This beautiful crochet piece can be used on for many things–a headband, hair accessory, sash belt, and more! Nicknamed the “Swiss Army Flower” by my friend Katie from Salty Pearl Crochet, this versatile crochet accessory has you (and all the girls in your family, from toddlers to adults) covered in any crochet-related emergency. Need a headband, statement hair accessory, appliques for a blanket, bag, belt or scarf, or maybe a last minute corsage? This pattern has you covered. It can also be made in crochet thread (see the “Additional Notes” section)!
I’ve included a backing (flower holder) to sew the flowers onto, and it will work for any of the accessories in the April Flowers CAL. Slip any 1 1/2″wide ribbon through the holder loops for an endless variety of looks and styles. I’ve used a satin ribbon and a faux crochet lace ribbon in this design, but you can use any ribbon you want! Near the end of the post I’ve included basic instructions for 3 different finishing options for this headband, so it is fully customizable to fit your needs.
In addition to the 2 flower patterns shared in this post, you can find links to all my other flower patterns down in the “Additional Notes” section. There is a poppy, water-lily/lily, and several general flower patterns that you could incorporate to customize your April Flowers headband even further!
3.25mm hook for Johnny Jump-ups, and leaves
4mm hook for Rose, and flower holder
For Johnny Jump-ups: 5 yards or less each of Caron Simply Soft yarn in Sunshine (yellow), Orchid (light purple), and Red Heart Soft Grape (dark purple).
For Rose: 10-15 yards Caron Simply Soft in Plum Wine
For Leaves: 5 yards Caron Simply Soft in “Pistachio”, and Red Heart Soft in “Guacamole”
For flower centers: 3 yards # 10 crochet thread in a dark purple color
Thread to match the color of the rose
3 pearl beads, approx 10 mm across
1 yard each: 1 1/2″ satin ribbon, 1″ faux crochet ribbon
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
Johnny Jump-up: 2 1/2” tall by 2” wide.
Rose: 3 1/2″ across.
Flower holder: 4 1/4″ long by 2″ wide.
Gauge is unimportant. This pattern can be worked in almost any weight of yarn adjusting your hook size larger or smaller as needed.
-If making these with thread, I’d recommend a size 1.5mm to 2.25mm steel hook.
-There are 3 different ways of finishing this, either leaving it as a headband that you tie in a bow, with the addition of an elastic strip sewed onto the ends to make a stretchy headband, or with ribbon clips and a clasp if you plan to wear this with an updo, or as a choker. Scroll to the bottom for more detailed explanations of each.
-You can also turn this into a hair accessory by adding a barrette to the back side of the flower holder.
-Here are links to several of my other crochet patt
erns that include flowers. You may use these flowers on this headband instead, if you prefer:
A water lily of sorts – Water Lily Waltz Headband
A pretty poppy – Basket-Full of Poppies Headband
3 random flowers (including a sunflower or daisy) from the Art ‘n Soul Scrappy Scarf
A small simple flower made with crochet thread – Delicate Flower Clip
Another lily flower – Lily Garden (Flower-Topped Hat)
A large generic flower from the Cover-story Cloche
April Flowers Crochet Pattern:
Johnny Jump-ups (similar to violets, pansies, or violas):
With yellow color, and 3.25mm hook,
Round 1: 10 sc in magic circle. Join with sl st to first sc (10)
Round 2: ch 3, 2 tr in first stitch, 2 tr in next stitch, 2 tr, ch 3, sl st in next stitch, sl st in next stitch, insert hook into next stitch, join light purple color by pulling it through the loop already on your hook. This will create another sl st, ch 3, 2 tr in that stitch, 2 tr, ch 3, sl st in the next stitch, sl st in next stitch, ch 3, 2 tr in same stitch, 2 tr, ch 3, sl st in next stitch. Fasten off
Round 3: Flip flower over and join dark purple color to lower back side (near the bottom of the round) of light purple petal, sl st over near the bottom of the round until you are at the center of the petal, ch 3, sl st into center back of next petal, sl st around the lower part of the back of the petals until you arrive back at the ch-3 space. Now you’ll be working on the right side.
Round 4: Sl st into ch-3 space, [ch 3, 4 tr, ch 3, sl st, ch 3, 4 tr, ch 3, sl st]*
*You can turn this Johnny Jump-up to a Viola by making this modification in the ch-3 space on round 4: [ch 3, 8 tr, ch 3, sl st]
Here are some pictures to help you when making this flower. You can even make it in a solid color if you prefer!:
Using crochet thread and your yarn needle, sew 3 lines through the center of the flower onto each petal. You will want to go over each line twice to darken them.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Small Leaves, make 2 per Johnny Jump-up flower:
with 3.25mm hook,
Ch 9, sl st in second ch from hook, sl st to end of chain, ch 1, and work these stitches around up the other side: sc in first stitch, sc in next, hdc in the next, dc in next 2 stitches, hdc in the next, sc in the next, sl st in the next, sl st into end of leaf, ch 1, sl st back into ch creating a picot. Now work up the other side, working all stitches in the BLO (this is how you get the pretty v’s up the center of the leaf), sl st into first stitch, sc in next, hdc in the next, dc in next 2 stitches, hdc in the next, sc in next 2 stitches, sl st into the ch at the end.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
With 4mm hook,
Round 1: 6 sc in magic circle, join with sl st to first sc (6)
Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in first stitch, 2 sc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to first sc (12)
Round 3: [hdc, 2 dc, hdc] in first stitch, sl st in the next *[hdc, 2 dc, hdc] in the next stitch, sl st in the next* (6 petals
Round 4: sl st to center back of first petal, *ch 3, sl st into center back of next petal* (6 ch-3 spaces)
Round 5: sl st into first ch-3 space [hdc, 4 dc, hdc, sl st], sl st into next ch-3 space *[hdc, 4 dc, hdc, sl st], sl st into next ch-3 space* join with sl st to first sl st (6 petals)
Round 6: sl st over to center back of first petal *ch 4, sl st into center back of next petal* (6 ch-4 spaces)
Round 7: sl st into first ch-4 space [hdc, 6 dc, hdc, sl st], *sl st into next ch-4 space, [hdc, 6 dc, hdc, sl st]* join with sl st to first sl st (6 petals)
Fasten off and weave in ends
Sew 3 pearls into the center of the flower with needle and thread.
Leaves (make 2):
with 3.25mm hook,
ch 11, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sl st into next 9 stitches (10) ch 1, and work this pattern on the opposite side of the leaf that you just slip stitched along: sc in the first stitch, hdc in the next, dc in the next, tr in next 3 stitches, dc in the next, hdc in the next, sc in the next, sl st into next 2 stitches (you should be at the end of the leaf now), ch 1, sl st back into ch forming picot.
Work the rest of these stitches, coming up the other side, in the BLO (this is how you get the pretty v’s up the center of the leaf): sl st into first stitch, sc in the next, hdc in the next, dc in the next, tr in next 3 stitches, dc in the next, hdc in the next, sc in the final stitch. Sl st to ch 1 at the end.
This provides a little base to sew your flowers onto. It can be made in green to match the leaves.
With 4mm hook,
Row 1: Ch 9, sc in second ch from hook and in each stitch across (8)
Round 2: ch 1 and continue working around on the opposite side, sc in each stitch across, ch 1, join with sl st to sc from first row (18)
Round 3: ch 1, 2 sc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, 2 sc in each of the next 3 stitches (one of those stitches will be the ch 1 at the end of the piece), sc in next 6 stitches, 2 sc in each of the next 3 stitches, join with sl st to first sc (24)
Round 4: ch 1, working in BLO, 2 hdc in first stitch, sc in next 9 stitches, 2 hdc in each of the next 3 stitches, sc in next 9 stitches, 2 hdc in each of the next 2 stitches. Join with sl st to first hdc (30)
Round 5: ch 1, 2 hdc in next 2 stitches, sc in next 9 stitches, 2 hdc in each of the next 6 stitches, sc in next 9 stitches, 2 hdc in each of the next 4 stitches. Join with sl st to first hdc (42)
Round 5: sl st in next 16 stitches, ch 6, sk 5, sl st in next 16 stitches, ch 6, sk 5, join with sl st to first sl st. (44)
Note: Want to make this a large hair barrette instead of a headband? Modify Round 5 by working slip stitches around the entire piece, not skipping any stitches.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Sew flowers to the flower holder putting the largest flower in the center and the two smaller flowers on each end. Arrange the leaves under the flowers as you wish. I sewed the johnny Jump-ups and leaves to the very end of the flower holder right before the loops.
Cut 1 yard of 1 1/2” ribbon, and 1 yard of 1” lace, place them on top of each other, then thread through the loops at the ends of the flower holder. Tie in a bow at nape of neck.
Optional Alternate finishing – Some Sewing Required!:
With ribbon clips and clasps: Measure the head size of the person you are making this for. Trim ribbons 2″ longer than head measurement. The Craft Yarn Council’s website has some average head circumferences listed here. Fold each end over leaving 1″ extra for seam allowance. Get some 1 1/2″ wide ribbon clips with clasps and clip them to the ends of the folded ribbon. Coat the raw end with fray check Sew the raw end to the ribbon with a needle and thread, or glue with fabric glue.
With elastic band:
Cut a 4 1/2″ length of 1/2″ wide elastic band. Trim headband ribbons to 2″ less than head circumference of the person you are making this for. The Craft Yarn Council’s website has some average head circumferences listed here. Fold ends of ribbon up 1″ on each side and sew in place with needle and thread. Securely sew end of elastic band to inside of ribbon ends leaving at least 1/4″ of the band as a seam allowance. You may gather the ends of the ribbon together when you sew the elastic to the ribbon so that the ends of the ribbon don’t stick out beyond the elastic if you prefer. You may also take left-over bits of the ribbon and wrap those around the end where the ribbon and elastic join, and sew them in place to cover the ends if you prefer a more finished look.
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