Large Dahlia Crocheted Flower
This is a sizeable flower that will look good on a broad headband or wristband or, alternatively, if you were to attach a brooch pin at the back, then it would make a lovely join for the two edges of an edge-to-edge cardigan.
It is a straightforward pattern which involves starting with foundation stitches, rather than chains, and then making a simple second row of stitches ranging from slip stitch up to double treble (UK). The third and final row uses shells to form the petals.
If the thought of using foundation stitches is off-putting, then please read my post about foundation stitches at http://bit.ly/bhobc100. The entry contains a link to a very useful and easy to follow video.
Assembling the flower then involves winding and stitching the petals which I found to be much easier with foundation stitches than if the first row were chains.