This is a perfect DIY gift for the women/girls in our lives. So when I was little, I never had money to buy gifts (as I’m sure most kids can relate to also), which is probably how someone becomes “crafty” in the first place. I LOVE homemade gifts, because the sentiment can never be replaced, the story behind a gift that was given. I made these for my daughter’s teachers for Valentine’s Day (great for Teacher Appreciation Day, Mother’s Day too).
If you need a visual guide, there are LOTS of YouTube videos on how to make something similar; and actually you’ll find about twenty videos that are more or less the same pattern. I truly believe that everyone has the same design with different variations on the stitches used. This one is a combination of YouTube videos I saw.
Petals: Ch 51 *(to make your rose bigger or smaller, ch more or less)
Row 1: sc in second st from hook, sc in each ch to end of row
Row 2: ch 1, turn, *v-stich (dc, ch 2, dc), skip st — repeat to end of row
Row 3: ch 1, turn, *shell (7dc) into ch 2 space, sc into the space that’s next to ch 2 space — repeat to end of the row; sl st into the side of the last dc (you might have to push your shell over to see it); fasten off
Take one end and wrap it in a circular motion to shape the rose. Sew the yarn to secure the shape, or use a hot glue gun.
Sepal: magic circle, ch 1, 5hdc into ring, sl st to first hdc (pull tail to close the ring); ch 6, sc into second ch from hook, sc down the ch; sc into the next hdc, *(repeat until you have five sets); fasten off, finish by tying the tail of the two ends
Big leaf: ch 12, hdc into third ch from hook, hdc into next ch, dc into next, dc into next, tr into remaining 5 ch until at last ch; 7tr into last ch; (start working at opposite side of worked ch) tr into next 5 ch, dc into next two ch, hdc into last two ch, sl st into first hdc on other side; fasten off
Small leaf: ch 12, sc into second ch from hook, sc, hdc into next two, dc, tr, dc, hdc, hdc, sc, sc; on opposite side of worked ch — sc, sc, hdc, hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc, hdc, sc, sc; sl st to first sc worked, fasten off
You can attach the sepal to the petals by sewing it with a yarn needle, or by using a hot glue gun (I used a needle to thread my yarn) — if you’re not able to get the shape you want by threading, using a hot glue gun will hold the form better. With a floral wire stem (available at craft stores), fold it in half and stick the ends into the center of the rose, make sure that each end goes into a different part of the center to secure the rose. Attach the leaves to its own stem the same way, and then attach all the leaf stems to the rose stem with floral tape.
*FYI — there are many YouTube tutorials on making roses and how to attach the leaves and stem to the petals, if you need visual guidance; they are all basically the same pattern.