Friday, October 16, 2015

Sunflower Afghan Square - Free Crochet Pattern

This Sunflower Afghan Square was designed for the 2015 Mystery Lapghan CAL.

I was inspired by a flower clip I made back in July (pattern not available yet), but I wanted to do a 6 petal version. As you can see, that didn't work out as well as I hoped, but will be revisited in the coming weeks. For now, I have a smaller sunflower in this afghan square.

I also didn't intend on tacking down the petals, but they were curling so I got creative with the round. It led to the forming of the front post stitches that create a fun texture and visual.

Materials:
     - Same amount of three colors of worsted weight yarn - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Brown, Yellow and White
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
     - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Red Heart's With Love. If using Vanna's Choice, you may need to go down a hook size to meet my gauge; If using Red Heart's Super Saver, Bernat's Super Value, Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft, or Caron's Simply Soft, you may need to go down two hook sizes to meet my gauge.

     You could easily work this up in one, two, three or four colors! All up to you. 

Time Spent:
     I apologize for not getting this information, and definitely plan on working up other color schemed versions of this square and will update once I do.

Measurements:
     Completed square measures 6" across.

Gauge:
With I Love This Yarn and an I9/5.5mm Hook = 4" x 4"
     Chain 16, DC in the 4th stitch, and in each stitch across. (14 DC)
     R2 - R8: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across.
     Fasten Off.

Abbreviations:
     SC - Single Crochet
     HDC - Half Double Crochet
     DC - Double Crochet
     FPDC - Front Post Double Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     Joining will be done to the first stitch, unless otherwise noted.

     I have a photo tutorial for the Invisible Join available in my Newborn Twin Chunky Hats post. I used the invisible join in the joining of Round 3, Round 4 and the final round - as marked. The other color change from Round 7 to 8, I changed colors in the last yarn over of the final stitch.

     In Round 7, the { ... } indicate the repeat, and the ( ... ) / [ ... ] indicate individual steps of the repeat.
The arrow is pointing to the back loop. You will insert your hook into the center of the stitch, working the stitch around this loop.
To work into the front loop, you will insert hook from the front using an upward motion and work stitch around the front loop. 
The black lines indicate where the stitch loops are,
and the white lines indicate where the posts are.
In this pattern, we are working front post double crochets.
In this case, you will yarn over, insert your hook underneath the post,
and complete the double crochet stitch as your normally would. 

Pattern:
    Beginning with Brown, Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 1, work 8 HDC in the ring. Join. (8 HDC)

R2: Chain 1. HDC in the first HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 7 HDCs, HDC in the next/first HDC. Join. (16 HDC)

R3: Chain 1. HDC in the first 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, HDC in the next HDC) 7x, HDC in the next/first HDC. [Invisible] Join. (24)

R4: Join Yellow yarn in the front loop of any stitch. Chain 1, SC in the 1st HDC, skip 2 HDCs, (3 DC in the next HDC, chain 3, 3 DC in the same HDC), skip 2 HDCs, [SC in the next HDC, skip 2 HDCs, (3 DC in the next HDC, chain 3, 3 DC in the same HDC), skip 2 HDCs] 3x. [Invisible] Join. (24 DCs, 4 SCs)

R5: Join White yarn in the back loop of the same HDC as one of the petals from Round 4 (on the brown part). Chain 5 (Counts as a DC and Chain 3), [2 DC in the same stitch, HDC in the next 2 HDCs, SC in the next HDC, HDC in the next 2 HDCs, 2 DC in the next HDC, chain 3] 3x, 2 DC in the same stitch, HDC in the next 2 HDCs, SC in the next HDC, HDC in the next 2 HDCs, DC in the next/first chain space. Join to the 3rd chain of the beginning chain. (36 stitches)

R6: Chain 5 (counts as a DC and Chain 3), [2 DC in the same chain space, chain 1, skip 1 stitch, (DC in the next stitch, chain 1, skip 1 stitch) 4x, 2 DC in the next chain space, chain 3] 3x, 2 DC in the same chain space, chain 1, skip 1 stitch, (DC in the next stitch, chain 1, skip 1 stitch) 4x, DC in the next/first chain space. Join to the 3rd chain of the beginning chain). (32 DC, 20 chain 1 spaces)
R7 (Corner process shown above, and read left to right, top to bottom): Chain 4 (counts as a DC and Chain 2), {[yo 3x (4 loops on hook), in one motion, insert hook from behind through the chain space and then insert hook from the front through the corner chain space of Round 4 and reinsert hook into the chain space of the current round, yarn over, pull through, (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) 4x - corner created], chain 2, (FPDC around the next post, DC in the next chain space) 7x, FPDC around the next post), chain 2} 3x, create final corner, chain 2, (FPDC around the next post, DC in the next chain space) 7x, FPDC around the next post). Join to the 2nd chain of the beginning chain. (64 stitches)

R8: With Yellow, Chain 1. [2 HDC in the next chain space, chain 1, DC in the stitch formed in the corner, chain 1, 2 HDC in the next chain 2 space, (FPDC around the next post, DC in the next DC) 7x, FPDC around the next post] 4x. [Invisible] Join to the first HDC. (76 stitches, 8 chain 1 spaces)

Weave in Ends.

Final Notes:
     The final stitch count including chain spaces is 84. There isn't any room to add a final round of single crochet if your final square does not equal 6" if you're following along with the Mystery Lapghan Crochet-a-Long because the final stitch counts for each square need to be between 80 and 88 stitches. Instead, I suggest trying the final round replacing half double crochets with double crochets, and double crochets with half triple crochets. 
If your final square is larger than 6", you could reverse this by working final round replacing half double crochets with single crochets, and double crochets with half double crochets.

Keep in mind going up or down a hook size (or two) is also a good alternative.

Please feel free to make and sell your own Sunflower Afghan Squares using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.

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4 comments:

  1. Very Van Gogh! I love it! I mean that I LOVE IT!

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    1. I am really glad to hear that you like it so much :) I really like it a lot too, and haven't gotten too much positive feedback yet.

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