CROCHET PATTERNS (Crochet Flower Pattern #126 Kowhai) – 365 Crochet Flowers Bouquet Project


About Kowhai

Kowhai (Sophora tetraptera), also known as the New Zealand Laburnum is a bushy evergreen growing beside river streams and on edges of forests. Reaching over 12ft in height, the plant has attractive foliage – 1ft leaves made up of many small, oval leaflets.

The yellow flowers are borne in trusses hanging down from the drooping branches. They have a tubular shape and are about 2inch long. The name kowhai comes from the Maori word for yellow, representing the colour of the flowers. Kowhai is regarded as the unofficial national flower of New Zealand.

How to Crochet a Kowhai Flower?


Kowhai Crochet Flower Pattern

Kowhai photo from Wikimedia

Kowhai crochet flower pattern

Crochet Yarn

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

Crochet Hook

  • 1.75 mm steel hook.

Details of components

  • yellow, tubular flowers 2 inch long (2 narrow long petals, 2 narrow shorter petals, 1 wide shorter petal)
  • long leaves made of small, oval leaflets.

Crochet Flower Pattern

Crochet Flower CentreKowhai crochet narrow long petal

Start: using colour A and 1.75m hook, make 3ch, join with sl st and work in the ring

R1: 1 narrow long petal: (17ch, skip 1st ch, 2sc, 2hdc, 2dc, 3tr, 4dtr, 1tr, 1dc, 1sc, 1sl st in the ring);

1 narrow short petal: (12ch, skip 1st ch, 2sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 2tr, 2dtr, 1tr, 1dc, 1sc, 1sl st in the ring);Kowhai crochet narrow short petal

1 wide short petal: (12ch, skip 1st ch, 11sc, turn on WS and make 1sl st in the ring, 1ch, turn and make: 2sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 2tr, 2dtr, 2tr, 1dc, make 3sc on the tip of petal, pivot and mirror on the other edge: 1dc, 2tr, 2dtr, 2tr, 1dc, 1hdc, 2sc, 1sl st in the ring); continue with another narrow short petal and finish with another narrow long petal = 5 petals in the ring, fasten off A.

Kowhai crochet wide short petal Kowhai crochet petals

Fold in the petals: first the long ones, next the shorter narrow and finish with the wide petal that wraps over the others.

Kowhai petals fold Kowhai petals fold

Stem and Calyx Kowhai stem and half calyx

Start: using colour B, 12ch, skip 1st make 11sc, make 4ch, join with sl st, 1ch

R1: 6sc, join with sl st, 1ch

R2: (2sc, 2sc in next sc) x 2 = 8sc, join with sl st, 1ch

R3: (1sc, 2sc in next sc) x 4 = 12sc, join with sl st, 1ch

R4: (2sc, 2sc in next sc) x 4 = 16sc, join with sl st, 1ch

R5: *: 1sc, 2hdc, 2dc, 2hdc, 1sc, 1ch, turnKowhai stem and calyx

8sc, 1ch, turn

5sc, 1hdc, 2dc, 3sl st on the edge to get back to the calyx = 1 sepal. Repeat from * to make a second sepal. Fasten off B.

Place the folded petals inside the calyx and sew them together.


LeavesKowhai leaflet

Start: tie in colour C at the end of stem, make 5ch

R1: * 6ch, skip 1st ch, 5sc, pivot over, make 1sl st, 2dc, 1sc, 3sc on the tip of leaf, pivot, 1sc, 2dc, 1sl st, 1sl st at base of leaflet, 3ch) = 1 leaflet. Repeat from * to make two more leaflets; we pivot and continue with the second side of leaflets: 1 sl st, 1 leaflet, 4sl st, 1 leaflet, 7sl st to reach the stem in colour B.

Kowhai crochet leaflets


This is it!  The crochet flower pattern is ready!

Kowhai crochet flower pattern Sophora tetraptera crochet pattern

All photographs and crochet patterns instructions are the copyright of Meli Bondre. All patterns are for your personal use only.

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Happy Crocheting!


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2 Responses to CROCHET PATTERNS (Crochet Flower Pattern #126 Kowhai) – 365 Crochet Flowers Bouquet Project

  1. zahra says:

    thanks for the pattern.

    i want to make products out of this pattern and sell it. is it ok?

  2. Francesca says:

    Lovely to see a pattern for a New Zealand native flower. I’m hoping you may have more. The kowhai are in full bloom now as they’re an early Spring flower 🙂

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