I love crocheting African Flowers – they’re such a pretty design, and I’ve made a whole host of Heidi Bears designs using them – they’re also quick and easy to make in batches.
My latest blanket is destined for a new baby girl, and they wanted something in pale grey, pink and white – we added in a pale yellow too as I find this design works best with four colours.
I used Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran yarn in Stormy Grey (4 balls), Blush Pink, Banana Cream, and Paper White (1.5 balls of each).
As the blanket is 6×6 squares I made them in batches of 6 at a time, with each group having a different colour combo in the middle/petals. By doing them in batches I managed to get this whole blanket completed in 2 weeks – a good job too as the baby has arrived!
If you’re looking for a good pattern to square off your African Flowers I can recommend this Made in K-Town blog post.
I didn’t get time to measure it before it was collected but it came out roughly 1 metre square and was lovely and cosy due to the Aran thickness.
For the joining I used a flat slip stitch join which have a nice neat finish. I went down a hook size to do the border (I used 5mm for the squares and then a 4.5mm for the border) which was made up of a row of double crochet (sc if you’re using US terms) but making htr’s (hdc) into the point where the squares join. I then followed this with a round of htr in the back loops only, of white, then yellow, then pink.
Anyway here’s hoping it is very loved in its new home, and keeps baby V all warm and snuggly….
I love crochet baskets – big ones are great for storing yarn, you can make nesting ones and hanging ones, I even have a small one on my desk for pens. I wrote this pattern for the hobbycraft blog last year and thought I’d share it here too for anyone who would like to make it.
How To Make An Easter Petal Basket You Will Need:
2x balls of Conway + Bliss Odin in Lilac
Small amounts of Hayfield Bonus DK in green, yellow and white
Needle (for sewing in ends)
Stitch marker How to make the basket:
Working with two strands of Debbie Bliss Odin at the same time:
Form a magic ring, 6dc into the ring and tighten (6)
2dc in each stitch (place a stitch marker into your first stitch, and for every round) (12)
1dc into first stitch, 2dc into the next stitch *dc, 2dc* until end of the round (18)
2dc into first stitch, dc into the next two stitches *2dc, dc, dc* until end of round (24)
*2dc, dc into next 3 stitches* (30)
dc in front loops only for the whole round (30)
Rounds 7-15: dc in every stitch (30) (Nb this is 9 rounds)
*dc, ch1, skip 1* repeat until end of round (30)
dc into every dc and ch space from previous round (30)
Slip stitch into next stitch, *skip 2, 7tr into next stitch, skip 2, slst* repeat until end of round (this forms the petal edge of the basket)
Finish off and weave in ends
To make the daisy garland:
Leaf 1: With Hayfield Bonus DK in green, ch8, then working down the chain into each chain stitch work the following: sk1, slst, dc, htr, tr, htr, dc then slst and ch1.
Working down the other side of the original ch8, now work: slst, dc, htr, tr, htr, dc, slst.
Now chain 108 stitches (this should comfortably go round the circumference of your basket – adjust as necessary). Once you’ve done this, put a safety pin or stitch marker through your last chain and then thread it through the holes in your basket made in round 16 until it comes back out at the start – make sure Leaf 1 remains at the start and doesn’t get threaded through.
Make Leaf 2 by following the Leaf 1 instructions on the last 8 chains you made.
Finish off and weave in ends.
To make the daisy – with yellow, 6dc in magic ring and tighten. Then 2dc into each stitch and fasten off (12).
Join the white yarn into any stitch from the previous round, ch4 then slst into next stitch, *slst, ch4, slst* until end of round (forms 6 chain petals).
*Slst into chain space of next petal, ch1 then htr, tr, htr, dc, (all in the same petal chain space) then slst into next stitch* repeat until end. (6 petals)
Sew the daisy onto the green leaf chain where the two ends meet above the leaves.
Happy making! I’d love to see any baskets you make so if you’re on Instagram feel free to tag me @holly_pips