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The Sunflower Square – Free Chart

The Sunflower Square – Free Chart

I cannot believe that I have not designed a sunflower square before now! It seems awfully remiss of me …. When Claire from E’Claire Makery invited me to join in her Flower Garden CAL I immediately knew that I would do a Sunflower square. In 

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 

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 of art that are recognised and appreciated today!

NEW TO CORNER TO CORNER??

If you have never worked corner to corner before, don’t worry …. I have a full and comprehensive mini course which includes a free complete pattern. Learn how to Corner to Corner here.

 

 

Why April 15th?

Fun fact – April 15th is Leonardo de Vinci’s birthday!

 

Much like with music (that was celebrated in my March’s square) art traverses all societies, cultures and abilities. It encourages discussion, appreciation and understanding of others.

It is said that ‘furthering the development of art also furthers our means to achieve a free and peaceful world.’

As soon as I found that World Art Day was celebrated in April I knew that was the day I would represent in my square! The difficult thing was deciding what to create – an easel? A paint tray? A representation of a famous piece of art?

At only 25 x 25 squares the scope of what I could accurately reflect was limited. I also wanted it to be fairly easy for beginners with not too many colour changes or ends to weave in but still fun and identifiable!

What do you think … Did I manage it?

PDF Pattern Links

If you would prefer to have the pdf pattern for this square you can find it in the following places:

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THE ART SQUARE

For this square you will need :

  • #4 weight yarn in whatever colors you choose! I designed this in 6 colours to really use some of those smaller scraps but you can change them out quite easily.
  • 5mm hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Blocking mats and pins (optional)

 

Sizing: Gauge does not matter as long as you are consistent. If you use HDC your block will be approximately 12” square depending on tension. If you opt for DC blocks then you will find that it will typically be between 16-18″

To work out how much yarn you will need you will need to do a sample swatch with the stitch you intend to use (HDC or DC) and then measure how much yarn you used per stitch multiplying that by the number of stitches of that color and adding some for the tails to be worked in at the end.

Color charts with stitch totals are listed under the graph below. 

 

The Art Square Graph

Written instructions for the Art Square:

Row 1: (purple) x 1 (1 square) 

Row 2: (purple) x 2 (2 squares) 

Row 3: (purple) x 3 (3 squares) 

Row 4: (purple) x 4 (4 squares) 

Row 5: (purple) x 4, (blue) x 1 (5 squares) 

Row 6: (blue) x 2, (purple) x 4 (6 squares) 

Row 7: (purple) x 4, (blue) x 3 (7 squares) 

Row 8: (blue) x 4, (purple) x 4 (8 squares) 

Row 9: (purple) x 4, (blue) x 5 (9 squares) 

 

 

Row 10: (green) x 1, (blue) x 5, (purple) x 4 (10 squares) 

Row 11: (purple) x 4, (blue) x 5, (green) x 2 (11 squares) 

Row 12: (green) x 3, (blue) x 5, (purple) x 3, (orange) x 1 (12 squares) 

Row 13: (orange) x 2, (purple) x 2, (blue) x 5, (green) x 4 (13 squares) 

Row 14: (red) x 1, (green) x 4, (blue) x 6, (yellow) x 2, (orange) x 1 (14 squares) 

Row 15: (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 1, (blue) x 6, (green) x 4, (red) x 2 (15 squares) 

Row 16: (red) x 3, (green) x 4, (blue) x 6, (White) x 2, (purple) x 1 (16 squares) 

Row 17: (White) x 3, (blue) x 6, (green) x 4, (red) x 4 (17 squares) 

Row 18: (grey) x 1, (red) x 4, (green) x 4, (blue) x 5, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 3 (18 squares) 

Row 19: (White) x 3, (yellow) x 2, (blue) x 4, (green) x 4, (red) x 4, (grey) x 2 (19 squares) 

Row 20: (grey) x 3, (red) x 4, (green) x 4, (blue) x 3, (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 4 (20 squares) 

Row 21: (White) x 4, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (blue) x 2, (green) x 4, (red) x 4, (grey) x 3, (burgundy) x 1 (21 squares) 

Row 22: (burgundy) x 2, (grey) x 3, (red) x 4, (green) x 4, (blue) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 4 (22 squares) 

Row 23: (White) x 5, (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 3, (green) x 4, (red) x 4, (grey) x 3, (burgundy) x 3 (23 squares) 

 

 

Row 24: (burgundy) x 4, (grey) x 3, (red) x 3, (yellow) x 1, (green) x 4, (yellow) x 3, (blue) x 1, (White) x 5 (24 squares) 

Row 25: (White) x 5, (blue) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 1, (green) x 4, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 1, (red) x 2, (grey) x 3, (burgundy) x 5 (25 squares) 

Corner at both sides

Row 26: (burgundy) x 5, (grey) x 3, (red) x 1, (orange) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (green) x 4, (White) x 2, (blue) x 1, (White) x 5 (24 squares) 

Row 27: (White) x 7, (green) x 5, (orange) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (grey) x 3, (burgundy) x 5 (23 squares) 

Row 28: (burgundy) x 5, (grey) x 3, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (green) x 4, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 6 (22 squares) 

Row 29: (White) x 5, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 1, (green) x 3, (red) x 1, (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (grey) x 3, (burgundy) x 5 (21 squares) 

Row 30: (burgundy) x 5, (grey) x 4, (red) x 2, (green) x 2, (orange) x 2, (White) x 5 (20 squares) 

Row 31: (White) x 4, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (green) x 1, (White) x 1, (red) x 1, (grey) x 4, (burgundy) x 5 (19 squares) 

Row 32: (burgundy) x 5, (grey) x 4, (White) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 3 (18 squares) 

Row 33: (White) x 2, (green) x 1, (orange) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 2, (grey) x 4, (burgundy) x 5 (17 squares) 

Row 34: (burgundy) x 5, (grey) x 3, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 3, (yellow) x 1, (green) x 1, (White) x 2 (16 squares) 

Row 35: (White) x 1, (green) x 2, (White) x 3, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 1, (grey) x 2, (burgundy) x 5 (15 squares) 

Row 36: (burgundy) x 4, (yellow) x 1, (grey) x 1, (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 5, (green) x 1 (14 squares) 

Row 37: (White) x 5, (orange) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 1, (orange) x 1, (burgundy) x 3 (13 squares) 

Row 38: (burgundy) x 2, (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (White) x 1, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 1, (grey) x 1, (White) x 4 (12 squares) 

 

 

Row 39: (White) x 3, (grey) x 2, (White) x 2, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (burgundy) x 1 (11 squares) 

Row 40: (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 2, (White) x 3, (grey) x 1, (White) x 3 (10 squares) 

Row 41: (White) x 6, (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 1, (yellow) x 1 (9 squares) 

Row 42: (yellow) x 1, (orange) x 1, (burgundy) x 1, (White) x 5 (8 squares) 

Row 43: (White) x 4, (burgundy) x 2, (yellow) x 1 (7 squares) 

Row 44: (White) x 1, (burgundy) x 1, (White) x 4 (6 squares) 

Row 45: (White) x 5 (5 squares) 

Row 46: (White) x 4 (4 squares) 

Row 47: (White) x 3 (3 squares) 

Row 48: (White) x 2 (2 squares) 

Row 49: (White) x 1 (1 square) 

 

Have you got the previous squares in this CAL?

January – The Logic Square
February – The Cancer Ribbon
March – Music Square
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 

2022 CAL – The Logic Square

2022 CAL – The Logic Square

Do you have a box full of scrap yarn or part used skeins that you just don’t want to get rid of? The Logic Square is the perfect way to use some of those smaller scraps that you just couldn’t throw out.     The 

C2C Nordic Christmas Tree Square

C2C Nordic Christmas Tree Square

I designed this corner to Corner Nordic Tree Square  to be part of the Nordic Winter Afghan C2C CAL, hosted by Juniper and Oaks.

Each square in this event is 25 x 25 blocks. And they are all really cute.

 

Not as easy as it looks!

Why did I decide to do a nordic tree square? I could tell you that it was because for me decorating the tree is my favourite part of Christmas. Or that I love walking in the woods whatever the weather (which I do!)

I knew that October and November were going to be super busy here at Sunflower HQ and I thought a tree would be super easy… Oh, how wrong I was!

 

 

I designed 4 squares trying to get my tree to look right. They looked good on graph paper, but when they were worked up C2C does something to the overall design.

I got there in the end, just in time for the red and white yarn that Erin had ordered for us arriving.

 

Versatile patterns

I think Afghan blocks are really great patterns because they are so versatile. Most people think of afghans when they think of these blocks. And they look great as a blanket!

I sometimes want a smaller project or to use up my stash or scraps. What about you?

You do not have to use these blocks in an afghan. I have some ideas of other things you could make:

  • gift bags
  • tote bags
  • throw cushions
  • pillows
  • an apron
  • a scarf
  • attach a row of them to the top or bottom of a blanket you already have.
  • table runner
  • wall hangings

I am sure I can come up with other ideas if you want them?

 

 

Just want the pattern for this square?

No problem! I have added the ad free pdf which contains the written and colour block instructions in all of our shops.


Bundle Details

I like to get on with my patterns. I find waiting for the next release in a CAL sometimes to be frustrating.

If you don’t want to wait for each square to be released, or prefer written or colour block instructions to the chart, there is an e-book available. It also includes a C2C tutorial with pictures & video as well as joining & border

During the CAL you will be able to purchase the bundle for an AMAZING $9.99 – which works out at less than $0.84 per pattern!

Grab it now using the button below (aff link) before the price increases to $15.99!!

 

Before you start:

Materials you will need for this C2C Nordic Christmas Tree Square:

  • #4 weight yarn 2 colors – I used approximately 150 yards each of the red and white for my square.
  • 5mm hook (or hook of choice with appropriate yarn)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Blocking mats and pins (optional)

 

 

A couple of notes:

– This is corner to corner graph and is worked bottom right to top left on the right side.

– To work out how much yarn you will need you will need to do a sample swatch with the stitch you intend to use (HDC or DC). Then measure how much yarn you used per stitch multiplying that by the number of stitches of that color and adding some for the tails to be worked in at the end.

– I have the stitch totals are listed under the graph.

 

The Chart:

 

Colour on chart No of Sts
White 386
Red 239

 

The CAL information:

-New designs will be released each Monday & Thursday throughout October and November 2021, with some breaks thrown in to make it manageable. 

I have linked to the round up post –  click the button below:

-You will need to visit Juniper and Oak’s round up post to get the links for each square. All of the designers will provide a free copy of the chart / graph on their blog or Ravelry.

-I have my copy of the e-book / bundle. It contains written and colour block instructions along with some how to C2C photographic tutorials. Erin did a great job with it! 

-There is a giveaway sponsored by WeCrochet. One random participant who completes the CAL will win a pack of Christmasy yarn and some crochet hooks. To be entered you will need to post a picture of your project in the Juniper and Oaks FB group. If you post on Ravelry, IG, etc. you will get an additional entry. The deadline for the giveaway will be in Mid-December to give you a bit of extra time to finish.

 

 

Don’t forget….

If you want to check out the e-book click the button below!

 

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The friendship Blanket

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The Friendship Blanket CAL

The Friendship Blanket CAL

The Friendship Blanket CAL is here! I can hardly believe it. This is something that I have been thinking about for almost a year, and have been working on since September. Yet it seems to have come round so quickly! Why call it the Friendship 

The Friendship Blanket –  Friendship Square

The Friendship Blanket – Friendship Square

We are so excited to be kicking off the Friendship Blanket CAL today with the Friendship Square!

We have teamed up with no less than 29 of our designer friends to bring you this CAL. Each designer has designed at least 1 square that should be 9″ square and easily assembled to make this blanket. Of course, you can use the squares for whatever you desire. You can find out more about how this CAL works here

The theme for the blanket is texture, and I hope you agree that this square certainly ticks that box!

Skill level – beginner

It is a simple square so is suitable for a beginner as long as you can sc. hdc and dc. If you are new to front and back posts we have a video tutorial to show you how to do this. By the time you have done a row you will be a pro at the post stitches!

Use it as a washcloth?

So you don’t want to make the blanket? That’s OK! Use this square as a washcloth or a dishcloth! There are other ideas of things that you can make with these squares which will be posted nearer the end of the CAL but I will link it here.

 

Don’t forget you can sign up for our Events and CALs emails and never miss a square or one of our events! Just click the button below

 

If you are making this as part of the CAL please use the code from our roundup post and if you have the code you can download it using the buttons below!

 

Pattern links

You can get a pdf version of this pattern in all of our shops:

Ravelry here

Our shop here

Etsy here

 

 

Let’s get started!

Materials:

  • 100 yds #4 weight yarn of your choosing.
  • 5.00mm hook
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

 

Gauge

8 sts and 7 rows = 2 inches

This is important if your square is to be 9″ If it works out slightly smaller you can always block it.

 

Abbreviations

  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep–repeat
  • sk—skip
  • sc – single crochet
  • YO—yarn over
  • FO—fasten off
  • Sc – single crochet
  • FPDC – front post double crochet
  • BPDC – back post double crochet
  • Fdc – foundation double crochet

Pattern Notes:

  • Written in US terms.
  • Ch1 stitches at the beginning do not count as a st unless otherwise stated.

 

Special Stitches:

Fhdc –

You can find our tutorial on the foundation stitches:

You can find the left handed version at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqkTFzCja-A

I find this has a more aesthetically pleasing finish than the chain starts to projects, but it is not necessary to start this project!

 

FPDC –

YO and insert hook between the posts of the previous st and the one you want to work and bring the hook back to the front (between the posts of the stitch you want to work and the next st).The hook should not be positioned horizontally behind the dc that you are working. YO and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. You now have 3 loops on your hook, YO and draw the yarn through two loops on the hook, yo and draw yarn through the last two loops. Stitch is complete.

You can find our left handed YouTube video on this stitch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biHxNSKo5Vw&t=10s 

 

BPDC – 

YO and insert your hook from the back to the front between the posts of the first and the second dc on the row below, and then from the front to the back again between the posts of the second and the third stitches, The hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the dc that you are working. YO and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. You now have 3 loops on the hook, YO and draw through 2 loops on the hook, yo and draw through 2 loops on the hook. Stitch completed.

You can find our YouTube video tutorial on this stitch on our YouTube Chanel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTPKAPQblkE&t=51s

 

Pattern:

Row 1 –           Fdc 35

OR

Ch 37 dc in third ch from hook (ch3 counts as a st) and each ch across.

 

Row 2 –            Ch1, turn, sc in the first st, *fpdc in the next st, bpdc in the next st * Rep from * to * until you reach the last st, sc in last st.

 

Rows 3-24      Repeat row 2 until square measures 9” in height.

 

 

FO and sew in ends if desired (depending on what you are using the square for!)

 

It really is that easy. And isn’t it an effective texture? I love it!!

 

Dont forget to share your Friendship blanket kinship square with us as you make them!

 

 

Mixed Toffee Cowl

Mixed Toffee Cowl

At the end of November 2019 we hosted our first CAL with the Mixed Toffee Cowl. All of our CALs are currently done on our FB Community page. It was great fun! The interaction with the members of our community page was great, and we