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Spring Daisies Afghan Crocheted Granny Squares

Joan Young By Joan Young on
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This afghan was adapted from a pattern in a magazine from the 1980s. I have named it Spring Daisies.

This was a gift for my sister-in-law. She chose the pattern, colors, and desired size. Then we adapted it by arranging random daisies in the middle, white field. This is a labor-intensive project. Each tri-colored square has six ends that have to be woven in before it can even be sewn together, and the sewing takes a long time. However, afghans with individual squares make good projects to carry with you. But eventually, it all has to be fastened together.

Everyone who has seen this afghan loves it. The puffy-petaled daisies really stand out. My sister-in-law has taken it home, and is repainting a room to go with it!

Materials and tools:

This is done in 4-ply worsted weight yarn; Bernat Super Value. Any 4-ply yarn will do as long as you choose a hook which results in 4" squares. I used a Boye crochet hook, size G. You will need 10 ounces each of green, yellow, and blue, and 16 ounces white. Yarn needle.

Finished size is about 50 x 58 inches.

There are two basic patterns of square. There is a flat-petaled daisy, which I will call FP and a puffy- petaled daisy, which I will call PP. With three colors, plus white, and two patterns, there are 12 kinds of multicolored squares you will make (Fig. 3), plus the all white ones. The all-white ones are all pattern FP.

On the assembly diagram the squares are numbered by color pattern:

Square 1 = PP: blue, white yellow - make 8

Square 2 = PP: blue, white, green - make 9

Square 3 = PP: yellow, white, blue - make 8

Square 4 = PP: green, white, yellow - make 8

Square 5 = PP: yellow, white, green - make 9

Square 6 = PP: green, white, blue - make 9

Square 7 = FP: yellow, green, white - make 8

Square 8 = FP: green, blue, white - make 8

Square 9 = FP: blue, yellow, white - make 8

Square A = FP: blue, green, white - make 7

Square B = FP: yellow, blue, white - make 9

Square C = FP: green, yellow, white - make 9

Square D = FP: all white - make 68

(total squares = 168)

Square FP - colored

(flat-petaled daisy)- the outer ring is always white, the inner rings are any two of the other colors.

Round 1- With any color (not white), chain 6 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring. Chain 2 (this counts as the first stitch), 15 single crochet in the ring (so there are 16 stitches in the ring). Join in the top of the chain with a slip stitch. Break off first color.

Round 2- (Demonstrated first on the video, and called Square A, instead of FP, sorry) With second color (not white), sl st in any sc, ch 4. [YO twice and insert hook in same sc as where you did the sl st. YO and draw yarn through, (YO and draw through hook and one loop) twice. There are now two loops on the hook. Basically you have just done a triple crochet, but just didn’t do the final YO and draw through.] Complete steps between [ ] twice more in the same sc. You will now have four unfinished tc and 4 loops on the hook. YO and pull through all 4 loops. Ch 1 to hold- one petal made, ch 2 loosely to form a bridge to the next petal.

*Skip one sc, [YO twice, insert hook in next sc, YO and draw yarn through, (YO and draw through hook and one loop) twice] repeat steps between [ ] three more times in the same sc. You will now have four unfinished tc and 5 loops on the hook. YO and pull through all 5 loops. Ch 1 to hold- one petal made, ch 2 loosely to form a bridge to the next petal. Repeat from * 6 more times till there are 8 petals evenly spaced around the inner ring. Sl st in top of first petal and fasten off.

Round 3- With white, sl st in any space between petals, ch 3, double crochet in same space 3 times. [Form corner by doing the following all in the next space: dc, htc, tc, ch 3, tc, htc, dc. In next space do 4 dc]. (Fig. 4) Repeat steps between [ ] twice more, form last corner with dc, htc, tc, ch 3, tc, htc, dc. Sl st in top of first ch 3, fasten off. Block complete. (Fig. 5) Weave in ends.

It’s best to not run the final thread along the edge of the block as it will make it difficult to sew the blocks together precisely. It’s better to run the yarn down the length of one of the dc.

Square FP - white

Work square entirely in white, and don’t break yarn between rounds. You will need to work 2 extra slip stitches in the top of the final petal of round 2 to reach the space where you begin round 3.

Square PP- colored

(puffy-petaled daisy)- the middle ring of petals is always white, the inner and outer rings are any two of the other colors.

Round 1- With any color (not white), chain 4 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring. Chain 3 (this counts as the first stitch), 15 dc in the ring (so there are 16 stitches in the ring). Join in the top of the chain with a slip stitch. Break off first color.

Round 2- (Demonstrated second on the video, and called Square B, instead of PP, sorry) With white, slip stitch in the back of any dc from the first round, chain 4 (this counts as the first tc). Work 4 more tc in the same place. Drop loop from hook, go back to the top of the ch 4, insert hook through this and through the dropped stitch, pull stitch through the top of ch 4, and allow the 5 bars to puff toward you. Ch 1 to hold- one puffy petal made, ch 2 loosely to form a bridge to the next petal.

*Skip 1 dc, 5 tc in back of next dc, drop loop from hook, go back to the top of the first tc, insert hook through this and through the dropped stitch, pull stitch through the top of the tc, and allow the 5 bars to puff toward you. Ch 1 to hold- one puffy petal made, ch 2 loosely to form a bridge to the next petal. Repeat from * 6 more times till there are 8 petals evenly spaced around the inner ring. Sl st in top of first petal and fasten off.

Round 3- With any color, sl st in any space between petals, ch 3, double crochet in same space 3 times. [Form corner by doing the following all in the next space: dc, htc, tc, ch 3, tc, htc, dc. In next space do 4 dc]. Repeat steps between [ ] twice more, form last corner with dc, htc, tc, ch 3, tc, htc, dc. Sl st in top of first ch 3, fasten off. Block complete. Weave in ends. (This is the same as round 3 of Square A.)

It’s best to not weave the final thread along the edge of the block as it will make it difficult to sew the blocks together precisely. It’s better to run the yarn down the length of one of the dc.

Sewing

Arrange blocks as shown in Spring Daisies Afghan diagram. (Fig 2 and also clickable diagram in text so it can be printed). Sew together through back loops only of edge stitches.

Finishing

Row 1- Slip stitch in back loop of any edge stitch, ch 2. Sc in back loop of each stitch to corner, 3 sc in corner to turn, continue around, sl st in top of ch 2.

Row 2- ch 2, sc in back loop of each stitch to corner, 3 sc in corner to turn, continue around, sl st in top of ch 2, fasten off. Weave in ends. (see Fig 6)