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This Floral Border will Transform your Afghan!

This Floral Border will Transform your Afghan!

This floral afghan border is just stunning. If you are looking for a border for an afghan or other project that is a little bit different, a little feminine and looks great either in one colour or in several, then take a peek at this 

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 

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 made. As soon as I finished the first version I knew immediately that I was going to call it the Ornamental Garden Square. It reminded me a little of some of the gardens that they design at the Chelsea Flower Show (that’s a big deal here in the UK). Only instead of a fountain or a seating area in the centre, I have a flower in full bloom.

What do you think? Does it suit the name?

I have the pattern free here – just keep scrolling. There are also links to both the right and left handed video tutorials for the Ornamental Garden Square. Word of warning: although I go through some of the intermediate sections more slowly, I do assume that you already know the basic stitches!

PDF Pattern Links

You can get the stand alone ad-free pdf pattern for this square in all of the usual places:

There is also the option to purchase the whole bundle for this CAL, including the joining and border instructions. This will always be available, but the price will increase after the CAL. If you would like to check it out click the button below:

 

Pattern Specifics for the Ornamental Garden Square

Materials:

#3 worsted/aran weight yarn in 4 colours4mm hookScissorsTapestry NeedleStitch Markers   

Sizing:

Once blocked your Ornamental Garden Square should be 10’’

Abbreviations   

Ch(s) – chain(s)Ss – slip stitch
St(s) – Stitch(es)MR – Magic RingSk – skip
Rep – Repeat
SC – Single crochet
HDC—half double crochet
FO—fasten off
YO – Yarn over
DC—double crochet 
    
  

Pattern Notes   Written in US terms

  • Ch3 does count as a DC unless specifically stated.
  • Pay attention to stitch placement and read the instructions fully

Video tutorials

As I mentioned above, there is a full video tutorial for both left and right handed crocheters (just below). I do assume that you are comfortable with the basic stitches (SC, HDC, DC, CH) and so do not slow down my crocheting for these stitches. I do slow down to show you where to place stitches and show you how to work the special stitches.

Are you ready for the pattern?

In Color A (yellow):

Rnd 1: MR or Ch4 and ss to join.  Ch3, 11 dc in the ring, ss to join then pull ring tightly closed. (12 DC)

Rnd 2: Ch1, *5dc in the next st, ss to the next st; rep from * around 5 more times (6 petals)

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Change to Color B (green) by ss to the base of any third stitch in any 5DC group:

Rnd 3: *CH3, SS to the base of the third DC of the next 5DC group*. Rep from * to * around. SS to first CH in starting CH3 to join. (6 CH3 spaces)

Rnd 4: SS into CH3 space. [SC, HDC, DC, picot, DC, HDC, SC] in each CH3 space around. SS to first SC to join. (6 ‘leaves’ – 12SC, 12HDC, 12DC, 6 picots)

Rnd 5: CH2 (doesn’t count). Working behind the leaf you created in round 4, *SS to round 3 between the [DC, picot, DC] of the leaf (note: at Rnd 3 this looks like 2DC as the picot is at the top of the leaf).

CH4, * Repeat from * to * around. SS to first SS to join. (6 CH4 spaces, 6 slip stitches at the center of the base of each leaf)

Change to color C (cream) by ss join to any CH4 space.

Rnd 6: CH3 (counts), 5DC in same ch4 space, 6DC in each remaining CH4 space around. SS to top of starting CH3 to join. (36 DC)

Rnd 7: CH1 (doesn’t count), SC in the first st from Rnd 6, *SC in the picot at the top of the leaf from Rnd 4, SC in the next 6 sts* Rep from * to * 4 more times, SC in the picot at the top of the leaf from Rnd 4, SC in the last 5 sts. (42 SC ) 

Rnd 8: CH1, SC in the first 3 sts, *2SC in next st, SC in next 6 sts until 3 sts remain, SC in last 3 sts. (48 SC)

Rnd 9: CH1, SC in first 2 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, DC in next 2 sts, *[2DC, CH2, 2DC] in next st (corner created), DC in next 2 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, SC in next 3 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, DC in next 2 sts. * Rep from * to * 2 more times. 

[2DC, CH2, 2DC] in next st, DC in next 2 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, SC in the last st. (12 SC, 16 HDC, 32 DC, 4 CH2 spaces)

Rnd 10: CH1, DC in first 8 sts, *[2DC, CH2, 2DC] in CH2 space, DC in next 15 sts* Rep from * to * twice more, [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in CH2 space, DC in last 7 sts (76 DC, 4 CH2 spaces)

Let’s start the bud section of the Ornamental Garden Square!

Join Color B (green) to any corner space.

Rnd 11: CH1, 2DC in same st, DC in next 3 sts, sk1, *[DC, CH1, DC] in next st. sk2 Rep from * 4 more times, [DC, CH1, DC] in next st, sk1, DC in next 2 sts, [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in corner space. **DC in next 3 sts, sk1, *[DC, CH1, DC] in next st. sk2 Rep from * 4 more times, [DC, CH1, DC] in next st, sk1, DC in next 2 sts, [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in corner space. Rep from ** 3 more times but miss the last 2DC in the final corner space. SS to join.

Join Color D to any ch1 space from round 11 at the beginning of any side.

Rnd 12: *Popcorn st, CH2 in each ch1 space across the side. (You will have 5 popcorn stitches.).

FO and attach yarn to the first CH1 space on the next side and repeat from * for each of the remaining 3 sides. (20 popcorn stitches, 16 CH2 spaces)

Join Color C (Cream) to any corner CH2 space.

Rnd 13: 2DC in corner space, **DC in next 4 sts, SC in the top of the popcorn st, *2SC in the CH2 space, SC in the top of the popcorn stitch* Rep from * to * until you have sc in the top of the last popcorn st of the side, DC in last 4 sts before the corner CH2 space. [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in corner space. Rep from ** 3 more times until you get to the last corner. [2DC, CH2] in the final corner. SS to first DC to join.

Rnd 14: CH1, 2DC in CH2 space *DC in next 6 sts, HDC in next 13 sts, DC in next 6 sts, [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in corner CH space* rep from * to * 3 more times. [2DC, CH2] in final corner space. SS to first DC to join.

 

Now we are on the home straight!

Join Color B (green) to any CH2 space.

Rnd 15: CH1, 2DC in CH2 space, **DC in next 4 sts, sk1, [DC, CH1, DC] in next st *sk2, [DC, CH1, DC] in next st,*  Rep from * 6 more times, SK1, DC in last 4 sts. [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in corner CH2 space. Rep from ** 3 more times but do not work the last 2DC in the last corner space. SS to first DC to join.

Join Colour D to any CH1 space at the beginning of any side.

Rnd 16: *Popcorn st, CH2 in each ch1 space across the side. (You will have 5 popcorn stitches.). FO and attach yarn to the first CH1 space on the next side and repeat from * for each of the remaining 3 sides. (28 popcorn stitches, 24 CH2 spaces)

 

Join Color C (Cream) to any corner CH2 space.

Rnd 13: 2DC in corner space, **DC in next 6 sts, SC in the top of the popcorn st, *2SC in the CH2 space, SC in the top of the popcorn stitch* Rep from * to * until you have sc in the top of the last popcorn st of the side, DC in last 6 sts before the corner CH2 space. [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in corner space. Rep from ** 3 more times until you get to the last corner. [2DC, CH2] in the final corner. SS to first DC to join.

Rnd 14: CH1, 2DC in CH2 space *DC in next 8 sts, HDC in next 19 sts, DC in next 8 sts, [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in corner CH space* rep from * to * 3 more times. [2DC, CH2] in final corner space. SS to first DC to join.

FO and weave in ends.

 

Bouquet of Flowers CAL

The bouquet of Flowers CAL runs from 28th February – 15th April 2022. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday there is a new square released which will be free until at least the end of the CAL. There are 2 ways of joining in this event:

  1. Collect the free patterns for each square as they are released
  2. Purchase the bundle which includes all 20 squares plus the joining and border instructions for an amazing $12.99

If you would like to purchase the bundle (which will be evergreen – the price will increase at the end of the CAL) then click the button below:

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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