Lately it has just been rain, rain, rain. And I wonder if the old adage is true. Do April showers really bring May flowers? I sure hope so. Maybe by making this block, we will be able to bring some real flowers. This block is based on Donna Mason-Svara’s pattern May Flower. The best part? This block can be turned into a flower applique by stopping after round 4. Here is a photo of my square for this week:
The Pattern, With Tutorial Photos
I used a size I hook to complete this square. It measures 6 inches by 6 inches, as all squares will need to measure. Please select the appropriate size hook for your squares to measure 6 inches as well.
I used 2 colors (color A, B), so the pattern is written for 2 colors. If you use less/more colors, make the appropriate adjustments.
**This week I recommend that you use a stitch marker, or stitch holder.**
Abbreviations (for a tutorial of each stitch, see the links page in the menu):
ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
tc – treble crochet
While this block only uses stitches that we have seen before, it does contain a bit of a twist. Instead of cutting the yarn after round 1, we leave it attached to pick it back up again in round 3. Hopefully the photos below make this clear, but if you have any questions, please leave a comment below and I will try to help as best I can.
To begin, ch 5 with color A. Join to first ch with a sl st.
Round 1: Continuing with color A, ch 3, 15 dc into the loop. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch-3. Pull up a large loop of yarn and place your stitch marker/holder in the loop. Do NOT cut yarn.
Round 2: With color B, join with a sl st in the next st to the left of where you just joined the last round. Ch 3, 3 dc in the same st as joining. Skip 1 st. *4 dc in next st, skip 1 st.* Repeat from * around. Before you join, bring all of color A to the front (the loop and the yarn to the skein). Join with sl st to top of beginning ch-3. Cut yarn and finish off.
Round 3: Continuing with color A, ch 5, sc in ridge behind the 2nd dc of the 4-dc group, ch 2. *Dc in the skipped st from round 1, ch 2, sc in ridge behind the 2nd dc of the 4-dc group, ch 2.* Repeat from * around. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch-5.
Round 4: Continuing with color A, ch 1, sc in same st. *Skip ch-2 sp, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next sc. Skip ch-2 sp, sc in next dc. (This makes the petal).* Repeat from * around to the last petal. Skip ch-2 sp, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next sc, skip ch-2 sp. Join with sl st in beginning sc. Cut yarn and finish off.
Round 5: With color B, join with a sl st in the sc between any 2 petals. Ch 4, (2 tr, ch 3, 3 tr) in same st as joining. ^*Skip 3 sts, sc in the back ridge of the 2nd ch of the ch-3 sp. Ch 1, skip 3 sts, 4 hdc in sc. Ch 1, sc in back ridge of the 2nd c of the ch-3 sp, skip 3 sts.^ (3 tr, ch 3, 3 tr) in sc.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times and from ^ to ^ once more. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch-4.
Round 6: Continuing with color B, sl st in next 2 sts and into the ch-3 sp. Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in corner. ^*Skip 1 st, 3 dc, dc in ch-1 sp, 4 dc, dc in ch-1 sp, 3 dc, skip 1 st.^ (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in corner.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times and from ^ to ^ once more. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch-3.
Round 7: Continuing with color B, ch 1, sc in same st as joining. Work 1 sc in each st around and work (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in each corner. Join with sl st to first sc. Cut yarn and fasten off.
Finishing: Weave in all ends, making sure that they are very secure. You do not want the ends to come unraveled when you wash the blanket. If you need help with weaving in the ends, check out the tutorial posted in the links page above.
Feel free to send a photo of your finished square to firstname.lastname@example.org to have it added to the photos page.