I'm currently making flower garlands that I found at http://ptepimprenelle.canalblog.com/archives/2010/12/11/19843684.html
for the Sweat Shoppe swap and was asked for the pattern, so I wrote down how I make them. I think the original post has bigger inner petals, and does six a petal blossom, but when I worked with white and pink yarn, I thought of apple blossom and sakura, and switched to five petals. The pattern can easily made with six though.
I'd rate the difficulty above beginner's because it contains many different stitches, but I think with some help on the first ones, even beginners will find them easy.Five minute sakura pattern
You need some yarn and a hook that matches the yarn in size.
ch - chain stitch
sl - sling stitch
dc - double crochet (US reading, for the UK: treble)
hdc - half double crochet
ddc - two double crochet stitches worked together (yarn over, get yarn, work two sling off hook, and keep two slings on the hook, yarn over, get yarn, work two slings, obtain three slings on hook, pull yarn through all three)
for the ddc also see tutorial above
1) ch3, dc in first stitch (completes first inner petal), ch2, work *ddc, ch 2* four times (five if you want a flower with six petals), close round with sling stitch in top stitch of first petal
2) work a sl, but not through the next stitch, but under it (that's a ch you're wrapping your sl around), work *ch1, 5dc, hdc, sl* in each gap between inner petals, always working under the ch, not through them.
If you want entirely symmetric petals, make them *ch1, hdc, 4dc, hdc, sl*
3)finish off, weave in ends
you can avoid one weaving in procedure, if you work your inner petals not only around the first loop, but also around the yarn end, then you only have to cut it off when you're done with your first round - saves lots of nerve! Tutorial on the inner petal
work a dc, but don't finish the last two loops and leave them on your hook
work another unfinished dc, which leaves you with three loops on your hook
finish all three loops in one go
that's the inner petal!
(Unfortunately it does NOT feature the crochet-over-your-starting-end trick, I'm very sorry! I hope I have good light tomorrow so I can take new pictures.)Bonus pattern: tiny blossom
(see first picture)
1) ch6, close to a ring with a sl
(ch more if you need room for more petals)
2) repeat *ch1, hdc, 2 dc, hdc, sl* 5 times
fasten off, weave in ends, that's it! Look into the trick from above for crocheting over the starter yarn end to save one weaving in procedure
Happy spring time!