How to Make an African Flower

Follow this step-by-step tutorial. The photos show how your work should look, each step of the way. Scroll down to find complete written instructions and a diagram.


Step 1 Begin with a ring, then work Round 1 with D and fasten off.


Step 2 Work Round 2 with C.


Step 3 Work Round 3 and fasten off.


Step 4 Work Round 4 with A and fasten off.


Step 5 Work Round 5 with B.

Step 6 Work Round 6 and fasten off B.

African Flower Motif Written Pattern

Round 1 (RS) Ch 3, 2-tr Cl in ring (beginning ch-3 and 2-tr Cl count as first 3-tr Cl), ch 3, [3-tr Cl in ring, ch 3] 7 times; join with sl st in first Cl—8 clusters, and 8 ch-3 sps. Fasten off.

Round 2 With RS facing, draw up a loop of next color in any ch-3 sp, ch 2, (2-dc Cl, ch 3, 3-dc Cl) in same ch-3 sp (first petal made), ch 1, [(3-dc Cl, ch 3, 3-dc Cl) in next ch-3 sp (petal made), ch 1] 7 times; join with sl st in first Cl—8 petals, and 8 ch-1 sps.

Round 3 (Sl st, ch 1, sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc) in first ch-3 sp, ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, [(sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc) in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp] 7 times; join with sl st in first sc—56 sts and 8 ch-1 sps. Fasten off.

Round 4 With RS facing, join next color with sc in same sc as join, sc in next 6 sts, spike-dc in next ch-1 sp 2 rounds below (in Round 2, between petals), [sc in next 7 sts, spike-dc in next ch-1 sp 2 rounds below (between petals)] 7 times; join with sl st in first sc—64 sts. Fasten off.

Round 5 With RS facing, draw up a loop of next color in same sc as join, ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in next 3 sc, sc in next 8 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, ch 3, *hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next 8 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, ch 3; repeat from * 2 more times; join with sl st in top of beginning ch—64 sts and 4 ch-3 sps.

Round 6 Sl st in next 2 sts, ch 1, *sc in next 10 sts, sk next 3 sts, (3 tr, dtr, ch 3, dtr, 3 tr) in next ch-3 sp, sk next 3 sts; repeat from * 3 more times; join with sl st in first sc—72 sts (18 sts across each side) and 4 ch-3 sps. Fasten off.

Round 7 With RS facing, draw up a loop of A in same st as join, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next 13 sts, (2 dc, ch 1, tr, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-3 sp, *dc in next 18 sts, (2 dc, ch 1, tr, ch 1, 2 dc); repeat from * 2 more times, dc in each st to end of round; join with sl st in top of beginning ch—88 dc, 4 tr, and 8 ch-1 sps. Fasten off.

DIagram

The complete African Flower Blanket pattern was published in our July/August 2012 issue!