© June Gilbank 2019
A beautiful realistic tulip flower with a clever one-piece construction – you’ll love how it comes together! Add some colour to your life with a bouquet of everlasting tulips.
Here are some ideas for use:
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– A special technique for fastening off the yarn neatly at the base of the stem
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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 www.planetjune.com/tulips/
|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|
I used worsted weight yarn and a size E hook, which produced a lifelike 2.25″ (6cm) tall flower. (Your gauge and yarn choice will affect the finished size slightly.) Try using a finer yarn or crochet thread with a correspondingly smaller hook to give a more compact flower.
A: main colour for petals
B: yellow for centre of flower
worked from top down
With A, make a magic ring, ch 1
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 st)
Rnd 2: (sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st) twice. (8 st)
Rnd 3: (sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st) twice. (10 st)
Rnd 4: (sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st) twice. (12 st)
Rnd 5: sc in each st around. (12 st)
Tips 1 and 2 only: Fasten off, leaving a short yarn end.
Tip 3 only: Do not fasten off. Continue to Petal Joining.
Rnd 6: sc in next 5 st (placing a stitch marker in the first stitch worked); move to the next unworked st of Tip 1 (marked by arrow in photo, below, left) and sc in that st and in next 4 st; move to the next unworked st of Tip 2 and sc in that st and in next 4 st. (15 st).
Note: The three tips are now all joined together in a line (below, right).
Rnd 7: pull the petal tips into a ring with the last round of stitches around the outside, sc in the first stitch of Rnd 6 (the marked stitch) to join the petal tips into a ring; sc in each remaining st around. (15 st)
Rnds 8-10: sc in each st around. (15 st)
Rnd 11: (invdec, sc in next 3 st) three times. (12 st)
Rnd 12: invdec six times. (6 st)
Rnds 13-14: sc in each st around. (6 st)
Pull the yarn ends from the colour change through to the inside.
Fasten off, stitch the remaining hole closed and weave in the end.
(Do not weave in the short yarn ends from Tips 1 and 2.)
Don’t worry that your flower now looks very strange – this is correct! The previous section formed the inside of the tulip, and now you’ll turn it all inside out so you can work the remainder of the outside of the tulip flower.
Grasp the tulip by the yellow centre (below, left), and begin to push it down into the flower (below, centre), to turn the flower inside out.
Note: The yellow centre will not be turned, so you can use it as a handle to push with.
Continue to push it all the way through until the petals are at the top of the flower, and the yellow centre is inside at the bottom (below, right).
Turn the flower upside down. With A, fasten on at the last stitch worked on one of the petal tips (the stitch before one of the short yarn ends from the petal tips – marked by arrow, below, left), ch 1.
Rnd 1: sc2tog over the same st (A, below, right) and the last worked st on the next petal (B, below, right), sc in next 6 st; (sc2tog over next st and last worked st on the next petal, sc in next 6 st) twice. (21 st)
Rnds 2-4: sc in each st around. (21 st)
Rnd 5: (invdec, sc in next 5 st) three times. (18 st)
Tuck any remaining loose yarn ends down inside one of the petal tips to keep them out of the way.
Rnd 6: (invdec, sc in next st) six times. (12 st)
Rnd 7: invdec six times. (6 st)
Join with sl st and fasten off, leaving a long yarn end.
Optional: Make a couple of stitches around the bottom of the flower, passing through both layers, to attach the inner and outer layers together and stop the inside from being pulled out.
Weave in the remaining yarn end.
I used yarn-covered 1/8″ wooden dowel to make my tulip stems. If you prefer, you may omit the stem altogether, or wrap yarn around, or crochet over, a bamboo skewer, floral wire or pipe cleaners to make a stem (see my Basic Rose pattern for details).
For detailed instructions for making stems, see my Easy Yarn-Wrapped Stems for Crochet Flowers video tutorial, or follow the basic instructions below.
To make a yarn-wrapped stem:
Flatten the three petal tips of the tulip, then push the tips together (below, left). Open the tips slightly so they point straight upwards (below, centre) and you can see the yellow centre if you look down from the top of the flower (below, right).
Insert the uncovered tip of the stem through the hole in the bottom of the tulip, so it goes up inside the middle of the yellow centre of the flower.
Optional: To keep the flower head from being pulled off, you can pull the stem out most of the way again, apply some white glue to the top of the stem, push it back into the flower, and hold it in place for a minute until the glue dries.
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