I promised that I would post a tutorial showing how to crochet an African Flowers Blanket and I thought this Handmade Monday would be the ideal opportunity. The blanket pictured below is very special to me as I made it last month for an 80th birthday present for my Nana who lives on the other side of the world. Connections like that can mean a lot I find. Also this is one of my favourite patterns to crochet.
|Step 1 - Assemble the necessary materials. Hook, yarn, cup of tea.... and not shown in this picture it's useful to have a pair of scissors and a yarn needle handy.|
|Step 2 - Chain 6 stitchs. Join with a slip stitch into the first stitch to form a ring.|
|Step 6 - Chain 3 (the reason for the chain threes is to get the round of stitches to the right height otherwise it would pull down)|
|Step 7 - Double crochet into the same chain space, 2 chain stitches and 2 more double crochets into the same chain space. (That's a total of four double crochets into the same chain space.)|
|Step 8 - *1 chain stitch. 2 double crochets into the next chain space. 2 chain stitchs, 2 double crochets into the same chain space.|
Step 12 - *7 double crochets into the next chain space. 1 chain Stitch.
|Step 13 - Join to third of 3 chain stitchs with a slip stitch.|
|Step 14 - Select a new colour yarn. Join to any of the double crochets with a slip stitich.|
|Step 15 - Single crochet into the next double crochet.|
|Step 16 - Single crochet in all double crochets to the next chain space.|
|Step 17 - Single crochet into the chain space but pull the yarn through the row below. Don't worry it's quite intuitve when you're there.|
|Step 18 - Continue round the flower in single crochet. Slip stitch to join to the first single crochet.|
|Step 19 - Sew in all the loose ends to make it nice and neat. Do this now or you'll have a lot of loose ends at the end!|
This really is a lovely granny square (hexagon) to crochet. Part 2 of the tutorial will show how to flat join them together into a blanket with no back or front so that it resembles the pictures at the top of the post.
Any questions just leave a comment!
Hope you enjoy as much as I do.