CROCHET PATTERNS (Flower Crochet Pattern #96 Nigella damascena) – 365 Crochet Flowers Bouquet Project


Love-in-a-mist flower crochet pattern

Nigella damascena also called Love-in-a-mist or Ragged-Lady is an annual flowering plant native to southern Europe, north Africa and southwest Asia. It is a popular garden flower in Ireland and in English cottage gardens it’s been grown since Elizabethan times.

The flowers come in many shades of blue, or in white, pink and purple surrounded by feathery leaves. In the centre of the flower there is a compound pistil made out of 4-5 erect carpels. The petals, located at the base of the stamens are green and the sepals, which are the coloured part of the flower, can be between 5 or 25, depending on the variety.

How to Crochet a Nigella damascena flower?


Crochet Nigella damascena flower

Nigella Damascena photo from Wikimedia

 Nigella Damascena crochet pattern

Crochet Yarn

  • Crochet cotton Size 5 colour A = multi blue
  • Embroidery cotton (6strands) colour B = green
  • Embroidery cotton (3strands) colour C = green.

Crochet Hook

  • 1mm steel hook, 1.75 mm steel hook.

Details of components

  • flowers with many blue-coloured sepals, a compound pistil, tiny green  petals and stamens
  • feathery leaves all around the flower head.

Crochet Flower Pattern

Crochet Sepals

The multi-row corolla is made out of many small blue sepals rolled up together.

Start: using A and 1.75mm hook

Crochet Sepals style 1 (5pcs.)Nigella Damascena crochet sepal style 1

R1: make 11ch, skip first 2ch, make sl st in the 3rd ch, 1sc, 1dc, 2tr, 1dc, 1hdc, 1sc, 1sl st. Continue with sepals style 2.

Crochet Sepals style 2 (7pcs.)Nigella Damascena crochet sepal style 2

R1: make 12ch, skip first 2ch, make sl st in the 3rd ch, 1sc, 1dc, 1tr, 1dtr, 1tr, 1dc, 1hdc, 1sc, 1sl st. Fasten off A.

Crochet PistilNigella Damascena crochet pistil

We’re going to crochet a tube for the pistil and 6 chains as the carpels at the end of the tube.

Start: using B and 1mm hook make 4ch, join with sl st, 1ch

R1: make 6sc in the ring, join with sl st, 1ch and continue working in spiral 18sc; turn on WS

R2: make (1sl st in next sc, 7ch, skip 1st ch, make 6sc) repeat 6 times = 6 carpels. Fasten off B.

Crochet StamensNigella Damascena stamens

Start: using C and 1mm hook make

R1: (5ch, skip 1st st, 1 small clone's knot, sl st in the next 4ch) repeat 9 times. Fasten off C.


Crochet LeavesNigella Damascena leaf

Start: using C and 1mm hook make

R1: 2ch, (12ch, skip 1st st, 4sl st, 5ch, skip 1st st, 7sl st, 4ch, skip 1st st, 5sl st) x 3; continue with 4sl st, (12ch, skip 1st st, 4sl st, 5ch, skip 1st st, 7sl st, 4ch, skip 1st st, 7sl st) x 2, 2sl st = 1 leaf.

Make 2 or 3 leaves. Fasten off C.

AssemblyNigella Damascena assemble sepals

Iron the sepals, then overlap them leaving an empty ring in the centre where we’re going to place the pistil.Nigella Damascena assembly

Wrap the stamens around the pistil, stitch together then place them all inside the sepals’ ring and stitch together. Stitch the leaves at the back of flower.


This is it!  The crochet flower pattern is ready!

Love-in-a-mist crochet pattern Nigella Damascena crochet pattern

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