CROCHET PATTERNS (Flower Crochet Pattern #90 Carline Thistle) – 365 Crochet Flowers Bouquet Project


Carline Thistle (Carlina vulgaris) is a genus of thistles native to Europe, North Africa and Asia. It is a self-fertile biennial plant growing up to half a meter and flowering from July to October. It grows on poor soils especially on chalk, on dry banks and meadows.

The flower head, about 2-3cm is surrounded by many rows of straw-coloured bracts. The florets turn into long, hairy fruits that break off easily.

How to Crochet a Carline Thistle Flower?


Carline Thistle Crochet Flower

Carline Thistle photo from Wikimedia

Carline Thistle flower crochet pattern

Crochet Yarn

  • Embroidery cotton (6strands) colour A = yellow, colour B = green.

Crochet Hook

  • 1mm steel hook, 1.75 mm steel hook.

Details of components

  • large flower head with long hairy fruits
  • multiple rows of straw-coloured bracts all around the flower head.

Crochet Flower Pattern

Crochet Flower headCarline Thistle make pom-pom

I decided to make a pom-pom as the flower head. Instead of the light beige, straw-like colour, I’m going to use a pale yellow. I'll use a couple of card discs with outer diameter of ~2inches and inner diameter of 3/4inch.Carline Thistle making pom-pom

Wrap colour A around the card discs loosely about 60 times. Cut the yarn, cut between the two discs, while holding the discs tightly. Cut a piece of yarn and slide it between the two discs, pull and thigh with a couple of knots.

The pom-pom is ready.Carline Thistle pom-pom

Next, we’ll make one row of bracts.

Start: using A and 1.75mm hook, make 13ch, join in ring with sl st, 1chCarline Thistle crocheted bracts

R1: 20sc in the ring, join with sl st, 1ch

R2: (1sc in the next sc in the ring, 7ch, skip 1st ch and make 7sl st) repeat 20 times = 20 bracts.

Crochet Calyx

Start: using B and 1.75mm hook, make 3ch, join with sl st, 1ch continue

R1: 4sc in ring, join with sl st, and work in spiral 16sc, 1ch

R2: make 2sc in each of the 4sc = 8sc, join with sl st, 1ch

R3: 8sc, join with sl st, 1ch

R4: (2sc in next sc, 1sc in the next sc) x 4 = 12 sts, join with sl st, 1ch

R5: 12sc, join with sl st, 1ch

R6: (2sc in next sc, 1sc in the next 2sc) x 4 = 16 sts, join with sl st, 1ch

R7: 16sc, join with sl st, 1ch

R8: sameCarline Thistle crocheted calyx

R9: same

R10: same. Turn and work on WS.

R11: [make in next sc 1sc, 4ch, skip 1st ch, 1sl st, 3sc, sl st in next sc] repeat 8 times = 8 sepals. Fasten off B.

For the spikes that cover the calyx we’re going to thread in loops of yarn and tie a knot.

AssemblyCarline Thistle attach pom-pom to ring

Attach the puff to the bracts’ ring (stitch or glue). Fill in the calyx with poly-fill and attach the bracts’ ring.

Carline Thistle stuffed calyx Carline Thistle attach calyx


This is it!  The flower crochet pattern is ready!

Crochet Carline Thistle Carline Thistle crochet flower

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