Yarn scrap challenge #9 - Pōhutukawa flower


Welcome to my 9th yarn scrap challenge post. This little flower is something I have been thinking about creating for a long time but haven't quite ever gotten around to making and writing up. I made an earlier version about 2 years ago. My original version is in the photo to the right and, from memory, the red “petals” were made using loop sc stitches. However, this time around I wanted to use up some of my leftover yarn tails.

Lately, I have been making so many little Pōhutukawa Christmas angels (in DK yarn and in crochet thread) that I have accumulated a huge amount of yarn scraps from weaving in my ends that I thought this might be the time to finally make something with all my ends.

My pōhutukawa flower design came to mind so I thought it might make a nice pattern to write up for my blog. We don’t have a pōhutukawa tree at our house. The closest looking flower we have at home is the feijoa flowers that come out about the same time in Aotearoa (pictured to the right). Feijoa (Acca sellowiana) are not native to here but have been introduced from South America. They grow particularly well in my city so when the fruit is ready there is always plenty for everyone to share around (a national news article once labelled it as our “most socialist fruit”)

This little pattern uses a mixture of leftover yarn tails and crocheted parts using small amounts of yarn. These little flowers are a bigger than the original flower (comparison shown to the right), even when made using crochet thread and a 1.5 mm hook (as are my kōwhai flowers from a previous yarn scrap challenge). The leaves are also slightly narrower than I would have liked. If you wish to have a little more fullness in your leaves you can rejoin your yarn on the opposite side of the starting chain and hdc in the 4 sts from the stem towards the point of the leaf.

I also noticed that these kind of look like they need to have some little googly eyes added to them to turn them into a little pōhutukawa person… at least that is how they looked to me (see photo to the right – I used 4 mm eyes for both size of flower). For both of my little pōhutukawa flowers I had more lime and green yarn tails left over. However, I managed to use up all of my red yarn tails. I will need to wait until I have a few more red tails if I’m going to make more of these (and I think there need to be several of them as they are usually found with more than one flower in a group). Perhaps, if I end up gluing on the googly eyes, I might make some with lime or green-coloured “hair” and that would solve the problem of the extra leftover tails (and I also have yellow and brown leftovers from my kōwhai angels to use up). I’m also considering stringing them together and turning them into something to decorate the Christmas tree with since before they have “hair”, they almost look like crocheted lights. Maybe that can be a project for next year to use up all my scraps and see how long I can get my chain of “pōhutukawa people” or perhaps “feijoa friends”.

 Please note that while I have specified the waistcoat stitch in this pattern, you can easily make it using single crochet stitches instead. I just like the way I can work in continuous circles using the WST without having to worry about getting a "step" in colour when I change from one colour to the next. While I have specified colours in the pattern, feel free to use whatever colours you have on hand. I have kept to pōhutukawa/feijoa colours in the instructions but it works equally as well with other colours (in the final photo you will see one I created using some leftover scraps of yarn from my kōwhai Christmas angels).


DK* weigh yarn in lime and green. I used 4 Seasons Flinders cotton 8 ply in the following quantities:

Lime 1 g (2.3 m, 25 yds)

Green   1 g (2.3 m, 2.5 yds)

2.75 mm crochet hook

Yarn needle


Scraps of yarn in red, lime and green

Optional: 4 mm googly eyes and glue to add character to your finished flowers

*Note: you can use any weight of yarn (and appropriate hook for that yarn) that you wish for this pattern. I also made a smaller flower using a 1.5 mm hook and crochet cotton (Milford Soft 3 ply crochet cotton). Because of the small quantities required for this pattern, I am unsure exactly how much crochet cotton I used (given I used 1 g each of the DK weight cotton, I am sure I used less than a gram of each colour for the smaller version)

Size and gauge

Finished flower with DK* weight yarn is approximately: length 10 cm (4”), width 5 cm (2”)

* Note: the exact length was measured to the top of the “petals”, therefore the length will vary depending on how long your petals are. The smaller, crochet thread version was not much shorter due to the length of the yarn tails used to create the petals {~8 cm (3”) tall and ~4 cm (1 ½“) wide}

Difficulty Level


Crochet Abbreviations

US Terminology used

ch(s)              Chain(s)

hdc                Half double crochet

sc                  Single crochet

sk                  Skip

sl st(s)           Slip stitch(es)       

st(s)               Stitch(es)

WST              Waistcoat stitch

WST2tog       Waistcoat stitch two together

()                   Work stitches in brackets into the same stitch

[]                   Work instructions in brackets the number of times indicated

**                 Work instructions between asterisks the number of times indicated

Special stitches

WST (waistcoat stitch aka knit stitch aka centre post stitch)

This stitch is almost identical to a single crochet stitch except that you insert your hook into the post of the stitch. You need to relax your tension when making this stitch or you will find working into the post in the next round is tricky. I insert my hook into the post of the stitch and pull up my loop to the height of a hdc before I yarn over and pull through 2 loops to complete the stitch. I find that this gives me enough of a relaxed tension to work into this stitch in the following round.

WST2tog – Waistcoat 2 together stitch

This is almost identical to the sc2tog stitch except that, like the WST, you insert your hook into the posts of the stitches. Like the WST stitch you need to keep your tension relaxed so that you can work into the post of the stitches in the next round.

Insert your hook into the post of the first st and pull up a loop

Insert your hook into the post of the next st and pull up a loop

Yarn over and pull through 3 loops on your hook


Important instructions

This pattern is worked in continuous rounds. Do not slip stitch at the end of a round or chain up to begin a new round. You may wish to use a stitch marker or a scrap of yarn as a running stitch marker. If you find the waistcoat stitch too tricky to do, feel free to substitute single crochet stitches. However, if you are using sc, finish each round with a slip stitch then chain 1 to begin a new round so that your colour change stays nice an neat.


With lime coloured yarn begin with a magic ring

Rnd 1:             Ch 1, loosely sc 6 into magic ring. (6 sc)

Rnd 2:             *2 WST in the next st, WST in the next st* 3 times. (9 WST)

Rnd 3:             *2 WST in the next st, WST in the next 2 sts* 3 times. (12 WST)


Rnd 4:             WST in each st around. (12 WST)


Rnd 5:             *WST2tog, WST in the next 2 sts* 3 times. (9 WST)

Stuff with lime coloured yarn tails (or use regular fibrefill). From this point on you may wish to add matching stuffing every few rounds as it can be tricky to stuff this at the end due to the size of the hole created when making the stem of the flower.

Rnd 6:             *WST2tog, WST in the next st* 3 times, change to green. (6 WST)

Rnds 7-9:        WST in each st around (6 WST)

Rnd 10:           *WST in the first st, ch 6, sl st in the 2nd ch from hook, hdc in the next 4 ch, WST in the next 3 sts* 2 times, omitting the last WST on the second repeat. (8 hdc, 2 sl st, 6 WST)


In this round you will only be working into the WST stitches from Rnd 10, make your stitches so that the ch 6 and associated stitches are on the outside.

Rnd 11:           *WST in the next st, working behind the ch 6 and its sts, sc into the WST, WST in the next 3 sts* 2 times, omitting the last WST on the second repeat. (2 sc, 4 WST)


Rnds 12-14:    WST in each st around. If you would like you can add more rounds to make this longer. (6 WST)

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the bottom closed. Stuff and then sew closed.

Use your yarn tails of red yarn to create the petals of the flower. These are made by folding each scrap of yarn in half, inserting your hook into the place you wish to put it on the flower, pulling through the middle of the folded yarn, yarning over and pulling through both tails. Add as many “petals” as you wish.



If you wish, you can now glue on little eyes to give your flowers some personality. 


I hope you enjoyed making my little flower friends. If you would like to download a print-friendly free copy of this pattern, click here

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