spot the error
the purples aren’t *quite* right
pinks are ok.
To further make Ava’s blanket, I decided that African flower squares would be just the thing. But of course, the proper ones are hexagons, and I need squares. I found an African flower square pattern and had a go at that. Halfway through the attempt I realised that the squares I’d started with were African flower construction, but in a 4 ‘petaled’ square, meaning that an eight petaled one would match nicely. I got all the way to the final row before realising I only have 7 petals. :s I swear I counted at the beginning! My 7 petaled version is way too buckely to work well though. So this morning I have found this other African flower square, that looks to lie flatter, but looks exactly the same in stitch count. R3 on the flatter one skips the space between the petals though, and by R5 you add more stitches. “sk 1 st, 1 hdc, 3sc, 1hdc, sk 1 st*, then 2 tc, ch 3, 2 tc all into the same stitch (corner). *sk 1 st, 1 hdc, 3sc, 1hdc, sk 1 st* 1 hdc” vs “sc’s into the next 4 sc’s, 1 hdc into the next sc, dc’s into the next 2 sc’s, (1tr, ch-3, 1tr) into the next spike-sc, dc’s into the next 2 sc’s, 1 hdc into the next sc, sc’s into the next 4 sc’s, 1 hdc into the next spike-sc*”
Ah, the K-town one has an extra row! Maybe thats why it lays better!
Anyway, following the first example (because the squares I have are 5 rounds), I have tweaked it to lay flat.
Flatter ‘Somalia’ Square
2dc, ch2, x 8
[2dc, ch1, 2dc] in 1st sp, ch1 [1dc, ch1, 1dc] in 2nd space, rpt around.
5dc in each of the V-st’s.
1sc in each st, long sc between the ‘petals’
attach yarn in a stitch to the LEFT of a LSC. Hdc in same st, *sc in next 3sc, hdc in next, [1dc, ch 3, 1dc] in next. Hdc in next, sc in 3, hdc in 3. rpt from * to end.
And thus, you should end up with a flat, African flower type square. Problem is, due to the sc’s of that round, it isn’t going to have the same dimensions as the other squares I’ve made. :s Perhaps a row of hdc’s would fix that? I need to try one in the yarns I am using to have a look. Or perhaps using Dc’s and using those as joining stitches would work? I’ll need to experiment.
My plan is to make a small blanket, for the car seat/pram, and back it with either polar fleece or cotton. Polar fleece is more likely, due to her being a winter baby, and likely being a great deal bigger by summer.
Trying to find all the possible combinations of the colors for the squares is tricky. I know there are formulas to arrange them, but surely there has to be an easier way to organise 5 colors in a 4 color block.
etc et al.
Well, I’m off to play with this pattern .