tea rose for pony


Tea roses don’t look quite like that, I realize. It’s more like those wild roses (we used to have them in our front yard), but “tea rose for pony” sounds nice. And reminds me of a book I read in high school called Flowers for Algernon.

Anyway, I saw a girl wearing small floppy pink flowers on her pigtails one day, and I wanted to make my own.


My hair wasn’t quite long enough for a pony tail, so I was wearing pig tails. So I guess this could also be a tea rose for pigs :P

The hair ties I buy at the drug store get worn out quickly, so I wanted to make the flower detachable. When the hair elastic is worn out, one could attach the flower to a new hair elastic. See?


I’m sure there are tons of patterns for crocheting roses, but I’ve never made one before and wanted to figure out how to make the petals overlap. So I thought I’d write it all down :)

I used:

Pink crochet thread

2.35mm hook (I used it because that’s what I have, but one could probably use a smaller hook)

One button

Yellow seed beads

Sewing needle and thread

Glue gun

Top petals:

ch 5, sl st into first ch and form a ring.

First petal: ch 3, 4 tr into ring, ch 3, sl st into ring

Second petal: ch 2, turn and insert hook into the base of a stitch in the middle of previous petal, pull up a loop, ch 3, turn, 2 tr into the ch 2 space just made, like so…

Then work 2 tr into ring, like so…

Complete second petal with ch 3, then sl st into ring.

Repeat second petal until there are five petals.

Sixth petal: ch 2, turn and insert hook into the base of a stitch in the middle of previous petal, pull up a loop, ch 3, turn, 2 tr into the ch 2 space just made, 1 tr into ring, 1 tr into the base of a stitch in the first petal in the front, like so…

Complete last petal with ch 3, then sl st into same st in the first petal. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Top petals, complete :D

Bottom petals:

12 dc in magic ring, sl st in top of first dc to form a circle.

First petal: ch 3, 2 tr in same st, 2 tr in next st, ch 3, sl st in same st.

Second petal: ch 3, 2 tr in next st, 2 tr in next st, ch 3, sl st in same st.

Repeat second petals until there are 6 petals altogether. Fasten off, leave a 10″ tail for sewing.

Bottom petals, complete :D

Sew top and bottom petals together, then sew seed beads to the centre.

Find a button that could roughly cover the first round (12 dc in magic ring) of the bottom petals. Thread a 5‑inch piece of crochet thread through the button holes, like so…

Ensuring that both ends of the crochet thread are roughly the same length, glue the button to the tea rose with a hot glue gun, like so…

And that’s it! Now we can tie the tea rose to a hair elastic. (I tie a bow, and then tie the “ears” together again.)

And then tied to pig tail…


I tried tying it to a bobby pin, it works as well :D


A larger tea rose can be made with regular yarn rather than crochet thread. I made a yellow one with a light worsted weight yarn and a 3.5mm crochet hook, for a headband.


I attached a small safety pin to the back with pieces of felt, and then attached it to an elastic headband.


Because it’s detachable, I can also wear it as a brooch! :D


I like making multipurpose things :)

Have a great start to the week!




16 thoughts on “tea rose for pony

  1. What wonderful timing! I recently crocheted a little flower for a friend’s baby, to wear in her hair. It was OK but not exactly what I was looking for. Your flower, because it’s so soft and delicate, should be perfect! I look forward to making it; thanks!!!

  2. I love these and wonder if you would make them for say a corsage idea and make say ones that match my bridemaid’s dresses?How much would you charge per say for 3 corsages? Please reply or ask Mike to reply to me through facebook to let me know

  3. Thanks for the great pattern! I keep coming back to it and making flowers for all occasions.

  4. I’ve been looking all night for a flower pattern to attach to slippers. I love this one, especially how the overlapping flowers are all done as one piece. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  5. I’m so excited! This is the exact look and size I needed for my wedding. I had this vision of the guys in the wedding posse wearing crocheted roses and this is perfect! You have even given me the idea of making it for everyone! headbands! Ponytails! Yay!!!

    Thank you!

  6. yay! your wedding! that’s super exciting! so happy to hear that you find the roses useful! happy crocheting and wedding planning :D

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