Okey pokey, so this tutorial is for the flower I came up with on the bus one day! It is loosely based on my waggon wheel crochet flower although slightly more extravagant! The hook I'm using is an aluminium 4mm (for UK peeps) and the yarns are random cotton based ones.
So, to begin! Chain 5 and slip stitch into the first chain to form a magic circle.
Chain two and then work 11 dc into the circle. Slip stitch into the second original chain of the round.
Chain 4 then work a treble stitch into the next stitch of the circle. Chain 1. Continue to work treble stitches spaced by a chain stitch all the way around the circle until you have 12 treble 'spokes'. Make sure you end the round with a chain stitch then join the round with a slip stitch into the third original chain.
You will now be working out of the gaps created by the chain stitches, so make another slip stitch into the nearest left hand gap from your hook.
Chain 3 then work a treble stitch into the same gap. Chain 2. Continue working around the circle with two treble stitches in the gaps, separated with two chain stitches.
When you get to the end you should have 12 pairs of trebles. Make sure you end the round with 2 chain stitches then join the round with a slip stitch into the third original chain.
Now for the petal parts. Make a slip stitch in between the first pair of trebles to the left of your hook.
*In the 2 chain gap, work 1htr, 4tr, 1htr, then make another slip stitch between the next pair of trebles.* Repeat from * to * all the way around your flower.
When you have gone all the way around, make sure you slip stitch back into the first pair of trebles you started with and fasten off.
For the centre flower, change colour! Insert your hook into any gap from the second round, angling it to go through the corresponding 2 chain gap of round three.
Attach your new colour. (I do this by looping the new thread over the hook, pulling it through and pretending it's a dc stitch- make sure to leave a tail so you can securely sew it in). Chain 2.
Ok so here is where it could get slightly fiddly and hard to explain. The spokes of round 2 all line up nicely to the centre of the 2 chain gaps of round 3. You need to make a double crochet between every spoke of round 2 but this means that each side of the spoke will go through the corresponding 2 chain gap. Does that make sense? Hopefully the pictures will help.
So going back to the instructions, once you have added your new colour and chained 2, work a dc on the other side of the treble spoke, through the same 2 chain gap as the casting on stitch. Chain 1. Continue working double crochet stitches separated by 1 chain all the way around the flower. Slip stitch into the first chain of the original chain stitches.
The petals for this round will be worked out of the gaps created by the 1 chain between the dc stitches. *In the next gap over work 1htr, 2tr, 1htr, then slip stitch into the next stitch along* Repeat from * to * all the way around. Note, the new petals should fit snugly into the petals on the bottom.
Slip stitch into the stitch you started from and fasten off.
Sew in all your ends and there you have it!
I wasn't sure whether I liked the big spokes in the middle of this flower, so experimented with adding a little flower from my summer hat which I think looks much better! I would recommend simply sewing this flower to the middle for ease.