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Daffodils

© June Gilbank 2008

Crochet your own daffodils – perfect for spring! Make a bouquet of yarn flowers, or try one in thread as a beautiful pin or accessory. The pattern includes two different designs for petals and centres – mix and match colours and designs to create your own custom bouquet!

crocheted daffodils

This Daffodils pattern is Donationware – the pattern is available for free, but if you like it please consider sending me a donation to show your appreciation:

Daffodils crochet pattern

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The complete pattern and instructions are available below, regardless of whether or not you choose to pay for them :)

This is a PlanetJune original crochet pattern. Feel free to use items made from this pattern however you wish, but I’d appreciate credit as the pattern designer. Please do not reproduce the pattern anywhere else; instead post a link to http://www.planetjune.com/daffodils

Not ready to make it yet? Add it to your Ravelry queue:

Terminology

ch chain
invdec invisible decrease Note: If you prefer, you may use a standard sc2tog decrease in place of each invdec.
sc single crochet (double crochet for UK/Aus)
sl st slip stitch
st stitch

Notes

  • Do not join at the end of each round; rounds are worked in continuous spirals.
  • Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round. Move the marker up each time you start a new round.

You will need…

  • E US/3.5mm crochet hook
  • Small amount of worsted weight yarn in yellow, orange, cream or white, plus green
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker

I used worsted weight yarn and a size E hook, which produced a large 4″ diameter flower (3.5″ for the smaller flower). Try using a finer yarn or crochet thread with a correspondingly smaller hook to give a more compact flower.

Crochet Instructions

For each flower, you will need:

  • 6 petals (choose large petals or small petals)
  • 1 centre (choose large centre or small centre)
  • 1 green backing

small and large petals
Left: small petal; Right: large petal

Large Petal
Make a magic ring, ch 1.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 st)
Rnd 2: (2sc in next st, sc in next st) twice. (6 st)
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st) twice. (8 st)
Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st) twice. (10 st)
Rnds 5-7: sc in each st around. (10 st)
Rnd 8: (invdec, sc in next 3 st) twice. (8 st)
Rnd 9: (invdec, sc in next 2 st) twice. (6 st)
Join with sl st to next st. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Small Petal
Make a magic ring, ch 1.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 st)
Rnd 2: (2sc in next st, sc in next st) twice. (6 st)
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st) twice. (8 st)
Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st) twice. (10 st)
Rnd 5: sc in each st around. (10 st)
Rnd 6: (invdec, sc in next 3 st) twice. (8 st)
Rnd 7: (invdec, sc in next 2 st) twice. (6 st)
Join with sl st to next st. Fasten off and weave in ends.

large and small centres
Left: large centre; Right: small centre

Large Centre
Ch 8.
Rnd 1: sc in 8th chain from hook, to form a circle. Sc in each st around the circle. (8 st)
Rnds 2-3: sc in each st around. (8 st)
Rnd 4: 3 sc in each st around. (24 st)
Join with sl st to next st, fasten off and weave in ends.

Small Centre
Ch 8.
Rnd 1: sc in 8th chain from hook, to form a circle. Sc in each st around the circle. (8 st)
Rnd 2: sc in each st around. (8 st)
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) four times. (12 st)
Join with sl st to next st, fasten off and weave in ends.

Backing

With green yarn, make a magic ring, ch 1.
Note: if you’re going to attach a stem to the daffodil, leave a hole for the stem in the middle of the magic ring when you pull the ring closed (see picture, right).
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 st)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 st)
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) six times. (18 st)
Join with sl st to next st. Fasten off, leaving long end of yarn.

Assembly Instructions

Petals
Flatten out each petal. Arrange each group of three petals with their open ends together so they form a trefoil shape:

3 petals in trefoil shape

Use a yarn needle and a length of the yarn you used for the petals to join each group of three petals together in this position with a few stitches at the centre of the trefoil. The three petals will still be able to flop about – you don’t need to secure them rigidly together.

2 trefoils

Rotate one trefoil to offset the petals and place it on top of the other, so all 6 petals are visible and equally spaced.

Use a yarn needle and a length of the yarn you used for the petals to stitch the petals together in this position.

Note: Your stitches will not show in the finished daffodil provided you keep them near the centre, so you don’t need to be too concerned with being neat. An effective method is to pass the needle down through the right edge of a top petal and the left edge of a bottom petal, then back up through the right edge of the same bottom petal and the left edge of the next top petal, and continue around in this fashion until all the petals are attached together. Feel free to use any method that makes sense to you – just keep the stitches close to the centre so they will be covered up later.

6 petalled flower

Pull any loose yarn ends through to the back and fasten off.

Centre

Place the centre over the middle of the flower.

flower centre

Using a yarn needle and a length of the yarn you used to make the centre, stitch the centre down to the petals. Don’t worry if your stitches show on the back – the back will be covered in the next step. Pull the ends through to the back and fasten off.

front of flower with centre

Backing

Place the green circle over the middle of the back of the flower. It should cover any exposed ends. Using a yarn needle and the long yarn end from the backing, stitch the edges of the backing to the petals.

back of flower

Stem

Adding a stem is optional – you could add a pin back instead, or make several daffodils into a floral wreath with some crocheted leaves.

You could make the stem for a thread daffodil from a pipe cleaner, but, as I discovered during this project, a yarn daffodil is too heavy to be supported by a pipe cleaner. My old-school solution was to buy a 3/8″ wooden rod from the hardware store, cut it to length, and then wrap it with green yarn. I spread a little white glue on the rod every couple of inches to anchor the yarn in place. Easy!

wrapping the stem

Poke the top of the rod through the hole in the middle of the green flower backing, then angle it so the flower is vertical. If desired, you can tie it in place with more green yarn wrapped through the flower backing and around the stem, but my flowers stay in place without additional support.

daffodils (back)

I hope you enjoy this pattern. Please leave me a comment below if you do, and consider leaving me a donation. Thanks!

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53 Comments »

  1. [...] If you’d like to make your own daffodils, I’ll add the pattern link into our sidebar, and the pattern is also up on my website: http://www.planetjune.com/blog/free-crochet-patterns/daffodils/ [...]

  2. marykz said

    just what I needed today- a little sign of spring. small donation sent!! Thanks for sharing the pattern/tutorial!!

  3. Jana said

    Thanks, June!
    I have so many projects waiting in the wings, but I may just have to put them on hold to make at least ONE of these beauties! I think I will keep it short (and small!) and sweet, and just make myself a thread pin for now!
    Jana
    PS I will be your FIRST customer for a Great Dane Pattern! :)

  4. Nathalie said

    YOU ROCK!!!!!!!! I LOVE these!!!! Thank you so much!!!
    Nathalie

  5. daisychaindaisychain said

    these daffodils are just gorgeous thank you for sharing and I too have made a donation! Cheers

  6. Teeheenah said

    I just love daffodils! Fantabulous job and thank you sooo much for sharing!

    T-

  7. rosy_cheek said

    gorgeous

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  9. Sumathy.K said

    I like this daffolids flower. This crochet daffodis make me good time. Thank for your pattern instructions.

  10. Manisha said

    Thanks for the tutorial. These daffodils are great!

  11. Robin said

    Just beautiful – what a great job!

  12. Lutine said

    Very beautiful

  13. [...] 6, 2008 I have been want to do the Daffodil pattern from Plant June and this was the perfect time to do it!  Today was take your favorite flower to you teacher day [...]

  14. Shelly said

    I love this pattern! I used it for my DD’s teacher apparition day. Please have a look!
    http://mycrochetcreations.wordpress.com/2008/05/06/teacher-apparition-flower/

    Thank you for offering this for us!

  15. Jessi said

    Thanks a lot for this beautiful pattern. I found a german site where are also very very cute end ellegant flowers. Perhaps you want to look at the side. Have a nice day, and again thanks June!!!!

    The address: http://www.haekelclub-muelsen.de/

  16. Leanne said

    Thanks for the beautiful pattern I really like it :D Do you have any patterns for Lilacs? I havent found any on the net yet.

  17. Karen said

    Re: Jessi Said, May 14, 2008

    The site Jessi refers to is truly a German site, as it is in the German language. The flowers there are beautiful, but I cannot read any of the words. Any ideas on German/English translation of this site? Thanks for anything you can provide.

  18. June said

    Karen, the best I can offer is a Google translation of the site. It doesn’t all make sense, but at least you will get a better idea of what the site is about! http://translate.google.ca/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.haekelclub-muelsen.de%2F&sl=de&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

  19. CAROLINA said

    Hello, June, thanks for sharing, Daffodils are one of my favoirite flowers. I´d like to ask your permission to translate your pattern into spanish in order to share it to my spanish speakers friends, obiously with your name on it. I´ll wait for your answer.
    Thanks again.
    Carolina, from Chile

  20. Michelle said

    What a lovely pattern, best I have ever seen of daffodils. . .England in the spring is a wonder to behold, and now making these delightful daffoldils I can have spring all the time. . . I am teaching 9 people in work how to crochet during our lunch hour, and we are making items for charity. . . I hope you do not mind me using your pattern for charity. . . .thank you

    Michelle Young, Plymouth, Devon, England 08/09/2008

  21. Ana-Lucia said

    thanks for getting me interested in something that I thought was unimpressive. The daffoldils are certainly a delight since I have one on my window sill

  22. Kenly said

    this is a super-cute pattern. i bet they’d make wonderful hair-stick toppers.

  23. Christine Chipman said

    This pattern is so wonderful I just had to leave you a donation. I wish I could have afforded more because your efforts certainly deserve it. Thanks for making it available to us. Keep up the great work you are doing.

    Have a great day!

    Christine

  24. Marianne said

    Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern. It is the best I have seen. Do you have a pattern for a” little Bluebird motif” I could make and sew onto a round crochet PotHolder? My sister loves bluebirds and I thought I would try and make one , but it did not look to good.

    I will leave a donation.

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  26. Denis said

    Thanks for the tutorial.Great job

  27. maira said

    I love the daffodils, I’m linking you up in my new blog if it’s ok with you!

    love

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    A Carnival only works if you share it! Please tell your readers all about it!

    Thanks for playing along!

  29. [...] Crocheted Daffodils [...]

  30. [...] Daffodils are a perfect way to celebrate spring. Make one daffodil, or a whole bunch! You can use a single flower as a pin or to accessorize a bag, or make an everlasting vase of daffodils that will never fade away. [...]

  31. medha devdas said

    wow……………….super

  32. Coco said

    I love these!! made a batch for my grandmother last time we visited her,, they came out really well! U’r instructions are great, and easy to follow. Thanx!!

  33. penny t said

    When I go to start a daffodil petal it tells me to make a magic ring but doesn’t tell me how many stitches I should have when I am done make the ring cups you help?

    • June said

      Penny, the magic ring itself is just the loop – the stitches of Rnd 1 are worked into the ring and then you pull the ring closed after completing Rnd 1.

  34. penny said

    ok i got itand you are right i probabl wont go back to the old way thanks a lot

  35. [...] daffodil is crocheted from a beautiful Planet June pattern, and it’s also detachable. So now, as well as her more intangible present, Mum has a lovely [...]

  36. [...] {pattern available here} [...]

  37. Paula said

    Muy lindo!! me encantó!!!

  38. Ms Honey said

    Hi June
    Good day!

    Your all work is really really very appriciated.i like all and i want to work over it and learn all.

    If you want to help me,please contact with me via msn.

    Your early respoce will be highly appriciated,

    Thanks a lot,

    Ms Honey.

  39. tamarque said

    must say how well done these are. have looked at many flowers and these are really impressive. would like to make them for a display –is that acceptable to you.

  40. Ms. Marty said

    What a wonderful pattern. I was looking for a pen/pencil topper flower & I found one here. I’ve made quite a few. I dropped the centre, just making the backing without a hole for the front & attaching it by the center. After searching for a rubber ring to mount the pens on I found pencil grips that I cut to size. A friend suggested, since daffodil colors are so limiting, that I could make the petals any color so I’m having fun creating wonderful color combinations. Thank you for getting me started.

  41. Colleen said

    very cute! I plan to make some for ponytail holder for my nieces! thanks!

  42. kim l said

    Very very nice!!

  43. [...] up is PlanetJune’s Daffodil, one of her donationware patterns. I finished it a day late for her March Easter CAL. That’s [...]

  44. Umberta said

    Gorgeous! And also your other patterns and items are beautiful. I think you are one of the best crochet artists I have ever seen.

  45. Isabel said

    Gracias,un placer ver sus trabajos,pondre en practica estas flores..gracias..

  46. Alison Storey said

    Hi June
    Would it be possible to make these daffodils to sell in aid of Marie Curie charity- they provide nurses to nurse the terminally ill at home free of charge. If so I will also be happy to make a donation for the pattern.
    Alison

    • June said

      Hi Alison, and what a lovely idea! Yes, I allow sales of any items made from my patterns, for any reason (charitable or profitable). I do ask that you give me credit as the designer if that’s possible, but don’t worry if not – you still have my permission :)

  47. Elaine said

    Hello June
    Thank you so much for your daffodil pattern. I am involved in The Cancer Council Relay For Life program in Victoria, Australia, and the daffodil is our ‘patron’ flower. I am donating $20 AUD to this cause in your name as my thank you. I hope you will understand and again accept my thanks. Elaine.

    • June said

      Thanks Elaine, that’s a lovely idea and for a very good cause!

  48. Penny Daniels said

    Hello, June! Greetings from Maine, USA. I just made a very cheerful daffodil, thanks to you! Thank you for sharing the pattern. I’m wondering if twisting two or even three green pipe cleaners together would make a sturdy enough stem…I like the idea of being able to “pose” the flowers. Happy crocheting!!

    Penny

    • June said

      It might be worth a try, Penny – it’d depend on how heavy your flower head is and how strong the wires in the pipe cleaners are. Let me know if you try it and have any success :)

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