New project!! Whilst waiting to place a new yarn order to finish the Basket Weave Stitchblanket, I sorted through my yarn stash to start something new!
A while ago, I made a few African Flower animals by Heidi Bears which are so much fun to make! I even entered the dragon into the Royal Melbourne Show crochet competition and came 2nd place!! 🙂 very proud moment!!
So ever since I made these animals, I have been wanting to make an african flower blanket. I have seen such wonderful inspiration on Pinterest (My Pinterest ) of blankets made with African flowers, and decided its time I give it a go.
For my blanket I have used 8ply cotton from Bendigo Woollen Mills in 7 colours:
- Daffodil (yellow)
- Sky (blue)
- Blush (pink)
- Wild Lavender (purple)
- Peach (orange)
- Honeydew (green)
- Snow (white)
I used the Daffordil (yellow) for all the flower centres and the Snow (white) for the joining and the last round of the flowers. That leaves 5 different coloured flowers. For example – 5 x pink petal flowers, 5 x blue petal flowers etc, with each pink petal flower having one of the other colours as the border. That makes 30 flowers in total (i had 2 flowers left over as spares).
To make the flowers, I used the same tutorial from Heidi Bears. All flowers are hexagons, so they have 6 petals. and 6 sides. They are quick and quite simple to make!! And you can make the flowers all in one colour too, if you would like. Link is here – Heidi Bears Hexagon Tutorial
So once I have made all the flowers, I lay them out on my table. I am quite a bit OCD when it comes to layout, and didnt want any of the same colour flowers to be touching. Made me think of little kids who don’t like their food to touch haha i am the same with my crochet.
When making these flowers, I try to crochet over the ends as much as I can as I go, so I do not end up with a million ends to sew. Ends are just horrible! My least favorite part. I left the ends for the last round, the white, as I will sew them in as I join the flowers together.
Now with the joining. You can use the JAYG (join as you go) method to join these together. If you decide to use the JAYG method, stop crocheting the flowers before the last white round, as this is the round you will do as you join.
Instead I decided to sew the flowers together using my tapestry needle. This is how I joined them:
First I worked in rows, by just attaching one side of each flower together for the first row. Take one flower and align the 2 sides together. One side is 7 stitches. Start by inserting your needle into the chain 1 stitch of the first side, and sewing across the side until you reach the next chain 1 (7 stitches). Make sure you sew into the chain 1.
Then start with the next flower for that row, it will look like this:
Continue till you get to the end of the first row. Then do the same for the next row. Sew 2 sides of 2 flowers together, until you reach the end. Now you can sew together the first two rows. Using the same method, starting at the chain 1 at the end of the row, and working all the way across until you reach the chain 1 at the end of the row.
Once you have the first 2 rows sewn together, you can then join the 2 sides of each flower on the 3rd row (like you did for the first) then sew that row onto the 2 rows already sewn together. And so on, until you have finished sewing all the flowers together! Sew over the ends from the last round as you go, that way you will just need to snip the tails off when you are done!
And there you go!! All your flowers have now been joined together!! Now of course you can do as many flowers as you want, you can make the blanket as wide or as long or as BIG as you want as well.
To finish, you could do a single crochet or a double crochet border all the way around, or simply leave it as it is. I think the shape is quite different and unique, and would look pretty just as it is.
However, I am going to add a little bit more detail and pattern to this blanket, as I would like it to be BIGGER!! Join me soon, for Part TWO!! 🙂
I hope you found this useful, and you love making African Flowers!! See you for Part Two soon, love Nat xxx