Plumeria Lei Crochet Pattern

| Original: May 27, 2019


I can't get out of my head how much I love Hawaii. I guess that's why people often pick it as their destination for a getaway or honeymoon or maybe even a wedding!

Hawaiian Plumeria Lei Free Crochet Pattern

The islands of Hawaii are full of tourists, but they still manage to maintain so much of their own culture and ways of living, which I love.

My grandma also really likes Hawaii and has a friend that lives on the island. When I was younger, she said that she wanted me to marry off to Hawaii so she can come to live with me on the islands.

Hawaiian Plumeria Lei Free Crochet Pattern

Funny enough, Hanson actually has family that lives in Honolulu. You can't imagine how jealous I was. We didn't stay with them, but when they came to pick us up from the airport, they greeted us with leis! It was such a nice surprise and I love that Hawaiian tradition.

We were in Honolulu on May 1st, which is what they call their "Lei Day". The lei is widely celebrated with a whole bunch of activities like lei making, lei competitions, hula dances, etc. I am so glad that Hawaiian traditions get passed down from generation to generation.

Hawaiian Plumeria Lei Free Crochet Pattern

While I love Hawaii, I am not sure how much I would enjoy living there. They don't have any big-box craft stores! At least not from what I can tell during my short stay there. It would really bum me out not to have a place to buy my craft supplies.

When I came back home from my vacation, all I could think about was Hawaii. I really wish that I could have brought home a fresh lei, but obviously, that wouldn't last very long. So, I made myself one that would last forever!

Hawaiian Plumeria Lei Free Crochet Pattern

I chose to make a plumeria lei because it's one of the most popular flowers in Hawaii for its large blossoms and assortment of colors. The Plumeria is also one of the more fragrant types of flowers.

Hawaiian Plumeria Lei Free Crochet Pattern


  • Traditional leis are about 12-18" in length.
  • The lei is worked in a spiral but it creates an illusion of individual flowers strung together
  • You can try to make a shorter one as a flower crown!

Hawaiian Plumeria Lei Free Crochet Pattern

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Hawaiian Plumeria Lei Free Crochet Pattern

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Stitches & Abbreviations

  • st/sts - stitch/stitches
  • ch - chain
  • sc - single crochet

Plumeria Lei Crochet Pattern

Using yellow yarn...
Ch 140-160 (depending on the length you want)
Row 1: Alternate 2 sc and 3 sc in each ch starting from the second ch from the hook until you reach the end of your foundation ch

Change to white yarn...
Row 2: Join with a standing single crochet st to the first st (on the "wrong side"), [ch 10, sc into the next 2 sts] x repeat until the end of your curl

Once you're finished, just tie/sew the two ends together. I decided to finish off my lei with an "unfinished loose pom-pom". I simply wrapped some yarn around a small pencil case and then tied it in the middle with some yarn scraps.

Hawaiian Plumeria Lei Free Crochet Pattern

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iliektofly said...

I'm having trouble with attaching the white yarn. I attach, chain 10 and sc in the next two but it looks drastically different from your pictures, any advice?

Juli Anne said...

Hey! It's a bit hard for me to know what it's looking like without a photo, but a key thing is that your yellow part needs to be all twisted/spiral in order to give it that illusion of multiple flowers later on.

Unknown said...

Hello, how do you get the white petals to bundle so cute? Mine turn out big, open and floppy, not very pretty.

Juli Anne said...

Hello! Are the yellow and white yarn you used for the project both the same weight? For mine, I think I just manually adjusted them with my hands and brushed it together once it was completed. Feel free to send me an email with photos if needed :)

katchiben said...

The same thing as the other commenters is happening to me too. I'm not sure if I'm misunderstanding the pattern? The white yarn chains just end up like big loops coming off the yellow curl, and doesn't make it look like a flower. I'm using the same exact yarns, just different colors. Am I misunderstanding? Thank you!

Juli Anne said...

Hello! I think this crochet lei is just one of those crochet patterns that you have to trust the process for. It doesn't look like much at the beginning but will eventually turn out looking like a lei. :)

Teddy Tanya said...

Hi Juli! I don't think Row 2 is accurate as others who have left comments are having trouble with making the white look fluffy and close together (myself included). It looks better and similar to yours in the pictures if it was chain 7 and sc into the next two stitches. It's not exact, but it looks better than chaining 10. Ch 10 makes the "petals" look to long. As someone from Hawai'i, I do appreciate you trying to make a plumeria lei, as I have not seen a pattern for it yet!

Juli Anne said...

Hello! I've found that the type of yarn you're using matters too. I used a pretty lightweight acrylic yarn, so maybe that's why it didn't seem so big/floppy. you can try making the less chains and see if that would stay better.

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