Maybe Matilda: Flower Garden Granny Square

Monday, November 3, 2014

Flower Garden Granny Square

Today I am excited to be joining The Blog Hop Crochet Along! Nine other bloggers and I are teaming up to share a new afghan square pattern every day for a month. Crochet along with us and you will have a gorgeous new afghan just in time for the holiday season!

Here's how it is going to work:

  • Every day (M-F) a new square pattern will be posted on one of our ten blogs. 
  • You can join in the fun by crocheting each day's square on that day whenever you have time.
  • Share your progress and post photos of your squares in our facebook group.
  • By the end of the Crochet Along you will have twenty 12" squares all ready to be pieced together into a beautiful afghan just in time for the holiday season.
  • Finally, we will be hosting some fabulous giveaways! You could win Lion Brand yarn to make your own afghan, $100 CASH money, OR our COMPLETED AFGHAN! That's right, we are going to be piecing all of our squares together and shipping an afghan out to one very lucky winner.


Hopeful Honey - Persia Lou - Little Monkeys Crochet 

Fiber Flux - Loopsan One Dog Woof - Maybe Matilda

Dream a Little Bigger - Whistle & Ivy  - Gleeful Things 

We would love if you crocheted along with us. If you'd like to add a button to your blog or website you can grab this one here:
The Blog Hop Crochet Along


Today I am sharing the Flower Garden square. You can find links to all the other patterns at the end of this post. The links will be updated daily!

Flower Garden Granny Square pattern // www.maybematilda.com


A talented gardener I am not. Once, while moaning about my black thumb to my sister (who spent a few summers working at a local nursery), she recommended I get a succulent, claiming they were nearly impossible to kill, and surely their hardiness would make them the perfect houseplant for me and my lack of gardening ability. You know what I had a few weeks later? A dead succulent.


Since I seem doomed to never have a real, live flower garden to enjoy, I’ve made a crochet version instead, with plentiful blooms, a blue-gray sky, and puffy cheerful little clouds. I’ll try not to find a way to kill it.


Flower Garden Granny Square pattern // www.maybematilda.com


It starts with a simple ‘filler’ or solid square, then the flowers and clouds are appliqued on top. It’s a fun way to add some color and dimension to a blanket.


Flower Garden Granny Square
I used a J hook and Lion Brand Wool-Ease yarn to make my 12” square. I crochet rather loosely, so you may want to take this into account when planning your square. With this pattern, you can easily add extra rows or leave rows off to reach your desired square size.


Ch 4, join with sl st to form circle.


1: Ch 5 (this will count as first dc and ch2). (DC 3 into circle, ch 2) three times. Work 2 dc into ring and join with a sl st to the 3rd chain of starting ch 5.


2: Sl st into the ch sp. Ch 5 and dc 2 into the same ch sp. *Dc into the next 3 sts, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in the ch sp. Repeat from * three times, then dc into the last 3 sts, dc in the ch sp.  Join with a sl st to 3rd ch of ch 5.


3: Sl st into the ch sp. Ch 5, dc 2 into the same ch sp. *Dc into the next 7 sts, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in the ch sp. Repeat from * three times, then dc into the last 7 sts, dc in the ch sp.  Join with a sl st to 3rd ch of ch 5.


4: Sl st into the ch sp. Ch 5, dc 2 into the same ch sp. *Dc into the next 11 sts, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in the ch sp. Repeat from * three times, then dc into the last 11 sts, dc in the ch sp.  Join with a sl st to 3rd ch of ch 5.


5: Sl st into the ch sp. Ch 5, dc 2 into the same ch sp. *Dc into the next 15 sts, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in the ch sp. Repeat from * three times, then dc into the last 15 sts, dc in the ch sp.  Join with a sl st to 3rd ch of ch 5.


6: Sl st into the ch sp. Ch 5, dc 2 into the same ch sp. *Dc into the next 19 sts, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in the ch sp. Repeat from * three times, then dc into the last 19 sts, dc in the ch sp.  Join with a sl st to 3rd ch of ch 5.


7: Sl st into the ch sp. Ch 5, dc 2 into the same ch sp. *Dc into the next 23 sts, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in the ch sp. Repeat from * three times, then dc into the last 23 sts, dc in the ch sp.  Join with a sl st to 3rd ch of ch 5.


8: Sl st into the ch sp. Ch 5, dc 2 into the same ch sp. *Dc into the next 27 sts, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in the ch sp. Repeat from * three times, then dc into the last 27 sts, dc in the ch sp.  Join with a sl st to 3rd ch of ch 5.


9: Sl st into the ch sp. Ch 5, dc 2 into the same ch sp. *Dc into the next 31 sts, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in the ch sp. Repeat from * three times, then dc into the last 31 sts, dc in the ch sp.  Join with a sl st to 3rd ch of ch 5. Fasten off and weave in ends.


Flowers:
These are the same flowers I used on my camera strap cover tutorial, so visit this link if you’d like to see a photo tutorial. You can easily vary the sizes of the finished flowers by using different size hooks for your flowers.


Start with magic ring. Ch 1, sc 1 into ring.


(Ch 1, 2 dc in ring, ch 1, sc in ring) 5 times. Sl st to join first and last petals, pull starting yarn tail to tighten ring, and use tail to sew flower to the square.


Clouds:
To make the clouds, we’ll start with a chain and crochet across it, working into just one loop, then turn the chain and work back along in the opposite direction, working into the remaining loops. This pattern is for the larger cloud; to create the smaller cloud, I simply started with a chain half the length, and left out a few ‘bumps’ as needed.


Ch 11, work 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across, work 3 sc in last ch. Turn chain to work back across opposite side. Sc across, and sl st to start to join.


Ch 1, work 2 sc in each of the first 3 st, sc in next 8 st, work 2 sc in each of next 3 st, sc in next 10 st, sl st to join.


Ch 1, sc in same st. Sk next st, 5 dc in next, sk st, sl st in next, sk st, 4 hdc in next, sk st, sl st in next. Sk 2, 6 trc in next, sk 2 st, sl st in next. (Sk 1, work 5 dc in next, sk 1, sl st in next) twice. Sk 1, work 4 hdc in next, sk 1, sl st in next. Sk 2, 6 trc in next, sk 2, sl st to join. Fasten off, and use yarn tail to attach to square.


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