Detailed Explaination of Crochet Rose Pattern

By Rachel Choi – 65 Comments
As a request from a Crochet Spot reader, here is a detailed explanation for the crochet rose pattern. The following instructions are intended for beginners to understand and do not use any short hand crochet abbreviations. The original crochet rose pattern can be found here. crochet rose

Rose Explained
Row 1: make a chain that is 51 chains long. Double crochet in the fifth chain from your hook, then chain 2, then double crochet again in the same chain you made the first double crochet in. Chain 2, skip 2 chains on your foundation chain, double crochet in the next chain, chain 2 again, double crochet in the same chain that you made the previous double crochet in. Repeat the previous sentence all the way across the row. You will then have 1 chain felt on the row. Double crochet in the last chain.

Row 2: chain 3, turn to work in the opposite direction. In the space created by chaining 2 in row 1, make 2 double crochet stitches, then chain 2, then make 2 more double crochet stitches in the same space. Chain 2, skip the next 2 stitches, in the next space created by chaining 2 in row 1, make 2 double crochet stitches, then chain 2 and make 2 more double crochet stitched in the same space. Repeat the previous sentence all the way across the row. You will then have 1 stitch felt on the row. Double crochet in the last stitch.

Row 3: Turn to work in the opposite direction. In the space created by chaining 2 in row 2, make 9 double crochet stitches, slip stitch in next space created by chaining 2, then chain 1, then slip stitch in the same space as the previous slip stitch, then chain 1 again. Repeat the previous sentence for all the spaces across the row.

Leaf Explained
Row 1: Chain 14, in the second chain from your hook (loop on hook does not count as a chain), make a slip stitch. In the next chain make a single crochet stitch. In the next chain make a half double crochet stitch. Make a double crochet stitch in each of the next 2 chains. Make a treble crochet stitch in each of the next 2 chains. Make a double crochet stitch in each of the next 2 chains. In the next chain make a half double crochet stitch. In the next chain make a single crochet stitch. In the next chain make a slip stitch.

Row 2: Chain 1, turn to work in the opposite direction. Repeat row 1, working the same stitches in the same order into the stitches across the row.

If you would like another pattern on this site further explained, just leave a comment on that crochet pattern and I would be happy to provide further explanation for it!

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  1. Grammie Essa says:


    Thanks for your wonderful website!! I am teaching crochet and you have some really great patterns for beginners, and even though I am not a beginner, there are several I want to make!! Thanks for writing out the pattern for the rose in long hand, instead of abbreviations too. I think that turns alot of people away from crochet, when they see the abbreviations, they just don’t think they can figure it out. But, as you know, it just takes practice, and a strong, insane, beautiful desire to crochet different things!!!

    Thanks again and can’t wait to make some new stuff and keep watching for more good stuff!!

  2. Rachel says:

    Thanks Grammie Essa for leaving such a wonderful comment! I couldn’t have said it better than you, it always practice. I’m so glad that you are taking time out to teach others to crochet. Hopefully I can lend a hand in providing some more patterns and tutorials for beginners!!

  3. Harold says:

    Thank you Rachel!!! The rose is my Moms favorite flower and I think this would be a great little gift for her. Also, thanks for the explanation of crochet stitches and so forth.!!!!!! Good job!!!

  4. Rachel says:

    You’re welcome Harold! I always love to make things a little easier when possible. I hope your mother loves her gift!

  5. Barbara says:

    I have seen your work before and thought it was good. And then I saw the rose. Thats the best crocheted rose I have seen. And I like the womans fingerless gloves too. I’ve been crocheting a pretty good while. I too crochet for charity. Its called Project Angel Kiss. Keep getting those great ideas.

  6. Rachel says:

    Thanks Barbara! I’m glad that you like them. Also, thank you for telling me about your charity. I just added it to the charity page.

  7. Sheri says:

    Thank you for this site, when I was still learning, I had the hardest time finding really interesting cute projects. I wish I had your site to go to back then. I’ve only been crocheting for about 4 yrs but definitely getting better thanks to sites like this. Thank you again!

  8. monica says:

    love your bear coaster pattern – so cute!!

  9. Rachel says:

    Same here Sheri!
    I had a hard time finding easy, yet cute patterns to crochet when I first started too! That’s one of the reasons why I finally made Crochet Spot πŸ™‚

    Thanks Monica!
    That was one of the first patterns I ever wrote!

  10. Becki says:

    Hi Rachel, I am kinda new to crochet and I have finished the rose, but have not started the leaves yet. My question is on rolling up the rose. Mine does not seem to look as good as yours, after I roll it. Maybe I am not rolling correcting? Any tricks to the rolling?

    I also wish you had a video type teaching on some of your patterns/techniques. Like a you tube video or something like that. I am a visual person, and do better watching someone do the techniques. However I do like how you have explained this rose patteren in a “newbie” language.
    That helps so much!!! πŸ™‚
    Thanks again for your wonderful website

  11. Rachel says:

    Hi Becki!
    Rolling the rose was a bit tricky the first time I did it too! The best thing to do is roll it tighter in the center and gradually make it looser as you roll it around. Also try to stager the petals so that they all don’t just line up. The back of the rose should lay flat. You might have to play with it a bit to get it to look the way you want it to. Let me know how it goes!

    A for the video, I also think it would be a great thing to have! I plan on making some as soon as I get a video camera! Until then words and pics are all I have lol. Thanks for letting me know!

  12. Angela B says:

    This is so pretty! I am looking forward to making it! Thank you so much.

  13. Rachel says:

    Let me know how it goes Anglea!!

  14. roberta says:

    Love this pattern. How would it look in using knitcrosheen thread crochet. I need to make small versions of your lovely rose for my 4 grandaughters. what size hook?
    Thanks a bunch

  15. Rachel says:

    Hi Roberta!

    For thread you would probably use a US 7 (1.5 mm) hook. I havenÒ€ℒt made it in thread yet, so as long as you choose a hook that is comfortable for you, it should turn out great! It wil be smaller and thinner than the ones crocheted with regular yarn.

  16. Maria says:

    Hello Rachel, I’m new to your website and I find it very informational and the patterns are easy to follow. I love the rose pattern, I’ve made my first rose, thanks to you! Do you have a pattern for baby booties? Even though they’re small and look easy, I always find them challenging. Thanks again for a wonderful website!

  17. Rachel says:

    Hi Maria!

    I’m so glad that you made your first rose! So far the closest pattern that comes to baby booties are my easy adjustable slippers pattern:

    They can be adjusted to make baby booties! Just follow the directions as you go. I plan to add more patterns especially for baby booties in the future. Keep a look out! πŸ™‚

  18. Aundie says:

    Wow this is so cool. I am not new to crochet( I have been doing it now for 33 years) but know many people who are. This pattern is great for a beginner. They can read both this one and the one with abbreviations and begin to see the abbreviations. After all who can stop at one rose. I plan to recommend your site for a left handed lady that has been having problems finding anything.. Thanks so much for what you offer here on your site. The more crocheting and knitting the happier folks will be. Love your site.. πŸ™‚

  19. Sandy says:

    I love the crochet rose and am anxious to try the pattern. : )

  20. Mary says:

    I must be the only one that still can not figure this rose out…I got as far as row 3 and I can’t figure out how you keep putting a slip stitch into the same original space. If I’m suppose to be rolling the rose, it doesn’t seem to be going well. I am sitting at my computer with this for over an hour and I am beginning to believe that I am very dense. I must be doing something wrong. I am working on what seems to be the bottom of the rose, I can see where the 9 dc in the same space create the petal, but I don’t know how you keep putting a sl st into the original space. I guess that is my biggest problem. I’m putting it down now, because I’m frustrated, maybe when I return, I’ll see it better.

    I did the hand warmers and LOVE them…I guess back and forth is good for me, if I can figure out the rest of this rose, I will thrilled and feel better about my skills. Thank you for all your patience with beginners like me..writing out the entire rose pattern in long hand was very nice of you…I feel like I must be missing something…Love your site, just a little upset with myself

  21. Rachel says:

    Hi Mary!

    Don’t worry! I sometimes get frustrated when I crochet too πŸ™‚
    I find that coming back to it later always helps.

    Is this the part that is confusing you, where it says: “then slip stitch in the same space as the previous slip stitch”

    For the slip stitches in row 3, you are going to make one slip stitch in the next chain space (put your hook under the chain 2 space from row 2, yarn over, and pull the strand of yarn under the chain and through the loop on your hook.)
    Then you are going to chain 1, then make another slip stitch by putting your hook under the same chain 2 space from row 2, yarn over, and pull the strand of yarn under the chain and through the loop on your hook. Then chain 1 again.

    Let me know if you need more help!

  22. Maggi says:

    Thanks for the rose pattern. I have made a few and make them either into fridge magnets or brooches. Little tip…Put some thin felt at the back of the rose with fabric glue, then put on your magnet tape.
    Another little tip if making it a brooch…Use some felt again, but cut it to size first. Find a really pretty button for the centre of the flower and put your brooch pin at the back. Stitch through the holes of the button and through the holes of the brooch pin together using a matching sewing thread or embroidery floss.
    So you have Button-rose-felt backing-brooch pin.
    If you hate to sew, make a felt back and stick on with fabric glue and stick on a round backed brooch pin. You could even cut green felt to the shape of leaves and stick that on as well.
    Endless ideas to use he rose really, but they look really good as “fridgies” Maggi in UK

  23. Elisia says:

    Could you please explain how to sew the rose? I haven’t been crocheting long and sewing is not my strong point and help would be really appreciated. Love the pattern.

  24. Rachel says:

    Hi Elisia, check out this tutorial:
    After you roll the rose up, you just weave your yarn in and out of the rows until it is tight. It’s not an exact science.

  25. Elisia says:

    ok thanks

  26. lynn says:

    I am so happy that I found your site. I just started crocheting and I love it! I can’t wait to make this rose and thankyou so much for making the directions easy, I really am greatful for all the time you took to post this

  27. Marta says:

    Oh my gosh. Thank you thank you so much for this tutorial. I just made my first rose. Turned out beautiful. I am makinging it for my sister to use as a prop for her photography business and as some gifts for aome friends. Thank u.

  28. Linda says:

    I love the rose, I have made them in many different colors as well as varigated colors. My only question is, am I doing it right when I sew the leaves on the back? And when you put the clip on the back, do you use regular thread or do you use yarn? Looking forward to doing more projects.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Linda, you can sew with regular yarn, the same you used to make your rose or leaves with. This way it will blend into your project. But of course there really isn’t a right or wrong way to sew it together. As long as it looks the way you want it to at the end, that’s all that matters!

  29. Nancy C. says:

    I saw this beautiful rose and wanted to try it; was so happy to see the written out directions; those are easier to follow and keep up with….i am on my first row almost to the end and it is going so well i am excited to see finished one…thank you for posting these easy to follow directions…i’m older and love to see someone write it out just like you would tell me if you were sitting here with me teaching….thank you thank you; thank you;)))

  30. Melissa says:

    I tried this and failed, is there a link somewhere that will show pictures of each step? I’m just learning, and this was more helpful than trying to read a pattern. Thanks! -Mel

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Melissa, there isn’t a photo tutorial of this pattern yet. But let me know where you’re getting stuck and maybe I can try and explain it to you better. This is an intermediate level pattern, so don’t feel discouraged if it takes a little while to get it.

  31. Irene says:

    Thank you! I followed the instuctions on my phone πŸ˜‰ It came out great. For a novice I could follow what you explained easily.

  32. Melissa says:

    Are there supposed to be 2 slip stitches in each chain two space? That’s confusing me >.<

  33. Melissa says:

    Well that’s where I was confused before… Thanks so much!

  34. Marijke says:

    I am so glad I stumbled across your site Rachel. I have made two of these stunning roses so far and they’ve come out perfectly each time. What a bonus that it takes such a short time to make one. Really beginning to enjoy crocheting.
    Thank you for your site!

  35. Sharlyn says:

    This is wonderful! I am a beginner and learning to read the pattern is throwing me off. I’m tempted to try this right now! Thank you thank you!!

  36. karen says:

    Hi yes i am just learning to crochet and i am trying to do the flower, i have i think, succeeded with the first step, however, the 2nd step i am not understanding what you mean when you say,”In the space created by chaining 2 in row 1,” what space exactly do you mean? Thanks so much

  37. karen says:

    Okay now i get it that makes so much sense especially for part 3. Thank you again! πŸ™‚

  38. karen says:

    One more quick question i just want to make sure i am doing every step perfect. In the Row 1- The second sentence says, “Chain 2, skip 2 chains on your foundation chain, double crochet in the next chain, chain 2 again, double crochet in the same chain that you made the previous double crochet in. When you say previous double crochet in” Do you mean the first double crochet you do in the first sentence or the double crochet in the second sentence? I hope you understand that. I just dont know if you mean previous as in the first first first double crochet or the one i just did in the second sentence. Thanks so much!:)

  39. karen says:

    okay lol thanks such a basic question but i want to make sure i learn properly, thanks this website has been a big help to me πŸ™‚

  40. Lisa says:

    This is such a pretty rose, I haven’t crocheted in a while but I’m going to have to give this a try! I tried walking through the instructions- a photo of each step would sure be helpful (hint hint) πŸ™‚

  41. Kim says:

    Thank you Rachel for the excellent tutorial. You do beautiful work!

  42. 18engg says:

    i have made my pink rose as the first crochet art, being a beginner today.
    really good of u to share.
    but how to trim out the end points (tails) on flower, and leaf ?
    how to pin up the flower after assembling it into a rose shape, as petals can get open without pinning?

  43. Possum says:

    The explanation makes it easier to understand thank you. But can you please explain how you sew the rose together?

    Many thanks

  44. Audree Lyles says:

    I like the detail you give in your tutorial. This helps me a lot, but i ALSO need to see pictures of every step. I am very new at crocheting and i dont always understand the instructions. but THANK YOU for the extra detail!!!!!!

  45. Ashley says:

    i love this pattern!! im a beginner and was wondering how i could make a smaller version of this rose… if you could help that would be great! thank you!

  46. Marit says:

    Hi Rachel, I think I understand the pattern for this lovely rose, but it seems like I have less petals than the roses on the pictures. My rose has nine. How many have yours? Thanks!

  47. Jane says:

    Hi Rachel, I love this pattern, roses are my favourite flowers, so I am desperately trying to do it, even though I am a beginner. I think I have the first row right – burgeoning 16 petals, but I think I did the 2nd row wrong. I did the dc into every single space, inc the space between the double crotchets into the same chain from the first row, and at the end I seemed to have far too many stitches – more than on your complete flower and with the third row still to do. So I think I have misunderstood the spaces in the second row. Are there spaces I am not supposed to crochet into? Sorry if it is a silly question, perhaps I should wait til I am more experienced.

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Jane, for row 2 you aren’t going to make the stitches into each of the chain spaces. There is a part that says to “skip the next 2 stitches” so this will make it so you end up skipping an entire chain space and working into the next chain space.

      • Jane says:

        Thank you, Rachel. I misinterpreted that part and counted the chains as stitches. Still, I got lots of practice at treble crochet, so never mind. I have now managed to complete the rose (just got to sew it together). It looks really good, I am so pleased with it. I have only been crocheting for 3 weeks, so this is a major step forward for me. Thank you so much for the pattern and the help – I gave up on the rose in my book as I just didn’t understand the instructions.

  48. robin says:

    Thank you so much for your pattern. I recently purchased a rose pin at a museum in California and thought what a perfect tray favor (a little item that is put on the dinner tray at a nursing home or hospital) it would make for Mother’s Day. I know a number of women in the Auxiliary who crochet and I am just learning, so we should be able to make a number of these. Thank you so very much!

  49. Skeetermig says:

    I figured the rose but cant figure the leaf. Can you help me? I am teaching myself how to do it then when my sons girlfriend comes to stay, she wants to learn my crafts (have over 20 things I do for crafts)

    thanks for putting in laymens terms, have a great day

  50. Cameron Stull says:

    I have made my first Rose today thanks to you. Still figuring out how to keep the back of it flat though. But after that how do you pin it so it doesn’t unroll?

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