Submitted on Fri, 07/28/2023 - 08:24

Protea Crochet Flower Square - Free Crochet Pattern

My love for flower granny squares is almost as big as my use of bright bold colors, packed with some pretty awesome stitch techniques, it ends up in a beautifully textured crochet square. 

The Protea Flower Square is the first large square in my My African Garden Patchwork Afghan.
When I first launched my pattern, it was almost a fearful response of crocheters being intimidated by the difficulty of a flower crochet pattern, and honestly in my mind, working in the round, making granny squares, and the simplest easiest form of learning crochet.

Protea Crochet Flower Square
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Make 4 x Large Squares for the My African Garden Patchwork Afghan

Start off with some front post crochet stitches and then moves over to some fancy stitchwork using pretty simple crochet stitches.

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Protea Large Blanket Square

 

Difficulty level: Intermediate

Skills required:

    Understand the basics of working in the round.
    Joining different yarn colors and how to end and finish rows.
    The pattern is not a step-by-step tutorial, per-round images are available as well as a stitch diagram

Techniques used:

  •  Crochet squares are worked in the round
  • Ensure that your final row count per side is correct or you will struggle to join your squares at a later stage.

 It is best to stick to the same yarn weight and crochet hook thru-out making your squares or your squares would not match up.

Work ends, as you go will help you at the end when it comes to finishing the blanket unless you love spending a day at least to work on loose ends.

Note for all squares

Ensure that each side of a square has the required stitch count, according to the pattern instruction count, this will insure that joining your squares will be simple and straightforward.

Photo tutorial of blanket flower square pattern

A Digital PDF Pattern is available in my store and include

  • Detailed written instructions,
  • Per row photo tutorial,
  • Shorthand crochet instructions
  • Yarn length requirement.
  • Color indications are shown in the photo tutorial

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What you might need for completing this project

I add these pattern requirements as a simple guide to what I have used in the example pattern as well as some suggestions that I might think will work if the required materials are not obtainable. I often get requests on what yarn I have used and what color, so I hope this section helps.
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    Yarn used in the pattern example:

    • 100% Cotton Yarn
    • 130 yds/119m per 1.75oz/50g skein/ball

    The above-mentioned yarn is not a requirement for the pattern, you can use any yarn of your choice, just note that using more lightweight yarn and a smaller hook, the blocks and blanket size will be overall smaller, and using a heavier yarn and larger hook, the squares will be larger and the overall blanket size will be larger.

    Suggestions for yarn substitutions:

    This pattern is a stash buster so pick a yarn that you enjoy working with.

    I prefer a lightweight yarn, as this makes the blanket not too heavy, but the final choice is simply your preference. The final blanket size and blocck sizes are based on the pattern being worked in 3.5 mm / US 4 /E-4 hook.

    Hooks

    The example pattern uses a: 3.5 mm / US 4 /E-4 fo the example yarn used.

    But feel free to use the hook that suits your preferred yarn.

    I would suggest sticking to the same hook and yarn across all squares this will ensure that they all match up.

    This pattern is written using standard US crochet terminology.

Finished Measurements

Large Square size: 30 x 30 cm /  11 x 11 inches

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Abbreviations

bet : between

is normally applied in the small space between two stitches rather than crocheting through crochet loops, completed stitch is normally a little shorter than a normal crochet stitch, and the overall spaces between stitches become more open. 

BPsc : back post single crochet
ch : chain

chain : most crochet projects start off with a chain, either a chain into a magic ring for rounds or a base or foundation chain for a rowed crochet project, chain can also mean chains within a pattern row, where either a single chain is worked or a number of chains is crocheted, between stitches.

ch-sp : chain space

The space left from any amount of chains worked between stitches

dc : double crochet
FPdc : front post double crochet
fptr : front post treble crochet
fptr : front post treble crochet
hdc : half double crochet
rep : repeat

Repeat either stitch pattern or stitches at an allocated time as mentioned in the pattern

rep from * : repeat from *

repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed

SL ST : slip stitch
SP : space

The space between two crochet stitches

ST : stitch
st(s) : stitches
V-st : V-Stitch

1x double crochet, 1x chain 1, 1 x double crochet all into the same stitch

Pattern instructions

Start with a magic ring,
Round 1
Ch3 counts as the first dc st, Work 1dc. 11 more times into the same space, join with sl into the top of starting chain stitch, ch1, don't finish off color.

Round 2
ch 2, counts as first dc, 1fpdc around post of next dc stitch, * 1 dc into space between the last worked dc and the next dc, 1 fpdc around post of next dc st, repeat from * around,  
join into the top of start ch with sl, finish off color. 

Round 3
Join new color in space between fpdc st, and dc st with sc stitch, ch 3, counts as first dc, 1fpdc around post of next dc stitch, 
* 1 dc into space between the last worked dc and the next dc, 1 fpdc around post of next dc st, repeat from * around,  join into the top of start ch with sl, finish off color. 

Round 4
Join new color around post of dc stitch, ch3, counts as first fpdc st, * 1 fpdc around post of next dc st, repeat from * around,  join with sl into top of ch 3, finish off color. 

Round 5
Join new color in any stitch from the round before,*1 sc in stitch, ch2, 2 dc into the same st as sc before, skip two st(s), repeat from * around, join with sl into sc, finish off color.

Round 6
Join color in 2 ch-sp between any two dc st(s), ch 3, counts as first dc, 2 dc into the same sp, ch 1. Skip over the next two stitches, 
* 3 dc into top of next 2 ch-sp, ch-1, skip over next two stitches, repeat from * rnd, join with sl into the top of first 3 ch, finish off color. 

Round 7
Join new color around 2ch-sp post of round 5, ch4, counts as first dc stitch and ch1, 1 fpdc around the same post, ch1,1 sc in space between 3dc sts from round 6, ch1,
* 1fpdc, round 2ch-sp post from round5, ch1, 1 fpdc around same post, ch1, 1 sc in space between 3dc sts from round 6, ch1,repeat from * around,join with sl into top op starting ch3, finish off color. 

Round 8
Join new color with sc into sc, * 1 sc into sc, skip fpdc stitch,(1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in 1 ch-sp, skip next 1fpdc st, repeat from * around, 
join with sl into first sc stitch. finish off the color. 

Round 9
Join new color round first post of 4dc-shell, ch 3, counts as first 1 FPdc, 1 dc in 1 ch-sp, 1 FPdc around dc post, 1 dc into 1 ch-sp, 1 FPdc around dc post, 1 dc in 1 ch-sp, 1 FPdc around dc post, ch1,
* 1 FPdc, 1 dc in 1 ch-sp, 1 FPdc around dc post, 1 dc into 1 ch-sp, 1 FPdc around dc post, 1 dc in 1 ch-sp, 1 FPdc around dc post, ch1,
Repeat from * around,  join with sl into top of ch 3, finish off color. 

Round 10
Join new color with sc in 4th stitch of 7 dc petal, ch1,  1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch1, 1dc, in 1ch-sp, between 7dc petal stitches, ch1,* 1 sc in 4th stitch of 7 dc petal, ch1,  1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch1, 1dc, ch1, 1dc, in 1ch-sp, between 7dc petal stitches, ch1
repeat from * around,  join with sl into sc, finish off color. 

Round 11
Join new color with sc around the first post of 5 dc shell stitch from the round before, counts as first 1fpdc st, 1 dc in next 1ch-sp, 1fphdc around next dc post, 1 dc in next 1 ch-sp, 1fphdc around next dc post, 
1 dc in next 1 ch-sp, 1fphdc around next dc post, 1 dc in next 1 ch-sp, 1fphdc around last dc post, Skip over sc stitch, *1fpdc st, 1fphdc around next dc post, 1 dc in next 1ch-sp, 1fphdc around next dc post, 
1 dc in next 1 ch-sp, 1fphdc around next dc post, 1 dc in next 1 ch-sp, 1fphdc around next dc post, 1 dc in next 1 ch-sp, 1fphdc around last dc post, skip over sc stitch,
repeat from * around,join with sl into starting chain stitch, finish off color. 

Round 12
Join new color with back post sc stitch around post of first fpdc stitch from the round before, ch2 counts as first bpdc stitch, work 1 bpdc stitch in each of the next 8 sts, 
* 1 bpdc stitch in each of the next 9 sts, repeat from * around,  join with sl into staring chain stitch, finish off color. 

Round 13
Join new color top of any bpdc stitch from round before with sc, ch3, counts as first tr stitch, 1 tr into the same stitch, 2 tr into the next stitch, **( skip 2 sts, 1dc, ch1, 1dc into the next stitch ) repeat from ** 9 time more, 
skip 2 sts, 2tr into next stitch, 2 tr into the next stitch, ch 2 *2tr in next 2 sts, **( skip 2 sts, 1dc, ch1, 1dc into the next stitch ) repeat from ** 9 time more, 
skip 2 sts, 2tr into 2 sts, ch 2,repeat from * around,join with sl into staring chain stitch, finish off color. 

Round 14
Join new color with sc into corner 2ch-sp,Ch2, counts as first hdc st, 1 hdc in same space,1 dc into the next 4 tr sts, 3 hdc into the next 2, 1ch-spaces, 3 sc into the next 4, 1ch-spaces, 
3 hdc into the next 2, 1ch-spaces, 3 dc into the next 1 ch-sp,1 dc into the next 4 tr sts, 2 hdc in 2 chsp, ch 2 *2 hdc in 2 chsp 1 dc into the next 4 tr sts, 3 hdc into the next 2, 1ch-spaces,  3 sc into the next 4, 1ch-spaces, 3 hdc into the next 2, 1ch-spaces,  3 dc into the next 1 ch-sp, 1 dc into the next 4 tr sts, 
2 hdc in 2 chsp, ch 2 , repeat from * around,  join with sl into staring chain stitch, finish off color. 

Round 15
Join new color with sc into corner 2ch-sp, Ch2, counts as first dc st, 1 dc in same space,1 dc into the next 9 dc sts,1 hdc into the next 3 sts,1 sc into the next 18 sts,
1 hdc into the next 3 sts, 1 dc into the next 9 dc sts, 2 dc into next 2ch-sp, ch2, *2dc in 2ch-sp, 1 dc into the next 9 dc sts, 1 hdc into the next 3 sts, 1 sc into the next 18 sts,
1 hdc into the next 3 sts,1 dc into the next 9 dc sts, 2 dc into next 2ch-sp, ch2, repeat from * around,  join with sl into staring chain stitch, finish off color. 

Round 16
Join new color with sc into corner 2ch-sp,Ch2, counts as first dc st, 1 dc in same space,1 dc into the next 46 sts, 2 dc into next 2ch-sp, ch2 *2 dc into next 2ch-sp, ch2,
1 dc into the next 46 sts, 2 dc into next 2ch-sp, ch2,repeat from * around, join with sl into staring chain stitch, finish off color. 

African Flower Squares Patchwork Afghan

This crochet square forms part of the African Flower Sqaures Patchwork Afghan, this is a colorful collection of unique large and small crochet flower granny squares, inspired by South African flowers. The afghan pattern consists of eight different granny squares:  4 x large flower square patterns, and 4 x small flower square patterns. 

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  • Color allocation for example squares.
  • Detailed instructions on joining blanket squares.


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