Thursday, February 23, 2017

Free Pattern -- Flower Power Granny Square Quilt


Granny square afghans have always been a favorite of mine; not only are they colorful, but they satisfy my thrifty nature. 

As a child of parents who were young adults during the Great Depression, "use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without" was more than a saying--it was a way of life.

I made this afghan to use up the leftovers from other knitting projects. As I worked, I jotted down the steps I took so that I could share the pattern with you.


This is what I call the "Rose block". I prepared the samples with just one color of yarn so that you could easily see the stitches and how the blocks are made.










This is the "Daisy Block". 






And this is a close-up of the afghan.



To complete this project you will need to know how to create a chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet. Just those three stitches.
Here are the directions for completing the two blocks:

Abbreviations:
SC – single crochet
DC – double crochet
YO – yarn over

Materials:
Worsted-weight yarn in colors of your choice
Crochet hook size G


Block with 6-Pointed Rose in Center
Chain 6. Join with slip stitch to form ring.

ROW 1 - Chain 3 (counts as first DC), then work 2 DC, holding back last loop of each stitch. YO and pull through all loops as once to form a cluster stitch. *Chain 5, create cluster stitch by working 3 DC in next stitch, holding back last loop of each DC. YO and pull through all loops at once to form a cluster stitch. Repeat from * 4 more times. End with Chain 5 and join at top of first cluster stitch. Change yarn to different color.

ROW 2 - Slip stitch to first Chain 5 loop. Chain 3 (counts as first DC). Work 4 more DC’s in Chain 5 loop. *Chain 1. Work 5C’s in next Chain 5 loop. Repeat from * 4 times more. Chain 1 and join at top of first Chain 3. Change yarn to different color.

ROW 3 – Slip stitch in any stitch. Chain 3 (counts as first DC). Work 1 DC in each DC in the round below and 2 DC in each Chain 1 loop. Join with slip stitch at end of round. (42 stitches) Change yarn to different color.

ROW 4 – Slip stitch in any stitch to begin round. *SC in the first 2 stitches; 2 SC in next stitch. Repeat from * all around to complete row.  Join with slip stitch to join. (56 stitches). Change yarn to background color.

ROW 5 – Slip stitch in any stitch to begin round. Chain 3 (counts as first DC). Work 1 DC in each of the next 2 stitches. Chain 1, 1 DC in each of the next 3 stitches. *Chain 4, skip next stitch. *Work 1 DC in each of the next 3 stitches, chain 1, 1 DC in each of the next 3 stitches. Repeat from * 4 times. Chain 4. Slip stitch to join. Break off.


Block with 12-Pointed Daisy in Center
Chain 6. Join with slip stitch to form ring. Chain 1.

ROW 1 – Work 12 SC in ring. Join with slip stitch to join. Change yarn to different color.

ROW 2 – Chain 5 (counts as 1 DC and chain 2). *1 DC in next stitch, chain 1. Repeat from * 10 times. Chain 1. Slip stitch to join. Chain yarn to different color.

ROW 3 – Slip stitch to first chain 2 loop. Chain 3, then work 2 DC in same stitch, holding back last loop of each stitch. YO and pull through all loops as once to form a cluster stitch. *Chain 4, create cluster stitch by working 3 DC in next stitch, holding back last loop of each DC. YO and pull through all loops at once to form a cluster stitch. Repeat from * 10 more times. End with Chain 4 and slip stitch in top of first cluster stitch to join. Change yarn to different color.

ROW 4 – Slip stitch in any chain 4 loop. Work 4 SC in each loop. Slip stitch to join. Change yarn to background color.

ROW 5  – Slip stitch in any stitch to begin round. Chain 3 (counts as first DC). Work 1 DC in each of the next 2 stitches. Chain 1, 1 DC in each of the next 3 stitches. *Chain 4, skip next stitch. *Work 1 DC in each of the next 3 stitches, chain 1, 1 DC in each of the next 3 stitches. Repeat from * 4 times. Chain 4. Slip stitch to join. Break off.

A granny afghan can be made any size--from lap quilt up to California King bed (if you're really ambitious). Here is a layout of the afghan I made--in each hexagon R stands for the "Rose block" and D stands for the "Daisy block".


To complete the afghan you can sew the blocks together, or join the blocks as you complete Round 5

You may single crochet around all 4 sides of your completed afghan to create a smooth, finished edge, or if you want your afghan to look like my example, use the chevron method to add 6 rows of single crochet for a wide border.

Good luck! 

2 comments:

  1. I love afghans! They remind me of simpler times, but they are just too cool for words. :)

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  2. Thanks Bill. I still have the one my mom made 50+ years ago. Have a great weekend my friend.

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