Instructions

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GAUGE:

One flower = 6 inches. To save time, take time to check gauge.

SPECIAL STITCHES:

  1. Tr Tr: Yo four times, insert hk in the specified st or sp and pull up a lp so there are 6 lps on hk, [yo, draw yarn through 2 lps on hk] five times.
  2. Ch-4/dc lp: Ch 4, dc in fourth ch from hk. On next rnd, insert hk in the space between the ch-4 and dc.
  3. Picot: Ch 4, sl st in fourth ch from hk.
  4. Join picots: With wrong sides together, ch 2, sc in picot on previous flower, ch 1, dc in fourth ch from hk (counting the sc in the picot as a ch).
  5. Ch-4/hdc lp: Ch 4, hdc in fourth ch from hk. On next rnd, insert hk in the space between the ch-4 and hdc.

This afghan is made up of eight rows of 10 flowers. Each flower is joined to the afghan as you stitch. Large and small fillers are added between the flowers. Use as many colors as you like, planning your rows so no two flowers or fillers of the same color touch. All stitching is done on the right side (RS) of afghan.

Set aside 4 ounces of an earth-tone color for the edging. Do not use this color for flowers or fillers unless it is positioned where it won’t touch the edging.

The flower centers are added after the rows have been assembled to better balance the position of the colors.

AFGHAN ROW 1: First flower: FF-Rnd 1 (RS):

  1. Ch 5, sl st in fifth ch from hk to form a ring
  2. Ch 6 (counts as first tr tr), tr tr in ring, ch-4/dc lp;
  3. * Work 2 tr trs in ring, ch-4/dc lp
  4. Rep from * six more times
  5. Join with a sl st in top of beg ch-6 (make sure you do not sl st in top of the tr tr): count 16 tr trs and eight ch-4/dc lps.

FF-Rnd 2 (RS):

  1. Ch 1, sc in top of next tr tr, work (3 dcs, picot, 3 dcs) in next ch-4/dc lp
  2. * Sc in each of next 2 tr trs, work (3 dcs, picot, 3 dcs) in next ch-4/dc lp
  3. Rep from * six more times
  4. Join with a sl st in beg ch-1: count eight petals
  5. Fasten off.

NEXT FLOWER: NF-Rnd 1 (RS):

  1. With a new color, repeat FF-Rnd 1.

NF-Rnd 2 (RS):

  1. Ch 1, sc in top of next tr tr, work (3 dcs, join picots, 3 dcs) in next ch-4/dc lp, sc in each of next 2 tr trs, work (3 dcs, join picots, 3 dcs) in next ch-4/dc lp
  2. Sc in each of next 2 tr trs, work (3 dcs, picot, 3 dcs) in next ch-4/dc lp] around
  3. Join with a sl st in beg ch-1
  4. Fasten off

SMALL FILLER (RS):

  1. With RS of flowers facing up and a new color yarn, fill in the small space between two flowers as follows: ch 3, work 2 hdcs in third ch from hk
  2. Ch 1, with WS together, sc in center of first joined picot, ch 1, work 3 hdcs in same ch-sp as previous hdcs
  3. Ch 1, with WS together, sc in second sc between petals of upper flower, ch 1, work 3 hdcs in same ch-sp as previous hdcs
  4. Ch 1, with WS together, sc in center of second joined picot, ch 1, work 3 hdcs in same ch-sp as previous hdcs
  5. Ch 1, with WS together, sc in second sc between petals of lower flower, ch 1, join with a sl st in top of beg ch-3
  6. Fasten off
  7. Pull tail of beg-ch to close the center hole
  8. Continue to join a new flower to the bottom two picots of flower just completed until you have a strip of 10 flowers and nine small fillers.

AFGHAN ROW 2:

  1. Following NF-Rnds 1 and 2, join a flower to the picots on right-hand side of first flower of previous row. Add a small filler.
  2. Join the next flower to the bottom two picots of the previous flower, then join the flower to the adjoining two picots of the previous row in the same way before finishing the flower as before. Add small fillers.
  3. Continue to add flowers and fillers in this manner until you have two joined rows of 10 flowers.

LARGE FILLER (RS): LF-Rnd 1:

  1. With a new color, ch 5, sl st in fifth ch from hk to form a ring.
  2. Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ring, ch-4/hdc lp.
  3. * Work 2 dcs in ring, ch-4/hdc lp; rep from * six more times.
  4. Join with a sl st in top of beg ch-3: count 16 dcs and eight ch-4/hdc lps.

LF-Rnd 2:

  1. Ch 1, sc in next dc.
  2. * Work 2 scs in next ch-4/hdc lp, ch 1, with WS together, sc in any joined picot of flowers, ch 1, work 2 scs in same lp of large filler, sc in next 2 dcs, work 2 scs in next ch-4/hdc lp, ch 1, with WS together, sc in second sc between next petals of flower, ch 1, work 2 scs in same ch-4/hdc lp of large filler, sc in next 2 dcs; rep from * around, ending final rep with a sl st in beg ch-1.
  3. Fasten off.

AFGHAN ROWS 3-8:

  1. Repeat Afghan Row 2.

Flower center (RS):

  1. Using a color that contrasts with flower, place a sl knot on hk and sc around any tr tr near the center of a flower.
  2. Working toward the outer edge of flower, work (1 hdc, 1 dc, 2 tr trs) around the same tr tr as beg sc; * sk next tr tr and work (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 2 tr trs) around the next tr tr again starting at center of flower and working outward;
  3. Rep from * around.
  4. Join with a sl st in beg sc.
  5. Fasten off.
  6. Add a flower center to every flower.

Edging (RS): E-Rnd 1:

  1. With earth- tone color, place a slip knot on hk and join yarn with a sc in corner picot of any corner flower
  2. * Ch-4/hdc lp, sc in same picot, [ch-4/hdc lp, dc in center dc of next 3-dc group] twice, ch-4/hdc lp, sc in next picot
  3. Rep from * to last unjoined picot of same flower
  4. [ch-4/hdc lp, dc in center dc of next 3-dc group] twice, in sp where two flowers and small filler join (ch-4/hdc lp, dc in join, ch-4/hdc lp, dc in join), [ch-4/hdc lp, dc in center dc of next 3-dc group] twice, ch-4/hdc lp, sc in next picot
  5. Continue as established around afghan, ending with a sl st in beg sc.

E-Rnd 2:

  1. Sl st to center of first ch-4/hdc lp, ch 5, hdc in fourth ch from hk, sc in same lp
  2. * ch 4/hdc lp, sc in next lp.
  3. Rep from * to the ch-4/hdc lp above next picot, (ch-4/hdc lp, sc in same lp) **
  4. Rep from * to ** until lp above last unjoined picot of same flower is reached
  5. [ch-4/hdc lp, sc in next lp] twice, ch-4/hdc lp, draw up a lp in each of next three ch-4/hdc lps, yo, draw yarn through all four lps on hk, [ch-4/hdc lp, sc in next lp] three times, (ch-4/hdc lp, sc in same lp)
  6. Continue as established around afghan, ending with a sl st in beg ch.
  7. Fasten off.
  8. Use the size 13 tapestry needle to weave in the loose ends.

Finished size: Afghan is about 62 inches long x 51 inches wide.

Craft originally sent in by Rosalie D. of Florence, Arizona.