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5 Petal Tropical Flower Crochet Pattern (Free Pattern!)

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I love flowers with a little dimension. This is a pattern I came up with about a year ago and use all the time. I love the overlapping petals, and the versatility of this simple little flower. It’s perfect for spring / summer and can add a vibrant pop of colors to your project!

I named it “Tropical Flower” because, to me, it looks like something you might find on a beautiful island. I’m no flower expert, so if you think this looks like a certain type of flower, let me know in the comments and maybe I’ll change the name! Until then… it lives on in my tropical imagination. 🙂


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Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet
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5 Petal Tropical Flower Crochet Pattern

Notes: I used a G hook and worsted weight yarn for this flower.

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Create a Magic Circle.

Round 1: 5 SC in magic circle; join (5)

Round 2: Ch 1; 2 SC in each SC; join (10)

Round 3: *Slip Stitch into next SC; Ch 2. In same stitch, complete 5DC; Ch 2. Slip stitch into next SC.* Do this a total of 5 times, for 5 petals.

Change colors here if you are doing a 2-colored petal.

Round 4: *Slip stitch into base of Ch of next petal. SC in Ch space. 3 DC in next stitch (the first DC from the previous round); 2 DC in next; 2 HDC in next; 2 DC in next; 3 DC in next, Ch 1; SC into Ch space; Slip Stitch into base of Ch.* Do this a total of 5 times, for 5 petals.

Fasten off; weave in ends.

Center Detailing: Cut a contrasting piece of yarn about 3 feet long. Using yarn needle, sew detailing by bringing yarn up through the center, and back down through a place of your choice on the first petal. Bring yarn back up through the middle; back down through another place on the petal. Do this three times for each petal. (I like to make the center detail of each petal reach a little higher than the two on either side of it.) Fasten off and weave in ends. Finish with a button or other embellishment.

Here are a few variations of the Tropical Flower:


Pattern Permissions

This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you’re agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions.

You’re welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by
Little Monkeys Crochet

Here are the “do nots”:

  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft. You are welcome to copy/paste it into a document for printing, for personal use only.
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) to promote yourself or your crochet business on your own blog, Facebook page, or anywhere else. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post and does not include any portion of the pattern itself.
  • Do not post a translation of the pattern anywhere – this is copyright theft. If you would like to help make a translation available, I am happy to publish it on my blog with a link to your blog or Crochet-related Facebook page.
  • Do not make a video tutorial of this pattern (or any of my patterns). For a detailed explanation of why this hurts designers, please contact me.

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  • Marlys Letts March 8, 2014, 3:30 pm

    This reminds me of a hibiscus – truly a tropical flower. Very nice. Thanks for the pattern.

    • Rebecca March 10, 2014, 9:13 am

      Yes! Hibiscus! I knew I was on to something 🙂 Thanks Maryls!

      • Patricia January 14, 2015, 12:14 am

        No, I think it looks more like a pansy than a hibiscus, I love pansies and plant them almost every year. 😀

        • Leslie December 18, 2016, 10:55 pm

          Yes I was thinking pansy too.

  • Angel April 26, 2014, 8:16 am

    This content is all about the baby girl names that are inspired from flowers. Each and every name in this list is too charming. Thank you.

  • Maria April 26, 2014, 5:58 pm

    Very nice flower thank you for sharing this . I found a similar looking flower on etsy and they wanted $2.50. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

    • Rebecca April 28, 2014, 7:23 pm

      You’re welcome you’re welcome you’re welcome!!!! 🙂 🙂

  • Cindy May 1, 2014, 6:50 pm

    Love these!!! I’m making some little girl hats, I think these would be perfect on! What weight of yarn did you use? Looked like worsted?

    • Rebecca May 6, 2014, 9:54 am

      Worsted, yes!

  • Rebekah Will May 1, 2014, 9:59 pm

    What size hook did you use? H?

    • Rebecca May 6, 2014, 9:55 am

      I actually used G. I’ll add that to the instructions 🙂

  • mandie May 6, 2014, 9:39 pm

    Lovely little flower and details I can follow easily . Thank You look forward to trying these in different colours 🙂

    • Rebecca May 7, 2014, 2:00 pm

      Thank you for the kind words Mandie!

  • Courtney September 14, 2014, 6:58 am

    Hi love the flowers but I’m a little confused after round 3. I have completed the 5 little petals but I have a large gap of 5 SC between the end of my last petal and the first petal. Not sure what I’ve done wrong I followed the instructions and have 10 SC at the end of rnd 2 but by rnd 3 the petals only cover about half the circle 🙁

    • Rebecca September 17, 2014, 6:11 pm

      I’m guessing that you aren’t slip stitching twice. The pattern calls for you to slip stitch into the next stitch, make your petal, then slip stitch into the next stitch. So to repeat those instructions, you’ll slip stitch AGAIN into the NEXT stitch, make your petal, slip stitch to the next stitch. I hope that makes sense. You are “slip stitching to the next stitch” two times for each petal.

  • Karen November 22, 2014, 1:11 pm

    I am totally new to the joys of crocheting. I made your newborn charity hat and love it. Now I am ready to embellish with this flower. My question is at the very beginning: SC 5, join. Does this my magic circle only has 5 stitches in it? My first ever magic circle for the hat had 10 stitches. I just can’t wrap my head around what I am missing. Thanks for the help!

    • Rebecca November 29, 2014, 3:02 pm

      Hi Karen! You’re correct, the magic circle will only have 5 SC in it. Trust the pattern, it will work out. 🙂

  • Julie Marsh April 11, 2015, 2:31 am

    hi there I love the flowers but am not sure what a G or H hook is…I live in Australia, where are you from so I can google the equivalent. Thanks in advance. Julie

    • Angie October 4, 2015, 9:21 am

      A G hook is 4.00 MM & an H hook is 5.00 MM. Hope that helps you.

  • dorrie May 12, 2015, 12:18 am

    thank you againfor giving so freely

  • Isabel Canales July 2, 2015, 7:57 am

    Thank you so much for this precious pattern. I have made it many times using all sorts of threads and am always pleased with results.

  • Enestina July 16, 2015, 8:56 pm

    Quiero aprender hacer los pensamientos envíeme el paso a paso en español

    • Rebecca July 27, 2015, 10:46 am

      Lo siento, no tengo la capacidad de hacerlo. 🙂

  • Barbara July 29, 2015, 7:38 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your lovely flower pattern. I am a crochetholic and make things for friends who give me donations to give to the charity I have nominated. I am currently making things for friends and their donations will be going to buy Christmas presents for children who otherwise would not get any toys. I will be putting the flowers on clips and also headbands, Thank you again

  • Jan A Bissonette August 10, 2015, 3:38 am

    I love this pattern for the pansy. Thank you for giving this pattern out to the general public. (Me).

  • Lin August 14, 2015, 12:16 am

    I love this flower! Thanks so much for sharing your pattern.

  • Sherry Richmire October 6, 2015, 5:57 pm

    This reminds me of a passion flower. Thank you.

  • Marilyn Parker November 6, 2015, 3:12 pm

    Thanks so much for your tropical flower free pattern. Lovely. I am just about to take up crochet again (not done any since the 1980s) and will certainly be making some of your tropical flowers. Very much appreciate you sharing the pattern for free.

  • Linda Clouthier January 11, 2016, 10:18 am

    I’ve used this pattern making it in different sizes and colors to embellish barrettes and headbands for my granddaughters. Any combination of odd numbers seems to look best to my eye. Learning the “magic circle” from your site is the best crocheting tip I’ve EVER learned!

  • Marta Carrigan January 11, 2016, 12:22 pm

    Very pretty and easy to crochet.

  • Cheryl Sherry January 11, 2016, 1:58 pm

    Love this little flower. May use it as embellishment for some little girls hats. Thank you.

  • Linda Hinkle January 12, 2016, 12:37 am

    I love doing flowers for my granddaughters hair, I have 8 grandgirls to play with I love my live dollies LOL

  • Libby Jones January 14, 2016, 11:43 am

    I really like this, I will be using it!

  • Aditi January 17, 2016, 10:56 pm

    Love the look and color shades of this pattern. Simply gorgeous

  • Sanchita kundu April 11, 2016, 3:46 am

    Hi..I like this pattern vry much…I have learned how to make it. I have made two flowers for my personal use. I want to ask you that can I post my own flowers pictures on my Facebook page?and can i sell my own stitched flowers which I made? Though I learned it from your post.

    • Rebecca April 11, 2016, 7:50 am

      Yes, you are very welcome to sell what you’ve made from my patterns. Please see the “Pattern Permissions” at the bottom of the pattern (just above where the comments begin) for more details about what you can (and cannot) do. Thanks!

  • Kay Hanson April 22, 2016, 6:22 pm

    Thank you. Beautiful easy flower!!

  • Lucille April 24, 2016, 6:45 am

    Thanks for your lovely pattern! I’m trimming a hat and your design came out exactly what I wanted. I used red for the magic ring, vermillion for the 10 sc around, and yellow for the petals. Yellow hibiscus, state flower of Hawaii for a Hawaiian baby!

  • Carol May 11, 2016, 8:54 am

    I love your patterns, as well as the colours and the way you combine them.
    Thank you for the inspiration.
    Best wishes,

  • Julie June 22, 2016, 3:38 am

    Thanks for the availability of a free pattern I look forward to making these flowers

  • Nafeesa Marzia August 13, 2016, 9:51 pm

    Hi Rebecca!
    Thank you for this lovely tropical flower & easy-to-follow pattern. Just made my first one today. I love hibiscus but mine looks more like a pansy; still pretty.. 🙂
    Can’t wait to show my girls & I know there will be orders for more 😀

  • Brigitte Coulas August 28, 2016, 12:48 pm

    I like your style. Thank you for sharing with us. Would you happen to have patterns of christening gowns.

    • Rebecca August 29, 2016, 9:39 am

      I don’t, sorry!

  • Rosita Brown September 7, 2016, 3:21 pm

    You’re an awesome crochet designer!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!!

  • Gaile September 24, 2016, 8:50 am

    Can I post a free flower pattern on my Facebook page or share it on my page?

    • Rebecca September 24, 2016, 9:29 am

      You can’t post a pattern, but you can post a link to it.

  • Sallie Duncan September 30, 2016, 9:55 pm

    I’ve been getting more and more into crochet projects and I was curious about one of your do nots. Specifically the one stating do not make a tutorial video of this pattern. You said that this would hurt a designer. Could you please tell me how it would hurt? This is not out of sarcasm or anything but genuine curiosity. Also, do you have any advice for someone trying to learn to create their own patterns?
    I appreciate you taking the time to educate me on these matters! I love this pattern, thank you for making it and sharing it with us all!

    • Rebecca October 5, 2016, 7:51 am

      Sure! They only hurt designers when other people make and publish them. Those of us who offer free patterns do so because we make our income from ad revenue on our blogs. If you can make my original patterns without actually visiting my blog (such as via someone else’s YouTube video), then you’ve cut off my income stream and my motivation to release patterns for free. A lot of people think we give out free patterns out of the goodness of our hearts, when really, we do it because it’s a win-win for both of us; you visit our blog at no cost to you, and we make money. 🙂 ? I do have a YouTube channel with some tutorial videos, but those are monetized, meaning the ad revenue from the videos comes back to me. A lot of people make tutorial videos for other people’s patterns thinking they’re ok as long as they link back to the original pattern, but statistically, it is a tiny, tiny percentage of visitors who actually follow that link back to the original blog. (Why would they if they can make the entire pattern from the video?)

      I hope that helps! ?:)

  • Ellen October 24, 2016, 12:08 pm

    Very clever! I have been looking for a pattern like this….Except for the rounded petals, instead of pointed petals, it reminds me of a beautiful Plumeria tree blossom. Your pattern could easily be altered to add the pointed petal! Thanks so very much!

    • Betty Horne November 2, 2016, 10:48 am

      I love your flowers, and especially this one. I call it a Pansy.
      thanks for you talent.
      Betty Horne

  • Betty Horne November 2, 2016, 10:50 am

    Love your Flowers.
    thank you,

  • Bonnie Fryar December 7, 2016, 4:31 pm

    This flower reminds me of a pansy with their little faces.

  • Elisa December 30, 2016, 3:01 pm

    Grazie bello

  • Janet K DEAN June 18, 2017, 9:02 am

    Thank you for sharing your patterns. You cannot imagine how many ladies your are helping. I make them for an oncology institute very close to our home. Even the receptionist gets excited when I take the hats to the institute. God bless your talent. Thanks again for your unselfish giving!! ????

    • Rebecca June 18, 2017, 8:25 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂

  • CHOO-CHOO October 21, 2017, 11:48 am


    • Rebecca October 21, 2017, 12:16 pm

      I don’t, I’m sorry! 🙂

  • Ellen Friedman December 20, 2017, 11:03 pm

    I’m curious where to find the silver trim pearl bead you use in the pictures? I’ve made this flower with your chemo cap pattern and it turned out gorgeous! I just love the look of the bead and couldn’t find one. Thanks!

    • Rebecca December 21, 2017, 4:22 pm

      Hi Ellen! If I remember correctly, that was from the scrapbooking section at Hobby Lobby! It was actually a brad and came in a set. 🙂

  • Danielle December 21, 2017, 8:14 pm

    Do you have videos of you making this flower it’s really help it Apposed to just reading the directions on paper

    • Rebecca December 22, 2017, 9:42 am

      I don’t, sorry.

  • Paige July 23, 2018, 8:16 am

    Very beautiful thanks for sharing very generous of you 😊

  • Kristine Fuller August 13, 2018, 12:36 am

    I love love love this flower. Thank you for sharing.

  • Akhtar Mynir September 22, 2018, 4:36 am

    Beautiful flower I’m not a very good crotcheter but will definitely try this as it’s so beautiful

  • Bonnie J Miles September 24, 2018, 11:49 pm

    This pattern is cute as a bug. I wear hats all year round, so I decorate all my hats. And I think these pretty flowers would accent them wonderfully. …
    Thank you

  • Donna November 1, 2018, 10:29 pm

    Its an African violet, a small and very pretty flower. But hibiscus resemble these on a much bigger scale. Nice pattern, thanks for sharing!

  • Nora hooper December 9, 2018, 10:42 am

    I love flowers and crochet thank you