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/blog/free-crochet-patterns/poinsettia/

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Terminology

ch chain
sc single crochet (double crochet for UK/Aus)
st stitch
sc2tog single crochet decrease (insert hook into stitch and draw up a loop, insert hook into next stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook)
FL front loops
BL back loops

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. Try using a finer yarn or crochet thread with a correspondingly smaller hook to give a more compact flower.

Ingredients

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

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: (sc2tog, sc in next 5 st) twice. (12 st)
Rnd 10: (sc2tog, sc in next 4 st) twice. (10 st)
Rnd 11: (sc2tog, 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: (sc2tog, sc in next 6 st) twice. (14 st)
Rnd 10: (sc2tog, sc in next 5 st) twice. (12 st)
Rnd 11: (sc2tog, sc in next 4 st) twice. (10 st)
Rnd 12: (sc2tog, 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: (sc2tog, sc in next 7 st) twice. (16 st)
Rnd 12: (sc2tog, sc in next 6 st) twice. (14 st)
Rnd 13: (sc2tog, sc in next 5 st) twice. (12 st)
Rnd 14: (sc2tog, sc in next 4 st) twice. (10 st)
Rnd 15: (sc2tog, 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 FL only, (sc, ch2, sc) in each st around. (6 st)
Rnd 3: in remaining BL 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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191 Comments »

  1. Sharon Anderson said

    Hi I came across your poinsettia flower and wanted to let you know it is amazing.
    I was also wondering if you have ever though of spraying them with a touch of spray glue and giving them a sprinkle of glitter like they do the real ones.
    i bet they would be awesome .

  2. Priscilla Sakal said

    I love this pointsettia, no time to do this year but will start on some for next year. Would you have a crochet dinosaur pattern? Toy size? Maybe 8-10″

    • June said

      Priscilla, I have 9 dinosaur patterns for you to choose from! See them all here :)

  3. Hi June, this pattern turned out great. I attached it to a hat and posted on Craftsy.

  4. Mary said

    Hi June – This pointsettia is really beautiful. I too am going to start these for next christmas using a smaller thread. These will be perfect as pins, etc. Thank you so much.

  5. mimi said

    GOD BLESS YOURS HANDS.(DIOS BENDIGA SUS MANOS)IN SPANISH.

  6. marwa said

    really a very nice flower i enjoyed this

  7. Carla said

    Hi,

    This is a very beautiful pattern, and I made it for my mum. She is in a geriatric home and real poinsettia’s are not allowed there, because they appear to be poisening. But this one was allowed ;).

    I came across this pattern on another side though, and I’m not sure if that person has permission for it. Here you can check it out: http://schtroumpf29.multiply.com/journal/item/179/Poinsettia.

    Kind regards and thanks again for the pattern.

    Carla Leendertse

    • June said

      Thank you, Carla! That person does not have permission to reproduce my patterns, so I’ve reported him/her to Multiply and hope they will remove my patterns (I found 5 more on the same site!) promptly. Thanks again for letting me know.

    • Judy said

      I love the pattern. I won’t have time this year to make but definitely will start on them after Christmas. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Lisa Jacques said

    Beautiful. Sent you a little something, Thanks for sharing this pattern, cant wait to make it.

  9. felicidad said

    GOD bless your hand. i will make poinsettia flowers for the next chrismas.

  10. anggit said

    it’s beautifull flower… ^_^

  11. Luz Elena said

    Es espectacular esta flor de navidad, felicitaciones y muchisimas gracias por compartirla. Dios te bendiga siempre

  12. Nelufar yasmin said

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh nice flower

  13. silvi said

    thank you so much,… :D

  14. Asma said

    Hi, I’ve Just started crocheting for a few months now and finished a baby blanket and I’ve become addicted to crochet flowers. This pattern of yours is absolutely gorgeous, but try as I might I just can’t seem to make the flower. Will you ever be uploading a video of this on you tube? It will be extremely helpful for newbies like us :) but once again, this flower really is beautiful!

    • June said

      Hi Asma, I make technique videos that you can use for any of my patterns, so I won’t be making a video for any specific pattern (as then I’d have to make videos for all of them!) For example, if you’re not sure how to get started with the poinsettia petals, please see my magic ring video – for a petal, you’ll only be making 4 stitches into the magic ring instead of the 6 I show in the video, but the technique is exactly the same.

      But I will (eventually) add a video showing how to make a basic amigurumi by following a pattern, which will be helpful for newbies trying to follow any of my patterns :) That’s on my to-do list, but I need to finish making the videos of all the specific techniques first!

  15. Colleen said

    June,

    I love this pattern, it’s beautiful! I make crocheted angels & sell to on Etsy to support my son in his missions abroad & here at home in the U.S.

    May I use this pattern as a decoration on my angels? It works up quite nicely in crochet thread.

    Colleen

    • June said

      Yes Colleen, you’re very welcome to sell items you make from any of my patterns! Please give me credit in the item listing, as per my copyright policy – thank you :)

  16. Sherrie Ash said

    I really like this pattern. As a gift to the women in my church, I have been making bath tissue covers and trying to put a different if not different color flower on top of each one. This will work nicely. It looks so realistic compared to other crocheted flowers. Thank you!

  17. Pam Myers said

    I really like your patterns. I’ve made the banana split and the African violet.
    I’m looking for a pattern for a margurita cocktail. Please let me know if
    you have a pattern. Thank you.

  18. Wan said

    come across your site. love your patterns! Hope it’s ok with you for me use them on my deco ;-)

  19. Thank you I love your poinsettias it is a bless to have someone who now how to do it the poinsettias is so pettye for christmas and thank you agina i hope i can make the someone oneday love linda

  20. clare said

    i love your pattern of the flower

  21. clare said

    would you you have any knitted pattens on toys

    • June said

      I’m afraid not, Clare – I only design crochet patterns (for the time being, at least!)

  22. Virginia June said

    I just found your blog and am so grateful that you put the pattern of the beautiful flower. My husband has been out of work for much of the past year and I am retired. I would like to make a contribution but cannot do so at this time. Thank you so much.

  23. ning said

    what a lovely flower… i really love this poinsettia … if it’s possible for u to make the video of this, it would be so nice, i’ll really appreciate it.. :)

  24. Lillie said

    Absolutely beautiful!

  25. Linda said

    I am a hobby crocheter and only do projects occasionally. I absolutely love your poinsettia and would like to make these for myself and daughter. I don’t sell any project but use what I make for myself and family. Thanks for sharing your talent. Blessings

  26. Ashley J said

    Thank you very much for this pattern! By far the best one I have found for making a poinsettia! I made the smaller version and used them to decorate my Christmas tree. Thanks again!

  27. Virginia said

    June….GREAT!! I will be making Christmas headbands for my 5 granddaughters ages 5 to 22 and your poinsettia pattern is the best I have found. I will have to make a smaller version however : ) in order to fit the different sizes of headbands, hope it wont be too difficult : ) Thank you so much for the lovely poinsettia pattern. My granddaughters will thank you also I’m sure!
    Sincerely,
    Virginia, San Diego, CA

    • June said

      I’ve done exactly this, Virginia – you can see the results in my thread crochet poinsettia blog post. Hopefully that’ll set you on the right track – you can scale the pattern down to any size you need by using an appropriate hook and yarn :)

  28. twinwoo said

    I would like to send you a donation but prefer to mail it and not use my bank card on line. Do you have a mailing address? poinsettia is lovely. Thank you

    • June said

      Thanks! My PO Box address is on my contact page, but as I’m living in South Africa at the moment, I can’t cash checks/cheques or money orders.

  29. Pat said

    Hi June,
    I think the poinsettia is beautiful, however, no matter how hard I try, the petals never have a pointed end, as pictured on your website. I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. Any advice?

    Thank you!

    • June said

      Pat, it does depend somewhat on the yarn you use, but I have a couple of suggestions: 1) you can try poking the wrong end of your hook up inside the petal to encourage the tip to look more pointed; and 2) if you flatten the petal so the magic ring is tilted on an angle, not facing the tip directly, it’ll look pointier. (By 2, I mean that if you look at the petal from one side, you’ll see the ring; if you look at it from the other side you won’t, because the ring is tilted towards the other side. It’s very subtle, but does make a difference.)

  30. I am retired on a very fixed income.I have tried to down load your wonderful pattern, but can’t seem to find out how. I’m sorry I can’t make a donation to this wonderful pattern. Than You Patricia

    • June said

      Patricia, if you click the ‘make a donation’ button above, it’ll take you to the page for this pattern in my shop. At the bottom of that page, type the amount you wish to donate, then click ‘add to cart’. Go to checkout and you’ll be able to pay with PayPal and then immediately download the PDF version of the pattern!

  31. javonda said

    Thanks for the pattern. Made a small donation. Used the Pinterest button above to post on my board as well for the holiday spirit. Merry Christmas!

  32. Gigi Lee said

    The poinsettia is by far the closest to my idea of what a crocheted flower should look like. Great site. Thanks for all you contribute to the crocheters community.

  33. Christine said

    Hi! Great site! Wanted to get your “free” Poinsettia pattern but it keeps adding $1.00 USD to my order. Is it free or not? If so, please tell me what’s wrong that it keeps coming up with the dollar attached to the cost column. Thanks!

    • June said

      Christine, this is a donationware pattern – you can see the full pattern for free, above, on this page. If you’d like to buy the printable PDF version, it’s available for a donation of a dollar or more – whatever you feel it’s worth :)

  34. I really enjoyed making your poinsetta. I donated it to our Senior Center to help decorate the tree. thanks for the idea.

  35. Nichole said

    I cannot wait to try this!!! I love it.

  36. fariba said

    Hi June,I love it,I love to make on myself.thanks

  37. grannymama said

    thank you for the pattren.. I make hats, booties, scraves, mittens by the ton and donote them to churches who pass them out to needy children and to the nic units at children hospitals for the premies.. I’m always looking for different things to do/put on hats etc.

  38. Tracie said

    Thank you for this wonderful pattern. I loved it and really enjoyed making one for my mother for Easter. I made it with Blues for her favorite color and I added a stem made of a straw with I cord. Thanks again.

  39. Tammy said

    Beautiful flower. My son is getting married in November and they want me to make 100 of these as wedding favours. I’m using burgundy (petals) and black (leaves) crochet thread with a 1.65 hook so they’re little. We’re adding a personalized tag with ribbon so people can use as a tree ornament. I will absolutely give credit where credit is do and list your website on the tag. Can I send you a pic of the results?

    Love all your patterns. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • June said

      That sounds beautiful Tammy – and a lot of work for you! I’d love to see a photo of the results :)

  40. Pam Matsuoka said

    I love this particular flower and the pattern is perfect. Thanks so much!

  41. megan said

    wanted to let you know this craft was highlighted on the At Play Blog today

    http://atplayonline.com/2013/07/16/christmas-crochet-inspiration/

  42. Pinkie said

    Your directions are so clear and the pictures so helpful. I’m looking for an Asian type dragon. I found a beautiful one but the poor soul does not have a clue how to write a pattern. Such a shame her work is truly breathtaking!

    • June said

      Pinkie, I have a dragon collection in progress (including an Asian one) but it’ll be next year before they’re ready, as I’m a little busy writing a new crochet book at the moment! You can sign up for my mailing list if you’d like email notifications of my new pattern releases :)

  43. Susan Krenzel said

    What am I doing wrong? I am good with the afghan stitch, made a blanket for m grandson, but as I worked I noticed, with dismay, that the bottom edge was curling up in a sort of reverse pageboy. No amount of weight added to the afghan via more rows, solved this problem.Thanks.

    • June said

      I’m afraid I can’t offer support for patterns and techniques unrelated to my designs and tutorials; I suggest you ask in an appropriate forum on a community site like Ravelry or Crochetville where someone will be happy to help you!

  44. Mónica said

    Mil y mil gracias por su generosidad, al querer compartir esta labor tan hermosa. Quisiera saber si tiene ud. un sitio web donde poder apreciar sus obras. El Señor siga bendiciendo sus manos y su corazón. Gracias de nuevo.

  45. wuri said

    I really like your beuatiful flower. Thanks for sharing.

  46. Margareth Netto said

    Gostaria de receber as receitas em português, se possível. Obrigada. bjs

  47. Tina said

    My mother was born Dec 25. On March 17,2013 she passed away.
    Each year I bought her a pointsetta this year with
    you permission of course I plan to make here a huge
    crocheted bouquet for her birthday. Thank you

    • June said

      Sorry for your loss, Tina. Of course you have my permission – I hope it gives you comfort.

  48. laura davila said

    gracias por compartir tan hermosa flor seguramente terminare por hacer algunas para decorar este ano mis mesa .Te envio un saludo afectuoso desde Mexico.

  49. Karen said

    I love this and also will start making them after the 1st of they year for next year. I do have another question…do you have a cute crocheted kangaroo? There are some strange looking ones out there but really need a cute one for a little girl namee Joanna, nicknamed Joey!

  50. consuelo m. fernandez said

    hi, i came across the picture of the flower and got excited to make too, so i decided to request for free pattern-now i am ready to start. thank you.

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