How to Crochet a Hydrangea Bloom Sweater

This sweater looks like it’s straight out of a floral wonderland. The tiny flowers that make the pompom balls of a hydrangea come in the most beautiful colours and are easy to replicate in crochet to sit perfectly on the shoulders of a knitted jumper. The crochet pattern is simple to do, even for a novice, so get ready to flowerbomb your knitwear and create your own couture masterpiece in the process.

Extracted from Flowerbomb! by Hannah Read-Baldrey, published by Pavilion. Photograph by Tiffany Mumford.

Find out more about Hannah Read-Baldrey on her website, Couture Craft ».

You Will Need

Knitted jumper

DMC Natura Yarn 100g balls » we use: 1 x Amaranto (N33), 1 x Agatha (N44), 1 x Lobelia (N82)

DMC Natura XL Yarn 100g balls » we use: 1 x Guimauve pink (41), 1 x Ecru

Thread to match yarn colours

16 x 1.5cm Pearl Beads »

12 x Large Silver Gemstones »

Craft EssentialsHow to Make

Top Tip! If you’re a crochet novice, follow To Make a Crochet Flower (below) and the step-by-step photos, which show the working of a small flower. (If you can crochet already, skip to the abbreviated pattern text) The crochet flower is made of a central ring to which the petals are attached. The process of making the flower is the same for both small and large versions, but the number of stitches is scaled up for the larger one. You’ll need about 50 small and 28 large flowers in all.

 

To Make a Crochet Flower

  1. Using a 3mm crochet hook and 4-ply yarn, make a slip knot to create a loop. Start to create a chain by pulling the yarn through the loop with your hook. Chain 6. Join the ends of the chain together using a slip stitch to create a circle.
  2. Chain 3.
  3. Work a treble crochet through the centre ring of the flower: wrap the yarn around the hook twice, then pass it through the centre of the circle, wrap the yarn over the hook once and pull it through the hole.
  4. Pass the yarn over the end of the hook again and pull it through two of the loops.
  5. Wrap the yarn around again and pull it through the two loops…
  6. …to end up with one loop to complete the treble crochet stitch.
  7. Repeat steps 3–6 twice more to make a total of 3 treble crochet stitches. Chain 3.
  8. Attach to the circle using a slip stitch.
  9. Chain 3 in preparation to make a second petal.
  10. Create each petal – you’ll make a total of four in the same way. When you have completed four petals, tie the yarn in a knot and trim the end.

 

PATTERN FOR SMALL FLOWER (MAKE 50)

Using a 3mm crochet hook and 4-ply yarn in a colour of your choosing, make a slip knot.

Chain 6.

Join the ends of the chain together with a slip stitch through the first chain.

 

To make the petals

Chain 3.

Work 3 treble crochet stitches through the centre ring.

Chain 3.

Slip stitch through the centre.

Repeat to make a total of 4 petals and tie knot after last petal.

Trim away loose threads.

 

PATTERN FOR LARGE FLOWER (MAKE 28)

Using a 6mm crochet hook and super chunky yarn in a colour of your choosing, make a slip knot.

Chain 7.

Join the ends of the chain together with a slip stitch through the first chain.

To make the petals

Chain 5.

Work 4 triple treble crochet stitches through the centre ring.

Chain 3.

Slip stitch through the centre.

Repeat to make a total of 4 petals and tie knot after last petal

Trim away loose threads.

 

TO ATTACH AND FINISH THE FLOWERS

Once you have completed sufficient flowers, stitch them onto the jumper to cover the shoulders front and back using a thread to match the yarn. Stitch the pearl beads and gemstones to the centre of the larger flowers to finish; alternatively, use a hot glue gun to fix them in place.

 

WORKING TRIPLE TREBLE CROCHET STITCHES

New to crochet? Follow these instructions for working a triple treble

crochet stitch:

Wrap the yarn around the hook (yarn over) three times and insert the hook through centre of circle. Yarn over and pull through the circle (five loops on hook).

Yarn over and pull through two loops (four loops on hook).

Yarn over and pull through two loops (three loops on hook).

Yarn over and pull through two loops (two loops on hook).

Yarn over and pull through two loops to leave one loop on the hook.

 

CROCHET TERMINOLOGY

The small and large flower crochet patterns are written using UK crochet terms, which differ slightly from terminology used in the

US, as outlined below:

UK                                 US

treble crochet               double crochet

triple treble crochet      double treble crochet

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