African Flowers Crochet Ideas

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Have you ever heard of African Flower? This crochet motif is very popular, because it’s easy to do and you can adjust it to any shape you like. You will find these cute flowers used in afghans, baby blankets, as coasters or even as parts of amigurumi animals.

Never tried it before? Read the article to learn all about it, and look for free patterns, video tutorials and color inspiration! Below you can see a little snippet of what’s to come.

African Flower Crochet Ideas

popular and versatile motif

Today’s hero has simple center and rounded petals, usually six of them, but you can find lots of variations. Shape of the petals is the most characteristic part of this motif, and you will recognize it without problems, even if the pattern is slightly modified from the original.

The most popular way to use African Flower is putting it in a square, or a hexagon. This allows you to easily join them together and create repeating patterns. As I mentioned at the start, you will most likely find it in afghan designs, baby blankets, or used as coasters. There is a whole bunch of amazing patterns, which use it to create amigurumi, too! I will write more about it further in the post.

How do I start?

To make your own African Flower motif, you can use any type of yarn and corresponding hook you want.
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Below you can see simplified process of making it, as shown by Bella Coco in her video tutorial.
African Flower Video Tutorial
  • stills from YouTube video by Bella Coco source: part 1, part 2
Sarah starts with a slip knot and 6 chain stitches, joined in a loop with slip stitch, because her version has a little hole in the middle. If you want your African Flower to have tight center, start with magic ring instead.
Next rows alternate double crochet stitches, single crochets and chains. If you follow Sarah’s tutorial, remember that she uses UK terms, which are different than US terms.

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see the full video by Bella Coco on YouTube here: part 1, part 2, or check out her post on bellacococrochet.com for written instructions.

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crochet roundup!

African Flower motif is definitely one of my favorites, and in this part of the post, you will see exactly why. I believe that abundance of colors, clever versions and simple ideas will make you inspired to find your own way with this crochet project. Below you will see a collection of the most beautiful projects featuring African Flower, so let’s not waste any more time and dive right into it!

Read carefully for free crochet patterns and tutorials.

Colorful Pastels

African Flowers by Mamlik

This cute blanket by Mamlik uses seven pastel colors, which look phenomenal together – just take a look at the photo below to see for yourself! Simple hexagons employ colors in strategic places, but by mixing and matching, the whole project looks very thought through and polished. Pay attention to beautiful half-hexies in the edges, because it’s a great idea for straightening the whole piece up!

Colorful Crochet African Flowers

You can find a similar project as a free crochet patternAfrican Flower Hexagon by Lounette Fourie & Anita Rossouw.

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African Flower Hexagon by Ella and the Ricks

Ella decided to go for multicolored yarn and make all the flowers from it, and I must admit that it was a great idea! Just look how the color flows from one flower to another, but what’s more, simple white background makes all of them pop! To make spaces between the flowers even bigger, she did two rounds of double crochet in the outermost part of the hexagon, so keep it in mind – it’s a clever technique!

African Flower Blanket

  • photos by Ella and the Ricks from Ravelry

You can find this free crochet pattern here: African Flower Hexagon by Heidi Bears. More info is on Ravelry here.

African Flowers by Raquel Porter

Pale palettes like a pop of color, and this blanket by Raquel definitely proves it right. Neutral borders, delicate pastel flowers with mixed and matched petals… and suddenly, pop of red! Take a look at the photos below and admire the beauty of the unexpected.

Colorful African Flowers

You can find a similar project as a free crochet patternAfrican Flower Centerpiece by Glowing Grace.

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African Flower Hexagon Blanket by Gemini & Crochet

Pastels doesn’t always have to be sweet, and this delicate blanket will be perfect for both boys and girls. Simple cream background makes the hues of blue-green really stand out, because of the subtle contrast. If you don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl yet, go for this kind of neutral palettes.

African Flower Hexagon Blanket

You can find a similar project as a free crochet patternAfrican Flower Hexagon by Heidi Bears. More info is on Ravelry here.

If you need a joining tutorial, check out the free crochet pattern here: Single Crochet Join-as-You-Go by The Hat & I.

Lovely Pinks

African Flower Hexagon by Ella and the Ricks

Another beautiful baby blanket by Ella stunned me with the sharpness and simplicity of its colors. Once again, the author used multicolored yarn to achieve delicate color flow in the flowers, which is a great idea, because the effect is so unexpected! Notice, that she used pure white yarn for half-hexagons on the sides, so that they are not grabbing any attention.

African Flower Baby Blanket

  • photos by Ella and the Ricks from Ravelry

You can find this free crochet pattern here: African Flower Hexagon by Heidi Bears. More info is on Ravelry here.

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African Flower Hexagon Blanket by Gemini & Crochet

Four colors are enough to create eye-catching design with African Flower motif. In this beautiful blanket, which you can see below, author chose contrasting dark yarn to go next to the petals, because it creates depth. Simple cream is a great choice for background, as usual, because it makes the flowers sing!

African Flower Hexagon Blanket

You can find a similar project as a free crochet pattern – African Flower Hexagon by Heidi Bears. More info is on Ravelry here.

If you need a joining tutorial, check out the free crochet pattern here: Single Crochet Join-as-You-Go by The Hat & I.

Bold and Vibrant

African Flower Hexagon Blankets by Sinems Crochet

This may not be the first choice to make with scraps of yarn, but it definitely works as one! Just take a look at these lovely blankets and tell me, that they are not stunning – of course, they are! In fact, you need very little yarn to make an African Flower work, so gather all of your leftovers and make a blanket out of them!

African Flower Hexagon Blankets

You can find a similar project as a free crochet patternAfrican Flower Hexagon by Heidi Bears. More info is on Ravelry here.

If you need a joining tutorial, check out the free crochet pattern here: African Flower Hexagon Joining by Heidi Bears.

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African Flowers by Sinems Crochet

We’ve seen a lot of light, pastel palettes, but this one is something different. Each color in this project is a statement – dark violet, vibrant yellow, electric blue, or cheerful pink? They all work perfectly well together, but who would have thought? As you can see in the photos, experiments are worth taking some risks, because you can come up with projects as beautiful as this one.

Violet African Flowers

You can find a similar project as a free crochet patternAfrican Flower Pincushion by Camilla N. Skjoenhaug. More info is on Ravelry here.

8 Petal African Flower Designs

African Flower Squares by Marun Crochet

As I mentioned before, African Flower can have more than six petals, but nevertheless you will recognize it in an instant. This project by Marun Crochet featured two-row center and eight petals, which makes the whole motif bigger. In addition, author decided to enclose it in a square, which has lovely teardrop eyelets in each corner. Beauty!

African Flower Squares

You can find a similar project as a free crochet patternAfrican Flower Centerpiece by Glowing Grace, or use this free pattern for African Flower with 8 Petals by Laura Pavy.

Do you like working with squares? Great, because you may also like this article – Battenberg Blanket Crochet Ideas.

African Flower Baby Blanket by Victoria

Eight petal African Flower needs bigger center, but you can also play with the way you divide the petals. Victoria decided to add a very simple, yet powerful detail – elongated single crochet is anchored all the way down, at the center. This graphic line makes the flower even more interesting!

African Flower Baby Blanket

  • photos by victoriaoc from Ravelry

You can find this free crochet pattern here – African Flower with 8 Petals by Laura Pavy.

African Flower Blanket by Arzu Ürkmez

Classic color combo of blue, yellow and white is a color choice well known to designers! This cheerful palette will be suitable for both boys and girls – just take a look at the photo and see for yourself! Cute spiky edging with two colorful stripes is a perfect finishing touch.

African Flower Blanket

You can find a similar project as a free crochet pattern here – African Flower with 8 Petals by Laura Pavy.

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African Flower Afghan by Linda

If you like to use flower motifs as details, you’ll like this project by Linda, because she decided to take a different approach than other authors. In her blanket, flower is at the center of the square, but the square itself is quite big. In addition, she decided to go for contrasting thick join, which further underlines graphic character of the whole blanket.

African Flower Afghan

You can find this free crochet pattern here – African Flower with 8 Petals by Laura Pavy.

African Flower Motif in Home Decor

African Flower Pot Holder by Hard Days Knit

Do you need a simple project, or have enough of these blankets? Well, these potholders are a perfect design for you, especially if you don’t have a lot of time for crocheting. Simply adding a couple of rows to an African Flower hexagon can transform it into a potholder, table centerpiece or set of coasters.

African Flower Pot Holder

  • photos by HardDaysKnit from Ravelry

You can find this free crochet pattern here – African Flower Mandala Pot Holder by Crochet with Raymond. More info is on Ravelry here.

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African Flower Hot Air Balloon by Ina Rho

Oh yes, you definitely can make amigurumi projects with this motif, so don’t waste any more time! This absolutely adorable hot air balloon will be a beautiful addition to a nursery, or a decoration of kids’ room. Ina came up with a brilliant idea of simply making a crochet cover for a regular white balloon. Clever!

African Flower Crochet Balloon

You can find this free crochet pattern here – African Flower Hot Air Balloon by Ina Rho. More info is on Ravelry here.

Are you a fan of the African Flower motif? Take a look at amazing paid patterns by Heidi Bears here, because they feature lots of amigurumi animals.

That’s all for today, but I’ll be back with much more inspiring projects and free patterns. Like, share, and subscribe if you like what you see. Stay tuned!

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