Friday, February 8, 2013

African Flower Square Tutorial


Pattern: Made in K-Town by Barbara

inspired by the African Flower Hexagon by Lounette Fourie & Anita Rossouw
 
Please respect my rights as designer: do not sell, share, translate, or publish any parts of my patterns (including pictures) online or elsewhere without my permission. Do not claim this pattern as your own. Feel free to sell the finished items you’ve made from my pattern! If you do, a link-back to my blog www.made-in-k-town.blogspot.de would be great. Thank you!


Material:

For my square I used small amounts of Rico Essentials Cotton DK and a 3.5mm hook. My square measures 11.5 cm (4.5") but the size will vary depending on the yarn and hook you use.

Some general notes:

For this pattern I use US crochet terms. We’ll need the following stitches: chain stitch (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), treble (tr), and spike single crochet (or "long" sc). The spike sc's are explained below, please use the pictures as a help, too.

I did NOT write down the chains at the beginning of each round: for the first stitch in every round, work chains (e.g. 3 chains for the first dc) OR start with a “standing stitch” i.e. join the new color with a slip knot or a simple loop ON YOUR HOOK and just work the first sc or dc as usual. Join rounds with a sl st.

1st Round: start with a magic ring and work *2dc, ch-1* eight times inside the ring (8 dc-2 groups, 16 dc's). (Tip: Alternatively you can work dc-2-togs instead of the dc-2 groups)

 

2nd Round: with a new color work *3dc, ch-1* in each ch1-space around (8x3 dc's)

 

3rd Round: with a new color work *2dc, ch-2, 2dc* in every ch1-space (8 shells)

 

4th Round: work 7 dc's in every ch2-space around. (56 dc's, no ch-spaces!) (Tip: I like this motif best, when the 3rd and 4th round are worked in the same color)

 

5th Round: with a new color work sc's in every dc around, with spike-sc's between the shells of the 3rd round. (For the spike-sc (or "long" sc), insert your hook into the little space between the shells of round 3, pull up a loop to the height of your current working round, yarn over and pull through the two loops on your hook.)

 

In the 6th Round we have to square the flower: join your new color with a standing hdc (or ch-2) in any spike-sc. Then work *sc's into the next 4 sc's, 1 hdc into the next sc, dc's into the next 2 sc's, (1tr, ch-3, 1tr) into the next spike-sc, dc's into the next 2 sc's, 1 hdc into the next sc, sc's into the next 4 sc's, 1 hdc into the next spike-sc* and repeat around (omitting the last hdc) until the end of the round.

  
 

7th Round: work dc's in every stitch around, with *2dc, ch-2, 2dc* in the corner-spaces of the previous round. Fasten off, weave in the ends, and you're done!!

 


If you've got any questions, or find errors in this pattern, please let me know!

I'd also like to see your finished African Flower Squares or projects made with them, so feel free to leave a comment with a link to your blog or flickr picture :)

Enjoy!!

Want to see more African Flower Squares? Check out the Project Gallery on Ravelry!


 

78 comments:

  1. Whoohooo! Linking immediately to my friends at www.facebook/groups/onshekel.
    Thank you :-)

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  2. Brilliant! Thanks so much...lovely tutorial too. Hugs, Jill x

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  3. Barbara, this square is so beautiful! Can be used in afghan or scarf! Thanks for sharing the pattern:)

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  4. Wow, that was quick! Thank you Barbara :)

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  5. Oh is so beautiful!!
    Thanks Barbara :)

    Have a great weekend!

    Lluisa x

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  6. Thank you for sharing the tutorial with the African Flower made into a square. It's just lovely!

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  7. it's lovely, thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. I love your African flower Barbara. I love the colors too. Thanks so much for the tutorial=)

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  9. I love the African Flower pattern and I am sooo happy to see the directions for turning it into a square! I have always made it as a hex. Thank you! Thank you! :)

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  10. Muchas gracias Bárbara, genial la explicación, eres encantadora :)

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  11. Adoro questa piastrella!
    Complimenti per il tutorial.
    Grazie 100000

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  12. It's beautiful Barbara, thanks for sharing :)

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  13. As if you read my mind...I was thinking if there was an African Flower in a square instead of an hexagon...and here I see your post. It is so pretty!!! Thanks for sharing...
    ♥ Ana BC

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  14. Thanks for sharing! I was just looking for one of these on the www - I'll share pictures of yours when I'm done :).

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  15. I've had a a stack of African flowers sitting around in the shop since last July but they are definitely becoming squares and then a blanket now!

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  16. Thanks so much for this beautiful tutorial....can't wait to get started!

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  17. Teşekkürler arkadaşım eline sağlık ben çok faydalandı görüşmek üzere mutlu hafta sonu diler sevgiler.

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  18. Beautiful !!!
    Thnaks for sharing...
    Have a nice weekend.
    Anna

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  19. Thanks for the tutorial. The squares look lovely!

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  20. So pretty! Your color combinations are perfect! I was never really interested in the African Flower pattern, but...you have changed my mind! :) I'm in between projects at the moment so.. I am heading to my stash to choose colors. Thank you so much! Have a terrific week. penny x

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  21. Your square is beautiful! I love the single row of color around the flower:@)

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  22. Beautiful! I love your color choices! Got here from Moogly's Hookin on Hump day and pinned your pattern! Thanks for taking the time to share with us!!

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  23. Hello.. I think these are really beautiful and thanks so much for the tutorial, very easy to understand and follow.. :)

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  24. Hi! I featured you on Make Something Mondays today! Come take a peek! And thanks for linking up this awesome post! :)

    ~ Sarah
    http://sarahndipities.indiemade.com/blog/make-something-monday-link-party-71

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  25. Wow, this is so beautiful! And you have an excellent photo tutorial. Thanks for sharing at Hookin On Hump Day!

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  26. Thank you for this! I've crocheted 96 hexagons in shades of pink and red, and suddenly realised that I shod have kneed as I was going. This pattern means I can now turn the hexagons into squares and make a blanket for my 5 year old that looks like a garden bed :)

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  27. Congratulations on being featured on Hookin On Hump Day! :D

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  28. Thank you Barbara, I really love these squares! Great tutorial!

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  29. Gorgeous! I looooooove it!
    Thanks for sharing!
    I loooove your blog and I am you now follower!
    Kisses from Catalonia!

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  30. Dear Barbara, thank you so much for your beautiful pattern that you wanted to share with us.
    Dear greetings from The Netherlands
    Geerte,

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  31. Beautiful,,, I can see this as a sweet baby blanket!

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  32. Hi Barbara,

    Very pretty flower square ~ thanks for sharing :)

    Kindly, Lorraine

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  33. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. I have just completed it in blues and white and am very pleased with it. I shall put a picture of it, with a link to your blog, on facebook tomorrow. Thank you :)

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  34. Aww! I love it! Growing up I used to make them a lot with my older sisters and cousins. Seeing it made me want to make it again. I wanted to try as close as yours, may be:-) Thank you for sharing. New follower!

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  35. Hi
    I made the Granny Somalia and my own version:
    Junio 2012: Spanish and English
    http://knittingandcrocheting-club.blogspot.com.es/2012/06/african-flower-granny-somalia-granny.html
    Greetings
    GREAT BLOG Congratulations

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  36. Thank You for sharing this post. I LOVE IT! It's so beautiful!
    I want to make a lot of these and turn them into an afghan for my self.

    Thanks Again...you are so creative. And the color combinations are awesome!

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  37. I was wondering how much yarn would I need to buy to make a baby blanket.
    This is lovely pattern and your tutorial is excellent! Thank you!!

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  38. j' adore c' est sublime de beaux chois de couleurs sympa bravo biz je me suis inscrite a ta news si tu veux faire de même chez moi pas de soucis

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  39. Love this have already shared on my fb page thanks for shareing! X

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  40. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have seen this square before, but other instructions made no sense. I whipped this one up in a breeze with your tutorial, and love the way it looks. I am on my way to a lovely afghan thanks to you. Bless you.

    Nikki

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  41. thnxxxxx i have used it in this blog
    http://creaties-jenneke.blogspot.nl/2013/06/african-flower-omslagdoek-is-klaarpost.html

    greetz jenneke

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  42. Hi Barbara, I just wanted to pop in to say, "Thank You" for the gorgeous African Flower Square pattern!! I love, love, love it! :) I just completed a sample square using lime green, lavender, yellow and white cotton thread and it is beautiful! My brain is on over-drive with excitement to use this pattern in a Kazillion ways for Christmas gifts this year. YAY!!!! Again thank you so much and I hope you are having a wonderful summer! penny x

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  43. Just gorgeous - you crochet beautifully

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  44. Hi,

    I love your pattern. I'm organising a Crochet A-Long (CAL) and I'd like to use this pattern for one of the blocks we're making if you don't mind?

    I will, of course, give you full credit and link to this page for the pattern.

    Thanks

    Bev

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    1. Hi Beverley! Yes, of course you can use my pattern, I'm glad you like it! Maybe you can send me the link to your CAL so I can check out your progress! :)

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  45. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern and tutorial for this cute motif.

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  46. Any chance you could give the number of yards or meters you used for each square?

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  47. Hello!
    First of all, thank you for a wonderful pattern, is currently crocheting a bedspread from these boxes to my daughter.

    I wonder if it is possible for me to translate your designs into Swedish and share with my blog readers? Have many readers who are really eager to crochet for your pattern but can not read English descriptions. Obviously, I will link to you and your pattern and give you credit for the work!

    Please let me know if it is okay or not.
    Thanks in advance!

    My blog; http://saannisdesign.blogg.se/

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    1. Hi Sanna!
      Yes, it's okay for me if you translate the pattern to Swedish with a link-back to my page!

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  48. Thank you Barbara, your patterns are beautiful and easy to follow, even for a novice like me.

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  49. Oh can we sell products using this flower if we link back to you?

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    1. Hello! Yes, when you link back to my site, I'm okay with you selling finished items. Thanks for asking!

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  50. Thank you for this pattern! I am starting a blanket using these squares for my soon-(very soon!)-to-be step-daughter! I can't wait to see how it turns out!

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  51. I love how beautiful your design are yet they are simple to follow. Thank you!! I hope to feature you on,y blog soon! I know there's a lot re people that will be thrilled to have found it :)

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    1. Dear Barbara, I am using this as part of my Crochet Mood Blanket 2014, I have written up a quick post on my blog about it. Would love more of the crochet community to join :) www.theartofeman.blogspot.com

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  52. Thanks for this great pattern. I use ist for the moodblanket2014 and all people who sees my squares ask me for the pattern. I always give your link and I think there will be many blankets at the end of the year with "your" africanflower.

    Greets from Germany,
    Ina

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  53. Moest echt even lang zoeken. Had al een aantal granny's gemaakt, maar was het patroon vergeten. Maar het is weer terecht.

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  54. Hi i was wondering how much yarn i would need to make a bedspread of your pattern of african flowers squares

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  55. Hola, muchas gracias por compartir, no tenia claro como se podia hacer de forma cuadrada. Estoy haciendo una manta con flores africanas, aunque he terminado otra de muchos colores, espero que la veas en mi blog. Un saludo

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  56. Thank you for posting this! The way you photography, diagram and explain this pattern is excellent. You make it extremely easy to follow and understand the stitch placement.

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  57. your pattern is beautiful and I will surely use it ! TY very much for sharing !

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  58. Is it ok to post an Afghan I made from your pattern, as long as I give you credit for the pattern and post a link back here?

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  59. Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!! easy to follow tutorial Thank so much xxxx

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  60. Thank you for the pattern. I have been looking for this.

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  61. So gorgeous! Is it OK with you if I g+ it? I just love your blog! Thank you so much for sharing while also teaching with the tutorial. I so appreciate your hard work! ��

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  62. How complicated is this? And how big are the finished squares? I'm fairly new to crocheting, so how hard is it?

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  63. JUST GOT IT MADE AND I LOVE IT. I CAME HERE FROM KNOT YOU NANA'S CROCHET. WE ARE HAVING A CAL AND THIS IS ONE OF THE SQUARES WE ARE MAKING. THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

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  64. Thanks for explaining this technique - I'm now madly creating squares! Hope you don't mind, but I added a link to your post from my blog?

    SueH at The Knitting Assassin!

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  65. Hi Barbara,
    How do you hide leftover yarns behind the square please? :) Thanks,
    Gizem

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  66. I live this pattern. Thank you so much for sharing it. I would live to make one for my daughter as a wedding present. What colors and type if yarn did you use and how many skeins would you recommend for a large afghan? I am in LOVE with all the possibilities. Thanks again.

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  67. Doing the last steps with a 6 leafed african flower, you get a triangle :) fyi

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