Crocheting simple flowers follows the basic concept of increasing stitches in the round to create a rippled effect that resembles a flower. More complex versions require crocheting singular pieces and sewing the pieces together to create a flower.
Allcrafts.net and Crochet Pattern Central offer a large number and wide variety of free crochet patterns. These websites do sometimes link to outside sites, so users need to be aware of that.
Crochet flowers are a fun and unique way to decorate more simple crochet projects. Often, a crochet flower begins with a small number of chain stitches joined in the round or using a technique called the Magic Circle or Magic Loop. Allfreecrochet.com offers a written tutorial on the Magic Circle, and free tutorial videos are available on YouTube.
Once the initial loop is created, multiple stitches are crocheted into each stitch from the previous round. For a faster increase and wavier flower, more stitches are used, and for a more gradual increase, fewer stitches or alternating increases with single stitches are used.
When crocheting a multipiece flower, each petal is crocheted individually before being attached to a central crocheted piece to create the flower. Often, only the central part of the flower is crocheted in the round, while the petals are crocheted in the typical back-and-forth crochet style.