Hello my friends! Welcome to my How To Crochet tutorial on the floret stitch! I thought this would be an appropriate choice for the first week of April, and to make things even better, it’s a super easy stitch to do. All you really need to know (beyond the basics of chaining, etc.) is the double crochet stitch (dc) and the slip stitch (sl st).
Before we get started, a few notes on this stitch:
- you’ll want to chain an even number of chains, plus 3 for the turning chain (ie, to bring up the height for the dc stitch).
- this stitch is a two-row stitch, which is to say that you need to do another row in between the floret part of the floret stitch. This is similar to the bobble stitch having a row between the bobbles. Because the florets only pop out one side (as did the bobbles), that row in between is very important for the florets to all be on one side of the fabric.
I’m going to try an experiment and put the “Maddy’s Minis” video first, because it occurs to me that the things I read might make more sense if you’ve seen the stitch being done first and then I can elaborate on what you’ve seen. Let me know if you find you prefer one way to the other?
And so, Maddy does the floret stitch, again with the phone held between her knees (I swear I’m working on a better setup!):
What did I just see, Maddy?
Well, the first row of the two-row stitch is the double crochet row. Each of these rows will begin with a ch-3 (that’s, chain three chains) as the “turning row”, and you simply double-crochet your way across the row.
When you’re doing rows after your foundation row (which should be in double crochet), you’ll be crocheting in both the slip stitch and the double crochets of the floret row. Fitting the hook into the slip stitch can be a bit fussy, so my advice here is to go into the slip stitch hook first (rather than head first, which is what I normally do), like so:
And I find that a much easier/less fussy way to go about it.
When you reach the end of each double crochet row, chain 1 (this counts as a slip stitch) and turn. Your pattern for this row is (ch-1 as slip stitch for first stitch) double crochet in one stitch, slip stitch in the next. On and on, dc in one stitch, sl st in the next, dc in the next, sl st in the next).
When you reach the end of the row, chain 3 and you’re back to your double crochet row.
Nicely done! Congratulations on learning the floret stitch!
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I’ll see you back here next Monday to learn the Primrose Stitch! (I might be on a flower kick…)
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