Saturday, 27 October 2007

how to crochet a daisy chain necklace


My mum described this thing she had seen on someone else, part necklace, part scarf, like a bunch of flowers for your neck and I was really taken with this idea of floral jewels. So after a bit of experimentation I came up with this design. It is simple to make with basic crochet stitches, and could have endless variations both in terms of the yarns and flower styles used to make it but also in the way it is worn.


* Yarn – I used Rowan Glace cotton in six different colours, a total of 33 gms. I chose the cotton yarn so it could be worn in summer as well as winter and I looked for something that was fine because I wanted the flowers to be small so they wouldn’t curl up too much. I can imagine a woolly winter version, a monochrome colour scheme or a string of flowers of varying sizes.
* Crochet hook suitable for your yarn – I wanted the flowers to be very dense and small so I used a 2mm hook for the flowers and 2.5mm for the stem.
* Wool needle
* Scissors


As I am an aussie I will use Australian/European stitch terminology, but since I learnt to crochet using American patterns, I’ll explain equivalents. We all use the same name for slip knots, chains and slip stitches, but the stitch I call double crochet below is what Americans would call single crochet, and the stitch I call treble crochet is what Americans would call double crochet. If you look at the pictures and read the descriptions it should all make sense. I could never learn crochet from pictures, so if you can you have my admiration! But I have included stitch descriptions here in case they help beginner crocheters or people learning to read patterns.

Make the flowers first.

Make a slip knot and chain 4.

Insert the hook into the fist chain and slip stitch to form a ring.

Round 1 - 10 double crochet into the ring: insert the hook through the middle of the ring, put the yarn over the hook and pull the yarn through the ring, leaving two loops on the hook. Put the yarn over the hook again and pull yarn through both loops, leaving one loop. This is one double crochet.

Do 9 more double crochet.

Join the last loop to the first double crochet to form a circle: Insert the hook into the V at the top of the first double crochet of the roundput the yarn over the hook then pull the yarn through both loops. This is a slip stitch and forms the base circle that will be the centre of your flower.

Round 2 - Chain two, this will form one side of the petal.

1 treble crochet into the next double crochet on the circle to form the centre of the petal:

place the yarn over the hook. Insert the hook through the little V that marks the top of the double crochet from the previous round. Place the yarn over the hook and pull through to leave 3 loops on the hook. Place the yarn over the hook again and pull through the first 2 loops, leaving two loops on the hook. Put the yarn over the hook and pull through remaining 2 loops, leaving one loop on the hook. This is one treble crochet completed.

Chain 2 to form the other side of the petal and insert the hook into the next double crochet on the base circle, place the yarn over the hook

and pull through to form a slip stitch. This is one complete petal.

Repeat the chain 2, treble crochet, chain 2, slip stitch 4 more time to complete a total of five petals around the base circle.

Cut the yarn and pull through the last loop and pull tight.
Sew in loose ends on back of flower and cut short. Your flower is complete.

I made a total of 48 flowers, but the final number will depend on how long you want your chain, how big your flowers are etc.

To join the flowers together on the stem pick up a loop towards the edge of the back of one flower. Slip stitch your stem yarn through this loop. Chain 3 or 4 stitches and then pick up another loop on the opposite edge of your flower back. Slip stitch through this second loop. This anchors the flower to the stem in two places and helps it sit flat.

Chain 10 (or more or less depending on how close you want your flowers on the stem).

Join the next flower in the same way as the first, picking up a loop on one side, slip stitch through it, chain 3 or 4 and then pick up a loop on the other side and slip stitch through it. Chain 10.

Repeat the flower then chain pattern until all your flowers are attached and you have 10 chain dangling. Turn this last chain back on itself and slip stitch into the first of the 10 chain to form a loop about 5 chain long. This loop should be big enough to slip over the first flower at the beginning of the stem and small enough to stay on securely. Adjust the number of chain stitches if the loop is too big or small.

Please feel free to ask questions or leave comments to help improve this tutorial!


Suse said...

It's beautiful Sooz.

Just beautiful.

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Thanks so much for that tutorial Sooz. I've been longing to know how to crochet flowers for ages - but now I know how to make a gorgeous scarf too! Brilliant. Lucy x

Jessicah said...

Great tutorial! I was going to knit a gold chain for my mil for christmas but now I think this might be better.... Good luck for whiplash :)

Di said...

Fantastic tutorial! I can't believe how many photos you took, but they all explain it perfectly and I think I'll have to save this for reference for crochet techniques, even though I don't think I'll make a floral necklace for myself.

manda said...

i think i might be able to learn to crochet from your great instructions. thanks sooz. beautiful flowers :-)

Ali said...

Makes me want to learn to crochet. Fantastically detailed tutorial! Bravo.

Barbara said...

What a great tutorial. I haven't crocheted for many years but my daughter would like to learn. I think she'd love to make flowers and I think I could teach her using your pictures. Thanks.

Kate said...

Excellent tutorial and fantastic crochet!

Wendy said...

Your necklace/scarf looks fantastic.

Thanks for the great instructions. I have been wanting to learn to crochet flowers and with this tutorial, I think I could give it a go.

Lesley said...

Great tutorial Sooz and I love the necklace.

Good stuff :o)

kt said...

Wow. It's a stunner!

I haven't crocheted for many moons, by my dear sis-in-law would likely lurve this.

And your choice of colors is fabby.

Emma said...

I am sat all the way over here in England, and I am a beginner to crochet. Your tutorial is absolutely fantastic - even a beginner like me can do it. I have nearly finished one and plan to do another - thank you so much for posting this.

Bitterbetty said...

so pretty.. makes me want to try crochet.

Natalie said...

This is brilliant! I came here from whip up because your necklace was amazing.

Sid Simpson said...

What a beautiful idea.. Thank you so much fro sharing. This will be a perfect gift for a little girl I know.

wonkywilla said...

Wow, that is really awesome! I can hardly wait to try this out.

barb g said...

This is so fun - thanks for the instructions. My crocheting with a small hook is pretty bad, but it gives me something to work for! I thought this method could be used to make a great garland, also.

Anonymous said...

The necklace is very pretty. You make me want Rowan Cotton Glace so bed though :)

Kristy said...

thanks for the inspiration! i used the idea to make a gift for my mom, and she loves that it's fun to play around with and wear in different ways. if you're interested, you can see mine at .

yolanda (intento de labores) said...

Me encantó este collar, cuando tenga un rato miro en tu tutorial paso a paso como hacerlo.
gracias por las fotos, serán de gran ayuda.
Un saludo
(esto está con un traductor, no se inglés)I hope it is properly translated:

I loved this necklace, takes a while when I look in your tutorial step by step how to do it.
Thanks for the photos will be of great help.

tamdoll said...

These flowers are so cute. Thanks for the excellent tutorial, I've never successfully crocheted before! And now I can't stop making these flowers, they're so cute.

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THANK you for such a detailed and brilliant tutorial - do u have anymore.

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Good Job! :)

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Shelley said...

thankyou so much for this!
i've been trying to crochet for a few months and couldnt find any easily understandable step by step picture instructions, but yours is perfect!

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Kristen said...

I felt ambitious tonight and thought I would learn how to crochet flowers to sew on the hats and headbands I knitted for my daughter. Your instructions were by far the easiest to follow! Thank you!!

Cassie and Kenny said...

thank you so much, your directions were awesome! I am a knitter, so this was different for me.

The Gilmores said...

Thank you so much for taking time to make this tutorial. I am a knitter but I've been longing to learn how to make these little flowers to embellish my scarves. Your tutorial was the best step-by-step teacher I found.

Inbal Weisman said...

thanks for this great tutorial!
I made lots of them and wrote about it In this blog:
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liz said...

that was beautiful Sooz...Lovely flowers.

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ArtMind said...

OMG what a fantastic tutorial! You're so wonderful to makes such a detailed tutorial! As an absolute beginner you have made it clear as pie for me! Thanks heaps! :)

Anonymous said...

This is an amazing tutorial - so simple even for a total novice like me! And such a beautiful result :))

Robby said...

This is fantastic Sooz...I can't wait to try to crochet again. I have linked it to my blog. I hope it is okay. xxxRobby

stef et sa belette said...

I'm so happy ! it's so beautiful ! Many thanks for this great tutorial!I'm making it and wrote about it In this blog
I'm a french woman !

Adriana said...

thanks a lot!!!... you make to see so easy!!!... I saw your blog yesterday... and today I brought yarn and a hook to make them... I love the results... of course I need a lot of practice because I'm learning...

sideoats + scribbles said...

I saw a similar necklace on someone the other day and was on the hunt for a pattern and found your blog. THANK YOU! I can't wait to make it! :)

lusiyen said...

Great This is brilliant! I came here from whip up because your necklace was amazing.

Britt's Crochet Corner said...

Thank you for the tutorial!The necklace is very pretty! I love crocheted flowers. they look so dainty and elegant. :)

Amandiiine said...

Oh thanks a lot, I love your necklace and I just discover it. Yesterday evening in front of the tv I was crochetting some flowers not to know why ;-)

Thanks a lot ! I love all your blog and your sewing :-)

(Amandiiine from France)

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Elly R said...

Just wanted to drop a note to say thanks so much for posting this tutorial! When I saw this pretty project I knew it would make a fantastic flower chain to decorate my room at university and its now taking pride of place brightening up a dreary room. Thanks :)

Emily said...

I've been trying to learn how to crochet flowers forever. This is the first tutorial I've come across that I actually can follow along with. Very detailed.. Love it. You should post more patterns!