I love Granny Squares! They are so fun and so crochet, you know? My Grandma would make tons of things with Traditional Granny Squares: blankets, stocking, stuffed animals, you name it! My favorite granny square that I have come across, though, is not the traditional style. It is called the African Flower.
This beautiful pattern can be done in different shapes and sizes. The one I have seen most often is a 6 petal flower in the shape of a hexagon. They are very beautiful, but a little harder to work with when sewing them together.
This is why I will be teaching you how to do an 8 pedal African Flower Granny Square. It is so beautiful and very easy to work with! Just look at these gorgeous squares!!
Get some practice with this and make at least 6 of them, because we will be using them in a pattern for my next post coming Friday!
Check out the pattern below to get a step by step guide on how to make the beautiful African Flower Granny Square! Happy Crocheting!
African Flower Granny Square
3 – 4 skeins of different colored medium weight yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft Yarn in White, Soft Green, and Victorian Rose)
4 mm (F) crochet hook (I use these hooks)
Tapestry Needle for sewing in ends
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
tr – treble crochet
sl st – slip stitch
fo – fasten off (cut yarn and sew in ends)
Using first color, Ch 8, sl st to make a circle.
Row 1: ch 3 (counts as dc), dc, ch 1, *2dc, ch 1* around until there are 8 – 2dc and 8 ch spaces, sl st to join, fo.
Row 2: join second color in first ch 1 space, ch 5 (counts as dc + ch 2), 2dc in same space, ch 1, *2dc in next ch 1 space, ch 2, 2dc in same space, ch 1* 7 times, dc in original ch 1 space, sl st into 3rd chain of ch 5 to join. (DO NOT fasten off)
Row 3: ch 3 (counts as dc), 6dc in ch 2 space, ch 1, *7dc in next ch 1 space, ch 1* 7 times, sl st at top of ch 3 to join, fo.
Row 4: join first color (or third if using 4 colors) in first stitch of row, ch1 (does not count as stitch), *sc 7, sc long stitch below ch 1 stitch in row 2* 8 times, sl st to join in first sc, fo. (see below for pictures of steps in doing sc long stitch)
Row 5: join final color in first long sc of row (This color will always be the same while the other colors can be mixed to make different colored patterns for flower. For this pattern, I always used white for the outside color.), ch 2 (counts as stitch), , *sc in next 4 stitches, hdc in next, dc 2 in next 2 stitches, [tr, ch 3, tr] all in next stitch, dc 2 in next 2 stitches, hdc in next stitch, sc 4 in next 4 stitches, hdc in next stitch* 4 times, sl st in first hdc to join, fo.
And there you have the gorgeous African Flower Granny Square! See? It wasn’t so hard, was it? Now make 5 more, find some scrap fabric (8″ by 12″), and get ready for Friday’s pattern! You’re gonna love it!
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