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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

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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


  • 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.


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: (2 sc 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: (2 sc 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: (2 sc 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.

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 loops formed)
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

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


  1. Debra said

    Thank you so much for sharing your poinsettia Pattern I can’t wait to make it …also I love your ami dogs… You are very talented ..they are absolutely adorable..!! Will post picture and Credit to your pattern and website thank you so much again Debra Scampoli

    • June said

      Thank you, Debra! I hope you’ll enjoy my patterns 😊

  2. Lalo said

    This is what I was looking for. Christmas Flower Patterns are easy and quick projects. I will do It on weekend. Btw, do you have Christmas Wreath Pattern ? Please let me know!

    Thank you, Lalo

  3. Verona Dewar said

    beautiful will try it out soon

  4. Karla Fowler said

    Thank you so much for this free pattern. I think it

  5. Elizabeth Lewis said

    This is the most realistic and prettiest of the patterns.
    Thank you!

  6. Kim R said


  7. Ruchi said

    Thanks for sharing the lovely pattern of Poinsettia.
    Made one today and it looks great.

    • Gloria said

      Thank you for the free pattern, enjoyed making while I was healing. Will look pretty on anything you add it to. Merry Christmas! Again thank you.

  8. Cathy said

    This is in regards to the comment about not wanting to waste paper printing the comments. On my computer, I’m given the chance to preview the pages before I print. I scroll through them and make a note of the page numbers that contain the pattern and just print those. It’s very simple. It’s not as clean, nicely formatted, or convenient as the donation pdf as there might still be a few ads, but it’s an option I use all the time on patterns/recipes, etc., that don’t offer a pdf. The page with the finished item can be printed in color and the rest in black and white to save on colored ink. I hope this helps as I’ve seen this comment on other pattern sites.

    June, your pattern is lovely. You’re very talented.

  9. JoAnn said

    you know what the problem is with your patterns
    People don’t want to waste paper and ink on comments ink cost to for that
    other than that your web site might be GREAT

    • June said

      This web version is intended for online viewing only, JoAnn. Just click the ‘donation’ button above and you can pay whatever you feel it’s worth for the nicely formatted, easy-to-print PDF version – all my free patterns have this option!

  10. JNew said

    I am working on this beautiful pattern and enjoying it very much. I’m still working on the petals, but I glanced ahead to the yellow center, and I wondered if you could help me understand the instructions a little better.
    So I will work 6 sc in the magic ring. And then in Rnd 2, I’m supposed to end up with still only 6 st, but that is where I’m having trouble understanding. If I work one sc, ch 2, and one more sc in each stitch around, wouldn’t that mean a total of 24 st?
    I’m sorry I’m having trouble, and thank you for any help you are able to give. It is such a lovely pattern!

    • June said

      Sorry for the confusion: it’s 6 of the resulting looped stitches, where each loop is formed by a sc, ch 2, and another sc in the same stitch. (I agree it could have been phrased more clearly – I’ll update that now!)

      • JNew said

        Ah, got it, thank you so much!

  11. Annie Oper said

    I have seen a lot of poinsettia patterns and this one is by far my favorite! I plan to make myself a pin. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Naomi Lacken said

    This is so beautiful. Thank you so much for the pattern. I can’t wait to try it. this is the nicest one I have seen too. Well done.
    Naomi Lacken

  13. Keron said

    The poinsettia is beautiful. It will make beautiful Christmas pins for my friends and the ladies at church. I am anxious to make. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Jennie Waite said

    Waite is the level of doing this project easy moderate or hard

    • June said

      I don’t assign difficulty levels to my patterns, as it’s very subjective depending on your specific previous experience!

      If you look at the Terminology section at the top of the pattern, you’ll see that it only uses single crochet stitches, so, if you know how to make a magic ring and invisible decrease, this is a very easy project – just a little time-consuming.

      If not, you’ll need to learn those skills (from the tutorials I linked to in the previous sentence) before you can start.

  15. Constanta Istrati said

    Va multumesc ,si va admir!

  16. Ruth Ann Bull said

    That is so beautiful . Very nice work .

  17. juliet said

    i think the pattern is good but there is not a difference in petal or leaf size

    • June said

      It’s a stylized, decorative poinsettia ‘flower’ design – it’s not supposed to look like a realistic poinsettia plant 🙂

  18. Rebecca Taylor said

    YOU ARE TALENTED. Thank you for the plumeria pattern. I can’t wait to see more. Thank you

  19. neda said

    tank you .I am in iran

  20. lanio chantal said


    il y a plein de beaux mod

    • June said

      Chantal, please see my FAQ for the reasons why my patterns are available in English language only.

  21. Beatriz Moreira de Oliveira Reis said

    Que Flor Maravilhosa, fiquei encantada

  22. Nelie Pretorius said

    Can I print the poinsettia pattern? I’d like to have it next to me and to write on it as I work.

    • June said

      Hi Nelie, this is a donationware pattern




  25. Chellie said

    Once again, another masterpiece June! This poinsettia is the most beautiful flower I have come across ! I would love to attempt making it but I, in no way could ever come close to the perfection you create with each item you design. Thanks so much June !

  26. 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,

  27. 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!

  28. Carla said

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

  29. 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.

  30. michelle said

    Love this pattern I love to crochet please make more patterns

  31. forouzandeh said

    it’s so beautifull.thanks

  32. Denise. Evans said

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

  33. Debby said

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

  34. sheena4672 said

    Una belleza, gracias.

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