Yesterday I promised more options for the basket weave square. I am going to start with the Simple Crochet Flower. For the Simple Crochet Flower you will need approximately 50 inches of yarn per flower and an I hook. If you want to be able to tie the crochet flowers to your afghan square, leave your beginning and ending yarn tails about 7 inches long. If you would rather not have the bows on the other side of your square, you can whipstitch the flowers to your afghan square.
Simple Crochet Flower
ch 4, join to form ring.
ch 1, sc in ring, (ch 4, sc in ring) 4 times, ch 4, join to beg ch 1. Bind off.
For the Spoolie Flowers, you will need approximately 40 inches of yarn and the pink Knifty Knitter Spool Loom plus a tapestry needle. You will be wrapping the end with 5 pegs. If you want to be able to tie your loom flowers to the afghan square, leave your beginning and ending yarn tails about 7 inches long.
Using the end of the Spool Knitter with 5 pegs, hold the loom so that one peg is at the top (the pegs should resemble a star shape).
The top most peg will be peg 3 for this pattern. It is easiest to thread your working yarn onto a tapestry needle at this point. Leaving a 7 inch tail, take your working yarn between pegs 1 and 5. Wrap the yarn around peg 3 from left to right.
Take your working yarn across the center and wrap around peg 1 from right to left.
Cross the center again and wrap peg 4 from left to right. Cross to peg 2 and wrap the peg from left to right.
Cross to peg 5 and wrap from right to left.
Repeat these steps one more time. There should be 2 loops on all pegs.
Pull the working yarn down through the center of the loops on peg 3. (Be careful not to pierce the loops with your needle)
Take your working yarn under the petals and bring the working yarn up through the center of the loops on peg 5.
Take the yarn back down through the loops on peg 2. Take your working yarn under the petals again and bring it back up through the loops on peg 4. Pull the working yarn down through the center of the loops on peg 1.
Now you will weave the working yarn over and under the loops on the peg, going around the center twice. This will give a nice circle outline to the center of the flower.
Sew the working yarn through the bottom of the flower’s center.
Remove the flower from the Spool Knitter by picking the loops over the pegs.
Finally, I have some additional embroidery options for you. I have drawn up a few templates that you can use to embroider your afghan squares instead of the flowers, if you so choose. These are rather small designs and would be best worked in embroidery floss, rather than yarn. I would work the outline in backstitch and the eyes with french knots. Also, feel free to use these little sketches however you would like. You can use them for other embroidery projects, or for notecards, or whatever strikes your fancy. I hope you like them :o)
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!