Gran’s Garden – 25 Flower patterns

This rug (afghan) is made up of 25 flower patterns which I’m hoping to offer for sale as a whole & also as individual patterns as soon as I work out how…. each flower pattern has a base round from which the main square is then worked – I’ve used the humble granny square simply because it’s an easy start for the less experienced but there is no reason why you can’t used a favourite (square) of your own – I used 8 ply Bendigo Woollen Mills yarn but here again use what you have or favour – the 4.50 hook is my preference but if you’re more comfortable with a 4.00/5.00 then go for it – Patterns (for both the complete rug & individual squares) will be in written & diagram form & will include abbreviations, special stitch drawings & instructions…. let’s hope I get it up & running quickly……

The following are the requirements for the complete rug – also, instructions for joining squares & the all-round border for those of you who select just a few of the flower patterns – this should give you some idea how the patterns read …. & please, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any probs….

Gran’s Garden: Rug (afghan) size – approx 135cm x 135cm (53” x 53”)

Hook:         4.50
Total Yarn requirements:Assorted colours for flowers (see individual patterns)400 grm x Cream – (Classic Raffia 603) – Bendigo Woollen Mills   

300 grm x Lt green – (Classic Moss 662) – Bendigo Woollen Mills

300 grm x Lt green – (Classic Lichen 740) – Bendigo Woollen Mills

250 grm x Mid green – (Classic Spinifex 605) – Bendigo Woollen Mills

Requirements for joining squares & all-round border:
 
 

Hook:         4.50

Yarn:       100 grm x Dk green – (Classic Kelp 610) – Bendigo Woollen Mills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Placement Chart:

Using the Placement Chart: the placement chart is a guide only. When different colours have been used you may have to move the squares around to achieve the most pleasing colour arrangement.

 

 

Joining Squares:

* Layout squares according to placement chart or as desired

* pin squares together – for easier handling work with rows of 2 squares at a time – take care to always join from the same end for each row being joined

* working right to left, with right sides of both square facing outward, work back loop (centre loops) of both squares, join Col-G in first st using one of the following joining techniques:-

1. Invisible Join: using darning needle sew each corresponding st together to end.

2. SS Join: join with ss in first st and ss each corresponding st together to end.

3. Dc (US sc) Join: join with dc (US sc) in first st, dc (US sc)  each corresponding st together to end.

 

All-round border: when all squares are joined, join Col-G with dc (US sc) in back loop of any corner st, 2 dc (US sc) in same st, * dc (US sc) in each st across to next corner st, 3 dc (US sc) in corner st, repeat from * around, ending with ss in first dc (US sc)  – do not finish off

Subsequent Rows (optional): work in both loops, 1 ch, dc (US sc) in same st, * dc (US sc) in each st to corner st, 3 dc (US sc) in corner st, repeat from * around, ending with ss in first st, repeat this row as many times as desired.

 

Last Round: work Crab st around  – finish off – weave in all tail ends 

 

 

 

 

All-round border stitch diagram & Abbreviations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 











Kwik Chic Scarf/Muffler Pattern

Kwik Chic Scarf/Muffler Pattern:

3 page PDF (684 kb) – $5.00 USD

finally have this pattern up & ready – you’ll love it it’s so easy & quick – great for gifts or just a little treat for yourself – use the scarf pattern as a guide or use your own favourite – the pattern  is in written & diagram form & includes instructions for special stitches & assembly –

Sandstone poncho/wrap pattern

3 page PDF (1.2mb) – $5.00 USD

This pattern includes instructions for the basic mesh stitch pattern, Off-set puff stitch & tassel –
Although I’m giving  instructions, both written & in diagram, I nevertheless consider it as a basically freeform/freestyle pattern.
Your choice of yarn/yarns, buttons, beads &/or  other embellishments, the size hook used, your combination of stitches, working your foundation chain length/width wise, will determine the look of your finished project
Experiment & have fun with this dead easy basic freeform/freestyle pattern…..

* Please note:PDF downloads are not eligible for return or refund *

Headband Scarf/wrap with Beads Pattern

Although I’m giving written instructions for this patter, I nevertheless consider it as basically Freeform

Your choice of yarn/yarns, buttons, beads, even crochet motifs that can be sewn on later, your hook size, working the pattern in one stitch or a combination of stitches will determine the look of your finished project.
Experiment & have fun with this dead easy basic Freeform pattern $5.00 USD 
Please note: PDF downloads are not eligible for return or refund

Free Pattern – Fascinator – Curly Felted Dahlia

 

This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download (pdf 671.4K).

Suggested yarn – I used Panda Myth 8 ply for flower but any suitable felting yarn of choice can be used
for Greenery I used Katia Madison & 28 gauge jewellery wire
Fascinator bases should be available from most good craft suppliers
 
Curly Felted Dahlia
* make 18 ch
Row 1: ss in 2nd ch from hook, dc (US sc) in next ch, htr (US hdc) in next ch, tr (US dc) in next 4 ch, dtr (US tr) in next 5 ch, tr (US dc) in next 2 ch, htr (US hdc) in next ch, dc (US sc) in next ch, ss in last ch, repeat from * 11 times more, finish off leaving a long tail – 12 petals – wind petals into flower shape & sew securely in place
Variation: make more or less foundation ch (for more/less number of petals), work higher or shorter posted stitches along foundation ch (for thicker/thinner petals)
Flower centre: [change colour here if desired] – into an adjustable base ring work 3 ch & 15 tr (US dc) then finish off leaving a long tail threaded onto a darning needle, pull adjustable base ring tail tight to close centre, with darning needle sew & gather together along top edge, pull tight & sew to centre of petals
Variation: work more or less / higher or shorter posted stitches into adjustable base ring
Greenery: cut lengths of wire slightly longer than desired size, starting approx 3cm from end, work approx 15 dc (US sc) over wire, bend to form a loop then continue working dc (US sc) over both the wire end & along wire to approx 3cm from end , use this wire end to secure.
Variation: work a combination of higher/shorter stitches along wire

Felting Method: I prefer the hand-felting method below, however if you want to machine-felt, place flowers in a laundry bag & check often on felting progress

1. Have your flower ready
2. Fill sink/basin with about a litre of the hottest water you can tolerate and work soap into a lather
3. Place your flower into the hot soapy water and rigorously rub and squeeze it in both hands – keep topping up with hot water and soap. Depending on the wool used, this step requires quite a bit of time and effort before it begins to felt. From time to time run it under cold water, then repeat the squeezing and rubbing and continuous dipping it in the hot soapy water. The more times you repeat this procedure the thicker the felt will become.
4. When you’re satisfied your flower has felted, rinse it well, soap residue dulls the lustre of the wool and weakens the fibres over time.
5. Roll flower in a towel, squeeze out excess water, roll up each petal & secure with rust-proof pins & allow to air dry naturally on a drying rack

Assembly:I covered the Fascinator base with a hand-felted patch & the flower, greenery & beads were then attached to the felt-covered base – by all means copy what I’ve done but don’t be afraid to experiment – this pattern is meant as a guide only – enjoy…
This pattern has not been fully tested – so let me know if there are any typo’s or other such nasties…
* Also please note: I’m very happy for you to use this pattern for fun, personal challenge, gifts & fundraisers – but not so happy if you re-print it for others or sell it for profit – you know the drill -copyright & all that!! Thanks….