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A quick corner to corner project – Basket of Apples

A quick corner to corner project – Basket of Apples

The Basket of Apples corner to corner afghan block was designed as part of the Harvest Blanket CAL. This event was hosted by E’Claire Makery in November 2022. It was the second corner to corner project that I had designed for this event. The first 

Do you love Nordic themed patterns? Try this Nordic Snowflake Blanket

Do you love Nordic themed patterns? Try this Nordic Snowflake Blanket

This Nordic Snowflake blanket is a great crochet pattern. It is as snuggly as it looks and uses corner to corner techniques. I have had the idea for this Nordic Snowflake blanket in my head for about 18 months now. The problem is that as 

Sunflower Granny Square – Free Crochet Pattern

Sunflower Granny Square – Free Crochet Pattern

The sunflower appliqué was always going to be the centrepiece for this sunflower granny square design. I knew this before I had even crocheted a stitch. The challenge for me was always going to be the actual sunflower design. It just had to look perfect (or as near as I could get).

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Inspiration behind the design

E’Claire Makery and Madame Stitch got in touch with me. The asked me to contribute a square to their Granny Square Blanket collaboration they were planning. The specific requirements were that it had to be 8″ square and contain some element of the granny stitch in there somewhere.

The design idea for this one struck me almost at once. Within a day or so I had the design prototyped and out to testers. And I LOVE how my sunflower turned out! It only has one round of petals, but with an 8″ square you don’t want anything too complicated that is going to take over the design.

Construction of the design

The Sunflower Granny Square is worked in 2 parts – the gorgeously textured square itself and then the sunflower appliqué which is sewn onto the square afterwards.

The two rows of granny stitch that frame both the top and bottom of this square just set it off perfectly. Not to mention that scrumptious solid stitch on which the sunflower sits!

When you look at all of the parts there really is a lot going on in this design, but golly! All of the elements work so well together. No one part overwhelms any of the other parts.

I am really thrilled with how it turned out.

The Yarn

For my prototype I used Paintbox Simply Aran in champagne white, coffee bean and buttercup yellow.

This yarn is 100% acrylic and each skein contains 201 yards which is really good for a 100g skein. It is a #4 weight yarn (aran) and I think is on the heavier side of #4 weight yarns but it is lovely and soft and so nice to work with. The colour choices in this yarn are also great with 63 different colours to choose from.

Being a thicker #4 weight yarn this one does not have a lot of drape (at least not when you use it with a 5-6mm hook) which makes it perfect for warmer afghan projects and winter accessories and sweaters.

I used this yarn in my version of the Flower Garden blanket, the Friendship Blanket CAL and lots of my cowls and ear warmers such as the Kristine Set.

Get the PDF pattern!

You can find the ad-free PDF Pattern for this one in all of my shops:

**Please note, if you are here for the Friends with Granny Event you CANNOT use these buttons – you must use the special event button further down the page! The free PDF Pattern is NOT available via my shops!**

The pattern specifics:

Skill level:

This pattern would be classed as an intermediate pattern because of the sunflower appliqué in the centre which uses the bean stitch is worked in rounds with increases and has picots. However, a confident beginner could absolutely give they one a go!


5mm hook
–  #4 weight yarn of your choosing – you will need approx. 100 yards in main colour for the square, 20 yards in brown and 20 yards in yellow
– Stitch markers (optional)
– Scissors
– Tapestry needle


10 sts and 8 rows of *DC in first st, sc in next st* across in 2”


Your square will be just under 8” once completed, it will measure 8” once blocked

Abbreviations used:

·      Ch(s)–chain(s)
·      St(s)–stitch(es)
·      rep–repeat
·      sk—skip
·      FSC – foundation single crochet
·      SC – single crochet
·      HDC – Half double crochet
·      DC – Double crochet
·      BS – Bean Stitch
·      SS – slip stitch
·      YO—yarn over
·      FO—fasten off 

Other notes:

– Written in US terms. 
·      Ch1 stitches at the beginning do not count as a st unless otherwise stated.
·      The stitch count is in parenthesis at the end of each row.

The Pattern:

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For the Square:

Row 1:  FSC 32. OR

               CH 33 ,  SC in second CH from hook and each CH across (32)

Row 2: Turn, CH3 (counts as a st), sk1 st, 3DC in next st *sk2 sts, 3DC in next st Rep from * until you  have 2 sts left, sk 1 st, DC in last st. (10 sets of 3 DC, 2 invididual DC)

Row 3: Turn CH3 (counts as a st) 2DC between the last 2 sts on the previous row, *sk the next 3 DC, 3dc between the last DC and the next DC. Rep from * across until you have 3 DC and turning CH left, 2dc between last DC and turning CH, DC in top of turning CH (11 sets of 3 DC)

Note: due to the nature of working granny stitch in rows you do get an extra st on this row. We will reduce by 1 st in the next row.

Row 4:  Turn, CH1 (doesn’t count), SC in first st and next 14 sts, SC2tog, SC in next 16 sts. (32)

Row 5: Turn, CH2 (counts as a DC), SC in next st, *DC in next st, SC in next st. Rep from * across. (32)

Rows 6 – 24: repeat row 5

Row 25: Turn, CH1 (doesn’t count), SC in each st across. (32)

Row 26: Rep row 2

Row 27: Rep row 3

Row 28: Rep row 4

FO and sew in ends.



For the Sunflower appliqué:

Round 1: In brown, work a MR,  CH1 (doesn’t count) work 8 SC 


                  CH3, SS to first CH, CH1 (doesn’t count) work 8 SC 

                  SS to join (8)

Round 2: CH1 (doesn’t count) [HDC, BS] in each st around. SS to join (8 HDC, 8BS)

Round 3: CH1 (doesn’t count) [HDC, BS] in first st, HDC in next st, * [HDC, BS] in next st, HDC in next st. Rep from * 6 more times. SS to join (8 BS, 16 HDC)

Round 4: In yellow, [SC, HDC, DC, TC, Picot] in first st, [TC, DC, HDC, SC] in next st, SS into next st * [SC, HDC, DC, TC, Picot] in next st, [TC, DC, HDC, SC] in next st, SS into next st. Rep from * 6 more times. SS to first SC to join. (8 petals created)

FO and weave in ends.

Stitch sunflower appliqué to the middle of your square.


And there you have it – your Sunflower Granny Square is completed.

I hope you have enjoyed crocheting up your own Sunflower Granny Square as much as I enjoyed designing it!

Happy crocheting!


Friends with Granny Crochet Along (CAL)

On 10th August 2022 you cab get the pdf version of this pattern as a free download as part of the Granny Square Blanket CAL hosted by Madame Stitch and E’Claire Makery.

What is this event?

Every day from 8th – 24th August 2022 a new 8″ square design will be released by a different designer. Each square will be available as a FREE PDF Pattern for 24 hours. And each square will have the granny stitch in it somewhere. Make them all to create this gorgeous afghan!

How do you join in?

There are two ways fo joining in this event:

  1. Collect each square as it becomes available. Some of the squares will be Ravelry downloads, some direct downloads from the designer’s website. You need to click the special event button to be sure to go to the correct place for your download!
  2. Purchase the 75 page e-book with all 16 gorgeous squares and the border included for one amazing price of $10! (That makes each square less than $0.63 each and the border free!) Then get started making all of your favourite squares now without worrying you may miss it! Just click the button below to grab your copy of the e-book:



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The Friendship Blanket
The Kristine set
The Scrappy Table Runner
The Calligraphy Square – Free Crochet Pattern

The Calligraphy Square – Free Crochet Pattern

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 

How to Crochet the Flat Braid Join

How to Crochet the Flat Braid Join

The flat braid join is such a fun one. If you are looking for something different to join your sections of your project together this might be for you. It is typically used for joining granny squares in an afghan. But you could use it 

Bouquet of Flowers Afghan

Bouquet of Flowers Afghan

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)!
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle



Square Releases:

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.



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.



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


Crochet the Corner to Corner Art Square – Free Pattern

Crochet the Corner to Corner Art Square – Free Pattern

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 – Free Crochet Pattern

The Ornamental Garden Square – Free Crochet Pattern

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 

Crochet the Iris Stitch – tutorial and free pattern

Crochet the Iris Stitch – tutorial and free pattern

The Iris stitch has such a beautiful lacy texture and is so simple to crochet.

I have seen this stitch used in so many types of projects – bags, summer tops and cardigans, baby blankets. I have a headband that uses this stitch too! It will be going on the blog as a free pattern very soon.

The iris stitch headband

The versatility and elegance fo this stitch are two of the reasons that I choose it to kick off the Bouquet of Flowers Afghan CAL.

Great for Beginners

This stitch combo is great for beginners, and I find it quite a therapeutic stitch to work up. With a 1 row repeat after you have worked the first row it is an easy stitch to learn.

Can you crochet the following?:


Double Crochets (US terms – treble crochet if you are using UK Terms)?

If you answered yes to both of these then you absolutely can work the Iris Stitch!



Crochet the Iris Stitch – written pattern

To work up this gorgeous stitch you need to:

Create a starting chain of multiples of 4 plus 3

Row 1: In 5th CH from hook [2DC, CH1, 2DC] in same st, *SK 3 sts, [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in next CH*. Repeat from * to * until you have 2 CH’s remaining, SK1, DC in last CH.

Row 2: Turn, CH3 (counts as a st), in first CH1 space [2DC, CH1, 2DC], *[2DC, CH1, 2DC] in next CH1 space.* Repeat from * to * until you have worked the last CH1 space, SK next 2 DC, DC in top of your turning CH from Row 1.

Rows 3 on : Repeat Row 2.


Below is a photo tutorial for this stitch for you. If you prefer video tutorials then scroll to below the photo tutorial where you will find left and right handed videos.





Video Tutorials


The Iris St Afghan Block Pattern

The free pattern is below for the afghan block that I made especially for the Bouquet of Flowers CAL.

If you prefer the ad Free PDF Pattern you can find it in my stores:

Materials needed to crochet the iris stitch square

  • Approx 40 yards of #3 (DK) weight yarn of your choosing
  • 4mm hook
  • Stitch markers 
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle



Gauge and Size

Gauge is 10 SC to 2″. This square will be 10’’ x 10’’ once completed. If you are a tight crocheter you may need to block it a little once finished.

If your square is going to be too big reduce the starting count by multiples of 4.


  • CH(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • Rep—repeat
  • SS–slip stitch
  • SC–single crochet
  • DC–double crochet
  • SK—skip

Special Stitches

There are no special stitches in this pattern. The entire thing is created using double crochet and chains. 

Row 1 –          CH50, SC in second CH from hook and each CH across (49)

Row 2 –          Turn, CH3 (counts as a DC), *sk 3 sts, [2DC, CH1, 2DC] in next st* 

Repeat from * to * until you have 2 sts left, SK1 st, DC in final stitch

Row 3 –          Turn, CH3 (counts as a DC), *work [2DC, CH1, 2DC] in each CH1 space across* 

Repeat from * to * until you have 3 sts left, SK2 sts, DC in final stitch



Row 4 – on      Repeat row 3 until your square is almost 10’’ high.

Row 5 –           Turn, CH1, SC in each st and CH sp across. (49)

FO and weave in ends.


The Bouquet of Flowers CAL

Between 28th February and 15th April 2022 I am hosting the Bouquet of Flowers Afghan CAL. 18 designers have contributed 20 floral themed squares which will end up being 10″.

There are two ways to get involved in the CAL.

  1. Wait patiently for each square being released or
  2. Buy the bundle

If you would prefer to buy the bundle of all 20 squares the joining and border patterns for a rather fantastic price of only $12.99, rather than just waiting for each square to become available you can!

This bundle is ‘evergreen’ so don’t worry if you are reading this after 15th April 2022 – you can still buy the bundle using the button below!

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If you want to know more about the CAL check out the round up post by clicking the button below. You will also need to visit this post if you would like the coupon code to get the Free PDF Pattern for this one. Then come back and click the button to get the Free PDF Pattern.


February’s Cancer Ribbon C2C Square  – Free Pattern

February’s Cancer Ribbon C2C Square – Free Pattern

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