Bold Bloom Crochet Blanket Square

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Yarn for this project was provided by Yarnspirations.

Bright crocheted flower on an afghan square

The only thing better than crocheting is crocheting with friends. I was super excited when my friend Tamara, from MooglyBlog, asked me to join in the MooglyCAL for 2022. The CAL (crochet-along) is a year-long crochet along, featuring 24 afghan squares or blocks, designed by 24 different professional crochet designers. This design is block number 24 – the last block in the CAL. If this is your first time hearing about it, don’t worry. All the patterns for the previous blocks are still available.

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Choosing Yarn Colors

I love bold, bright colors. Lucky for me, Red Heart With Love yarn comes in a soooo many color choices. I was able to pick out colors that really pop! I knew immediately that I wanted to use the colorways Papaya (the pink) and Blue Hawaii. But what about a third color? Do you recognize the Daffodil (yellow) yarn in the picture? It’s the yarn I used in the Essential Ribbing Crochet Blanket! Blanket squares like this are perfect for using up the leftovers from other projects.


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Customize Your Square

There are so many fun ways to make this square unique. I provide instructions for making the square with 3 different colors, but you can always change around the colors in your square. Tamara made her square with 6 different colors.

flower afghan square crochet block

Bold Bloom Crochet Blanket Square Pattern

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SKILL LEVEL

Intermediate

SKILLS USED

This pattern uses the following crochet skills and techniques:
Basic stitches: slip stitch, chain, double crochet, half double crochet, single crochet, treble crochet
Magic ring
Working in rounds
Working into skipped stitches on rounds below
Working into 3rd loop of stitches
Color changes: changing colors at end of rounds

This pattern uses US crochet terminology.

MEASUREMENTS

Width: 12 inches
Length: 12 inches

YARN

Worsted weight yarn:
Color A: 30 yds
Color B: 30 yds
Color C: 85 yds
Sample shown in Red Heart With Love in #1201 Daffodil (A), #1803 Blue Hawaii (C), and #1939 Papaya (B)

HOOKS

US size J/10 [6mm] crochet hook or size need to obtain gauge

NOTIONS

Yarn needle, scissors, stitch markers

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GAUGE

Rounds 1-3 = 2.75 inches in diameter
6 double crochet = 2 inches

UNDERSTANDING THE STITCH PATTERN

The flower is made first. The flower center is worked in continuous rounds of half double crochet. By working into the 3rd loop of each stitch the top two loops are pushed to the front to make a nice textured swirl. The petals are formed by making big chain loops and then working stitches in them on the next round.

After the flower is done, the background is next. When the flower was made, during Round 5, we skipped certain stitches. These stitches are where the background will start. When the double crochet background starts, make sure that you are working behind the petals so they will be at the front of the square. The background starts out as a circle shape. Eventually the petal tips are secured to the background by working a stitch through both the 3rd loop of the marked petal stitch and a background stitch at the same time. After the petal tips are secured, the background transitions to a square shape. This is accomplished mainly in Round 5, but Round 7 contains extended single crochet stitches to help even out the sides a bit more.

The final edging is made by working some rounds into the 3rd loop of stitches. Single crochet rounds bring the square up to the final finished measurements.

corner of the crochet afghan square

PATTERN NOTES

The chain-3 at the start of a round counts as the first double crochet of the round. Work the next stitch in the second stitch of the previous round.

The chain-1 at the start of a round does not count as a stitch.

To change yarn colors at the end of a round, work the last slip stitch with the next color as follows: insert hook in indicated stitch, drop old color, yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook. The slip stitch in completed, and you now have the color for the next round on your hook. Fasten off the old color.

Some rounds are worked in continuous rounds, without joining. Use a stitch marker or scrap yarn in the first stitch of the round to keep track of the beginning of the round.

Other rounds are joined at the end. To join, work a slip stitch in the indicated stitch.

The 3rd loop of the stitch is the horizontal strand of yarn behind and below the back loop of the stitch. For a video tutorial of working into the 3rd loop of a stitch, click here.

SPECIAL STITCHES

Extended single crochet = Insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through 1 loop on hook (2 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through all 2 loops on hook.

BOLD BLOOM CROCHET PATTERN

Flower

Round 1: With Color A, make a magic ring, chain 1, work 8 half double crochet into the ring. (8 stitches)

Round 2: Work 2 half double crochet into the 3rd loop of each stitch around. (16 stitches)

Round 3: Working into the 3rd loop of stitches, half double crochet into the first stitch, 2 half double crochet into the next stitch, [half double crochet into the next stitch, 2 half double crochet into the next stitch] around, join into the 3rd loop of the first stitch made and change to Color B. (24 stitches)

Round 4: With Color B, working into the 3rd loop only, single crochet in the next 12 stitches, 2 single crochet in the next stitch, single crochet in the remaining 11 stitches. (25 stitches)

Round 5: Single crochet in the first 2 stitches, chain 8, skip 3 stitches, [single crochet in the next 2 stitches, chain 8, skip 3 stitches] around. (10 single crochet, 5 chain-8 loops)

Round 6: Slip stitch in the next 2 single crochet, work 11 single crochet into the next chain-8 loop, [slip stitch in the next 2 single crochet, work 11 single crochet into the next chain-8 loop] around. (55 single crochet, 10 slip stitches)

Round 7: Slip stitch into the first 2 slip stitches, *single crochet in the next single crochet, half double crochet in the next single crochet, double crochet in the next 3 single crochet, tr in the next single crochet, double crochet in the next 3 single crochet, half double crochet in the next single crochet, single crochet in the next single crochet**, slip stitch in the next 2 slip stitches, repeat from * around ending last repeat at **, join with a slip stitch into the first slip stitch and change to Color A. (Five 11-stitch petals, 10 slip stitches)

Round 8: With Color A, *slip stitch in the next slip stitch, single crochet in the first 5 stitches of the next petal, 3 single crochet in the tr (place a stitch marker in the middle single crochet of the 3 just made), single crochet in the last 5 stitches of the same petal, slip stitch in the next slip stitch, repeat from * around. Fasten off.

Background

For Round 1, only work into the single crochet that were skipped earlier, while working Round 5 of flower. Do not work into the single crochet that had stitches made into them. Gently push the flower petals towards the front and work the new round behind them.

Round 1: Join Color C in the first single crochet of any group of 3 unworked single crochet from Round 4, chain 3 (counts as first double crochet here and throughout), 1 double crochet in the same stitch, 3 double crochet in each of the next 2 single crochet, *2 double crochet in the next single crochet , 3 double crochet in the next single crochet, 2 double crochet in the next single crochet , repeat from * around, join into the top of the beginning chain-3.  (36 double crochet)

Round 2: Chain 3, double crochet in the next double crochet, 2 double crochet in the next double crochet, *double crochet in the next 2 double crochet, 2 double crochet in the next double crochet, repeat from * around, join into the top of the beginning chain-3. (48 double crochet)

Round 3: Chain 3, double crochet in the next 2 stitches, 2 double crochet in the next stitch, *double crochet in the next 3 stitches, 2 double crochet in the next stitch, repeat from * around, join into the top of the beginning chain-3. (60 double crochet)

At this point the tips of the marked stitches on the flower petals should be able to reach the top of Round 3. Lay the piece flat and attach stitch markers into a stitch on the last round to mark where to join the petals.

picture of attaching the flower crochet petal
The crochet hook is inserted through the third loop of the single crochet at the tip of the flower and in the double crochet stitch of the background.

Round 4: Chain 3, double crochet in the next 3 stitches, 2 double crochet in the next stitch, *double crochet in the next 4 stitches, 2 double crochet in the next stitch, repeat from * around, AT THE SAME TIME join the petal tips to the marked stitches by inserting hook through the 3rd loop of the marked single crochet of the flower and then into the corresponding stitch on Round 3 when working the double crochet, join into the top of the beginning chain-3. (72 stitches)

close up of flower crochet petal
The petal is attached to the background.

Round 5: Chain 1, single crochet in the first 4 stitches, *half double crochet in the next 2 stitches, double crochet in the next 3 stitches, (tr, chain 2, tr) in the next stitch to form a corner, double crochet in the next 3 stitches, half double crochet in the next 2 stitches**, single crochet in the next 7 stitches, repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **, single crochet in the last 3 stitches, join in the first stitch. (19 stitches on each side, 4 chain-2 corners)

When working into a corner, the middle stitch will be the new corner stitch.

Round 6: Chain 1, single crochet in each stitch around working 5 single crochet into each corner chain-2 space, join in the first stitch. (23 stitches on each side, 4 corner stitches)

Round 7: Chain 1, single crochet in the first 4 stitches, *extended single crochet in the next 8 stitches, 3 extended single crochet in the corner stitch, extended single crochet in the next 8 stitches**, single crochet in the next 7 stitches, repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **, single crochet in the last 3 stitches, join in the first stitch and change to A. (25 stitches on each side, 4 corner stitches)

Edging

Round 8: With Color A, chain 1, half double crochet in each stitch around, working 3 half double crochet into each corner stitch, join in the first stitch and change to Color B. (27 stitches on each side, 4 corner stitches)

Round 9: With Color B, chain 1, working in 3rd loop only, half double crochet in each stitch around, working 3 half double crochet into each corner stitch, join in the first stitch and change to Color C. (29 stitches on each side, 4 corner stitches)

Round 10: With Color C, chain 1, working in 3rd loop only, single crochet in each stitch around, working 3 single crochet into each corner stitch, join in the first stitch. (31 stitches on each side, 4 corner stitches)

Round 11: Chain 1, single crochet in each stitch around, working 3 single crochet into each corner stitch, join in the first stitch. (33 stitches on each side, 4 corner stitches)

Repeat Round 11 if needed until your square measures 12 inches on each side. After last round, fasten off.

The corner of the Bold Bloom Crochet Square

Finishing

Weave in ends. Use with love.

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