May is here, spring is in the air and blossom is hanging off the trees in abundance. Last year, we planted a cherry tree in a pot in our garden and this year to our great surprise it is covered with lovely white blossom. This is something that needs celebrating as does all the beautiful blossom or sakura that we see on streets, gardens and in parks this time of year, so I have done my best to capture the beautiful delicate two tone petals of the cherry blossom.
Size approx. 9 inch x 9 inch (22.5 cm)
The month of May is synonymous with blossom and so that May square for the 2023 blanket, just had to be blossom. This square is a little more difficult to my usual designs as where the stitches are placed is very important.
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
Bpbc – back post double crochet
Dc – double crochet
Ch – chain
Fpdc – front post double crochet
Htr – half treble
Mc – magic circle
Tr – treble
Ss – slip stitch
3trtog – 3 treble together
3-ch-picot – picot formed of 3 chain
Start crocheting here:
Foundation: Work 5dc into mc.
Round 1: (3tr) into each stitch. Fasten off. 
Use Hint of Silver
Round 2: 3fptrtog, ch 1, spike stitch into centre of mc, ch 1. 5 times. Fasten off. [10 stitches and 10 ch-1-sp]
Round 3: Start in ch-1-sp to the right of any spike stitch. (2dc) in ch-1-sp, skip spike stitch, (2dc) in next ch-1-sp, ch 1 behind petal. 5 times. [20 stitches and 5 ch-1-sp]
Round 4: (2tr, 1tr with ch-3-picot, 1tr with ch-3-picot, 2tr), into the gap between the two sets of (2dc) from round 3, dc in ch-1-sp. 5 times. Fasten off. [3tr, 10 ch-3-picot and 5 ch-1-sp]
Use Pale Rose
Round 5: 7dtr into dc between the inner petals, ch 2. 5 times, then join with ss. [35 and 5 ch-2-sp]
Round 6: dc, (2htr), tr, (3dtr), tr, (2htr), dc, then dc into ch-2-sp, dc between the 2 ch-3-picot form round 4, dc into other side of ch-2-sp. 5 times. Fasten off. (55)
Round 7: (3trtog, ch 1, 3trtog, ch 1, 3trtog) into the dc you made between the 2 ch-3-picots, ch 7. 5 times. Fasten off. (15 stitches, 10 ch-1-sp, 5 ch-7-sp)
Use Hint of Silver
Round 8: (2dc) in left hand side of any ch-7-sp, fpdc over cluster, (2dc) in ch-1-sp, fpdc over cluster, (2dc) in ch-1-sp, fpdc over cluster, (2dc) into right hand side of the next ch-7-sp, 5bpdc around the central stitches on the petal from round 6. 5 times. (80)
Round 9: 10dc, 3htr, 2tr, ch 1, 2tr, 3htr. 4 times. (80 and 4 ch-1-sp)
Round 10: 11dc, 3htr, 1tr, (tr, ch 3, tr) in ch-1-sp, 1tr, 3htr, 1 dc. 4 times. (88 and 4 ch-1-sp)
Round 11: 14htr, 2tr, (tr, ch 3, tr) in ch-3-sp, 2tr, 4htr. 4 times. (96 and 4 ch-1-sp)
Round 12: 17dc, (dc, ch 2, dc), 7dc. 4 times. Fasten off. (104 and 4 ch-1-sp)
Round 13: (dc, ch 2, dc) in to ch-2-sp, 26 dc. 4 times. (112 and 4 ch-1-sp).
Round 14: ss to ch-2-sp. (htr, ch 2, htr), *ch 1, skip 1, htr. From * to end of side, ch 1. 4 times.
Round 15: ss to ch-2-sp, (dc, ch 2, dc), dc in each stitch and ch-1-sp to end of side. 4 times. Fasten off.