04/03/2013

African Flower Tutorial

Handbag - still without lining and handles

Yarn: Elle Premier 100% cotton, DK, Hook size 3


The African Flower: Pattern


1. Chain 5 and close circle
2. Chain 3 (first dc), 1 dc, ch1, 2dc, ch1, 2dc and repeat until 6 clusters of 2dc each with ch1 between each cluster. Close with ss
3. Join new colour, ch3 to the right of the join (first dc). 1dc in same space as ch3. Ch1, 2dc in same space
4. Into next ch1 space from previous round: 2dc, ch1, 2dc. Repeat (6 sets) and close with ss. Don't join a new colour as this round and the next one will create the flower petal - unless of course you prefer it slightly different to this



5. Slip into space created by ch and ch3 (first dc)
6. 6dc into same space (cluster of 7)
7. 7dc into each space and close
8. Join new colour and insert hook into first ch space




9. Sc into each dc of previous round (7) and then 1dc.  This dc will appear long but will be creating the petal shape
10. Repeat until whole flower has a border of 7sc, 1dc
11. Join new colour, 4sc and then ch1 and 1sc in same space (you are in the middle of the petal and the sc, ch1, sc will create on of the corners of the hexagon). This round is originally hooked with dc but I prefer the look of the sc.
12. Continue sc until you reach the middle of the next petal once again and sc, ch1, sc.  Repeat and close.


The completed African flower (above) and when stitched together (below)




For a more detailed tutorial, head over to Heidi Bears. Cheers!


19 comments:

  1. Whoop,whoop. That is so beautiful. You must be thrilled. I think that has inspired me so much.

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    1. Thanks Linda, the bag is looking great! I hooked one in a different cotton in off white trimming and it is looking equally good. Just struggling to locate nice modern handles . . .

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  2. This is so great!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Tania

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  3. Oh thank you for this! I love the colours you used for your bag. I hope one day to make a bedspread with these. Lovely pictures!

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  4. Love the colors and the flowers are so much prettier than others I've seen in the same pattern. I guess that's a combination of the yarn and hook size. Not sure of differences in hook size designation between there and here in the US. What is the MM size of your size 3 hook?

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  5. I love the pattern and this colors!!!
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  6. Love this. I have featured it in my new blog http://ajournalofinspiration.blogspot.in/

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    1. Thank you so much Pradeepa, I've been getting a lot of traffic from your lovely blog!

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  7. I found your blog because I am participating in blog week and I have really been enjoying your posts and photography. I was excited to see you had used the African flower pattern because I am working on an African flower blanket right now. The pattern I am using is a little different than yours. Here's a link http://mydreamsweetlove.blogspot.com/2013/04/knit-and-crochet-blog-week-2013-day-4.html

    Amanda

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    1. I think you are hooking a winner and I love why you are hooking this project! The interesting thing that very few seem to know is that the initial design originates from the US - it was designed by Dorothy Neidhart and published in the Sept 86 issue of Woman's Day magazine. I was told this by someone who runs a vintage crochet pattern shop on Etsy only a few days ago!

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  8. Danke,wunderbar,habe ich schon lange gesucht.Möchte 2 häkeln und zu einer kleinen Geldbörse zusammenfügen .Liebe Grüße Regina

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  9. Тhank you for this!I love the pattern African flower :))) И давно искала, как же его вязать - теперь смогу связать плед, о котором давно мечтала!

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  10. ~ ♥ ~ I really need to get on with this one day. You made so many beautiful things. ~ Love it all , thank you for sharing ~ ♥ ~

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  11. It's beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. Could I ask what colors you used?

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  12. Lovely flower - thanks and many goood days for You! :)

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  13. Hello,

    Would you be able to tell me how many skeins were used to make the afghan? I am making a baby blanket and would like to know about how many I need.

    Thank you,
    Doreee

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