August has been a busy month for me with crochet designing. Taking part in the summer quickies CAL with my sunflower wreath and the designing the Alpine Bloom Square for the melange CAL were great fun, but meant I got slightly behind with the 2023 Blanket CAL.
Still I have (just) managed to make the August square available in August:) This square is inspired by the beautiful wild flowers you see by the wayside at this time of year. I have named the square Cow Parsley Square, but I know this plant has many folk names, such as Shepherd’s Lace or Old Man’s Baccy.
For the finished blanket make two squares with different background colours. The square is initially worked back and forth in rows and then once you have the square shape, rounds are worked around it. The squares should be approx. 9 inch (22.5 cm)
Tapestry needle and sharp scissors
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The pattern is written using UK terminology, for a conversion chart to US terminology click this link.
The squares are worked in the round. You do not need to turn your work after each row and you continue working in the same direction as before.
[Stitches written in brackets like this are all worked into the same stitch.]
For the first stitch on each row: Chain 1 to move up to the next round if the round starts with double crochet. Chain 2 if the round starts with a half treble crochet, and chain 3 if the round starts with a treble crochet. These chains count as the first stitch in the row
Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
Dtr – double treble
Fpdtr – front post double treble
Htr – half treble
Tr – treble
RS – Right side with the front of your work facing you
Ss – slip stitch
WS – Wrong Side with back of your work facing you
Start crocheting here:
Foundation: Use Raspberry or Violet. Ch 28.
Row 1: Dc in second ch from hook. Then dc across. (27)
Row 2 to 6: Dc across. Fasten off. (27)
Row 7: Use Sage. 2dc, *ch 2, skip 2, fpdtr into stitch directly below in row 4, ch 2, skip 2, dc. From * 4 times, dc. Fasten off. (4 stems) (Between the dcs, you will have 5 unworked stitches, the 4 skipped stitches and the stitch behind where you work the fpdtr into row 4.)
Row 8: RS. Use Hint of Silver: Skip 1st stitch, ss into dc, (dtr, ch 1, dtr, ch1, dtr, ch 1, dtr, ch1, dtr) into fpdtr from row 7, ss into dc from row 7. 4 times.
Row 9: WS. Ch 1 and turn your work. Dc into each stitch and ch-1-sp of the flower head, then ch 1 to next flower. 4 times. Fasten off.
Row 10: Use Raspberry or Violet. 2 tr into row 7, ch 5 behind flower, dc into ch-1-sp, 3 times, then ch 5 behind flower, 2tr.
Row 11: 2dc, (5dc) into ch-5-sp, dc. 4 times. Dc.
Rows 13 to 17: Dc across.
Rows 18 to 22: As rows 7 to 11
Rows 23 to 28: DC across.
Rows 29 to 33: As rows 7 to 11.
Rows 34 to 35. Dc across. Fasten off.
Round 1: Use Pale Rose or Palma Violet. Work 27 dc over each side of the square, ch 1 in each corner.
Round 2: ss to nearest ch-1-sp. (htr, 2ch, htr), *ch 1, skip 1, htr. Repeat from * to end of side. 4 times.
Round 3: (3dc) into ch-2-sp, *dc into ch-1-sp, dc. Repeat from * to end of side. 4 times.