I think I am a little late in the game on this one, but thought I would share. Have you ever heard of an Adjustable Magic Ring for crocheting? I hadn't until I created Muno for my son. It is a way to start a project in the round without creating that itty bitty hole ( that sometimes looks huge on some projects!)
In playing with making the crocheted flowers, I whipped one up just like the pattern said, and then one with the Adjustable Magic Ring. Can you tell the difference?