Squared off African flower with six petals

Yesterday someone in a Facebook crochet group asked how to square off a six petal African flower and of course I couldn’t just leave it alone.

This is just a quick little square off and it’s only in written instructions, but hopefully you’ll find it useful 😉

This is what it looks like.
The square will definitely benefit from blocking but I think it looks quite neat as is.

I’m not going to explain how to make the actual flower there are many tutorials online, such as this free one on Ravelry.

The above pattern is for a five petal flower but you can basically make as many petals as you like by repeating each stitch group for the desired amount of petals.

I started with a magic ring and also used standing stitches at the beginning of each round, as well as fake stitches to close each round. I did this because it looks neater with the colour changes.

To square off the flower:
Complete the first four rounds of the standard African flower pattern.
You should have 8 stitches per petal (7 single crochets and 1 double crochet spike stitch). In total this will give you 48 stitches.
The 48 is divided by 4 giving you a total of 12 per side of the square.

Starting on any stitch from the previous round…
Round 1:
Work 2sc, 1hdc, 2dc across the next 5 stitches, (1dc, 2ch, 1dc) into the next stitch, *work 2dc, 1hdc, 5sc, 1hdc, 2dc across the next 11 stitches (1dc, 2ch, 1dc) into the next stitch; rep from * 3 times, work 2dc, 1hdc, 3sc across the next 6 stitches.
Cut yarn and close with a fake stitch.

Starting on any stitch from the previous round…
Round 2:
Work 1hdc into each stitch of the previous round and (1hdc, 2ch, 1hdc) into each 2 chain space.
Cut yarn and close with a fake stitch.

30. September 2014 by Stephanie Davies
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