All last year I enjoyed hundreds of beautiful Rudbeckia flowers for months in my garden. Through beaming sunshine, misty rain and the early frosts, they remained a bunch of cheerful faces. This year, feeling the lack of them, I’ve been forced to crochet myself a substitute, and thought I'd write down the resulting pattern. I used some DK yarn from my plentiful yarn supply shelves, along with some aran weight Kilcarra yarn from Donegal (dyed green with last years Rudbeckia flowers - they provide a rich mossy green colour) for the stem and sepals.
Yellow, Brown, Green DK yarn (I used aran for the brown and green)
3.5mm crochet hook (or as appropriate to yarn weight)
2 x 3.75mm dpns
Abbreviations: (are for U.S crochet – U.K in brackets)
ch/s - chain/s
sl st – slip stitch (sc)
sc – single crochet (dc)
hdc – half double crochet (htr)
rep – repeat
BO – bind off
CO – cast on (knitting)
kpk – knit, then purl, then knit into each st
For this flower I used knit and crochet, but if you prefer to do only crochet then for the stem: ch10, sc into each ch, beginning at 2nd ch from hook. At the top make 3sc into the top end, join with a sl st, then make 3sc into each of these scs (9 sts) Work as for sepals below using these 9 sts.
Using yellow and crochet hook
1: ch 10
2: sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 chs, hdc in next 4 chs, sc in next ch, sl st in last ch.
Rep these 2 rows 15 times, making 15 petals, joined at the inside.
BO leaving a 15” tail for sewing up.
With brown and hook make a slip ring. Ch1.
1: 6 sc in ring. Pull yarn end to close ring. Ss in top of 1st chain.
2: ch1, *1 sc in next 2 chs, 2 sc in next ch, rep from *, then sl st in top of 1st ch to join round.
3: ch 1, 1 sc in each sc, sl st to join round and BO.
Stem and sepals: (i-cord)
Using green and dpns CO 3 sts.
K 3, *push sts to other end of right needle and without turning switch to left hand, then k 3, rep from * Pull yarn tight on 1st st each round to pull into a tube.
Continue until cord is 1.5” long or so.
Next round: kpk into each st (9 sts)
Working on 1 st at a time with the crochet hook, lift 1 st off the dpn and begin crocheting with it:
2: sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 2 sl sts in next 2 chs
Now lift next st off needle onto hook and rep from * until all sts are used. Join round with a sl st if needed.
Block and pin out the petals and sepals.
Pin petals around the flower head and sew in place. (They may need a little bunching in.)
Stuff the top with a little spare wool.
Sew sepals to underside of petals, and weave all ends in. Hooray, it’s a Rudbeckia!
There's the real thing, just for comparison.
Please let me know if there's any mistakes!