I love the way that this calligraphy square turned out. The subtle colour combo I used to make it is also calling to me. I am not going to lie though — the design process was a little bit trickier! Getting those pretty flicks and …
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The Hannah Square was written especially for a CAL that Raelynn from Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’ asked me to join. She had this fabulous idea to have designers provide a 7″ AND 8″ square pattern of a favourite solid stitch which can then be put …
The Bouquet of Flowers Afghan CAL is here!
Last year lots of you loved the Friendship blanket so much. This year the designers were asking me to organise another one! So I did.
Why call it the Bouquet of Flowers Afghan?
It’s been a long autumn and winter here and I am desperately looking forward to the spring for the blooms to show themselves, lambing season (being a country girl at heart) and some warmer weather and sunshine! I am also eagerly waiting being able to hang my washing on the line in the garden!! I guess that is a sign of age LOL. So this year I picked the theme of flowers (last year was texture).
Every week we will release 3 squares for you to make. They will all measure 10″ (once finished and blocked if necessary) and in total there are 20 squares … I took onboard the feedback that last year with 41 squares it was a little long for some of you! As per last year, there is a variety of stitches and techniques so there should be something new for most of you during this CAL.
With 18 designers, 20 squares and 6 weeks of crocheting fun I hope you love this bouquet of flowers afghan as much as I do.
How it works:
- One new square will be released every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 28th Feb until mid April
- Most squares will be available as a free pdf and, if it is not going to be free usually, you will have a coupon code to get your copy.
- I will then share how I joined the squares and provide instructions for the boarder
- The most recent square will be the first on in the list below – under this will be all of the squares that have been released in order. You will click the photo of the square and make a note of the coupon code you will need. Then you will need to read the designer’s post (if they have a blog) and look for the following button
- If you cannot wait for the squares to be released and would like to get them all in one go a bundle is available for $12.99 using the button below. This works out at only $0.65 per square!
- Note: you have 7 days from purchase to raise any issues.
Additional help and support
If you would like additional help and support then please join our FB Community group by clicking on the button below and answering the 3 simple joining questions. Throughout this event we will be answering questions, going live to help and chat to you about each square.
Have you joined our mailing list?
If you would like an email each day a square is released so you don’t miss any of them you can sign up to our Events and CALs email. This is different from our standard newsletter – which you can sign up to with the pop up box when you access our blog, or add your details in the box in the footer!
Materials List for your Bouquet of Flowers CAL:
Note: this list contains affiliate links at no extra cost to you!
For my version I used:
- #3 weight yarn or cotton – I used Paintbox Simply DK in the following colour ways and amounts (note each skein is 302 yards so I used 2,200 yards approximately before joining):
- Grass Green – 3 skeins
- blush pink – 3 skeins
- lipstick pink – 2 skeins
- champagne white – 5 skeins (I also bordered all of my squares with this before joining)
- buttercup yellow – 2 skeins
- Hooks – from 3mm to 6mm
- Stitch Markers – guaranteed you will need at least 4 of these (regardless of skill level)!
- tapestry needle
The Bouquet of Flowers CAL bundle will be always be available to purchase.
Iris Stitch Square by Sunflower Cottage Crochet
Kicking off the CAL is this iris stitch square. Let’s ease you in … If you can chain and double crochet then you can make this square!
Blog post includes written, photo and video tutorials.
COUPON CODE – PRETTY
Mitered Tulips Square by Made by Gootie
This square was such a fun one to make. The mitered technique was a little different for me which I loved!
If your gauge isn’t quite right with this one it is easy to adjust by adding rows or removing rows.
Coupon code: CORNERTULIP
Sweet Flora Square by Green Fox Farms Designs
The Sweet Flora Square is a beautiful sampler square with elegant shapes and beautiful puff stitches. It is worked in the round using simple stitch combinations to create a variety of textures and floral lines within the square.
Coupon Code – not needed! You will be taken to another page on Lisa’s blog where there is a direct download!
Tulip Fields Square by Crochets by Trista
This square is so pretty. I love the way that it looks like the flowers are hanging in the square.
The outside of this one also makes it very easy to add or subtract rounds to get to 10″ if you have issues with gauge.
Coupon Code: Bouquet
The Anthea Square by The Loophole Fox
I had so much fun with this square. It is a bit more of an intermediate pattern compared to what we have had so far but Shannon has some fabulous photo tutorials in her pattern to help you out with the ‘trickier’ bits!
Coupon Code: no code needed – direct download from blog
The Ornamental Garden Square by Sunflower Cottage Crochet
This pattern is suitable for advanced beginners / intermediate crocheters. It uses the V stitch, puff stitch and a couple of other techniques.
I do however have a left and right handed video tutorial for the whole pattern available to help you through it if you want to give it a go.
Please note that I do not slow down for the easy parts e.g. DC in next 4 sts but I do show you the more difficult stitches at a slower pace!
Coupon Code – BUDS
The Tudor Rose Square by Fosbas Designs
We have some absolutely stunning designs coming up, and this one is absolutely gorgeous! Susanna is such a talented designer.
Click the photo to be taken to the blog post
Coupon code – not needed!
Olivia’s Square by Wheat State Wool Co
I enjoyed making this square. It has a lot of beautiful texture that I think you will love too! It is inspired by a Topeka rose garden.
The leaf stitch took me a second to fathom, but only a second!
Coupon Code – Olivia
Clematis Flower Square from Jo’s Crafty Hook
This beautiful lacy design will work up quickly and looks fantastic once it is blocked. The flower in the centre is really pretty.
Jo has a good photo step by step in her blog post and on the pdf.
Coupon Code: CN/A – this one is now available as a free pattern on the designer’s blog
The Blooming Square by Crafting Each Day
Suzanne has chosen a slightly different technique to create the flowers on this square, but it is just adorable!
I love the way that the subtle stripes of colour break up the background on this one.
Coupon Code – BLOOMING
Papavero Square by ChristaCo Design
This square is just beautiful … or should I say simply elegant?
The Papavero Square is an easy double crochet blanket square with a poppy flower slip stitched on to the center. Both the flower and square are easy to make and customize to your colors and decor.
Coupon Code – PAPAVERO
Dahlia Square by Through the Loop Yarn Craft
The Dahlia Square is designed with a variety of stitches to add beautiful texture for a full floral look. Use one or more colours to really add personality to each square!
This square is gorgeous. I used green for the centre and last round and yellow for the double crochet section.
Coupon Code DAHLIA22
Springtime Blooming Granny Square by Cosy Rosie UK
There is nothing better than a flower to brighten someone’s day and raise a smile on their face. This 3D square is a perfect addition to any square blanket with it’s pretty petals and luscious leaves.
This design also made me realise that I need to use the spike stitch in some of my designs LOL
Coupon Code – This square is only available va the Designer’s blog post and video tutorial now.
Patchwork Blossom Square by Crochet Cloudberry
Cat is another designer that I am in awe of! Have you seen her flower blanket CALs?
This square is just gorgeous. There is a little bit of sewing involved but I promise you it is absolutely worth the effort!!
Coupon code – PATCHWORK
Daisy Square by Carroway Crochet
The Daisy Square uses four colours and I love how the borders add interest to the beautiful daisy sitting in the middle. I hope you enjoy this pattern.
Coupon Code – DAISYDAISY
Blossom Stitch Square by Sunflower Cottage Crochet
With so many gorgeous squares having already been released I wanted to give you another simpler square which will work up quickly and allow you to catch up a little if you have fallen behind by a couple of squares. The blossom stitch uses a beautiful lacy stitch combination that I think you will love!
Coupon Code : BLOOM
Floral Vines Square by Juniper and Oakes
This stunning square uses a little bit of cabling to create the vines that come off the flower in the centre of this one. The texture is subtle and gorgeous.
Erin has included photo tutorials and links in her post to where you can get additional help if you are new to cabling.
Coupon Code: CABLESQUARE
Buttercup Square by Emma Wilkinson Designs
This was one of the first 2 squares I made when I sat down to work up the finished blanket, and it was so much fun!
It is a floral block, worked centre out, with a little bit of 3d texture that is absolutely gorgeous when it is made and I thought it was much easier than it looked.
Coupon Code: BUTTERCUP
Pretty N Pink Square by Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’
This lovely little four petal flower square is perfect for adding to your springtime projects. Works great as a potholder or incorporate it into a pillow, blanket, or other home decor crochet projects.
Before you start, you will need to check your gauge on this one. Raelynn is an even tighter crocheter than me!!
Coupon code: Not necessary – direct download from designer’s site.
Boroque Triumph Floral Square by Raffamusa Designs
I asked all of the designers to describe their square for me for promo purposes. Raffaella wrote ‘ Several stitches and lots of popcorns’!
Oh my goodness …. how understated is that description?? This square is right up my alley and I wish I had the talent to create these types of designs. Don’t get me wrong – all of the designs have been stunningly beautiful! For me, this square was the perfect one to finish the squares on.
Coupon code – ROCOCO
Flat Braid Join by Sunflower Cottage Crochet
Learn to crochet the flat braid join with my written and video tutorial.
You can use any join for this afghan, but if you haven’t tried this one before you may well be glad that you did! I found it fun to crochet.
Coupon code: not needed – direct download
Floral Afghan Border by Sunflower Cottage Crochet
This border consists of 10 rows and I walk you through step by step how to do each row and the colour changes. Although this one looks great in one colour or several!
Coupon Code: not needed – direct download
Say hello to the Art Square. This one is the square for April in my 2022 Corner to Corner CAL. April 15th is World Art Day. It was started in 2019 to celebrate fine art – but let’s face it, there are so many forms …
The ornamental Garden Square is the 6th square to be released in the Bouquet of Flowers CAL. I designed it specifically for the event and love how it turned out. It has a slightly vintage feel to it I think, especially in the second version I …
February’s C2C square for our 2022 scrap busting CAL is the Cancer Ribbon Square.
February 4th is World Cancer Day. At some point in our lives we will have a friend or relative who we support as they go through treatment for Cancer or maybe we will be the warrior fighting for our lives.
This is a cause Sunflower often gets behind! For the last few years Sunflower Cottage Crochet has been honoured to participate in the Crochet Cancer Challenge which is held during October.
You can find more about how Cancer impacted both Sara and I in our blog post here.
Did you know that each year World Cancer Day has a theme?
For 2022 the theme is ‘Realising the Problem’. This year the focus is on identifying and realising the inequalities in cancer diagnosis and care around the world.
If you would like to know more you can find get more information on the WorldCancerDay.org website here.
The Cancer Ribbon Square
The great thing about this cancer ribbon square is that you can choose any colour to represent any particular cancer that has touched your life. For my square I went with burgundy.
The Burgundy ribbon can represent carers of Cancer patients. I think that we can all agree that the patients themselves are absolutely awesome individuals with a strength and willpower I can only imagine. In my square I chose to represent those equally strong individuals and groups who provide the day to day care for these warriors. Carers deserve so much more recognition than they get. Watching a loved one (or anyone) fight cancer is traumatic, exhausting and so very brave! The mental toll this can have on a carer can be severe. Often their lives are put on hold.
The heart in the centre is an added touch that I thought you may like.
What colour will you make your Cancer Ribbon Square?
Below is a chart of the common cancer ribbon colours. Pick your colour and make your square. If you are undecided what about a light purple or lavender colour (which represents all cancers)?
PDF Pattern links
If you would like a pdf copy of this pattern you can find it in any of the shops below:
Ideas for your square:
If you do not want to make all of the blocks for the 2022 CAL here are some ideas of what you can create with afghan blocks:
- Use double crochet (treble in UK terms) to create an 18″ throw pillow
- Make lots of these squares with different colour ribbons to represent more types of cancer. (Would’t this idea make a great donation to your local Cancer unit or treatment centre?)
- Sew a few together to make a table runner
- Make it in cotton and use it as the from of a library or market bag
- Turn it into a wall hanging.
The chart and written pattern for the Cancer Ribbon Square
|Colour||No of Sts|
↙ Row 1: (w) x 1 (1 square)
↗ Row 2: (w) x 2 (2 squares)
↙ Row 3: (w) x 3 (3 squares)
↗ Row 4: (w) x 4 (4 squares)
↙ Row 5: (w) x 5 (5 squares)
↗ Row 6: (w) x 6 (6 squares)
↙ Row 7: (w) x 4, (pi) x 2, (w) x 1 (7 squares)
↗ Row 8: (w) x 1, (pi) x 2, (w) x 5 (8 squares)
↙ Row 9: (w) x 5, (pi) x 2, (w) x 2 (9 squares)
↗ Row 10: (w) x 2, (pi) x 2, (w) x 6 (10 squares)
↙ Row 11: (w) x 6, (pi) x 2, (w) x 3 (11 squares)
↗ Row 12: (w) x 3, (pi) x 2, (w) x 7 (12 squares)
↙ Row 13: (w) x 7, (pi) x 2, (w) x 4 (13 squares)
↗ Row 14: (w) x 4, (pi) x 2, (w) x 8 (14 squares)
↙ Row 15: (w) x 8, (pi) x 2, (w) x 5 (15 squares)
↗ Row 16: (w) x 5, (pi) x 2, (w) x 9 (16 squares)
↙ Row 17: (w) x 9, (pi) x 2, (w) x 6 (17 squares)
↗ Row 18: (w) x 6, (pi) x 2, (w) x 10 (18 squares)
↙ Row 19: (w) x 7, (pi) x 11, (w) x 1 (19 squares)
↗ Row 20: (w) x 1, (pi) x 13, (w) x 6 (20 squares)
↙ Row 21: (w) x 4, (pi) x 15, (w) x 2 (21 squares)
↗ Row 22: (w) x 2, (pi) x 16, (w) x 4 (22 squares)
↙ Row 23: (w) x 4, (pi) x 10, (w) x 9 (23 squares)
↗ Row 24: (w) x 9, (pi) x 3, (w) x 3, (pi) x 5, (w) x 4 (24 squares)
↙ Row 25: (w) x 4, (pi) x 3, (w) x 6, (pi) x 2, (w) x 10 (25 squares)
Corner from both sides
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