I am so happy to share the African Flower Granny Square Pattern with you. I absolutely love the way it turned out; splashes of colors and stitches and best of all — square!
I began looking at the classic African flower pattern several months ago and kept wondering where to dive in. I mean, what to make? It’s so versatile — balls, hippos, afghans…I just couldn’t decide where to start.
Then it hit me. I wanted it to be a granny square. I don’t know why, but I want to turn everything into a granny square. I paint and photograph scenery, so perhaps it’s my desire to frame everything.
And frame this darling African Flower, I did. I used 4 colors to make the design pop. (I even used 5 in one of them. 🙂 ) I love how the fifth round makes a sunburst outside the first brown frame.
So if you are familiar with the African Flower motif you’ll be asking yourself how I turned a six sided object into a four sided one. The answer is that it wasn’t easy. It took math and illusion.
I thought about labeling the African Flower Granny Square Pattern ‘intermediate’ in difficulty. Not because I used convoluted stitches (I used common ones), but because you really have to follow the instructions exactly.
Round 5 especially is where you’ll need to trust it is all going to work out. It takes a bit of ‘faith, trust and pixie dust’ to make this square. 🙂
The instructions are all in US terms. The stitches in this pattern are chains, slips, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, trebles and double trebles (also sometimes referred to as quads in the US).
The most difficult stitch I used is a double treble, which has three yarn overs at the beginning. It’s the big sister to a treble stitch and you’ll find it’s kinda’ fun to make.
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African flower granny square
- Difficulty: beginner
- All rounds are made on right side of work.
- All instructions are given in US terms.
You will need:
- Small amounts of four colors of medium 4 ply yarn – referred to in the instructions as Color A,B,C, and D.
- Size G (4 mm) hook or size hook needed to obtain the proper gauge
Round 1: (Color A) Make a magic ring, ch up 3 (as 1st dc), dc, ch, *dc 2, ch1, dc2, continuing around repeat from * 4 more times and then ch1 and slip to join in third chain (top) of first stitch. (18 total stitches) Finish off.
Round 2: (color B) Make petal bases. Slip to join in a ch1 space of first round, ch up 3 (as 1st dc) and in same space, dc1, ch2, dc2, ch1, *in next space dc2, ch1, dc2. Repeat from *around 4 more times and slip to join to top of chain 3. Do not finish off.
Round 3: (Continue color B) Make petal cluster tops: Slip stitch to chain 2 space and ch up 3. In same space dc 6 more, ch 1, *in next ch 2 sp dc 7, ch 1. Repeat from* around 4 more times. Slip to top st of chain 3 and finish off.
Round 4: (Using color C) Petal outline round: Slip to join to the 4 th double crochet at the top and center of a petal cluster, ch up 2 (as a single crochet), sc in each of stitches 5, 6, and 7. *At chain 1 space make a 1 long single crochet around ch 1 spaces in rounds 2 and 3 pulling up the stitch snugly, but not tightly. (Please note: The long single crochet stitch outlines and defines each petal. There are 8 stitches per petal including the long single crochet.) Continue sc stitches around petal clusters and making long sc in ch1 spaces as described above. Slip to first stitch and finish off. Weave in tails and trim ends.
Round 5: (color D) Flower frame round. Slip to join into a single crochet in round 4 that is at the top of a petal (the 4 th sc) and then all in the same loop; ch up 2, ch1, sc 1. Then sc 1 in stitches 5, 6, and 7 of petal, ch 1 and skip last stitch. *Sc in stitches 1, 2 and 3 then sc 1, ch1, sc 1, in 4th stitch. Sc in 5 and 6, and 7, ch 1 and skip stitch 8 (the long single crochet. Repeat from * around and slip to join to first stitch. Finish off. African flower complete.
Round 6: Transition round with color C Slip to join in back loop of any chain 1 space at a corner point. ** sc 2, in the same stitch. Then ch 1, skip 1, dc 1, treble (trbl) 1, ch 1, and trbl 2 in same stitch, then all in same center ch 1 stitch of previous round, double treble (dbl trbl) 1, ch 2, dbl trbl 1. Then in the next stitch, trbl 2. Trbl 1,(first corner made). Skip 2, dc 2, skip 1, dc 1, skip 1, dc 2 in same st, skip 1, dc 2, ch 1, skip 1, dc 1, skip 1, dc 2, skip 2, trbl 1, trbl 2 in same stitch, then all in next stitch dbl trbl 1, chain 2, dbl trbl 1 , trbl 2 in the same stitch, ch 1, trbl 1, dc 1, and ch 1, skip 1, and repeat from ** then slip to join to first single crochet. Finish off.
Please note: Turn the work so that the flat side of the flower frame in round 5 is at the top. This is the side you will work across first. (With color D) In the chain 2 in the right corner (left corner for lefties!), slip to join and ch up 3, continuing in same space dc 2, ch 2, and 3 (corner made). *Skip 3, in next space make 3dc, then skip 3, in next space make 3dc, skip 4, in next space make 3 dc, skip 3, 3dc in next space and skip 3 and then all in ch 2 space; make 3 dc, ch 2, 3dc ( corner 2 or 4 made), skip 3,make 3 hdc in same space , skip 2, 3hdc in same space, skip 2, 3 hdc in next space, skip 3, and in next space 3 hdc, skip 2 ** and in ch 2 space, make 3 dc, ch 2 and 3 dc (corner 3 made). Repeat from * and end at ** by slipping to top of ch 3. Finish off. Weave in and trim tails.
As always I’ve tested, written and rewritten to give you the most accurate instructions I can. If you feel there is an error, or just need a little help, please write me. Happy Crocheting! — Laura