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Poinsettia

© June Gilbank 2007

Crochet a large poinsettia flower for Christmas – perfect as a table centrepiece or as a decoration. Or make a smaller one in fine yarn or thread to wear as a pin on your coat, a Christmas tree decoration, or anything else you can think of!

crocheted poinsettia
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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/poinsettia

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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 red, green and yellow
  • Yarn needle to weave in ends
  • Stitch marker

I used worsted weight yarn and a size E hook, which produced a large 6.5″ diameter flower (approx 5″ diameter for the small poinsettia). Try using a finer yarn or crochet thread with a correspondingly smaller hook to give a more compact flower.

Ingredients

crocheted poinsettia

Large Poinsettia:

  • 6 of Style A in red
  • 6 of Style B in red or green
  • 6 of Style C in green
  • 1 centre in yellow
crocheted poinsettia

Small Poinsettia:

  • 6 of Style A in red
  • 6 of Style B in green
  • 1 centre in yellow

Crochet Instructions

Style A
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: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st) twice. (12 st)
Rnd 6: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st) twice. (14 st)
Rnds 7-8: sc in each st around. (14 st)
Rnd 9: (invdec, sc in next 5 st) twice. (12 st)
Rnd 10: (invdec, sc in next 4 st) twice. (10 st)
Rnd 11: (invdec, sc in next 3 st) twice. (8 st)
Join with sl st to next st. Fasten off, leaving long end of yarn.

Style B
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: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st) twice. (12 st)
Rnd 6: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st) twice. (14 st)
Rnd 7: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 st) twice. (16 st)
Rnd 8: sc in each st around. (16 st)
Rnd 9: (invdec, sc in next 6 st) twice. (14 st)
Rnd 10: (invdec, sc in next 5 st) twice. (12 st)
Rnd 11: (invdec, sc in next 4 st) twice. (10 st)
Rnd 12: (invdec, sc in next 3 st) twice. (8 st)
Join with sl st to next st. Fasten off, leaving long end of yarn.

Style C
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: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st) twice. (12 st)
Rnd 6: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st) twice. (14 st)
Rnd 7: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 st) twice. (16 st)
Rnd 8: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 st) twice. (18 st)
Rnds 9-10: sc in each st around. (18 st)
Rnd 11: (invdec, sc in next 7 st) twice. (16 st)
Rnd 12: (invdec, sc in next 6 st) twice. (14 st)
Rnd 13: (invdec, sc in next 5 st) twice. (12 st)
Rnd 14: (invdec, sc in next 4 st) twice. (10 st)
Rnd 15: (invdec, sc in next 3 st) twice. (8 st)
Join with sl st to next st. Fasten off, leaving long end of yarn.

Centre
Make a magic ring, ch 1.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 st)
Rnd 2: in front loops only, (sc, ch2, sc) in each st around. (6 st)
Rnd 3: in remaining back loops of Rnd 1, 5 sc in each st around. (30 st)

The stitches of Rnd 3 will want to crinkle up into a loopy ruffle – let them do this! You want them to stick up to form the centre flowers of the poinsettia.

Assembly Instructions

Style A

  1. Flatten out each petal/leaf.
  2. Fold the petal up along the centre line, so the two ends of the open edge meet. Using a yarn needle and the long yarn end, make a couple of stitches at the open edge between the two ends, to keep them together.
  3. String all 6 petals together by running a length of yarn on a yarn needle (you can use one of the yarn ends or cut a new length) through the folded edge of each petal.
  4. Run the yarn through the first petal again to form a circle, pull tight and knot to keep it in position.

Styles B and C

  1. Flatten out each petal/leaf.
  2. Arrange one leaf over a second, so that one side of the open end of one is over the midpoint of the open end of the next, and they are arranged at approx 60 degrees (think snowflakes or slices of pie to judge the angle – you don’t have to be accurate).
  3. Use a yarn needle and the long yarn end from one of the leaves to stitch them together, joining the two leaves with small stitches at the end and about a third of the way up the leaves.
  4. Arrange another leaf over the top leaf, in the same position and angle, and stitch in the same way.
  5. Continue until all 6 leaves are joined, and each leaf overlaps over one leaf and under another. There should be a small gap in the centre.
  6. Pull any loose yarn ends through to the back.

Final Assembly

You should now have two (or three) rings of petals/leaves and one yellow centre. To finish assembling, arrange each layer by pulling the loose yarn ends through the centre hole of the previous layers, so they are all at the back of the flower. The layer order is (bottom to top):

Large poinsettia: C-B-A-centre
Small poinsettia: B-A-centre

Rotate the layers so their angles are offset and all the leaves are visible.

Divide the yarn ends at the back into two groups and tie the two groups in a secure knot. Depending on what you’d like to do with your flower, you can weave in all the yarn ends, leave them long to tie it onto something, or trim them down.

crocheted poinsettia

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I hope you enjoy this pattern. Please leave me a comment below if you do!

198 Comments »

  1. Jan Irwin said

    Hi, June. Try freetranslation.com for the messages you get in other languages. :)

  2. Marilyn Rowe said

    love the pattern. newby to crochet, how about doing a video.

  3. Amber said

    I really love this pattern…it’s very easy to make!! I’m making it as I write this, but instead of using all red I’m putting other colors as B. I will post it when finished! Thanks so much.

  4. Canary said

    Thanks so much for the free poinsettia crochet pattern; my crochet website is being worked on so that I am first in google rather than 100.
    Take care and GOD bless you,
    Canary LeBlanc

  5. emily said

    I truly appreciate that you offer such pretty pattern instructions for us to try . At the moment I cannot afford to buy my twin daughters such pretty hats but they are thrilled to wear every single flowered hat and hair band I’ve recently learned to crochet. Thank you so much for your generosity.

  6. Canary said

    Thanks so much for this poinsettia pattern. It is coming in very handy for this next crochet pattern and I will be sure to mention where I got this pattern from.

    Take care and GOD bless you,
    Canary

  7. zenilda moreira da silva said

    oi quero muito fazer esta flor como me ajunda

  8. Elena said

    Coisa linda faço croche mais esta flor nao conhecia parabens pela lindesa

  9. sheena4672 said

    Una belleza, gracias.

  10. Debby said

    This is the prettiest poinsettia pattern I have seen yet!!!

  11. Denise. Evans said

    Thanks for the lovely flower can’t wait to try it please come up with more lovely flowers thanks denise

  12. forouzandeh said

    hi
    it’s so beautifull.thanks

  13. michelle said

    Love this pattern I love to crochet please make more patterns

  14. Linda said

    Of all the patterns for poinsettas that I have seen , I think this is the prettiest. I want to try making it with some of the yarn that “sparkles” , I have to get a little better at crocheting though.

  15. Carla said

    thank you so very much for this pattern. Have so many ways I can use this flower.

  16. Sue said

    Thank you for this wonderful pattern.. it’s by far the prettiest poinsettia I’ve ever seen. I want to make the small one to use for a pin. Thanks again for sharing your pattern!

  17. Pallie Spadafino said

    Hi June,
    This is a really great pattern. I am glad that I found it again as I had lost it when my hard drive died a couple of years ago.
    I also lost the flowers I had made due to a storm we had here. They were on a wreath that looked much nicer than all the stuff you find in the stores.
    I wanted to let you know that I had done the flowers using size 10 crochet thread instead of using yarn. They came out beautiful and I put them together so that no two looked exactly alike. I plan on doing this again for next year now that I have the pattern. This time I will also take pictures to show the work.
    Thank you,
    Pallie

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