It’s finally finished! My very first granny square afghan. And I think I’m in love.
This really shouldn’t have taken me as long as it did. Way back in early July, when I posted the pattern for the Wildflower Granny Square, I’m pretty sure I made a few empty promises that I’d be posting the finished blanket within a week or so. But I have to be honest — I do not like repetition in crochet. When I make a new pattern, I’m pretty content to never make it again. (Fall and Winter are torturous for me with all of the sock monkey and polar bear hats I sell on Etsy.) So when I started making the squares for this blanket, the first few were fun. The next ones, and the ones after that, not so much.
But wow, what a feeling of accomplishment when I did finally complete them and started stitching my blanket together! I mean, seriously. I was so excited.
This particular afghan is a gift for a dear friend who is having a baby girl in November. If you follow my blog, you know that our family is relocating to Michigan in a couple of weeks. I’m pretty distraught that I’m not going to be around when Baby R. is born, and I couldn’t move without leaving something special for her. So, by the time you’re reading this, I’ll have already surprised her mommy with the blanket. I hope she loves it!
And, much to my surprise, now that this blanket is finally complete, I’m finding myself kind-of-sort-of wanting to make another one for myself. We’ve purchased a home in our new town, and I’ve already decided on the colors of the living room: chocolate brown and tan, with bright teal accents. I think that a Wildflower Afghan with those colors, draped over our dark brown couch, would be eye-catching and beautiful. Here’s a walk-thru list of how I created this afghan.
For the squares, I of course used my free pattern for Wildflower Granny Squares. For the blanket pictured above, which measures 28″x34″, you’ll need to make the following:
- (10) white squares with pink and yellow flowers (Bernat Satin “Snow” and “Banana”, and Caron Simply Soft “Strawberry”)
- (3) blue squares with white and green flowers (Bernat Satin “Lagoon” and “Snow”, and Caron Simply Soft “Mint”)
- (3) green squares, with white and green flowers (Bernat Satin “Snow” and Caron Simply Soft “Mint”)
- (2) purple squares, with white and green flowers (Bernat Satin “Snow” and “Lavender”, and Caron Simply Soft “Mint”)
- (2) yellow squares, with white and green flowers (Bernat Satin “Snow” and “Banana”, and Caron Simply Soft “Mint”)
THE JOINING METHOD
I single crocheted my squares together. I knew from the very beginning that this was how I wanted to do it; I love the look of the raised edges, and I think it perfectly compliments the raised flowers. Since I’d never actually done it before, I referred to this tutorial by Repeat Crafter Me. I added one SC in each corner section.
And last but not least — the edging! I started with a couple rounds of white SC, adding (SC+Ch1+SC) in each corner. Then, to make it even a little more girly, I added a white row of DC ruffles (3 DC in each stitch, with 5 in each corner). It took a while to get around, but it was worth it. (Although if I were making this for someone other than a child, I would have left the ruffles off.)
Of course, the color combination possibilities are endless. Whatever colors you choose, I know you’ll end up with an afghan that’s really going to stand out. Be sure to send me your finished photos!
Good luck with your delivery?? I can’t wait for us to get to know each other in all the crafts we will create and share together! Take care
I love your Wildflower Afghan. I’ve crochet for 35 years. I am confused by your flowers and the Flo and blo. If it is done the way you said there is not any empty stitches. Please help. My best friend loves it and has terminal cancer. I want to make thi
Round 3 and Round 4 are both worked into the loops from Round 2. Round 3 is worked in the front loops of Round 2, and Round 4 is worked in its back loops.
Would like permission to have the wildflower afghan pattern. Please send to me via e-mail. thanks so much
You can find the pattern for the squares at http://littlemonkeyscrochet.com/wildflower-granny-square-free-pattern/ (it’s also linked to from within the blog post above). It’s against my policy to email my patterns. Thanks!