Spring is bursting forth around us in all its glory. It’s my favourite season, even if it does require antihistamines. To celebrate this wonderful time of year I’d like to share a pattern for a square that I designed of one of my favourite flowers, the Barberton Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii).
Finished size and guage
The square should measure 10 x 10cm.
Guage is not important for the project, but remember that tighter or looser tension may result in a change in size, as will changing any of the variables, such as hook size or yarn.
To make one square you will need:
Stylecraft Special DK – small amounts of each of the following colours:
A Mocha (1064) | B Mushroom (1832 | C Booysenberry (1828) | D Pistachio (1822) | E White (1001)
Yarn needle for sewing in ends
Yarn substitutions: You can substitute the yarn with any DK yarn of your choice in your own preference of colours. As not all DK yarns are identical in thickness there might be a slight variation in size.
Terms and abbreviations used
This pattern is written in UK terms.
The following abbreviations are used:
ch – chain
dc – double crochet (US single crochet)
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st – stitch
tr – treble crochet (US double crochet)
- With yarn A ch4 and join with a sl st to form a ring.
- Ch1 (does not count as a st) and work 12 dc into the ring, join with a sl st to close and fasten off. (12dc)
- Join yarn B to any dc, ch3 (counts as first tr), tr in same st, then 2tr in each st round. Join with a sl st and fasten off. 24tr
- Join yarn C to any tr from the previous round, ch12 and sl st in the same st, *sl st in the next st and ch12 then sl st in the same st*. Repeat from * to * until a petal is made in each st and fasten off. 24 chained petals.
- Turn the flower over. You will note there is a little loop from round 3 at the back of the stitches underneath the petals. You should have 24 such loops. We will be working in these loops in this round.
With the flower front facing you, fold the petals down and join yarn D to any loop. Ch3 (counts as the first tr) and 2tr in the same st, ch3 and 3 tr in the same st (corner made). *Sk a loop and work 3 tr into the next st twice. Sk a loop and work 3tr in the next st, ch3 and 3 tr in the same stitch*. Repeat from * to * 3 times. Join to the top of the corner cluster with a sl st. Do not fasten off. You should now have four corners with two sets of clusters between corners.
Sl st your way through the two stitches of the corner cluster into the corner space.
- Ch3 (counts as first tr) and 2 tr into the same space, ch 3 and make 3 tr in the same space (corner made). 3 tr into the next space between clusters 3 times. *3 tr into corner sp, ch3, 3 tr into same space. 3 tr in the next corner space, ch3, 3 tr into the same space (corner made), 3 tr into the next space between clusters 3 times*. Repeat from * to * twice. * Join to top of starting ch with a sl st. Fasten off.
- Join yarn E in any corner space, ch3 (counts as first tr), 2 tr in same space, ch3, 3 tr in same space. 3 tr into the next space between clusters 4 times. *3 tr into corner space, ch3, 3 tr into same space. 3 tr into the next space between clusters 4 times*. Repeat from * to * twice more. Join to the top of the starting ch with a sl st. You can fasten off should you be happy with the size, otherwise you can continue with the granny square section until it is of the desired size.
If you find your square a bit wonky, blocking will achieve excellent results.
Should you wish to make only the flower to use as an embellishment, or for whatever purpose, simply omit steps 5-7.
If you find any errata, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
(c) Copyright Gina Shepherd 2017
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