.


Note: When you are finished and have completed the slip stitch – place the piece on top of your fingers with the tail hanging between your fingers (picture above) and take your other hand and pull the tail.


(before you pull the yarn tight)


(after you pull the yarn tight)

Note: The hole in the center should pull close at this point. (pictured above) This should eliminate the huge holes in the center of your roses. If your circle does not tighten, then go back and make sure you sc included crocheting around the tail.

Round 2. Ch 1, sc in the same st, ch 3, skip next sc, *sc in next sc, ch 3, skip next se; repeat from *2 times more; join with slip st to first sc: 4 ch-3 sps and 4 sc.


Note: Basically you are sc in the first stitch and then chaining 3. Then skipping a stitch and then sc the next stitch and chaining 3 again. Repeating this second sentence until you are back to the first sc where you slip stitch into. When the round is done you should be able to count 4 ch-3 spaces and 4 sc. (pictured above)

Round 3: (Sl st, ch 2, 4 dc, ch 2, slip st) in first ch-3 sp (Petal made) and in each ch-4 sp around; join with slip to first sc: 4 ch-4 sps. (picture below)


Note: Now take a deep breath, we are half way there. Just three more rounds.

Round 4: Ch 1, working behind Petals and in sc on Rnd 2, sc in first sc, ch 4, (sc in next sc, ch 4) around; join with slip st to first slip st: 4 ch-4 sps.

Note: this is usually the part of pattern that people put the book down and walk away. This is not as hard as your might think. It is just confusing to explain. So lets take it step by step, slow and easy.


Note: The first part is easy ch 1. Now the second part, working behind the petals. Take your petal and fold it inward (picture above)


Note: Next sc in the first sc (where your sl st was) ch 4 and sc in next sc. (picture above)Image You should end up with a perfect square behind the petals in row 3. (pictured above)

Round 5: (Sl st, ch 2, 8 dc, ch 2, sl st) in first ch-4 sp (Petal made) and repeat in each ch-4 sp around; join with sl st to first sl st. 4 Petals made.

Note: sl st, ch 2, 8 dc, ch 2, sl st are all done in the first ch-4 sp.

Note: Then you just repeat in each ch-4 sp, ending with a sl st in the first sl st of the first of the four petals you made in this round. You should have a total of 4 petal’s at the end of this round. (front and back pictures below)





Starting to look like a rose yet? Just one more round. Are your ready?

Round 6: Ch 3, working behind Petals and in ch-4 spa on Round 4, sc in first ch-4 sp between center 2 dc of Petal, ch 5, (sc in next ch-4 between center 2 dc of Petal, ch 5) around; join with sl st to first sc: 4 loops and 4 sc.


Note: You will want to fold your petal toward the center like what we did in round 4. Then ch 3. {Next you insert your hook in the middle of the 8 dc in Round 6, (see picture above) this is where the sc goes and now ch 5.} Then you repeat this process in the brackets around to the beginning of the round.


Note: Now when you get to the last ch 5 you will want to skip the ch 3 and sl st into the first sc in the middle of 8 dc. Leaving you with a square of ch 5 sp. (pictured above)


You did it. You have now crocheted a ROSE.  (pictured above) If this was your first time crocheting a rose please share. If you had trouble understanding this post then please ask. Hope this will open up to you a whole new frontier in your future crocheting advantages.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.